Sunday 1 June 2014
May 02, 2014
Moscow's Coercive Diplomacy
Amid increasing tensions Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused his U.S. counterparts of using coercion and "threats" to get their way in global affairs. "We won't force anyone, we won't blackmail anyone with threats," said Lavrov. "That's how the Americans do it." But a tour of eastern and central Europe presents a different picture. Since the summer of 2013, when Ukraine looked ready to sign an Association Agreement with the EU, Moscow has increasingly used an arsenal of trade and military tools to apply pressure to its neighbors.
April 15, 2014
Pro-Russian Protests Appear in Strategic Towns in Ukraine's South And East
Ukrainian and U.S. officials have accused Moscow of orchestrating pro-Russian protests in eastern Ukraine. They point to the strategic location of many of the towns and cities seized by protesters as evidence that the events were not spontaneous uprisings. The map below shows that most of the cities separatists have occupied or attempted to occupy are along a North-South Railroad route between Mariupol and Kharkiv or along a train route from the border with Russia to Kyiv.
April 07, 2014
Ukraine: Percentage Who Identify As Ethnic Russians Or Say Russian Is Their First Language
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he will "protect" Russian speakers wherever they are. With a build up of Russian troops near Russia's border with Ukraine, some say the country's eastern region -- with large Russian-speaking populations -- could be in his sights.
March 21, 2014
Ties to Russia Map
The Kremlin says Moscow will strive to protect the rights of Russians and Russian speakers, wherever they may be. We look at the regions where the greatest concentrations of Russian citizens, ethnic Russians, and native Russian speakers live, outside the borders of the Russian Federation.