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Saakashvili – Odessa Governor

The last entry published concluded with these thoughts:  “Some may now wonder over the fate of Regional Governor Igor Palitsa after such a shambles – (if indeed you consider him culpable and not the Chairman of the Oblast Council), particularly so as he is a “Kolomoisky man”, rather than a “President’s man”. The truth is, […]

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The politics of playing with administrative boundaries – Odessa

Yesterday saw the Odessa Regional Administration assembly fail to vote in favour of the Odessa Oblast plan to adhere Government of Ukraine’s “voluntary association of communities”. Indeed the Cabinet of Ministers insists upon the creation of this “voluntary association of communities”, under the pretext of its necessity when allocating funding for the newly created, united […]

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Stables, doors, and prodigal sons

Yesterday saw the Prosecutor General of Ukraine declared that former (and much loathed) Education Minister Dmitry Tabachnik was wanted on suspicion of committing offences under Part 5, Article 191, of the Criminal Code. No surprise to anybody that followed his actions and tenure in office. For those with a little more insight, it is known he […]

International News & Commentary

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Energy diversification – Russian style

Many nations have domestic nuclear/atomic companies.  Generally they are carefully watched over, and are open to, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspection, oversight and regulation – not withstanding domestic regulation, “watchdogs”, and oversight.  Many, however, are independent actors from “the State”, rather than a direct extension of “the State”.  By “direct extension”, think Kremlin and […]

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And what of the US?

Following on from yesterday’s first entry in a month, it is perhaps worthy of asking a few questions relating to this statement – and what it actually means, and where it leads – if anywhere: “Indeed, the USA, perhaps due to, and in penance for, its rather expedient interpretation of the Budapest Memorandum, not withstanding […]

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World War II Battles in Ukraine & Soviet War Music Series: Part I

Aiming to run this set of articles throughout the month of May.   Writing about World War II today brings with it certain difficulties. For this series of articles, the intention is to remember and honor those who lived, fought and died in World War II, for… one reason or another. Aside from this first […]

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EU & FSU News & Commentary

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Not in my lifetime

Stripping away the rhetoric, the reality of the Riga Summit sets in, and the reality is that the EU seems very pleased with itself for essentially standing still/firm, rather than retreating, before a belligerent Kremlin.  Perhaps rightly so, as The Kremlin begins to work its insurgency within the EU (Greece, Hungary and potential EU Member […]

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Post Riga Summit – Disappointments yet to come

Much has been offered in the media and academia relating to disappointments for Ukraine (and Georgia) at the on-going Riga Summit. With regard to Visa-free, which both nations, rather too hopefully considering how they benchmark against the required standards, were hoping to get definitive start dates.  In reality, further assessments are likely in the Autumn […]

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Avoiding the avoidable whilst doing the necessary (Long time no blog!)

Firstly, long time no blogging from your regular(ish) author.  It will take a few entries to “get back into the saddle” no doubt.  As such, a rather long, yet shallow and less than nuanced entry to get matters going once more.  Prepare for some less than erudite rambling, but hang in there dear readers, hopefully […]

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World War II Spotlights

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WWII – Ukrainian Battles & Red Army Music Part II

В путь – V Put “Let’s go” written in 1954 by Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi and Mikhail Dudin Operation Barbarossa and The Catastrophes of 1941. There are several points to be made about the Red Army and its early performance in World War II. The Red Army’s failures in 1941 often make reference to Stalin’s purges of […]

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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!

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Around Ukraine

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The first of many “wrongful dismissal” verdicts?

In October last year, an entry was published questioning the long term consequences that lay await after the “Lustration Law” – “The issue with “OK” legislation for a subject as serious as lustration, is that ultimately European Court of Human Rights appeals may very well result – with rulings granting compensation and strong suggestions of […]

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Not in my lifetime

Stripping away the rhetoric, the reality of the Riga Summit sets in, and the reality is that the EU seems very pleased with itself for essentially standing still/firm, rather than retreating, before a belligerent Kremlin.  Perhaps rightly so, as The Kremlin begins to work its insurgency within the EU (Greece, Hungary and potential EU Member […]

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Shooting from the hip? Mozgovoy Assassination

Last evening, Alexie Mozgovoy, commander of the Ghost Battalion, within the “Luhansk People’s Republic” met an untimely death.  He was assassinated on the road between Luhansk and the Ghost Battalion stronghold of Alchevsk. For those who want the gory details of the assassination, you won’t find them here, suffice to say he was assassinated, together […]

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Odessa – Our Home Sweet Home…

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The first of many “wrongful dismissal” verdicts?

In October last year, an entry was published questioning the long term consequences that lay await after the “Lustration Law” – “The issue with “OK” legislation for a subject as serious as lustration, is that ultimately European Court of Human Rights appeals may very well result – with rulings granting compensation and strong suggestions of […]

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Local governance, energy efficiency, turf wars and “stuff”

Prior to the presidential elections in May 2014, as is always the case with any Ukrainian election, numerous approaches are made to this blog by election monitors, diplomats, journalists and NGOs, to meet and “have a chat” about what’s happening, who’s doing what, why and how, predictions, ramifications, and “stuff”. Indeed any election campaign involving […]

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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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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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