Brian Milakovsky

Brian Milakovsky works on humanitarian issues in eastern Ukraine. He has been living and working in Russia and Ukraine since 2009, when he traveled to Kiev as a Fulbright scholar.

Protesting the War in Yemen

The US is complicit in policies that could kill as many Yemenis as Jews perished in the Holocaust. We are witnessing a period of activism and civic engagement unprecedented in my generation. Liberals have picked up the placards they put away for most of the Obama era and remembered how to march. Health care, women’s rights, the rights of refugees, science-based public policy — these are... Continue Reading

Fair Observer

Ukraine’s Explosive Language Question

It is no longer a sustainable social contract in Ukraine that the east can be a Russian-speaking enclave and de facto ignore the state language. The so-called “language question” has been a recurring motif of political conflict in Ukraine for the past 25 years. Too often, debates between proponents of obligatory Ukrainizatsiya (Ukrainianization) and of the two-language (Ukrainian and... Continue Reading

Fair Observer

The Church: Caught Between Russia and Ukraine

In Eastern Ukraine, the Orthodox Church finds itself in the crossfire of an ideological conflict. “I call on those who cry out that we should restore justice with our fists: Our country is ailing, but we must treat her in a way that does not kill the patient … We must call a sin a sin, but love the sinner. I speak of the eternal. Think of that, so that you won’t be ashamed to look in... Continue Reading

Fair Observer

Is Europe’s Buffer Zone in Ukraine Keeping it Safe?

Ukraine must protect civilian populations in the Donbas region and seek a political solution to the conflict. European and American foreign policy elites have come to regard the brutal war in eastern Ukraine almost entirely through the lens of geopolitics. The terrible human suffering of the war remains an unfocused foreground that they gaze through at a “resurgent Russia,” “Europe in... Continue Reading

Fair Observer
Fair Observer, 461 Harbor Blvd, Belmont, CA 94002, USA