I had always doubted that the word, slave, was the root of the ethnic origin, slavic. It seemed unlikely to me that even a conquered people would refer to their culture with the word. Turns out I was looking at it backwards. The whites used the word slavic in reference to their slaves. Actually, the […]Read more "The origin of the word – Slave – Online Etymology Dictionary"
I have mispronounced this word so many times. Balaclava Balaclavas and cardigans have more in common than keeping you warm—they both owe their names to the Crimean War. During the Battle of Balaclava in 1854, British troops were underprepared for the cold Ukrainian winter, and unlike their French counterparts, who were allowed to wear as […]Read more "Balaclava | Lexical Investigations at Dictionary.com"
I have been struggling with the idea of “partisans” ever since I first heard the term used to dismiss the Makhnovshchina. Calling the insurgents of Ukraine simply partisans is so imprecise. What kind of army tries to comfort and reconcile with enemy combatants as soon as the shooting stops? The Soviet authorities and their agents […]Read more "History of the Makhnovist Movement (1918-1921): Chapter 8"
The Holodomor caused an extremely high mortality rate; in some regions it reached 20 to 25 percent of the population. Some villages in Poltava oblast, Kharkiv oblast, and Kyiv oblast were completely deserted by the spring of 1933. Most of their inhabitants perished, but some did manage to escape. In the fall of 1933 the […]Read more "Famine-Genocide of 1932–3"
Its main competitors are the state-run Ukrinform, the privately owned Interfax-Ukraine and the Ukrainian News Agency, which is part of the Inter media group. via Journalists cite growing bias at Ukrainian news agency | EurActiv. External Links European Federation of Journalists: IFJ, EFJ concerned by growing political bias at Ukrainian News AgencyRead more "Journalists cite growing bias at Ukrainian news agency | EurActiv"
Belittled and oppressed in prior centuries, Ukrainian has made a comeback since the country declared independence from the USSR in 1991. It was granted status as Ukraine’s state language by a constitution adopted in 1996. Ukraine’s political opposition and pro-Ukrainian language advocates fear that the language legislation could boost use of Russian, in turn reversing […]Read more "Russian spreads like wildfires in dry Ukrainian forest"
Ukraine’s relationship with the IMF is potentially complicated by Yanukovich’s pledge to keep down gas prices for domestic customers as the IMF has insisted Ukraine should reduce the amount it spends on subsidising prices to cut its budget deficit. In the past, Ukraine’s quarrels with Moscow over gas prices have led to supply disruptions to […]Read more "EU leaders give Kyiv until May to prove it wants to look West"