Blood Money: Ukraine’s 2018 Budget Bodes War

Blood Money: Ukraine's 2018 Budget Bodes War

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has prepared the draft budget for 2018. The parliament’s official website has published the relevant information along with specific provisions on revenue, expenditures, and forecasts for financial and economic development and inflation. If the bill is not subject to major external amendments (such as IMF intervention) or internal ones (parliamentary opposition), then […]

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Saakashvili vs. Poroshenko: a new political stand off has begun in Ukraine

Saakashvili vs. Poroshenko: a new political stand off has begun in Ukraine

On the evening of September 10, supporters of the ex-president of Georgia and ex-governor of the Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili, from the battalion ‘Donbass’ (commander – Semen Semenchenko) broke through the cordons of the authorities on the Polish-Ukrainian border and helped the politician enter the territory of Ukraine. According to the Minister of Internal Affairs […]

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The End of Minsk-2: Kiev’s “Re-Integrating Donbass” Plan Means War

The End of Minsk-2: Kiev's "Re-Integrating Donbass" Plan Means War

Continued from Part 2 The famous and very knowledgeable Ukrainian political analyst who fled to Russia following the coup in Kiev, Rostislav Ishchenko, has characterized the legislation on “re-integrating” Donbass as an element of domestic political struggles. Indeed, there are certain grounds to suppose such, but let us analyze this matter in greater depth with […]

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The End of Minsk-2: The Social Dimension of Ukraine’s Artillery Bombardments

The End of Minsk-2: The Social Dimension of Ukraine's Artillery Bombardments

Continued from Part 1 The draft legislation advertised by the Poroshenko Administration also features an important focus on the social aspect. According to the bill, Kiev proposes to introduce a series of “incentives” and “concessions” to the residents of the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, presumably after these territories are regained by Ukraine. This condition […]

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The End of Minsk-2: Poroshenko’s New Gamble

The End of Minsk-2: Poroshenko's New Gamble

According to the Ukrainian President’s representative in the Verkhovna Rada, Irina Lutsenko, Kiev intends to officially declare Russia an “aggressor country.” Such a provision is being enshrined in a bill on “re-integrating” Donbass which, according to Lutsenko, is already “99.9% ready” for registration in parliament. In her recent interview, the Ukrainian President’s representative also added […]

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“Minsk-2” is dead after Ukraine violates latest Donbass ceasefire

"Minsk 2" is dead after Ukraine violates latest Donbass ceasefire

On August 22, the “Normandy Four” telephone conversations took place. The main result achieved – the Chancellor of Germany, the Presidents of France, Russia and Ukraine supported the decision of the Contact Group on Ukraine on the introduction of the ceasefire in Donbass in connection with the beginning of the academic year. (September 1) Let […]

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