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While Obama Sleeps, Russia Gobbles Up Ukraine

Published in US
Friday, 21 August 2015 05:42

Now, as Russia continues to gobble up pieces of Ukraine under the cover of a phony cease-fire, President Obama’s outgoing Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Roy Odierno, said exactly the same thing on Wednesday:

Outgoing Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno said Wednesday that Russia is the most dangerous to the United States.

Putin’s Trump Card

Published in Opinion
Thursday, 13 August 2015 09:11

The lavish lifestyle of Putin ally, Russian puppet and deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was opulent even by kleptocrat standards.

There was the private zoo complete with an African eland that gave milk Yanukovych allegedly believed could enhance his libido.

Ukraine is Russia’s Identity Test

Published in Opinion
Thursday, 23 July 2015 02:53

Ukraine, which has long existed in the shadow of Russia, is sometimes compared to Ireland, which had a similar relationship with England, except scaled down to reflect their relative size.

Ukraine Conflict: Will The Ceasefire Hold?

Published in War
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 10:00

The BBC's Tom Burridge has spent the past month in eastern Ukraine. Here is his snapshot assessment of the latest situation on the ground.

Western Military Alliance Expels Dozens of Suspected Russian Spies from NATO Headquarters

Published in World
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:37

The western military alliance is reviving cold war-style hotlines to the Kremlin and the Russian general staff in Moscow to reduce the chances of escalating military confrontation and miscalculation as the Ukraine conflict fuels east-west tension.

Angela Merkel said she expects EU sanctions against Russia to be renewed as the bloc held summit talks with Petro Poroshenko

Published in EU
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 05:49

Merkel said Monday that EU members agreed in March that removal of sanctions, which expire in July, must be tied to adherence to the Minsk peace accord.

What steps might Germany take to help resolve the Ukraine crisis?

Published in Politics
Monday, 27 April 2015 10:43

Samir Tata argues that Berlin should try and ensure that the country 1) retains its territorial integrity, 2) adapts a dual economic system, much like Hong Kong and China, 3) adopts a federal governmental structure similar to the US model, and more.

Vladimir Putin’s annual call-in show is not where I usually look for important statements of Russian policy

Published in World
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 07:25

Most of the four-hour event is devoted to semi-comical political pandering (Putin presenting himself as the friend of struggling dairy farmers, for example).

Ukraine’s Hybrid Peace

Published in War
Monday, 20 April 2015 09:57

Predictions that the war in Ukraine might be past its worst point can only be advanced with caution and caveats.

In Rebel Territory Of Ukraine, Relief For Illness And Pain Is Blocked

Published in LifeStyle
Thursday, 16 April 2015 05:42

In a cramped cardiologist’s office in southeast Ukraine, Tatyana Ivanovna, 76, begged for sedatives.

Andrey Polyakov, her doctor, took time to listen, though he knew there was nothing he could do.

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Ukrainians (Ukrainian: українці, ukrayintsi) are an East Slavic ethnic group native to Ukraine, which is the sixth-largest nation in Europe. The Constitution of Ukraine applies the term 'Ukrainians' to all its citizens. Also among historical names of the people of Ukraine Rusyns, Cossacks, etc. can be found. According to some dictionary definitions, a descriptive name for the "inhabitants of Ukraine" is Ukrainian or Ukrainian people.

The Ukrainian diaspora is the global community of ethnic Ukrainians, especially those who maintain some kind of connection, even if ephemeral, to the land of their ancestors and maintain their feeling of Ukrainian national identity within their own local community.

A Ukrainian Canadian (Ukrainian: Український канадець, Україноканадець) refers to a Canadian of Ukrainian descent who is an immigrant to or a descendant born in Canada. In 2011, there were an estimated 1,209,085 persons of full or partial Ukrainian origin residing in Canada (mainly Canadian-born citizens) making them Canada's ninth largest ethnic group, and giving Canada the world's third-largest Ukrainian population behind Ukraine itself.

Ukrainian Americans (Ukrainian: Українці Америки, Українці у США) are Americans who are of Ukrainian ancestry. According to U.S. census estimates, in 2006 there were 961,113 Americans of Ukrainian descent representing 0.33% of the American population. The Ukrainian population of the United States is thus the second largest outside the former Soviet Union; only Canada has a larger Ukrainian community. According to the 2000 U.S. census, the metropolitan areas with the largest numbers of Ukrainian Americans are: New York City with 160,000 Ukrainians, Philadelphia with 60,000 Ukrainians, Chicago with 46,000 Ukrainians, Los Angeles with 34,000, Detroit with 33,000 Ukrainians, Cleveland with 26,000 and Indianapolis with 19,000.