A car bomb this week killed Col. Maksym Shapoval, a top Ukrainian military intelligence official. It wasn’t the only high-profile assassination that’s struck Kiev lately — nor is it the only one Ukraine is blaming on Russia.
Denis Voronenkov was a former Russian lawmaker. He was also a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. And he was assassinated in broad daylight on Thursday in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. Ukraine's leaders are pointing the finger at Russia.
Ukraine has one of the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemics in the world. One of the main reasons: intravenous drug use. But just outside the capital Kiev, a group is working with police to change their approach toward drug users — to treat addiction as an illness, not a crime.
North of Kiev is the former estate of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Mezhyhirya was built with with millions in tax dollars and many people would like to turn it in to a "museum of corruption." Those efforts have stalled, but you can still go on a tour.
Ukraine's former president Victor Yanukovych spent more that $30 million on his personal estate before he fled for Russia. Think private zoo, crocodile skin-lined planters and a copy of John and Yoko's white piano.
The fighting began in Ukraine more than two years ago. But the Ukrainian government is only beginning to get a handle on the internally displaced. Estimates of Ukraine’s internally displaced vary. The government has registered 1.7 million IDPs but the true number could be higher.
It's a disturbing time for Jews in Europe right now. But the conflict in Ukraine seems to be making that country a little more welcoming to its Jewish citizens, even as they continue leaving the country in large numbers.
As the Russian military moves into Crimea, there seem to be few good options for the US and NATO. Retired Brigadier General Kevin Ryan sees economic sanctions as one of the few tools, but that requires time and a focus on the long-term strategy.
Travel and tourism has never really been bigger, with people hitting the road to find adventure. But for some, adventure comes with a trip to some place seemingly off-limits: war zones. Companies are marketing war tourism to appeal to a new type of tourist.
President Barack Obama has said repeatedly that the secession of Crimea from Ukraine is a violation of international law. But doesn't Crimea have the right to determine its own fate? An international lawyer says the problem came with Russia's military intervention.
Ukrainians don't know what comes next for their country, but they do know that the game is up for Viktor Yanukovych. The fugitive former president is now facing charges of committing "mass murder." And blunders, selfishness, and bad choices marked his entire presidency.
In 1984, Russian historian Suzanne Massie got a call she'll never forget. President Ronald Reagan invited her to the White House to brief him on Russian history and culture. Little did she know that this would be the beginning of many years of advising the president.