July 19, 2014 |
It couldn't get any worse for Malaysia Airlines, still reeling from the disappearance of Flight 370 in March, when reports came Thursday that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in Ukraine as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At the very least, it's a marketing nightmare - two catastrophes for an airline in 41/2 months. What passenger, going forward, will book a flight on the government-run carrier, which until this year had a reputation for high levels of service and safety?
April 18, 2014 |
Despite Russia's Crimean landgrab and its massing of troops on the Ukrainian border, Western leaders still refuse to recognize the mind-set of Vladimir Putin. U.S. officials still hope he will negotiate a "compromise" with the Kiev government rather than engineer the dismemberment of Ukraine. Anyone who still believes this pap should be sentenced to a week of watching the gross anti-Western propaganda on Russian state TV (nearly all national media are now state-controlled), which distorts the facts on Ukraine while whipping up nationalist fervor.
March 14, 2014 |
It will take cool heads to deal with Vladimir Putin after he dismembers Ukraine. And that moment is coming soon. Even as President Obama welcomed the acting prime minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, to the White House, the Russian leader advanced toward annexation of Crimea. Putin continues to deny what the whole world sees - that Russian troops have invaded Crimea - while hinting that he might send forces into eastern Ukraine to "protect" ethnic Russians. It's time for Obama and European leaders to look beyond Crimea to how they can prevent Putin from making even more dangerous moves.
July 25, 2009 |
In the 28 days since nine orphans from Ukraine stepped off their plane in the United States, they've visited a zoo, the Liberty Bell, Cinderella, and an Iron Pig. But for 10-year-old Oleg, the best thing about his first trip to America was in the driveway of his Bucks County host family. "To tell you the truth," Oleg said through a translator, "I liked riding the bicycle. " For the last month, the young visitor from an orphanage near the Crimean peninsula has been part of a new kind of family.
December 28, 2004 |
Getting elected, the new president might find, was the easy part. Viktor Yushchenko yesterday appeared all but sure of victory in Ukraine's presidential runoff, with 52 percent of the votes to Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych's 44 percent. Yushchenko survived a government-rigged election, months of exhausting campaigning, bitter personal attacks, crippling back pain, and an apparent assassination attempt with poison. Now he is probably days away from confirmation as president, presuming that challenges over voting irregularities in Sunday's runoff are cleared up and the results are validated.
February 4, 2001 |
For years, I've had this strange fascination with the south Ukrainian coastal cities of Yalta and Odessa. You might call it a kind of must-see imperative. It was from Odessa that my father emigrated 83 years ago. And Yalta is where Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin secretly met near the end of World War II to agree on zones of occupation after Nazi Germany's surrender, and to lay the groundwork for creation of the United Nations. A 12-day Black Sea cruise in early October on the Royal Princess, a 1,200-passenger ocean liner christened by Princess Diana in 1986, was just the ticket - an opportunity for my wife, Dorothy, and me to see both areas while traveling in comfort.
September 9, 1995 |
PUT A LID ON IT, JUDGE TELLS CAFE OWNERS Cafe ensembles that enchant tourists with romantic melodies in Venice's Piazza San Marco will have to decrescendo or pack up their instrument cases for good. A judge has given the small orchestras of the Italian piazza's four historic cafes 10 days in which to lower their volume. If not, the city will confiscate the bandstands that draw thousands of customers to the cafes' outdoor tables between April and October. Judge Sara Natto issued her order after tests showed that the music exceeded 65 decibels, the limit for daytime noise levels.
August 14, 1993 |
Klavdia Penkova didn't look like a warmonger. The 76-year-old gray-haired woman was just sitting quietly on a park bench, asking passersby to sign a petition. But her petition urged that this historic Crimean city and all the ships of the Black Sea Fleet be placed under Russian control. Here in newly independent Ukraine, those are fighting words. Nationalists in both Ukraine and Russia have made the fate of the fleet and its home port of Sevastopol volatile issues that threaten to deeply divide the two Slavic republics.
August 7, 1993 |
Alexander Polanski, a pilot for Air Ukraine, is lucky to fly once a month. Almost all of the airline's domestic schedule has been canceled because the cost of aviation fuel has soared. Two years ago, when Ukraine got much of its oil almost for free from Russia, about 240 planes a day flew in and out of Zhulyani Airport here. Now, with Russia charging close to world-market prices for fuel, only 12 flights are scheduled daily. And only one, to the Crimean vacation spot Simfiropol, is guaranteed to fly every day. "It is the only place left for Ukrainians to take a rest," said Victor Kupchik, the deputy head for technical services at the airport.
March 22, 1993 |
Russian Vice President Alexander V. Rutskoi, the legal successor to President Boris N. Yeltsin, would likely pursue a far more conservative line in foreign affairs, economic reform and Russian internal relations if he becomes president. A much-decorated pilot in the Afghan war, Rutskoi describes himself as a patriot who favors the establishment of a "Great Russian" state. He has long attacked Yeltsin's economic reforms and has left little doubt he would like to roll back many of the changes and reinstate stronger state control over the economy.