Odessa - By Land and Sea

This is mostly raw data.  The map below is for quick reference purposes. Distances between selected capitols are for land routes, obviously without the road map detail. So as to not crowd the map, capitols are left off. For the logistically-minded, an 800 km (500 mile) day for truckers puts the majority of European capitols […]

Ukraine 13th July Investment Conference - USA


For those who are unaware - which is almost everybody - there is to be an investment conference relating to opportunities within Ukraine - to privatisation, energy, etc., not to mention the promulgation and reiteration of just how far financial reforms have gone, and have yet to go, in order to boost confidence for those […]

You Can In Ukraine

Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it, Ukraine… Ukraine. These vagabond shoes, are longing to stray. Right through the very heart of it, Ukraine, Ukraine. I wanna wake up, In a country that’s come awake where freedom and democracy’s at stake Those high tax blues, are going […]

The DCFTA, Languages and Jobs

The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) between the EU and Ukraine is expected to go into effect January 1, 2016. All countries have not completed signing on to it, but it is proceeding well enough. Quite a few investors and corporations are not waiting, because irrespective of the DCFTA, there’s close to $75,000,000,000 […]

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 […]

EU standards - or not/Стандарты ЕС - или нет

EU approved

Almost one year ago, 13th April 2014 to be precise, an entry was published bemoaning the lack of information for Ukrainian manufacturers and service providers regarding EU (and by extension ISO) standards certification. “For those that are looking westward and desire greater integration, it is surely time to show just how attainable that actually is – […]

A return to the 3G tenders - Ukraine

In November 2014, an entry was published that highlighted the tendering for, and licensing of, 3G in Ukraine - the outcome of which is due on 23rd February.  It was identified as one of the litmus tests for foreign corporate investment into the country. “As such, one of the very first public and international tests […]

A 3G update - Ukraine


Following on somewhat nicely from yesterday’s Turkey-orientated entry, a return to a mid-November 2014 entry that was published relating to the anticipated 3G tender and licensing.  An entry that attempted to highlight just how critical to Ukraine a transparent tender and subsequent licensing will be, considering the number of large foreign international corporations looking closely at […]

The UIA Chess Piece


A few days ago, an entry appeared that mentioned newly proposed Aviation Regulations that would not been seen as particularly favourable to most international air carriers operating in Ukraine. “There is then an entire raft of retarded legislation that would counter the interests of Ukraine – though of course not the interests of certain Ukrainians […]

The 2015 Budget

Currently the IMF is back in town - and as a lender of last resort, undoubtedly welcome in government circles in lieu of nobody else. It arrives at a time when a programme (of sorts) is being - and is almost - thrashed out by the parties that will form the majority coalition. Big ticket […]