In the summer of 2008, Russia's army intervened militarily in an independent state for the first time since the Soviet Union's disastrous campaign in Afghanistan.
Speaking at the end of a closed-door meeting on religious freedom at the US Embassy to the Holy See, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Greek Catholic Ukrainian Church, stressed that "it is a matter of fact that the war in Ukraine has become a silent war."
On Tuesday, the guns fell silent along the front lines in eastern Ukraine. In a rare respite from violence for the nearly 4-year-old conflict, not a single cease-fire violation occurred during a 24-hour period.
The purpose of sending weapons to Kev would be to heighten the costs of continued conflict for the Kremlin.
Renowned Russian military expert Pavel Felgenhauer, who in June 2008 predicted Russia’s August 2008 assault on Georgia, warns that the general buildup of the Russian army could lead to an open Russian invasion into mainland Ukraine.
Photographer Oleksandr Chekmenev made a photo series of heroes from two wars that affected Ukraine - the WWII and the current war in the Donbas.
These underlying elements of Russian nationalism and national identity have shaped Putin’s thinking regarding Ukraine, and yet have been largely ignored by Western experts and policymakers.
One of Putin's most potent forces in the various "hybrid wars" is disinformation, or the deliberate manipulation of media to create the big lie that masks his aggressive imperialistic ambitions and actions.
"If we don't help stop the Russians in Ukraine, they will eventually come to get us too," Lithuanians say. And offer their helping hand to Ukrainians.
Three years into the Russian aggression, Ukraine has experienced every Kremlin method and technique there is.
To return the Donbas, we need to fight for it at all cost, genuinely, without ‘deals,’ so that the occupation stops benefiting Moscow, so that the occupation costs too much, both resources-wise and, most of all, human-wise.
Volunteers of Ukrop Dental are helping soldiers and civilians in region where aid is woefully lacking
At least 12 Ukrainian soldiers and 10 civilians have been killed since Russia renewed rocket attacks on the disputed east.
Using artillery, tanks, and rockets, combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian forces along the front lines in eastern Ukraine on Sunday and early Monday morning, highlighting, once again, that the February 2015 cease-fire has failed.
To take action that would actually confront Putin/Moscow over its Crimea/Ukraine aggression might require “wet work” and body bags—activity for which NATO (acronym standing for “No Action; Talk Only”) recoils like a chicken confronting a fox.
Fear and weakness are bad advisers. They play into Russia’s appetites, invite even more aggression and greater human suffering.
Ukraine’s military strength lies in the size of its army and the quantity of military hardware at its disposal.