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Sun, May 24, 2020

Ukraine’s showbiz president shuns mainstream media

Volodymyr Zelenskyy won the Ukrainian presidency with a campaign that positioned him as an everyman alternative to the country’s discredited political elite, but a lack of media engagement now risks undermining his democratic credentials.

UkraineAlert by Tetiana Gaiduk

Democratic Transitions Internet

Thu, May 21, 2020

Russo-Ukrainian War: Zelenskyy unable to find path to peace with Putin

President Zelenskyy’s talk of a new approach to peace with Russia proved hugely attractive to the war-weary Ukrainian public in 2019. However, one year on, there is very little to show for this initial optimism.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Conflict Russia

Thu, May 21, 2020

Ukraine’s novice president may yet live up to the hype

Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy has struggled to match the sky high expectations that accompanied his historic 2019 election win, but he has done enough during his first year to suggest he may yet live up to the hype, says Tetiana Popova.

UkraineAlert by Tetiana Popova

Crisis Management Democratic Transitions

Wed, May 20, 2020

Ukraine’s road agency head: Vast infrastructure upgrade continues despite pandemic

The coronavirus crisis is creating huge challenges for the global economy and Ukraine is no exception. Nevertheless, the most ambitious construction undertaking in independent Ukraine’s history remains very much on track.

UkraineAlert by Oleksandr Kubrakov

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Wed, May 20, 2020

Walking a tight rope, one year of Zelenskyy’s foreign policy

One year ago, Zelenskyy promised to make Ukraine rich, slay corruption, and bring peace to eastern Ukraine. Skeptics will say that his moves amounted to nothing, but others are impressed that he’s putting in the work.

UkraineAlert by Adair Appleton

Conflict Defense Policy

Mon, May 18, 2020

Zelenskyy’s first year: New beginning or false dawn?

Volodymyr Zelenskyy generated a wave of optimism when he became Ukraine’s sixth president on May 20, 2019. One year on, it is not clear whether his presidency will prove to be genuinely transformational or just another false dawn.

UkraineAlert by Steven Pifer

Democratic Transitions Ukraine

Mon, May 18, 2020

Ukrainians reject modern Russia’s WWII victory cult as geopolitical divide deepens

A nationwide survey conducted on the eve of this year’s WWII anniversary events found that a clear majority of Ukrainians now blame the USSR together with the Nazis for sparking the Second World War.

UkraineAlert by Victor Tregubov

Conflict Democratic Transitions

Sun, May 17, 2020

From Stalin to Putin: The Crimean Tatars face a new era of Kremlin persecution

As the Crimean Tatar community marks the seventy-sixth anniversary of their Soviet deportation, an entire generation faces the prospect of another year living in terror at home in Russian-occupied Crimea or forced into exile.

UkraineAlert by Polina Sadovskaya and Veronika Pfeilschifter

Conflict Human Rights

Fri, May 15, 2020

Why I’m optimistic Georgia’s reforms can change Ukraine

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili explains why he believes his experience reforming Georgia can help Ukraine accomplish its own post-Soviet transition towards European prosperity.

UkraineAlert by Mikheil Saakashvili

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Wed, May 13, 2020

US still determined to block Putin’s pet pipeline project

Vladimir Putin hasn’t given up on his grand strategy to dominate European gas markets but the US remains committed to preventing Russia from completing the strategically vital Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Eastern Europe Geopolitics & Energy Security
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Wed, May 13, 2020

Ukraine approves crucial anti-oligarch banking law

Ukrainian MPs have adopted legislation to prevent former owners regaining banks nationalized during recent reforms. The move is a blow to Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoiskiy and paves the way for a new IMF program.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Corruption Economy & Business

Tue, May 12, 2020

Putin’s Russia has weaponized World War II

Vladimir Putin has turned the Red Army role in WWII into a victory cult designed to rebuild post-Soviet Russia's national pride and provide justification for Moscow's aggressive foreign policy in Ukraine and beyond.

UkraineAlert by Volodymyr Yelchenko

Conflict Eastern Europe

Tue, May 12, 2020

Can Saakashvili rescue Ukraine’s reform agenda?

President Zelenskyy has appointed former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili to lead Ukraine's National Reform Council. What might this appointment mean for the country's stuttering reform agenda?

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Tue, May 12, 2020

Zelenskyy’s spring 2020 purge targets reformers

Ukraine's President Zelenskyy won election one year ago by promising to end decades of government corruption, but a spring 2020 purge of leading Ukrainian reformers raises grave doubts over the country's future direction.

UkraineAlert by Victor Tregubov

Democratic Transitions Rule of Law

Mon, May 11, 2020

Enough already

There are other troubling signs on the horizon. Reformers in Kyiv worry that a revanche is underway and civil service, medical, anti-corruption, and fiscal reforms are all under attack.

UkraineAlert by Melinda Haring

Political Reform Rule of Law

Sat, May 9, 2020

Time for Europe to stop fighting over World War II

As the world marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Second World War, the conflict continues to loom large in the global imagination but there is no consensus about the conflict in Europe, creating challenges for the future of European integration.

UkraineAlert by Nataliya Popovych and Volodymyr Sheiko

Europe & Eurasia European Union

Thu, May 7, 2020

US accuses Russia of “falsifying WWII history”

A strongly-worded new US joint statement issued together with foreign ministers from across Central and Eastern Europe takes aim at Russian attempts to rewrite history and sanitize the Soviet role in WWII.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Central Europe Disinformation

Thu, May 7, 2020

Putin has hijacked WWII to justify Russian aggression

Under Vladimir Putin, Russia's annual Victory Day holiday has morphed from a solemn WWII memorial honoring Soviet losses into a grandiose nationalistic celebration of Russia's return to the world stage.

UkraineAlert by Solomiia Bobrovska

Nationalism Russia

Thu, May 7, 2020

Putin woos Trump with WWII nostalgia but Russia’s hybrid war continues

Presidents Trump and Putin recently issued a joint statement praising the WWII meeting of US and Soviet troops as “an example of how our countries can build trust.” However, with Russia waging a hybrid war against the West, trust is in short supply.

UkraineAlert by Eugene Czolij

Conflict Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, May 4, 2020

East Ukraine: Between a pandemic and a war zone

Covid-19 is a global crisis, but its impacts on war zones will prove to be uniquely tragic. Nowhere is this more evident than in the conflict-stricken Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

UkraineAlert by Eric Fritz and Frank Martin

Conflict Coronavirus