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Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in the Ukrainian capital.

KYIV BLOG: President Zelenskiy is the wind of change

April 23, 2019

“To all post-Soviet countries: look at us. Anything is possible!” outsider and comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy told cheering crowds after he won a crushing victory over incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in the April 21 presidential election run off.

KYIV BLOG: Comic Zelenskiy leads record number of candidates for the Ukrainian presidency

February 11, 2019

Ukrainians mistrust all the establishment candidates allowing outsider and comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy to take the lead in the most recent polls for the presidential election.

KYIV BLOG: Dropping export quotas on Ukrainian goods to Europe would fix its worst problems

January 31, 2019

It’s not even the end of January and Ukraine has already used up its entire year’s quota for duty free exports to Europe of corn, honey, grapes and apple juice. Quotas on other products are running out fast. The EU should drop the restrictions.

KYIV BLOG: IMF gives Ukraine a smack over slow pace of reforms

January 25, 2019

Embarrassing Lagarde statement pulled after a few hours. Did officials worry they’d trod on some pre-election toes?

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.