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Are Ukrainians assessing their leaders unfairly?

The last four years have been challenging for the Ukrainian state. Would anyone have dealt with everything better than President Poroshenko?

August 17, 2018 - Taras Kuzio

Yulia Tymoshenko’s second attempt to hire US political consultants

The money trail left behind by Yulia Tymoshenko ahead of the 2019 presidential elections in Ukraine raises some serious questions.

July 24, 2018 - Taras Kuzio

Are opinion polls a guide to Ukrainian elections? Not necessarily

Ahead of next years Presidential elections in Ukraine, opinion polls are just as doubtful as they have been before crucial elections in the West.

July 16, 2018 - Taras Kuzio

Ukraine is not Russia or Venezuela

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko and the proposals made at her June 15th “New Deal” congress resemble those introduced by Nicolás Maduro, successor to military officer and President Hugo Chávez, a socialist-populist who ruled Venezuela from 1999-2013. Chávez and Maduro are anti-democratic leaders who have ruined the country’s once strong economy based upon it being a major oil producer.

June 26, 2018 - Taras Kuzio

Waiting for an independent Orthodox Church in Ukraine

An attempt to restructure the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has raised questions formerly unknown to parishioners and politicians alike.

June 21, 2018 - Mykhailo Cherenkov

From Amalgamation of Local Communities to a New Governance System in Post-Euromaidan Ukraine

Ukraine's decentralisation reforms are changing the organisational structure of the country. What about its Constitution?

June 19, 2018 - Andreas Umland Anthony Levitas Maryna Rabinovych

Who Voted for Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Court?

Who is for and who is against reforms in the Ukrainian parliament? The answer to that question might be more complex than it might seem at first glance.

June 11, 2018 - Taras Kuzio

Discourses of peacekeeping in Ukraine

Ukrainian inner discourses are permanently compromised because most of them are produced by the Russian Federation. The idea of a peacekeeping force by itself exists as if without an alternative, and now there is a discussion about the mandate, number and national composition of peacekeeping troops. But in reality there is no consensus on the hypothetical deployment, and this consensus has never existed. 

June 5, 2018 - Maria Kucherenko Vitalii Kulyk

Corruption in Ukraine’s Military: Journalists need to check their facts first

Ukraine's Armed Forces are according to many observers on a path of slow recovery. Its morale and popular credibility depends not only on its success on the battlefield, but also on how it is portrayed. Journalists have a special responsibility when it comes to documenting accusations of corruption in an environment where the problem is so real.

May 23, 2018 - Yuriy Lukanov

The Case for Ukraine’s Membership of NATO

NATO has accepted countries with problems concerning territorial integrity in the past. However none of the size and strategic importance such as Ukraine. What are some of the arguments in favour of Kyiv entering the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation?

May 18, 2018 - Taras Kuzio

Reforming the Civil Service in Ukraine: Are salaries the core issue?

Many reforms in Ukraine have been long-overdue or unsuccessful. Attempts to improve the public administration in the country have been a bit of both. Enhancing the Civil Service will depend on structural reforms, as much as on better paychecks.

May 17, 2018 - Serhii Soroka

Donbas coal bonanza

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics operate in line with mafia rules. The extraction, export and sale of coal – the region’s key resource – have helped the two para-states survive. It has also become a fuel for local power struggles, all under the blind eye of the European Union.

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR, LNR) are often compared to Transnistria, another unrecognised quasi-state supported by Moscow and used as a tool to destabilise Moldova. Such a comparison, however, is a mistake. Transnistria – to put things simply – is organised around the Transnistrian business conglomerate Sheriff, which controls the majority of companies, some government agencies and local political parties. In contrast, the DNR and LNR, covering one-third of Ukraine’s Donets Black Coal Basin, operate according to mafia rules. This is an important point to keep in mind while analysing the functioning of the economy of the para-states.

April 26, 2018 - Michał Potocki

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