An Update on the Ukraine

Monday, February 03, 2014

An anti-government protester throws a Molotov cocktail during clashes with police on Hrushevskoho Street near Dynamo stadium on January 25, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty)

Timothy Snyder, Yale History professor and a fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences gives us an update on what's happening in Ukraine. He is the author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin.


Timothy Snyder

Comments [14]

Tania from Chicago

Thank you for the excellent objective analysis. It's always refreshing to hear a non-Ukrainian's unemotional, unbiased and scholarly perspective on this very difficult and complex issue. Bought your book, looking forward to reading it.

Feb. 04 2014 11:32 AM
Eva from New York

Thank you Doctor Snyder for your excellent analysis.

There is much anti-protest propaganda floating around
to poison public opinion as Russia has much to lose.

We need more voices such as yours! Intelligent, informed, unbiased.

A stark contrast to the horrible analysis of Stephen Cohen on Democracy Now from last Thursday.

Thank you for trying to help democracy in a struggling nation.

Feb. 04 2014 09:50 AM
Scott Forrester from Chicago

Wow - I had no idea all that was going on. Sounds like the soviet union hasn't really died yet...

Feb. 04 2014 08:24 AM
Roma from Syracuse, NY

Thank you, Dr. Snyder, for raising awareness of the crisis in Ukraine, and Ukraine's desire and determination to fight for their freedoms and a democratic nation. Your excellent reporting and analyses are greatly appreciated. We will continue to follow you as events unfold.

Feb. 03 2014 11:50 PM
Maria from Canada

Thank you for the analysis and helping to raise awareness of what the Ukrainian people are going through. We need to continue to spread the word about the truth!

Feb. 03 2014 06:59 PM
Borislaw Bilash II from Millburn, NJ

Thank you NPR for another good report regarding the current events in Ukraine. Having an renowned expert like Dr. Snyder is much appreciated.

AND your reports at the Maidan itself have been great!

Keep up the good work -- people are listening!

Feb. 03 2014 06:54 PM
Edward Harris from New York

Thanks for the solid coverage, and keep us up to date as the story develops, especially during the Sochi Olympics. Great job as always, Leonard.

Feb. 03 2014 06:48 PM
M. Xyxpa from Ontario, Canada

Thanks for the insights into the situation in Ukraine and the factors. Great overview and please keep up the coverage as this story evolves.

Feb. 03 2014 06:08 PM


Google it.

For example,

Feb. 03 2014 05:11 PM
George Kolodiy

I guess you were not listening sanych. The statement about gay rights is a lie.

And so on...

Feb. 03 2014 05:00 PM

Damian, you don't know what you are writing about.

I was born in Kiev and studied in Soviet school system. The study of Ukrainian language and literature was MANDATORY.

We spoke Russian in my family, but I was forced to study Ukrainian "mova" for 9 years.

Feb. 03 2014 04:55 PM
Damian Handzy from Westfield, NJ

Excellent analysis of the crisis and its background. Dr. Snyder does a great job of synthesizing a complex situation that has many historical layers and Leonard asked the right questions.

I especially appreciated Dr. Snyder's comments about the language myth in Ukraine. As an American of Ukrainian descent (born here to immigrant parents), until recently I felt that you "had to speak Ukrainian to be Ukrainian." In the last few years I've learned that's totally false, and Dr. Snyder's examples of German speaking Austrians and (duh!) English speaking Americans are great counter-examples of that myth in general. In Ukraine itself, many people were prevented from learning Ukrainian by the former Soviet system, especially in the East. It's clear that Russian-speaking Ukrainians are united with Ukrainian-speaking Ukrainians in this uprising/revolution against tyranny.

Thank you both for bringing an accurate and insightful analysis of the developing situation.

Feb. 03 2014 04:31 PM

There no saints on either side. However, Russia has a long history of Western aggression. European states medling in Ukraine is a very dangerous game.

Feb. 03 2014 01:23 PM

Extremely slanted commentary.

For example, EU required gay rights in Ukrain because they did not want gays requesting political asylum for fear of persecution.

And so on...

Feb. 03 2014 01:19 PM

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