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Tue, Oct 22, 2019

The real cost of Russian gas

As a result of the Nord Stream 2 project, Europeans will get more climate-friendly gas and Russians will choke on coal dust.

UkraineAlert by Evgeniia Chirikova

Geopolitics & Energy Security Oil and Gas

Tue, Oct 22, 2019

Is Europe giving up on Ukraine?

Some European leaders seem to want a new approach with Ukraine.

UkraineAlert by Mark Temnycky

Political Reform

Mon, Oct 21, 2019

Invisible in an invisible war

The six women in fatigues sitting around a well-appointed brunch table in suburban Washington give an impression of sincerity and sacrifice. Members of the Ukraine Women’s Veterans Movement, they were in Washington, DC, from October 7-12, to promote their new report, Invisible Battalion 2.0, a national survey of the status of Ukraine’s women veterans. They […]

UkraineAlert by Lauren Van Metre and Steven Steiner

Civil Society Conflict

Mon, Oct 21, 2019

Kyiv not Kiev: Why spelling matters in Ukraine’s quest for an independent identity

A number of global heavyweights have recently adopted the Ukrainian-language derived “Kyiv” as their official spelling for the country’s capital city, replacing the Russian-rooted “Kiev.”

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

The seasoning of President Zelenskyy

We are beyond halfway through October, and there’s still no certainty whether the much awaited and long-delayed summit of the Normandy Four states (Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France) will take place. The summit is meant to jump start the moribund Minsk process for achieving peace in Ukraine’s east. On October 17, the German and French […]

UkraineAlert by Bohdan Nahaylo

Crisis Management Elections

Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Servant of the people or servant of the oligarchs?

The president’s response is appropriate in a country with an operating rule of law. But in Ukraine, with an unreformed judiciary, this is a complete cop out.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Financial Regulation Fiscal and Structural Reform

Fri, Oct 11, 2019

Seven takeaways from Zelenskyy’s marathon press conference (and one surprise) 

At the press conference, Zelenskyy said he was ready to “sit down and talk” with Kolomoisky.

UkraineAlert by Iryna Matviyishyn

Civil Society Conflict

Fri, Oct 11, 2019

Ukraine’s $50 billion challenge

UkraineAlert by Andy Hunder

Fiscal and Structural Reform International Financial Institutions

Wed, Oct 9, 2019

Real talk on Kyiv’s talks with Moscow

Ukraine must devise its bargaining position, and anticipate Russia’s, or it will be devoured in upcoming talks, left to the mercy of Putin as well as of France and Germany, both co-opted by Putin.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Conflict Democratic Transitions

Wed, Oct 9, 2019

Mission possible

The government wants to liberalize the economy and proceed with radical and swift changes.

UkraineAlert by Basil Kalymon

Corruption Democratic Transitions

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Tue, Oct 1, 2019

Ukraine is having a very bad month

Only three weeks ago, diplomats, the international finance community, and Ukraine boosters were so upbeat.

UkraineAlert by Melinda Haring

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Fri, Sep 27, 2019

Why Zelenskyy needs a new chief of staff now

A new investigation may shed light on the views of Zelenskyy's chief of staff Andriy Bohdan toward Russia and the West.

UkraineAlert by Melinda Haring

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Expert Q&A: How’s the US-Ukraine relationship after New York?

How’s the US-Ukraine relationship after New York? What should Zelenskyy do next? How could Russian President Vladimir Putin exploit this?

UkraineAlert by Melinda Haring

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Will Zelenskyy make the same fatal mistake as Poroshenko?

Judicial reform is one of the most anticipated promises made by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during his unorthodox campaign.

UkraineAlert by Kateryna Butko

Civil Society Political Reform

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Explainer: Five things about the Ukraine controversy you need to know (plus a freebie)

Many of the names in the Ukraine controversy are new to general readers, so we attempt to answer a few basic questions. If you have others, please drop us a line on Twitter.

UkraineAlert by Melinda Haring

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Gontareva: “Too many have sacrificed and died to let oligarchs run the country again.”

Support for the National Bank of Ukraine and Gontareva from the West has been overwhelming, but if Zelenskyy cannot take on Kolomoisky, then his landmark election and reform agenda will be added to the trash heap of failed Ukrainian presidents and support for the country will erode.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Civil Society Corruption

Tue, Sep 24, 2019

What’s at stake with the Trump-Zelenskyy meeting

Ukraine is at risk of coming to the negotiation table with a weak hand, unless the United States throws its full support behind it and encourages Europe to do the same.

UkraineAlert by Paul Grod

Conflict Political Reform

Tue, Sep 24, 2019

Culture wars, Odesa style

Roytburd’s case is important for many reasons, but first, it unites politicians from different camps. He is supported by both top Poroshenko and Zelenskyy people.

UkraineAlert by Konstantin Akinsha

Civil Society Human Rights

Mon, Sep 23, 2019

The Kremlin is betting we will forget these names

The release of prisoners was a big win, but activists worry that those who remain behind will be forgotten.

UkraineAlert by Vitalii Rybak

Conflict Crisis Management

Mon, Sep 23, 2019

Ukraine’s place in the geopolitical puzzle is shifting. That was the point.

We don’t know what Zelenskyy gave up to get the prisoners back, but it probably wasn’t small. Ukrainian detainees have been one of Putin’s major pressure points on Ukraine for five plus years.

UkraineAlert by Maksym Panchenko

Conflict Crisis Management