Ukrainian Revolution against Corruption, Bulletin No. 1

Transparency International Ukraine, February 19, 2014

On February 18, peaceful protests by Ukrainian citizens against corruption and police impunity turned into brutal and bloody confrontations. According to the official data of the Ministry of Health as of 12:00 p.m. Kyiv time, 25 people had died since the outbreak of violence, nine of them policemen.

Overnight, and into the morning of February 19, special forces assaulted protesters on Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) with heavy weapons, calling it “an antiterroristic operation.” More than 20 thousand peaceful protesters were on the main square of the country.

As of the evening of February 19, all roads leading to Kyiv were blocked, the metro has been shut down; the city is full of lawless organized groups of “titushky” . Ukrainian special forces start a massive antiterroristic operation.

Please learn more from the bulletin prepared by Transparency International Ukraine.

Sideshow Štefan and Mendacious Seven

DPC, By Kurt Bassuener, 17.2.2014.


It’s hard to imagine how much more tone-deaf European Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle could be. A week and a half after protests which took place throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina against the BiH political elites across the board, especially concentrated in the Federation, he came to Sarajevo to .... again meet with those same discredited elites. It was farcical and self-abasing in its last (unsuccessful) iteration in January. It is even more disgraceful and silly now.

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Ukraine crisis: Transcript of leaked Nuland-Pyatt call

BBC News, 7.2.2014.


An apparently bugged phone conversation in which a senior US diplomat disparages the EU over the Ukraine crisis has been posted online. The alleged conversation between Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, appeared on YouTube on Thursday. It is not clearly when the alleged conversation took place.

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Wandering and Putinization

Jelena Milić, Danas, 6.2.2014.


A key topic of the election campaign should be the foreign policy orientation of the country, that is, reaching a final decision on whether Serbia should turn to the political East or the political West. The start of negotiation with the EU is certainly not a decision, but merely represents a move in a good direction, but we still lack a position on many issues related to foreign policy developments on which the Union too has already stated its view.

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