The political divide between the Russian-speaking east and Ukrainian-speaking west is one of the most frequently used cliches about Ukraine. Following the Russian occupation of Crimea and military intervention in the east of the country, there was a widely-shared perception that the Ukrainian political system has tilted towards the Ukrainian-speaking west. That was certainly the thinking behind President Petro Poroshenko's decision to emphasise nationalist politics in his re-election campaign and try to win over the votes of the Ukrainian-speaking (and supposedly more nationalistic) part of the population in the country's centre and west. But a cursory look at the voting map of Ukraine after the first round of the presidential elections reveals that the incumbent's calculations were wrong. Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky - seen as a Russian-speaking moderate who rejects ethnonationalism - dominated the west, centre and parts of the Russian-speaking east. There are a number … [Read more...] about Why ethnopolitics doesn’t work in Ukraine
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KYIV -- The choice is stark. Stay the slow and not-quite-steady course with a deeply unpopular but seasoned leader who knows the ropes and has taken Ukraine westward despite foot-dragging on reforms and a failure to tackle entrenched corruption. Go with another veteran, a political survivor with a dodgy past twice imprisoned by opponents who has lost two presidential elections but is banking on public disappointment and populist promises to carry her to victory. Or take a chance on a comedian with no experience in politics and governing but who has managed to tap into an antiestablishment mood similar to what's brought unconventional leaders to power in the West by appealing directly to them for answers. With incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and actor-turned-candidate Volodymyr Zelenskyy leading the race, this appears to be the choice before more than 35 million eligible Ukrainian voters on March 31. If no one wins the presidency outright … [Read more...] about How To Watch (And Understand) Ukraine’s Presidential Election
The last time they appeared in national team colors was on Russian soil in the summer of 2018, but Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will both be returning to represent their countries on Friday. The iconic duo have sat out all their respective nations’ games since they exited the World Cup on the same day – June 30 – last year, and by a twist of fate both are expected to return to international action almost simultaneously. Messi will end his self-imposed mini-exile as he captains Argentina in a friendly against Venezuela at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, a game which kicks off 15 minutes after Ronaldo will likely lead Portugal out in their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier against Ukraine at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon. Also on rt.com Messi and Ronaldo equally blessed and cursed to be playing in same generation, says Mourinho (VIDEO) The pair’s return comes more than nine months since they suffered World Cup agony at the last 16 stage, where Argentina lost a … [Read more...] about Comeback kids: Messi & Ronaldo set for international returns for first time since Russia World Cup
Sofia Svensson 22 February 2019 2:02 PM 22 February 2019 2:02 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Next month Ukraine goes to the polls in its seventh presidential election since it achieved independence in 1991. Five years on from Euromaidan, and the resulting Russia invasion, the country remains bitterly divided between pro and anti-Europeans. Yet, this will be the first election not to feature a powerful, pro-Russian force amongst the frontrunners. Although, of course, that isn’t to say Russia won’t be doing its best to influence the election – something the Ukrainians have become used to. In its defence, Russia insists that it’s actually the UK seeking to meddle in the election. Several pro-Kremlin outlets have claimed that Britain not only plans to interfere but will do so to ensure the election of a pro-Russian candidate, as, apparently, that would help to solve the conflict in Donbass quicker. … [Read more...] about Can Ukraine’s election fix its broken politics?
The closer the elections, the more fake stories emerge attempting to either dehumanize Ukrainians in the eyes of the Russians or demoralize Ukrainian people. Photo from UNIAN Almost five years into the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the Kremlin’s use of information as a weapon against Ukraine has not decreased. According to the “EU versus Disinformation” website, Ukraine still stands out as the most misrepresented country in pro-Kremlin media. In 2018, the country remained the most frequent disinformation target, with 461 references among a total of 1,000 disinformation cases reported in the course of the year by EU vs Disinfo, Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza wrote. The EU created the disinformation watchdog in 2015 by joint decision of Member States. It aims to track and respond to Russian disinformation. Experts say the lies of the Russian media target voters in Russia, Ukraine, and other countries. Ukrainians are being dehumanized in the eyes of Russians who are … [Read more...] about Gazeta Wyborcza: Russian trolls, propagandists intensify attacks on Ukraine ahead of elections