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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.

KYIV BLOG: Ukraine headed for a constitutional crisis

September 13, 2017

Ukraine faces a crisis like Boris Yeltsin’s showdown with the communist-dominated Duma in 1993 if President Petro Poroshenko plays his cards badly in his stand-off with former Odesa governor and ex-Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili.

KYIV BLOG: Poroshenko's low popularity creates opening for Kremlin in Ukraine's upcoming elections

September 5, 2017

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has only a 2% popularity rating, opening up an opportunity for Moscow to influence the upcoming elections in favour of a new and friendlier candidate.