Ukraine quotes

  • There is an abundance of ancient place names in the Ukraine and Poland, which derive from 'Khazar' or 'Zhid' (Jew).
    -- Arthur Koestler

    #Ukraine #Names #Ancient

  • We're opposing Russia's aggression against Ukraine, which is a threat to the world, as we saw in the appalling shoot-down of MH17.
    -- Barack Obama

    #Memorable #Ukraine #Russia

  • I wouldn't go to war over Ukraine.
    -- Benjamin Carson

    #War #Ukraine

  • The recent history of Ukraine is replete with dead journalists, beaten journalists, news agencies being shut down, and politicians being injured or killed. Most are killed in mysterious auto accidents.
    -- Bob Schaffer

    #Agency #Ukraine #News

  • The demonstrators in Ukraine will persevere and succeed, or grow tired, cold and fade.
    -- Bob Schaffer

    #Tired #Ukraine #Succeed

  • As long as the opposition believes the world will stand with Ukraine's democrat reformers, they will have the leverage and the courage to establish a legitimate republic under the leadership of Viktor Yushchenko.
    -- Bob Schaffer

    #Believe #Ukraine #Long

  • The Western media tends to place a lot of emphasis on official institutions in Ukraine such as its supreme court, the central election commission, and the parliament. In reality, the people of Ukraine now control their destiny.
    -- Bob Schaffer

    #Reality #Destiny #Ukraine

  • The intrusion of history is not just theoretical. It is also the legacy of being an accomplice or a victim, or just an onlooker. In each case, history entails the uncomfortable presence of earlier unresolved roles.
    -- Charles S. Maier

    #Ukraine #Legacy #Roles

  • What I'd do is not have USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy working with U.S. taxpayers' money to knock off an elected government in Ukraine, which is what they did. I wouldn't try to force the people of Ukraine into a deal with NATO against their interest or into a deal with the European Union, which is against their economic interest.
    -- Dennis Kucinich

    #Government #Ukraine #People

  • The Russian Dept of Tourism has declared Ukraine its most dangerous destination. Many Russian tourists have disappeared there.
    -- Garry Kasparov

    #Ukraine #Tourism #Tourists

  • Ukraine had quite serious impact on the many Russians. They could see that ordinary people in Ukraine which is a bordering state, very close to Russia, the people of this state are, they didn't want to tolerate anymore the power abuse by Ukrainian officials.
    -- Garry Kasparov

    #Impact #Russia #Ukraine

  • I will work for Bulgaria's strategic choice - Bulgaria's membership in the European Union and NATO. I think it is also extremely important to revive Bulgaria's relations with Russia, Ukraine and other strategic partners.
    -- Georgi Parvanov

    #Thinking #Ukraine #Russia

  • I remain convinced that for Stalin to have complete centralized power in his hands, he found it necessary to physically destroy the second-largest Soviet republic, meaning the annihilation of the Ukrainian peasantry, Ukrainian intelligentsia, Ukrainian language, and history as understood by the people; to do away with Ukraine and things Ukrainian as such. The calculation was very simple, very primitive: no people, therefore, no separate country, and thus no problem. Such a policy is Genocide in the classic sense of the word.
    -- James Mace

    #Country #Simple #Ukraine

  • Death solves all problems - no man, no problem.
    -- Joseph Stalin

    #Men #Ukraine #Problem

  • Farmers present by themselves the basic force of the national movement. Without farmers there can be no strong national movement. This is what we mean when we say that the nationalist question, is actually, the farmers' question.
    -- Joseph Stalin

    #Strong #Mean #Ukraine

  • At this point the question of Ukraine is the most important. The situation in Ukraine is very bad. If we don't take steps now to improve the situation, we may lose Ukraine. The objective should be to transform Ukraine , in the shortest period of time, into a real fortress of the U.S.S.R.
    -- Joseph Stalin

    #Real #Ukraine #Important

  • - Oh no, The Collective Farm policy was a terrible struggle... Ten million (he said holding up his hands). It was fearful. Four years it lasted. It was absolutely necessary.
    -- Joseph Stalin

    #Struggle #Ukraine #Hands

  • Walter Duranty helped to turn the monster Stalin into a world figure and a hero of the leftistWestern intelligentsia by defending the bloodbath of the Soviet Union from its critics in the now famous: "You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.
    -- Lance Morrow

    #Hero #Ukraine #Eggs

  • Nowhere else did repressions, purges, suppressions, and all other kinds of bureaucratic hooliganism in general acquire such horrifying scope as in Ukraine, in the struggle against powerful forces concealed in the Ukrainian masses that desired more freedom and independence.
    -- Leon Trotsky

    #Powerful #Struggle #Ukraine

  • The crisis in Ukraine is all the European Union’s fault. Its leaders negotiated a trade deal with Ukraine, which essentially blackmailed the country to choose between Europe and Russia,
    -- Marine Le Pen

    #Country #Ukraine #Europe

  • I grew up in the Ukraine 'til I was about 7, and then I moved to L.A.
    -- Mila Kunis

    #Ukraine #Grew #Grew Up

  • Nixon urged Clinton to maintain his relationship with Yeltsin but make contact with other democrats in Russia. He warned Clinton away from some ultranationalists and toward those interested in liberty and reform. He pressed Clinton to replace his ambassador in Kiev and concentrate future U.S. economic aid on Ukraine, where it would matter most.
    -- Nancy Gibbs

    #Ukraine #Russia #Liberty

  • In Paris, everybody is in black! But you know, in Ukraine everyone wears bright colours.
    -- Olga Kurylenko

    #Ukraine #Paris #Black

  • When you live in a small town in the Ukraine, you definitely want to go to Paris.
    -- Olga Kurylenko

    #Paris #Ukraine #Want

  • Russia and Ukraine are candidates for the entry to the WTO and their dispute would be easy to understand and tackle if they are both members of this organization.
    -- Pascal Lamy

    #Ukraine #Organization #Russia

  • There is no appeasing Putin. Frankly, there is no directly stopping him, either. It is only possible to raise the costs to him of his war, including the military costs. If we won'€™t provide military materiel to Ukraine now, we deserve the contempt with which Putin regards us.
    -- Rich Lowry

    #War #Military #Ukraine

  • God's intention is to transform your life, your promised land, and your nation, and to use you to bring back the earth to Himself, just as He is doing with us in Ukraine
    -- Sunday Adelaja

    #Land #Ukraine #Use

  • There is not an inherent contradiction between a Ukraine that has longstanding historic and cultural ties to Russia, and a modern Ukraine that wants to integrate more closely with Europe.
    -- Susan Rice

    #Reality #Ukraine #Europe

  • Today in Ukraine, many people struggle to survive, older ones often see the breakdown of the Soviet system as a loss of stability and security for average people, and therefore a certain hostility to quickly acquired wealth is from their point of view quite understandable at the first look.
    -- Victor Pinchuk

    #Struggle #Loss #Ukraine

  • I am a citizen of the world, and also a citizen of Ukraine.
    -- Victor Pinchuk

    #Ukraine #World #Citizens

  • We must improve our lives and we will do it together - all of our citizens and myself as president of Ukraine.
    -- Viktor Yanukovych

    #Ukraine #President #Together

  • Ukraine must once again be revered and respected by its citizens as well as the East and the West.
    -- Viktor Yushchenko

    #Ukraine #West #East

  • A cynical plan has been launched in Ukraine to destroy this administration
    -- Viktor Yushchenko

    #Ukraine #Cynical #Administration

  • There is only one conflict in Ukraine today and it is between the regime and the people.
    -- Viktor Yushchenko

    #Ukraine #People #Today

  • People power. It has no limits. In politics, every politician in Ukraine is afraid of that. They know, if people go to the streets, nobody feels safe.
    -- Vitali Klitschko

    #Motivation #Ukraine #People

  • Ukraine is also successfully moving toward democracy and making progress expanding freedoms and rights to its people. We can help Ukraine achieve these goals and improve its economy by normalizing trade relations.
    -- Vito Fossella

    #Moving #Rights #Ukraine

  • They are constantly trying to drive us into a corner because we have an independent position, because we maintain it and because we tell it like it is and don't engage in hypocrisy. But there is a limit to everything. And with Ukraine, our Western partners have crossed the line, playing the bear and acting irresponsibly and unprofessionally.
    -- Vladimir Putin

    #Powerful #Independent #Ukraine

  • Kiev's attempts to exert economic pressure on Donbas (region of east Ukraine) and disrupt its daily life only aggravates the situation. This is a dead-end track, fraught with a big catastrophe.
    -- Vladimir Putin

    #Life #Ukraine #Track

  • There are no Russian units in eastern Ukraine - no special services, no tactical advisors. All this is being done by the local residents, and the proof of that is the fact that those people have literally removed their masks.
    -- Vladimir Putin

    #Ukraine #People #Special

  • Russia had to take the necessary measures in order to prevent the situation in Crimea unfolding the way it is now unfolding in southeastern Ukraine. We didn't want any tanks, any nationalist combat units or people with extreme views armed with automatic weapons.
    -- Vladimir Putin

    #Russia #Ukraine #Views

  • Ukraine is a vital link for Europe: our energy transportation networks; our location between the European Union and Eurasia. We're the melting pot of Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity. The democracy we founded with the Orange Revolution has to be an example for other post-Soviet states.
    -- Yulia Tymoshenko

    #Ukraine #Europe #Orange

  • My goal in politics from the very beginning has been, and will be, the goal of giving Ukraine a chance to finally secure a firm footing in the world as a competitive, independent and real European state.
    -- Yulia Tymoshenko

    #Real #Independent #Ukraine

  • I ask you, people who care about the soul of Ukraine, those who want to preserve the heart, the spirit and the faith of our country for future generations, to please defend it.
    -- Yulia Tymoshenko

    #Country #Heart #Ukraine

  • I know the Russian political elite has got used to the Ukraine suffering from an inferiority complex, but I want this to disappear from our relationship.
    -- Yulia Tymoshenko

    #Ukraine #Political #Suffering

  • The old bastions of the post-communist regime collapsed before my very eyes. The monsters who had kept Ukraine in a criminal state left the stage.
    -- Yulia Tymoshenko

    #Eye #Ukraine #Monsters

  • I am sure that all complaints regarding me were initiated from Ukraine.
    -- Yulia Tymoshenko

    #Ukraine #Complaints

  • The key point to bear in mind is that Russia cannot be in Europe without Ukraine also being in Europe, whereas Ukraine can be in Europe without Russia being in Europe.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Ukraine #Europe #Keys

  • Russia can be either an empire or a democracy, but it cannot be both. . . . Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be an empire, but with Ukraine suborned and then subordinated, Russia automatically becomes an empire.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Ukraine #Russia #Democracy

  • However, if Moscow regains control over Ukraine, with its 52 million people and major resources as well as access to the Black Sea, Russia automatically again regains the wherewithal to become a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Powerful #Ukraine #Europe

  • Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Country #Independent #Ukraine

  • We have for decades now, and I've dealt with the Russians for 35 years, we have from time to time been able to, even though we have different interests, to align them. That alignment has become more and more difficult under Putin. You see that in Ukraine, you see it in the Middle East. To an extent where he actually defines Russian success as thwarting the United States.
    -- Ashton Carter

    #Ukraine #Years #Middle East

  • Ukraine announced plans to open Chernobyl, their nuclear disaster site, to tourists. They say it's just like Disneyland, except the 6-foot mouse is real.
    -- Conan O'Brien

    #Real #Ukraine #Feet

  • "Bolshoi Babylon" is the work of filmmakers Mark Franchetti and Nicholas Read. Franchetti has been a Moscow-based journalist for 18 years. He won a British Press Award for his coverage of the 2002 Moscow theater siege in which 130 hostages were killed. He's covered Russian politics and the war in Ukraine.
    -- Elizabeth Blair Lee

    #War #Ukraine #Years

  • Ukraine is a tinderbox, and the fuse is lit. There is no solution through violence in Ukraine.
    -- Frank-Walter Steinmeier

    #Ukraine #Violence #Lit

  • My parents are from the former Soviet Union, from Ukraine, and I grew up wanting to be a professional hockey player.
    -- Gabe Polsky

    #Hockey #Player #Ukraine

  • Vladimir Putin is a human rights abuser, responsible for deaths in Ukraine, Georgia and Syria, not to mention curious murders of his political opponents and journalists.
    -- Jake Tapper

    #Ukraine #Rights #Political

  • Ukraine is the instrument for Russia to test the West's 'red lines'
    -- Lilia Shevtsova

    #Russia #Ukraine #Lines

  • I believe it is wrong to give Moscow a rebate on Ukraine sanctions because of Syria.
    -- Martin Schulz

    #Believe #Ukraine #Giving

  • The Terror-Famine of 1932-33 was a dual-purpose by product of collectivization, designed to suppress Ukrainian nationalism and the most important concentration of prosperous peasants at one throw.
    -- Norman Davies

    #Ukraine #Important #Purpose

  • The issues for journalism and journalists, we see obvious places where presentation is very different in a digital space from traditional print. If you go to a New York Times homepage, you cannot get to a story about the Ukraine without a click-off on a banner ad or a slide show. They're not alone in that - you think you're clicking on a video about a news event and you have a 30-second ad that you have to watch before you can get to it.
    -- Norman Pearlstine

    #New York #Thinking #Ukraine

  • President Bush Sr. and Secretary Baker, way back when, told Gorbachev, "We are not going to advance NATO into Eastern Europe. We're not going to - we're not going to advance NATO into East Germany, if you allow the unification of Germany." Where is that pledge? Where is the logic behind a military alliance, devised in the time of communism, before the Berlin Wall fell, now being in the Ukraine, in Poland, in Estonia, in Latvia and Lithuania? I don't understand.
    -- Rashid Khalidi

    #Wall #Military #Ukraine

  • The West appears to have decided for the Ukrainian people what their choice is. The EU does not condemn violent actions in Ukraine which are punishable in the West.
    -- Sergey Lavrov

    #Ukraine #People #Choices

  • I'm afraid Putin will kill me. I believe that he was the one who unleashed the war in Ukraine. I couldn't dislike him more.
    -- Boris Nemtsov

    #War #Believe #Ukraine

  • In Russia there is great interethnic hatred, class hatred - I mean hatred for wealthy people - that is stirred up by official propaganda. That is why there can be no 'velvet' solution, as there was, for example, in Georgia or Ukraine.
    -- Boris Nemtsov

    #Mean #Ukraine #Class

  • Putin never wanted all of Ukraine. He wanted for historical purposes to take Crimea. He did. Then he wanted a part of Ukraine that he could always use to advance Russian interests. And he is now at a point where nobody in the West is shouting, hey, stop. Give us back Crimea. It's all accepted. And so he has won.
    -- Marvin Kalb

    #Ukraine #Giving #Historical

  • we are dealing with a return to what might be a far more normal relationship between the West and Russia. Russia is what it is that we see. It's not dressed up in its birthday costume. It is what it is. It regards its national interests as important enough to fight for. And the difference on the whole Ukraine situation is that the Russians are prepared to fight for their position on Ukraine, and the West is not.
    -- Marvin Kalb

    #Fighting #Russia #Ukraine

  • Well, we have got to understand, for example, Russia is an orthodox Christian nation. So is Ukraine. That happened in 988 in Crimea, a place called Kievan Rus, which was the Russia around Kiev at that time. It's 1,000 years ago, but, to a Russian, it's yesterday.
    -- Marvin Kalb

    #Christian #Russia #Ukraine

  • Russia can never be an empire unless it is in control of Ukraine.
    -- Marvin Kalb

    #Russia #Ukraine #Empires

  • But there are realities governing what they can do. And Ukraine cannot live with the false image that somehow or another the West will come and rescue her. It's not going to happen.
    -- Marvin Kalb

    #Reality #Ukraine #West

  • Every nation at the end of the day must fend for itself. Sometimes, it needs help. And Ukraine deserves all the help in the world.
    -- Marvin Kalb

    #Ukraine #The End Of The Day #Needs

  • If anything good is going to emerge out of this, it's going to be the result of an acceptable modus vivendi between Ukraine and Russia. The two of them will have to get together at some point. It is going to be a result that many people in the West will not like, because Russia, as the bigger power, is going to get the better of the deal. So, a lot of people will say, that's appeasement. That's this - that - it's reality.
    -- Marvin Kalb

    #Reality #Russia #Ukraine

  • Vladimir Putin is a Russian czar. He's kind of a mix of Peter the Great and Stalin. He's got both in his veins. And he looks out first and foremost for the national security interests of Russia. He accepts that, in Eastern Europe, that is a Russian backyard, that is a Russian sphere of influence. Ukraine lives most uncomfortably and unhappily in a Russian backyard.
    -- Marvin Kalb

    #Russia #Ukraine #Europe

  • John Kerry tried to work with the Russians on Syria, and the man was honorable, because he was trying to do the right thing, and frankly, playing a very weak hand, a hand that was weak not because of him, okay. He did the best he could, but I will say this to his enormous credit: he never offered a dirty deal. You can have Ukraine if you only help us out on Syria. Never - he never did that.
    -- Daniel Fried

    #Dirty #Men #Ukraine

  • California, like anywhere else on Earth, should have the right to secede whether the United States likes it or not. The preferences of the other 49 states and Washington DC is not relevant. That was the position of the United States government on Yugoslavia and other places around the world but not on Ukraine. However, morality and the law as I understand it are that any people should have the right to leave, just as explained in the initial words of the US Declaration of Independence.
    -- David Swanson

    #Government #Ukraine #Should Have

  • I think Hillary Clinton is more suspicious, clearly tougher on Russian policy in Ukraine, Georgia, Syria; more willing to support sanctions; not against negotiating with Putin, but I would say tougher and more skeptical. And Donald Trump has talked about revisiting policy towards Ukraine, revisiting policy about sanctions towards Russia, not as quick to criticize Putin for what he might be up to in Syria and propping up the regime there - so just seems to be more open to the possibilities of working out some kind of a - I guess you'd call a modus vivendi with Putin.
    -- Richard N. Haass

    #Thinking #Ukraine #Russia

  • God has left me alive, so it looks like I'm needed for something ... As soon as there is a possibility for me to return, I will return and will do everything I can to make life better in Ukraine. And today, the main task is to stop the war.
    -- Viktor Yanukovych

    #Life #War #Ukraine

  • unlike other countries, we're not skeptical at all when it comes to EU expansion. In fact, we are in favor of admitting Ukraine and Turkey. In this sense, one can hardly say that we are focusing unilaterally on our own national interests. Austria, for example, has held up the negotiations for Turkey's admission to the EU. Why am I against deeper involvement in the EU? There are several reasons for that.
    -- Lech Kaczynski

    #Country #Turkeys #Ukraine