What's going on in Ukraine?

Little green men: Russia, Ukraine and post-Soviet sovereignty

The editors of Anthropoliteia would like to welcome Alexei Yurchak with the latest entry in our developing Forum What’s Going on in Ukraine?
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Ukraine Roundtable

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Memorials for the dead along Institutka St. © Jennifer Carroll

Both Allegra and Anthropoliteia have been busy covering the political developments in Ukraine and Crimea, so we decided to “collaborate” on our coverage by bringing together the various contributors to pause and reflect on the question: “What has struck you the most, or been most noteworthy, about the developments in Ukraine—from EuroMaidan to Crimea—so far?” Continue reading

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Crimea: Skirmishes and Signals in a (mostly) Bloodless War

The editors of Anthropoliteia would again like to welcome the latest in a series of special guest posts from Monica Eppinger as part of our developing Forum What’s Going on in Ukraine?

It is a rare war where the local population and defending army speak the language of the invader so well.  Clearly, shared language facilitated talking through tense stand-offs and other encounters that could have otherwise easily devolved into bloodshed during the invasion of Crimea.  In my first blog post, I identified discourse as a significant feature in Ukrainians’ responses to the invaders.  (Some examples of subsequent encounters made it into my earlier posts here, here, and here.)  In place of the post-Soviet aphasia Sergei Oushakine found 20 years ago, there’s been an explosion of discourse.  That in itself is worth analyzing.  For now, I’m just taking note.  Forget Stratego, Battleship, or other games of traditional tactical maneuver as heuristic; forget tank counts or brigade movements as the only, or even primary, means of understanding and assessing.  This war has consisted of verbal performance to an extent that  invites interaction analysis as a method for apprehending its tactics.  This post shares some of the last military engagements of the invasion.

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Silencing and backtalk: Scenes from the Crimean Occupation

The editors of Anthropoliteia would again like to welcome the fifth in a series of special guest posts from Monica Eppinger as part of our developing Forum What’s Going on in Ukraine?

There’s a phrase in Russian, tikhiy uzhas, “quiet horror”. For some in Crimea, that would summarize the week between March 4 and March 11 .

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Spirit of the Gift, wartime edition

The editors of Anthropoliteia would again like to welcome the fourth in a series of special guest posts from Monica Eppinger as part of our developing Forum What’s Going on in Ukraine?

March 4: another day of occupation, another day of no bloodshed. Wonders never cease.

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The neither/nor of a bloodless war in Crimea

The editors of Anthropoliteia would again like to welcome the third in a series of special guest posts from Monica Eppinger as part of our developing Forum What’s Going on in Ukraine?
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