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KYIV BLOG: Grain, grain go away…

November 14, 2023

There are two important grain stories in the list today. Firstly, Ukraine is on course to bring in a bumper harvest, but thanks to the war with Russia grain exports are down by a third in recent months and Ukraine’s farms are loss-making.

KYIV BLOG: Beginning of the end of the war in Ukraine?

November 6, 2023

Is it the beginning of the end of the war in Ukraine? Poor Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy must be very worried after a string of disasters in recent weeks.

KYIV BLOG: Ukraine left in limbo

July 12, 2023

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy must be very angry after the Nato decision to leave him in limbo. There was no concrete promise of Nato membership beyond “Ukraine’s place is in Nato”, and no timetable at all.

KYIV BLOG: the private sector won’t pay for Ukraine’s reconstruction

June 22, 2023

The much hyped second Ukraine Recovery conference was dealt a heavy blow after the EU appeared to announce that it was abandoning the idea of seizing the circa €200bn of Central Bank of Russia money. Now the private sector is to pay.

KYIV BLOG: Zelenskiy’s big gamble

June 15, 2023

The long awaited counter-offensive is finally underway, but is clearly in the first phase where Ukraine’s forces are probing Russia’s defences looking for weaknesses. The main attack has yet to start.