Ukraine’s Phoney War

The head of Ukraine’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe said that Ukraine would not recognise any documents from the State Duma after this months elections which were also held in the Crimea. Ukraine would not henceforth not recognize any legislation adopted by the Russian State Duma.

During the same week the Ministry of Foreign Affairs protested against Russia taking over as head of the CIS at a time when it is blocking the work of Ukraine in the Council of Heads of State of the CIS. Ukraine declared that Russia could not be head of the CIS until Ukraine’s returns sovereign control over the Crimea and Donbas, Russian forces and equipment are withdrawn from Ukraine, Ukraine again controls its borders with Russia and Ukrainian prisoners are released from captivity in the separatist enclaves and in Russia…

Ukraine Needs a Policy of Strategic Ambiguity

One of the main premises of Vladimir Putin’s hybrid war is unpredictability with the West and Ukraine never clear as to his next step. This was clearly seen in the recent crisis over the Crimean border with Ukraine and the West pondering “Will he or will not invade?”

Putin’s unpredictability has allowed Russia to determine the course of the Ukrainian-Russian crisis with President Petro Poroshenko and Ukraine responding to Moscow’s initiatives, rhetoric, demands, and claims. The Ukrainian president never takes the initiative and wrong foots Putin…