How the West Can Stop Russia’s Escalating War in Ukraine

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In August Russia stepped up military pressure on Ukraine, concentrating about fifty thousand troops along its border with Ukraine, using its proxy militias to shell Ukrainian government positions in the Donbas, and threatening Kyiv with “a big war.” The West should understand that Moscow’s readiness to fulfill its obligations cannot be bought with concessions at Ukraine’s expense. (PDF) Maksym Khylko

Annexed Crimea and Russia’s Nuclear Saber-Rattling

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The Russian Federation makes an attempt to testify new nuclear strategy in the occupied Crimea. This strategy consists of a combination of steadily changing intimidation technique applying against Western countries, and traditional hybrid approaches to strengthen current Moscow’s position towards justifying illegal annexation of the part of Ukrainian territory. (PDF) Oleksandr Tytarchuk

Recommendations for Combating Russian Propaganda

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A set of recommendations for combating Russian propaganda in the European Union and the Eastern Partnership countries, which has been distributed among the Members of the European Parliament and the EU officials with regard to the European Council conclusions of 20 March 2015 calling for preparation of an action plan to counter Russia’s disinformation campaigns. (PDF) Oleg Panfilov, Maksym Khylko

How has the Ukrainian issue reshaped the NATO alliance?

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The aim of this article is primarily to explain how the Russia-Ukraine conflict has uncovered quite interesting trends in Euro-Atlantic security, including trends in NATO governance, and to conceptualise the strategic autonomy debate in Euro-Atlantic relations. (PDF) Bjørn Olav Knutsen

Ukraine’s Dangerous Drive to Decentralize

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Ukraine might benefit from decentralization, but only after the main anticorruption reforms are put into place, its economy is stabilized, and the threat to its very existence is removed. Under the present conditions, decentralization will weaken the central government and make Ukraine more vulnerable to Russian threats without de-escalating the conflict. (PDF) Maksym Khylko

Future German OSCE Chairmanship in handling Russia-Ukraine conflict: better small steps than no steps

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This article provides an initial overlook on the upcoming German OSCE Chairmanship’s priorities in 2016 in terms of handling the Russia-Ukraine conflict in so-called post-Minsk II environment. Berlin firmly believes that the OSCE is an irreplaceable international institution and the only one practically proved its capabilities in solving above conflict. Nevertheless, it remains unclear, whether Berlin has a kind of strategic emergency planning in case of the Minsk II peace accords failure. (PDF) Oleksandr Tytarchuk