The Destruction of ‘Colonial Remnants’

David Marples In late November 2016, Radio Svoboda held a programme on Ukraine’s ‘post-colonial status’ that featured comments from supporters and practitioners of Decommunisation. Its most notable feature was the sentiment that in spite of the progress made in 2016, many Ukrainians remain ignorant of their own history and trapped in a colonial mindset imposed […]

Open Letter Concerning Kagarlitsky

Stop calling warmongers “anti-war activists” An open letter to the Stop the War coalition By Simon Pirani Dear friends, This is to ask you to think about your organisation’s alliance with Boris Kagarlitsky, the Russian political commentator who supports war in Ukraine. In a statement of 19 October, the Stop the War Coalition (STW) described […]

CIUS’ 40th Anniversary Conference

David Marples On October 14-15, the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) held its 40th anniversary conference at Lister Hall, University of Alberta. For the first time in twenty years, most experts on Ukraine and Ukrainian Canadian studies resident in Canada, and several from the United States, as well as one from the UK and two from Ukraine, […]

Ukraine and Russia: Rewriting Histories

David Marples Introduction The 2016 commemorations of victory in World War II illustrate the growing divide between Russia and Ukraine, one that mirrors their current conflict over Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine. Whereas Russia celebrated the traditional May 9 with ceremony and military swagger, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, clashes broke out between pro-Russians and young Ukrainian […]

Ukraine’s Quest for Survival: a Review of 2015

David Marples A year that began with the battle of Debaltseve in Ukraine ended with more centrally based conflicts inside the Parliament. The contrast is symbolic: the main problems for Ukraine may now lie within the heart of the country rather than from the Russian-supported separatist regimes in Donetsk and Luhansk. The Debaltseve conflict, which […]

THE DNR, ‘GRISHA P’, AND ‘SPEAKING THE TRUTH’

David Marples The Ukrainian conflict has been characterized by propaganda on both sides. Perhaps that is unsurprising in a military situation. But what is of note is that observers and analysts who would not appear obliged to take on partisan positions have sometimes done so. This article focuses on one such journalist whose name is instantly […]