Ukraine Uses Force to Push Back Separatists

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

People sing the Ukrainian national anthem during a pro-Ukraine rally on April 15, 2014. (DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty)

Tensions in Eastern Ukraine have escalated, and some are saying the nation is on the brink of civil war. On Tuesday, the acting President of Ukraine, Olexander Turchynov, announced the start of a counteroffensive against pro-Russian separatists in the Eastern region of the country.

Fighting has intensified over clashes at a military airfield, which the Ukrainian government reportedly reclaimed from separatists by Tuesday evening. But just days ahead of the Geneva talks between Russia, Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union, there's little sign that Russia has anything to offer when it comes to de-escalation.

Public Radio Ukraine correspondent Andriy Kulykov fills us in on the escalating violence, Ukraine’s options for suppressing rebellion, and how the rest of the world will react.


Andriy Kulykov

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [6]


Sadly, history repeats itself, and everyone is just watching from the sidelines. Again. You see, I've seen and heard this before. In 1991. Yugoslavia. Or what then was Yugoslavia. Putin is using Slobodan Milosevic playbook and is sticking to the script. Hasn't even changed the placement of the commas. For those of you that don't know what I'm talking about, please go google it. Or better yet, go on youtube.

Apr. 16 2014 11:13 PM
Kingston from NJ

The last words were "what if your Russian brother should shoot at you?".
We have the historical example of the first Russian Martyrs Boris and Gleb who refused to take up arms against their brother. May God grant a peaceful resolution of this fraternal discord especially during Holy Week and the bright week of the Feast of Feasts the Resurrection of our Lord.

Apr. 16 2014 03:41 PM

So many journalists are reporting about the Pro-Russian separatists in the Eastern Ukraine, yet in fact many of these "separatists" are citizens of Russia, many are members of the Russian army.

Apr. 16 2014 03:13 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I am impressed with the Russians "1984" type of "Double-Speak".
Putin has an agenda to control the Ukraine and am somewhat surprised by his cat and mouse tactics; I really thought he would just march right in.
I guess he is concerned about the Russian stock market tumbling if he does that. Maybe he really is just nostalgic for "The Cold War."

Apr. 16 2014 01:20 PM
ML from Miami FL

I long for the day when we can drop "Western" as a label for culture and politics. I analyze these stories and I can't seem to find an East/West battle... except when a reporter or pundit mentions it. These labels don't seem to fit the modern world. It does paint an outdated divider line first drawn by social studies teachers. It all seems so contrived. After all, where does Africa fall in all this?

Apr. 16 2014 11:05 AM
oskar9david from Miami, Florida

Ukraine's government is referred to as illegitimate, but no one mentions the elections scheduled for May. It seems that one Putin goal is to make it impossible to hold democratic elections, because that would legitimize Ukraine's government. Why don't the media and western countries make this a prominent issue in the discussions? - May is only 2 weeks away!

Also: what does it mean for the US to be co-guarantor of Ukraine's territorial integrity, and what are the implications for the future of nuclear non-proliferation efforts?

Apr. 16 2014 10:46 AM

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