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As soon as Ukraine started giving up many of its claims against Russia, the West used this “weakness” of a new Ukrainian government to finally invite Putin back on the table. Last weekend the key players of the international relations (“the leading parties in Libya’s war, as well as representatives from their foreign backers and other nations” As AlJazeera put it) discussed Libya, and some of them even tried to discuss Ukraine. The results entailed the agreement between all participants to have an arms embargo and stop interfering in Libya’s war.
The tensions in the world keep running high. Recent frequent reports of hacking wars and virtual world hacking attacks also add anxiety. Cyber-attacks or cyber-fraud cases occur in the world every 14 seconds. Large corporations and international companies in the leading economic sectors suffer the most from hackers’ actions. According to the World Economic Forum, the total amount of planetary economic losses caused by hackers and their actions can reach 8 trillion $ before 2022.
Inna Krupnyk for Promote Ukraine.
Terrorists and suspects of crimes against Euromaidan activists were exchanged for Ukrainian prisoners of war held by (pro)Russian fighters. Much of Ukraine’s civil society has opposed such unequal exchange.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy every time talking about the exchange of “prisoners” with (pro)Russian fighters states that “a person’s life is of the highest value”, and therefore “he should return our boys home at any cost.” These statements include two aspects: “the highest value” and “at any cost”. The first threatens the rule of law, the second – sovereignty.
The greatest dilemma has emerged since the Euromaidan – to release the suspects and the criminals to rescue Ukrainian hostages or to “surrender” own people in order to punish suspects in the most vicious crime of independent Ukraine.
Of course, Brexit is a tragic phenomenon for both the EU and Ukraine, for it is the first time, in the history of European integration and expansion, that a Member State decided to say no to the European project (excluding colonial territories that opted out after gaining independence). This, in terms, poses multiple implications including the shrinkage of collective EU forces, economic repercussions following a state that is exiting the largest single market in the world, but it also puts into question the future of the idea of a collective European identity – an identity to which Ukraine aspires to. In this case, Brexit should not be looked at as a positive phenomenon for Ukraine, yet at the same time, given that the process has become, for the most part, inevitable, one might as well consider the opportunities that this inevitability presents.
Thirteen minutes to twelve on the 31st of December 2019 Volodymyr Zelenskyy pronounced a speech. It was not an ordinary speech. It was a speech that tried to give birth to the “national idea of Ukraine”.
Appeasement Emboldens. Giving in to the Kremlin’s Rules of the Game. By visiting Moscow on Saturday, the 11 of January Angela Merkel gave a sign that she refused to admit that Putin was intentionally part of the problems of almost everything they discussed – especially, problems related to Syria, Ukraine and Russian gas.
Ukraine agreed to the so called Steinmeier formula that aims to bring forward the process to resolve the armed conflict in the East of Ukraine. It might lead to the first real progress in five years, but only if the Ukrainian leadership finds a very delicate balance.
What is Steinmeier formula? Why protests against Steinmeier formula? Could Steinmeier formula be a magic one?Find the answers in the Article of YURIY SHEYKO, A FREELANCE CORRESPONDENT BASED IN BRUSSELS, FOR PROMOTE UKRAINE.
The perspective for a global cyber-war is becoming more real than ever. More and more countries are creating cyber-divisions within their armies, and, within media, notifications of cyber-attacks on objects of critical infrastructure are becoming more frequent.
Expressions such as the ‘weaponization of thoughts’ and ‘cyber-weapons’ are entering the everyday lexicon of experts and human rights activists alike. Within the context of cyber-wars, Russia is perhaps the country that is most heard of. Despite having outdated technologies, compared to the West, Russia’s ability to conduct cyber-operations and informational warfare should not be underestimated. In the last 10 years, almost every country located within the orbit of Russian political interests has been a victim of Russian meddling. Cyber-attacks, informational and propaganda operations, attacks on objects of critical infrastructure, the bribing and intimidation of political opponents are repeatedly brought to light by NGOs, authorities and the victims themselves.
What is the difference between the Kremlin’s methods now as opposed to the past? How does Moscow use these methods against Ukraine and the West? Watch in the video, prepared for you by Promote Ukraine.