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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.

KYIV BLOG: Whitewashing Ukraine’s murky arms smuggling industry

August 24, 2017

Ukraine’s blitz inquiry into allegations the country supplied rocket engines to North Korea whitewashes over its troubled history of sanctions-busting.