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KYIV BLOG: Is Russia about to invade Ukraine?

December 11, 2018

Reports are swirling that Russia is massing troops on the Ukrainian border and is about to invade – again.

Will Ukraine’s president follow Erdogan’s emergency powers playbook?

December 6, 2018

Emergency rule in Turkey lasted two long years. The president purged his enemies and reshaped the constitution to give him potent rule. Parts of Ukraine are now under martial law ahead of elections. The Turkish experience could prove instructive.

KYIV BLOG: Vested interests threaten to capture Centrenergo privatisation

October 5, 2018

The Ukrainian authorities will attempt to privatise the country's leading power generating company Centrenergo in late November but observers worry that the biggest privatisation deal of the year has already been captured by insiders.

KYIV BLOG: Saakashvili deported from Ukraine

February 13, 2018

Like a scene from a gangland movie, ex-Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili was dragged out of a downtown Kyiv restaurant by officers holding him by the hair, before being put on a plane to Poland.

KYIV BLOG: EBRD gives Ukraine poor marks in its progress report

September 19, 2017

​EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti gave a balanced but tough report on Ukraine’s progress at the annual 14th Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting in Kyiv.