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Author: Yegor Vasylyev

One and a half years before the election: Is Ukraine dreaming of Belarus?

Ukraine’s political scene is ripe for a newcomer. The public demands an uncompromising anti-corruption crusade, releasing the country from the oligarchs' grip, reforming the public service, boosting the social infrastructure and rising welfare standards.

November 21, 2017 - Yegor Vasylyev

Two years of Poroshenko’s presidency: dangerous political maneuvers next to a battlefield

On February 20th 2014, 53 people were shot dead in central Kyiv. Altogether, the death toll between February 18th and 21st reached 113 people. Two years on there are still no feasible answers to the main questions both about the killings and the future of the country.

June 27, 2016 - Yegor Vasylyev

Ukraine: The challenge ahead

The Ukrainian government’s decision to put the country’s European integration on hold was met by a spontaneous protest of middle class and students. Three days later the rally organised by political parties attracted the biggest turnout since 2004 Orange revolution events. Since then, the situation has spiralled.

December 5, 2013 - Yegor Vasylyev

Ukraine’s Geopolitical Twists: A dangerous game

On November 21st, a week before the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, the Ukrainian government announced its decision to halt preparations for the signing of the association agreement and the deep and comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU.  Announced “in the interests of the national security”, it also set forth a proposal for a […]

November 22, 2013 - Yegor Vasylyev

Ukraine’s Geopolitical Twists: A dangerous game

On November 21st, a week before the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, the Ukrainian government announced its decision to halt preparations for the signing of the association agreement and the deep and comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU.  Announced “in the interests of the national security”, it also set forth a proposal for a […]

November 22, 2013 - Yegor Vasylyev

Ukraine’s Geopolitical Twists: A dangerous game

On November 21st, a week before the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, the Ukrainian government announced its decision to halt preparations for the signing of the association agreement and the deep and comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU.  Announced “in the interests of the national security”, it also set forth a proposal for a […]

November 22, 2013 - Yegor Vasylyev

The Eastern Partnership: Which way from post-Soviet?

The countries in both Russia and the European Union's neighbourhood are commonly known as the post-Soviet states. However, as their Soviet past becomes more distant, their future horizons remain unclear.

October 6, 2013 - Yegor Vasylyev

The Wider Picture of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

All bets are on for the results of the 28-29th November Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius. “Now or never”, “Last chance”, “Just let’s sign it”; EU-players divided into camps thrust forward their arguments in Brussels.

August 6, 2013 - Yegor Vasylyev

Political Protests in Ukraine: Real again

On May 18th, the Day of Europe in Ukraine, tens of thousands marched in Kyiv as the wave of political protests reached its highest point. “Rise, Ukraine!” the rallies organised by the political opposition of Batkivshchyna, UDAR and Svoboda, had splashed across the country since early March. Ukrainian commentators, used to battering the opposition’s inefficiency, by […]

May 23, 2013 - Yegor Vasylyev

It is April 26th

What would you say is characteristic of Ukraine? At the beginning of the 2000s, an ordinary European, even if aware that Ukraine was not Russia, would inevitably answer with just one word – Chernobyl. April 26th 1986 was a hot day in Kyiv. Tourist books called it the greenest city in Europe at that time. […]

April 26, 2013 - Yegor Vasylyev

The Great Snow of Kyiv: Stories in black and white

It had all started with a joke. “Some snow yet. Hopefully, there will be less in the summer,” said a friend of mine on March 16th, looking at a snow cloud over Kyiv on a web forecast. “Well, it happens,” I thought, knowing there had been something in the media about a snow storm in […]

April 2, 2013 - Yegor Vasylyev

The Great Snow of Kyiv: Stories in black and white

It had all started with a joke. “Some snow yet. Hopefully, there will be less in the summer,” said a friend of mine on March 16th, looking at a snow cloud over Kyiv on a web forecast. “Well, it happens,” I thought, knowing there had been something in the media about a snow storm in […]

April 2, 2013 - Yegor Vasylyev

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