Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Ukraine: Seesaw of war

Ukraine: Playground for warlords 

Cartoon by Latuff

So far clashes in Dontesk between Pro Russian or anti Kiev protesters and pro Kiev protesters have kept Ukrainians in both Eastern and Western Ukraine anxious. Clashes between protesters and police back in in Donetsk and Luhansk have left 2 protesters dead and some 100 injured. In Luhansk, Russian speaking protesters have taken over an administrative building in Luhansk encouraging fellow protesters to call for autonomy for the self proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. Sanctions have also been extended and added to some 17 companies doing business with Russia.

Explaining Ukraine: History, nationhood, and New World Order
 Ivan Daraktchiev on the meaning of nationhood and identity in Ukraine's current crisis and its relationship to Russia. He also looks at the role of nationalism in constructing singular national identities and others. For all the talk about national identity, Russian and Ukrainian history, culture and languages are interwoven. Russia's early history begins in Ukraine in a territory known as Kievan Rus from where Russia gets its name and where Ukrainian capital.

The Birth of Russia: Kievan Rus

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