Leonid Ragozin is a freelance journalist based in Riga.
The Ukrainian president’s New Year address overshadowed Vladimir Putin’s and won the praise of many Russians.
At the heart of Ukraine’s troubles is the establishment of a hard border with Russia which has never existed before.
Despite attempts to silence the opposition leader, the trajectory of public opinion is shifting away from Putin.
Ukrainians have been having doubts about Western commitment to Ukrainian democracy; the recent scandal confirmed them.
The recent escalation in tensions serves political interests in both Moscow and Tbilisi.