✅ Who’s Breaking Western Sanctions In Crimea?
On paper, US and EU sanctions on Russia prevent companies from doing business with the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014. Airlines shouldn’t fly there, ships shouldn’t dock in Crimean ports, and credit cards shouldn’t work there. However, in reality, many companies are covertly violating sanctions. Others claims that they have no control over where they goods travel and where their services function. We look at how effective sanctions are in occupied Crimea.
Executive Director, Integration and Development Center for Information and Research
Member of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
✅ How Russia Seized Crimea
As Ukraine marks the fourth anniversary of Euromaidan, people across the country are reflecting on the events of 2014, which altered both Ukrainian and world history. Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz is no exception. He sat down with Hromadske to recount how Russia seized the Crimean peninsula, the processes that led to its annexation, and his hopes for Crimea’s future.
Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis assembly
✅ How Ukraine Transformed Its Military
When war with Russia erupted in 2014, Ukraine found itself deeply unprepared. The military was simply not ready to fight separatists backed and led by the larger and more powerful Russian army. In August 2014, Ukraine suffered a crushing defeat in the Battle of Ilovaisk. In early 2015, it was again defeated at Debaltseve. Much has changed since then. Ukraine’s armed forces have undergone an enormous transformation. But how efficient are they? We speak with defense expert Keir Giles to find out.
Senior Consulting Fellow, Chatham House
✅ Writing The History of Ukraine’s Revolution
Award-winning historian Marci Shore has just published a book recounting the story of Ukraine’s 2013-2014 Euromaidan protests and the revolution they created, the people involved, and their hopes for their country’s future. Hromadske spoke with Shore to learn more about the project and her views on Euromaidan.
professor of modern history, Yale University
✅ Remembering Boris Nemtsov, Three Years Later
On February 27, 2015, Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was assassinated on a bridge not far from Moscow’s Red Square. Three years later, five men have been found guilty of the killing. Yet Nemtsov’s family and supporters believe that the official explanation of the democratic politician’s killing is a cover-up. They allege that the true organizer of Nemtsov’s killing is Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who the politician repeatedly criticized. Today, people across Russia are commemorating Nemtsov. We bring you a report from the demonstration at the place he was shot — which many now call the Boris Nemtsov bridge.