Twenty years ago this month, Ukraine, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States signed an agreement that represented a major step in global anti-proliferation efforts. Under the deal, known as the Budapest Memorandum, Ukraine voluntarily surrendered the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world, which it had inherited after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
But fast forward two decades, and an agreement once heralded as a breakthrough is gradually being undermined by one of the very countries that signed it.
As part of the agreement, Ukraine willingly gave up more than 1,000 strategic and 2,500 tactical nuclear weapons, and agreed to the destruction of 176 silos used to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles.… Seguir leyendo »
It has been more than a month since Russia illegally detained 1st Lt. Nadiya Savchenko of the Ukrainian armed forces. Her case is one of the clearest indications of Russia’s direct involvement in the conflict that has been imposed on our country by Kremlin-backed terrorists.
Savchenko was captured by pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine while carrying out her duty to defend her country. Eventually, she was handed over to Moscow, whose treatment of her has been marked by lies and abuse. This began with the propagation of a cynical myth about the details of her apprehension, which Moscow claimed occurred after she crossed the border while passing herself off as a refugee.… Seguir leyendo »
On July 17, the world was dismayed by a terrible tragedy when civilian Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine in an area controlled by pro-Russian militants.
It is clear to everyone now that that horrific act was perpetrated by terrorists who for months have been destabilizing the Ukrainian state, being trained, financed and armed by Russia. All reports point to the fatal shot having been launched from a Buk missile system that had been brought onto the territory of Ukraine from Russia a few days before the tragedy.
This appalling event would not have happened had Russia not launched its aggression against Ukraine.… Seguir leyendo »
After the anschluss of Crimea, the Kremlin proceeded to the second stage of its war on Ukraine by starting a covert operation in our eastern regions.
Russia is sticking to the same routine as in Crimea. First, deploying professional military and mercenaries on Ukrainian territory. Second, paying local radicals and criminals to pose as “pro-Russian forces.” Third, trying to make the turmoil its forces are fomenting look organic. But recent events don’t look natural at all. Unlike the Euromaidan protests that started in Kiev last fall, this is not a domestic uprising but full-blown foreign aggression against Ukraine.
Special operations forces are being deployed in Ukraine.… Seguir leyendo »