A Scarred Nation: Ukraine Turns to a Comedian for Comfort

A Scarred Nation: Ukraine Turns to a Comedian for Comfort

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2019

The Ukrainian presidential campaign has been nothing if not absurd. But the success of TV comedian Volodymyr Zelensky shows that the electorate has had it with politicians. A trip through the country reveals the roots of his success. By Christian Esch more... Comment ]

Ukrainian Presidential Election: Yulia Tymoshenko Attempts a Comeback

Ukrainian Presidential Election: Yulia Tymoshenko Attempts a Comeback

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 28, 2019

Yulia Tymoshenko was once Europe's best-known political prisoner. Now, five years after the revolution in Ukraine, she is hoping to win the country's presidential election. Is she too rooted in the old system to win? By Christian Esch more... Comment ]


Escalating Tension: Russia Tries to Strangle Ukraine with New Maritime Strategy

Escalating Tension: Russia Tries to Strangle Ukraine with New Maritime Strategy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2018

Russia is adopting a new tactic in its ongoing conflict with Ukraine by cutting off the latter's access to its important ports in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has tried to use the situation to his own advantage -- without much success. By Christian Esch more... Comment ]

Moscow Meddling: The Forgotten War in Eastern Ukraine

Moscow Meddling: The Forgotten War in Eastern Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2018

Russia is making little effort to disguise its leadership role in the self-proclaimed people's republics in eastern Ukraine. Putin needs the regions to blackmail Kiev. An Essay by Christian Neef more... Comment ]


The Great Divide: Is Germany's Special Relationship with Russia Ending?

The Great Divide: Is Germany's Special Relationship with Russia Ending?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2018

Germany's new foreign minister has adopted a sharper tone than his predecessors on Russia. There are plenty of reasons to do so, but it is a significant break with tradition. Berlin is casting about for a happy medium. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Persona Non Grata: Would-Be Reformer Saakashvili Cast Out of Ukraine

Persona Non Grata: Would-Be Reformer Saakashvili Cast Out of Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 18, 2017

Two years ago, Petro Poroshenko hired former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili to promote reforms and tackle corruption. Now, though, the Ukrainian president has thrown Saakashvili out of the country. What went wrong? By Christian Esch more... Comment ]


'Little Russia': Pro-Russian Separatists Harden Split from Ukraine

'Little Russia': Pro-Russian Separatists Harden Split from Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2017

After nationalizing businesses, pro-Russian separatists have proclaimed their own state in eastern Ukraine, calling it "Little Russia." Tens of thousands of residents in the region are now jobless. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Yanukovych Resurfaces: 'Ukraine Has Become a Wild Country'

Yanukovych Resurfaces: 'Ukraine Has Become a Wild Country'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 22, 2017

Three years after the Maidan insurgency, Viktor Yanukovych has re-emerged to express his views on the Ukraine conflict in a letter addressed to Trump, Putin, Merkel and others. DER SPIEGEL correspondent Christian Neef met with the former president. By Christian Neef in Moscow more... Comment ]


Battling for Hearts and Minds: Kiev Fights for Loyalty in Eastern Ukraine

Battling for Hearts and Minds: Kiev Fights for Loyalty in Eastern Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2017

The Minsk agreement, designed to bring peace to eastern Ukraine, turned two this week. But it hasn't stopped the violence -- in part because Kiev has done little to promote reconciliation. If that doesn't change, unifying the country will prove impossible. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Domestic Refugees in Ukraine: Waiting Out the War

Domestic Refugees in Ukraine: Waiting Out the War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 19, 2017

The war in eastern Ukraine has uprooted hundreds of thousands of people, forcing them to flee from the constant shelling. Many of them have since found shelter, but they are yearning to return to their old lives. By  Yuliana Romanyshyn and Anastasia Vlasova (Fotos) more...