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Ukraine’s bright spots for the year

Time and Patience.   To lean to the east or lean to the west has been an increasingly divisive question for Ukraine since it separated from the Soviet Union. Well, that was until February of 2014 when Putin provided Ukraine the best possible argument why Ukraine should lean much further to the West than it had […]

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May 2nd Memorial

A very short entry, first as Nikolai very qualified to comment more extensively but is not here and while here, I’m not qualified. At least forty-eight people died in Odessa on this day last year. It begins with activists on both sides of the political divide itching for a fight and local police letting it […]

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Wargaming and the future of the After Action Report

The future is already here; it is just not evenly distributed. – William Ford Gibson Almost every day, but more frequently as of late, I wake up to find some surprising advances in technology. Yet, I wonder how well those advances are being integrated not just for commercial businesses, but by the government – and […]

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Wargaming and the future of the After Action Report

The future is already here; it is just not evenly distributed. – William Ford Gibson Almost every day, but more frequently as of late, I wake up to find some surprising advances in technology. Yet, I wonder how well those advances are being integrated not just for commercial businesses, but by the government – and […]

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Anti-Terrorism, the DCFTA and… Bilbo Baggins

As a stranger in a strange land, one must accept some strange things. One comes to accept that you will get paid to do some strange things and that you will pay to do some even stranger things. Eventually strange becomes normal. For the better part of ten years, things in Ukraine were… normal. Part […]

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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 […]

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Nancy Sinatra on Ukraine’s Economic Relationships

Nikolai is still on vacation, now on the beach in [censored], drinking a… tall cup of coffee, yes, that’s it! A tall cup of coffee probably with a slight dash of Irish Bailey’s Cream. Filling in for him is the crazy guy from the swimming pool at the Kyiv Hilton. Call it the Sinatra Family […]

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In search of sponsors in a sea of EU/US grant money – Ukraine

Only in exceptional circumstances does this blog become even remotely personal in its content – and this will be one of few occasions. It is very rare that the civil society activities of this blog are ever mentioned within it – and never in detail if they are.  There are reasons for that, which are […]

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CoE EuroMaidan report, a most damning read – And now what?

This Council of Europe report into the EuroMaidan investigations – or perhaps more accurately described as the complete and utter absence of coherent, effective and genuine investigations into the EuroMaidan events – is an exceptionally (and rightly) damning read when it comes identifying the complete absence of management, responsibility, cooperation between and effectiveness of Ukrainian […]

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World War II Spotlights

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Training, Officers, Acronyms & Wargames: TOAW

The Operational Art of War.   There is nothing more competitive than warfare. Some train hard day and night to one day win a gold medal. What then is the limit of training when lives and the destinies of nations are on the line? Just as a goalie trains differently than a halfback or forward, […]

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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 […]

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Ukraine’s bright spots for the year

Time and Patience.   To lean to the east or lean to the west has been an increasingly divisive question for Ukraine since it separated from the Soviet Union. Well, that was until February of 2014 when Putin provided Ukraine the best possible argument why Ukraine should lean much further to the West than it had […]

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Training, Officers, Acronyms & Wargames: TOAW

The Operational Art of War.   There is nothing more competitive than warfare. Some train hard day and night to one day win a gold medal. What then is the limit of training when lives and the destinies of nations are on the line? Just as a goalie trains differently than a halfback or forward, […]

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The East Ukraine “Crisis” – From (Way) Outside of the Box

Adding Perspective with 10 Tips, Tricks and Insights Transparency in war is probably not a good idea. To be fair, Russia has a point in saying it does not have soldiers in Ukraine and is not providing equipment to separatists in Ukraine. This IS standard operating procedure. Everyone knows otherwise. This is not specific to […]

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Odessa – Our Home Sweet Home…

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May 2nd Memorial

A very short entry, first as Nikolai very qualified to comment more extensively but is not here and while here, I’m not qualified. At least forty-eight people died in Odessa on this day last year. It begins with activists on both sides of the political divide itching for a fight and local police letting it […]

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OdessaTalk – Of Patrons and Saints

“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.“ – Edmund Burke, Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents – 1770   Nikolai Holmov, Grand Master of the Expat Illuminati in Ukraine, is on vacation. He will be contributing from abroad […]

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A price on your head – Odessa

Within this entry relating to the SBU rolling up terrorist entities in Odessa a few days ago, lies these paragraphs: “Rumour from within the SBU mill, is that amongst those of this organisation arrested, were two individuals that had been designated as assassins. Indeed there is/was a “hit list” of 4 names of public figures […]

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Nancy Sinatra on Ukraine’s Economic Relationships

Nikolai is still on vacation, now on the beach in [censored], drinking a… tall cup of coffee, yes, that’s it! A tall cup of coffee probably with a slight dash of Irish Bailey’s Cream. Filling in for him is the crazy guy from the swimming pool at the Kyiv Hilton. Call it the Sinatra Family […]

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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 […]

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“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 […]

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