Struggle for Ukraine

18.02.2016

The Yatsenyuk Chronicles: How Ukraine’s Prime Minister Survived

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has been under pressure to resign, but unexpectedly lived to fight another day after a parliamentary vote of no-confidence against him failed. What lies behind his political survival?
25.11.2015

The Crimea Blackout: Electrifying Maidan

Kyiv seems to view the Crimea blockade as a pressure release valve - a way to allow agitated nationalists to blow off steam without sacrificing its own power. As such, the blockade is vastly preferable to some of the alternatives – namely allowing nationalists to vent their grievances in the Donbas, which would invite reprisals from Russia and the EU alike.
25.11.2015

Crimea Struggles With Ukraine’s New Energy “War”

Ukrainian political activists have stepped up their campaign to isolate Crimea by sabotaging its electricity supply. Ordinary residents of Crimea are hostages of a hybrid political struggle between Ukraine and Russia.
23.11.2015

Poroshenko’s Catch-22

Poroshenko must rely on a patchwork of political alliances that are alternately cooperative and confrontational. If he begins investigating officials — whether from the Yanukovych regime or otherwise — he will quickly face an army of new enemies and upset the fragile balance that allows him to remain in power.
20.11.2015

A Debt Deal for Kiev?

A new proposal to extend repayment of a Russian intergovernmental loan to Ukraine may ultimately suit all parties.
3.11.2015

Ukraine After Local Elections: Putting Out Fires

While local elections proceeded peacefully, the fires are still burning around Kyiv.
30.09.2015

The Still-Topical Tagliavini Report

Many people are trying to rewrite the history of the 2008 Georgia-Russia War in the light of the Ukraine crisis. The EU’s report on the war is still a useful baseline and a reminder of how different the two conflicts are.
9.09.2015

Supporting a War that isn't: Russian Public Opinion and the Ukraine Conflict

Russian public opinion polls since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis reveal a contradiction: ordinary Russians are against war and intervention abroad. But a skillful television propaganda campaign has persuaded them that in Ukraine they are helping their own and opposing Western designs against them.
4.09.2015

Turmoil in Kiev: Ukrainian Society and Decentralization

The Ukrainian capital Kiev saw a return to violent political protest this week after a long period of quiet. How widespread are the sentiments of the radical protestors and how popular is President Poroshenko's strategy of decentralization?
31.08.2015

Ukraine’s New Party of Power

The merger of President Poroshenko’s party with the UDAR party of Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko is another step in the consolidation of power by the Ukrainian leader. Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front may be the next in line for absorption. But recent Ukrainian history shows that these big united parties have all ended in failure.
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