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Ukrainian Oil & Gas to get international management?

After all the unnecessarily public shenanigans that played out last week between the majority and minority shareholders of Ukrnafta – the State and Igor Kolomoiski – and other potential confrontations, such as Uktransnafta, Prime Minister Arseney Yatseniuk has announced that a change of management, which had a great deal to do with the unnecessarily public […]


Project Managers Wanted – Reforms Ukraine

It’s not often this blog advertises job vacancies – however these job vacancies are more worthy than most for some additional promotion, simply due to the fact that should those successful candidates succeed in fulfilling their appointed roles robustly, the author, together with the rest of Ukrainian society, is likely to benefit. Despite this blog’s […]


Getting the money back – Ukraine

Somewhat belatedly perhaps, by Presidential Decree, President Poroshenko yesterday created the “Inter-agency Working Group on Coordination of the Return of Funds, Received in a Criminal Way by Former Senior Officials, to Ukraine.”  Imaginatively titled, all would agree. Surprisingly for a presidential decree – or indeed anything generated entirely within domestic Ukrainian politics – there is […]

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Ukraine-Turkey FTA

Friday saw Turkish President Erdogan in Kyiv. The usual and expected reassuring words from Ukraine’s (and Odessa’s) Black Sea neighbour were uttered: “We support territorial and political integrity and independence of Ukraine, including Crimea. We recognize the legitimate aspirations of Ukraine to be united with Europe and support them.   We are directly observing the […]


Unnecessary overlap or cracks in the pavement? – UA Borders

Yesterday saw the public announcement and signing of an agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the USA relating to a $24.4 million programme dealing with corruption – making public what was already more or less known regarding cooperation between the US Department of Justice and the FBI together with the Ukrainian Prosecutor Generals Office […]


Time for a swift re-framing during the lull?

Though a ceasefire remains far from in effect in eastern Ukraine, it is fair to say there is something of a lull in the fighting.  Indeed there was an entire 24 hours where nobody died, though it is the exception and not the rule. Today heavy weaponry has started to be pulled back – certainly […]

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The Riga Summit – Something in amongst the nothing

A few days ago an entry appeared here doubting the wisdom of President Poroshenko’s public rhetoric regarding Visa-free travel announcements at the Riga Summit in May. “Clearly President Poroshenko is yet to learn to manage his own expectations, let alone those of his people – and this despite several lessons from the Europeans since Russia […]

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Ukraine and the Horizon (2020)

Yesterday, Ukraine signed up to, and became a partner within the EU Horizon 2020 programme.  It won’t get any serious media coverage, if any – although it should. Thus (pending EU parliamentary ratification that will surely come) post-signing, Ukrainian innovators, researchers and businesses can now participate fully in this €80 billion funded project. That Ukraine […]

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A test too far for the EU CSDP? – Peacekeepers to the Donbas

“Over the past 4 months the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and/or Article 7 of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement that directly relates to the CSDP, has been mentioned within entries no less than 14 times.  A somewhat recurring theme of late – and deliberately so, with the obvious and impending implications contained therein. […]

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World War II Spotlights

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No I didn’t forget and never would I!

The Axis Highwater Mark – El Alamein (AAR Turns 21 – 30)

Proceeding with Turns 21 – 30 for The Third Reich 42 – 45 North Africa. The screenshot doesn’t do justice for the whirlwind of fighting transpiring just west of El Alamein, Egypt. A mix of British armoured and infantry brigades continuously baited Rommel’s forces to advance toward Montgomery’s massive Eighth Army. Then, using one of […]

Back to the Game – Turns 11 – 20

Continuing the play test of “Third Reich 1942 – 1945″ under The Operational Art of War, we already up to Turn 34 with no major game issues, only minor details to refine. Instead of going turn by turn, I’ll switch to covering larger blocks of turns. Finland/Karelian Front – Historically, Arctic Cicle Lend Lease Convoys […]

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Around Ukraine


Total lustration? Not the best choice of words.

There is naturally a need to keep the public informed of the cleansing of the institutions of State when such a cleansing remains very much a demand of the Ukrainian constituency.  Indeed it would be very foolish not to publicise the fact that on-going cleansing continues, lest the public begin to believe that a return […]


Into the perceived Kolomoiski vacuum – Ukraine (and Odessa)

Following the resignation of Igor Kolomoiski, and its acceptance by President Poroshenko in the early hours of this morning, whom and what overtly fills the political/power vacuum will no doubt be the subject of both speculation and analysis. As previously written, some time ago, Mr Kolomoiski is (and remains) the last true oligarch worthy of […]


Remember the Anti-Corruption Bureau?

The on-going, seemingly glacial effort at a functioning Anti-Corruption Bureau has not been mentioned at the blog since the end of 2014. Time, perhaps, for an update, although there is sadly little to update as is the case with glacial movement. The National Anti-Corruption Bureau was supposed to be already operating by now.  It’s legislative […]

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Odessa – Our Home Sweet Home…


All over to Avakov and the MIA? – Law & (dis)Order, Odessa

In an interesting day for Odessa relating to law and order – and its enforcement – two developments of note have occurred. The first development is the removal of the security structures in place in Odessa since 6th May 2014 by order of President Poroshenko. From 6th May 2014 until yesterday, the local militsia/police were […]


Inclusive or exclusive innovation (or is it invigoration) – Odessa/Ukraine

Now and again, this blog is asked to contribute to discussions, either directly or indirectly (arming others that are going into a debate/conference) with a thought or two.  Such requests occur far more regularly at a local level, but occasionally at a national level too.  After all, nobody has the monopoly on good ideas, and […]


Some US FDI – Odessa

Having not written about anything local for a while, it is perhaps time to write about something positive occurring for Ukraine, and in particular Odessa. For those who are not acquainted with Odessa, it is home to three large ports.  Odessa, Yushni and Ilyichevsk. Ilyichevsk is approximately 50 square kilometers of port-side and container terminal […]

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NBU abolishes some currency restrictions for business

Though this will undoubtedly be hidden amongst gas news and reporting from the front lines – somewhat earlier that expected, the National Bank of Ukraine has abolished some of its temporary restrictions on foreign currency. In short, with effect from 3rd November, the following temporary restrictions are lifted previously imposed under Resolution 591. “transactions undertaken in […]


“Ukraine was the top improver” – You don’t read that very often!

“Ukraine was the top improver in 2012/13, implementing reforms in 8 of the 10 areas measured by Doing Business.” Blimey! It’s not often you read anything that states Ukraine was the most improved at anything – and yet it is there in black and white, front and centre, on Page 9 of the World Bank/IFC “Doing Business […]

Developing a Ukrainian Silicon Valley: Will It Be Odessa or Kiev?

The technology sector is becoming increasingly important in the Ukraine, and not just in the negative sense that has previously hit the headlines. Odessa’s share of this industry has been particularly focused on the more creative side, with many of the IT companies that operate in the country choosing to locate their research and development departments […]

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