Newsweek: Is negotiation with Russia possible at this point?
Tymoshenko: Yes, but the negotiations should not be between Ukraine and Russia. World leaders should understand that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine concerns the entire world.
Newsweek: How can world leaders help Ukraine?
Tymoshenko: By negotiating. We have the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances [a 1994 agreement between Russia, the United States and Britain guaranteeing the territorial integrity of Ukraine in return for its renunciation of nuclear weapons]…. British and American military forces are the guarantors of peace in our country. This is not a reason to start a war; the agreement should prevent a war from happening.
With Ukraine’s fugitive president on the run, visitors treated themselves to a tour of his massive personal estate over the weekend.
Brendan Hoffman, on assignment for Getty Images, Instagrams his personal experiences of a photojournalist on the ground in Kiev, Ukraine.
“In the words of the popular proverb, Moscow was the heart of Russia; St Petersburg, its head. But Kiev, its mother…”— James H. Billington, The Icon and the Axe
With 50 dead in Kiev, Ukraine must choose between Russia or the West—unless Putin chooses for them.
Photo credit: Konstantin Chernichkin/Reuters
An Olympic forerunner tests out the course for a freestyle skiing aerials training session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
(Photo credit: Sergei Grits/AP)
Pussy Riot members Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were detained in Sochi ahead of a protest performance. They were planning to record a protest song called “Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland.”
The two women, along with several journalists and activists, were released several hours later without charges.
This week’s cover story looks at the surprisingly challenging environment gay figure skaters face as competitors in what many consider to be the Olympics’ ‘gayest’ sport. Abigail Jones has the story.
Related: Many of the athletes selected for the 2014 Sochi Olympic delegation by President Obama are openly members of the LGBT community.
President Vladimir Putin’s martial arts friends have already reaped huge benefits from the 2014 Olympics in Russia.
What do the “black widow” Islamist suicide bombers reported to be headed for the Winter Olympics in Sochi look like? I think back to May 2012 when a series of Islamist bombings in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, left 13 dead and over 130 injured.
Two weeks later, two suspected terrorists were cornered in a house by security forces and, after the intervention of protesters, some women carrying babies were allowed to leave the premises. The women were angry. One, who claimed both her brothers had been killed by Russian forces, said to me, “I am ready to do anything. I can blow myself up, together with all these nonbelievers.”
This week I was informed by an official in Makhachkala that the furious woman I spoke to was none other than Ruzana Ibragimova, one of the black widows desperately being sought by police after warning they had intelligence she was on her way to bomb the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Police suspect Ibragimova is already in the Olympic city, having arrived from from Dagestan earlier this month. I also met recently another woman closely associated with Islamist terrorism, “Aisha” - not her real name - a niece of Doku Umarov, the leading Chechen terrorist who has promised to wage war against the Kremlin until his country is free of Moscow rule. Russians call him “the Russian Osama bin Laden.”
Umarov has been seen so rarely in the past decade, the authorities have pronounced him dead eight times. I asked Aisha when she had last seen him. It was in a mosque in the Ingush city of Nazran more than 10 years ago, in the midst of the second Chechen war, she said. (MORE: I Met the Black Widow Suicide Bomber - Newsweek)