Australian Pete Shmigel argues that the suppressed traumas of distant and recent history continue to shape Ukrainian society negatively and are as big an obstacle to progress as more commonly discussed problems like corruption and the ongoing hybrid conflict with Russia. Is today’s Ukraine suffering from a collective case of post-traumatic stress disorder? The article… Read more »
A visit to the The Museum of Strategic Missile Forces is a fantastic way to learn about Cold War history. Perhaps it is also unique. Neither Europe not any of other countries of the former Soviet Union can boast anything similar.
Putin must destroy Ukraine as it exists now. To leave it intact is to destroy himself and his ambitions. He must win because of his war crimes: the mass graves, the torture in Donbas and Crimea, and the MH17 shootdown.
Kyiv is attractive for its unique natural landscape, unparalleled charm of architecture and invaluable cultural heritage. However, in recent years, a real hunt has begun among developers for unique ancient buildings in the historical center of the Ukrainian capital. The main goal is to make as much money as possible by building new high-rise monsters in lieu of those magnificent former aristocratic residences.
Modern Ukraine is surreally divided. In Kyiv or Odesa, rather well off young professionals plan visa-free trips to Italy or Malta and buy fireworks to celebrate the New Year. They know that the war in Donbass is ongoing, the ‘reintegration’ of the occupied territories remains a distant prospect, and children in Donetsk are afraid of fireworks due to artillery shells and enemy fire.