The last few days have been emotional. On Wednesday Nadia Savchenko arrived in Kyiv to a hero’s welcome, and a plethora of speculation as to her impact on Ukraine’s political scene. Her speech at Boryspil airport was uncompromising; her body language in Poroshenko’s presence was defiant (respectful … [Read more...] about The Coming Autumn Heat
This week the world mourns the victims of the IS (“Islamic State”) attacks on Paris. Meanwhile, seemingly as proof of the degree to which Ukraine is peripheral to global public opinion, the resurgent conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas goes unnoticed (as do the recent bombings in Beirut). In Ukraine, news … [Read more...] about Thoughts from Kyiv – In the wake of Paris bombings, shelling in the Donbas resumes
March 16 was a turning point. On this day, Putin came out of hiding – both literally and figuratively. In the literal sense, Putin’s 11 day absence from public view ended during a press conference with the President of Kyrgyzstan. Although many in Ukraine and Russia believe that the man who appeared … [Read more...] about Crimea: The Road to the Homeland. “The Putimentary”
Geopolitics is not chess, but the analogy works. Vladimir Putin has been playing this game with his closest neighbours (Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan) for many years, but recently it seems, the West has finally engaged (much to the Russian President’s delight). In Minsk this morning, Putin … [Read more...] about Towards a proactive Russia policy: What constitutes checkmate?
The problem with revolutionary times (and in case anyone was in doubt - Ukraine’s revolution continues) is that so many things happen simultaneously that it sometimes can be extremely difficult to keep track. Normally, to understand 70-80% of the salient political issues in a country at any given … [Read more...] about Ukraine’s revolution continues – Thought’s from Kiev
Social networks and the global media are buzzing: what’s the plan? Are the Europeans about to decide Ukraine’s fate over the heads of the Ukrainians? And most importantly, why now? Yesterday and today Ukrainian public opinion is split between two emotions: distrust and hope. German Chancellor … [Read more...] about Is Europe about to decide Ukraine’s fate over the heads of the Ukrainians?