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To all subscribers of Current Politics in Ukraine

Dear All, From November 1, this site will no longer be used for my articles. I am closing both Current Politics in Ukraine and Current Politics in Belarus, and replacing them with a more personal site: DAVID R. MARPLES BLOG

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To all subscribers of Current Politics in Ukraine

Dear All, From November 1, this site will no longer be used for my articles. I am closing both Current Politics in Ukraine and Current Politics in Belarus, and replacing them with a more personal site: DAVID R. MARPLES BLOG

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Ukraine at 24

David Marples On its 24th anniversary, Ukraine’s problems continue to multiply: the GDP continues to fall, if not as catastrophically as last year and the possibility of default in payment of debts remains high; the Minsk-2 ceasefire barely holds in

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Ukraine at 24

David Marples On its 24th anniversary, Ukraine’s problems continue to multiply: the GDP continues to fall, if not as catastrophically as last year and the possibility of default in payment of debts remains high; the Minsk-2 ceasefire barely holds in

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WHAT TO DO WITH THE DONBAS: PHASE 3

David Marples On July 16, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko steered the draft law to provide more autonomy for separatist-occupied areas of the Donbas through Parliament and to the Constitutional Court for approval. Though the motion passed convincingly (288 votes in

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WHAT TO DO WITH THE DONBAS: PHASE 3

David Marples On July 16, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko steered the draft law to provide more autonomy for separatist-occupied areas of the Donbas through Parliament and to the Constitutional Court for approval. Though the motion passed convincingly (288 votes in

To the President of Ukraine, Petro Oleksiiovich Poroshenko and the Chairman of the Parliament of Ukraine, Volodymyr Borysovych Groysman:

We the undersigned appeal to you not to sign into law the draft laws (2538-1 and 2558) adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on 9 April. As scholars and experts long committed to Ukraine’s regeneration and freedom, we regard these laws

To the President of Ukraine, Petro Oleksiiovich Poroshenko and the Chairman of the Parliament of Ukraine, Volodymyr Borysovych Groysman:

We the undersigned appeal to you not to sign into law the draft laws (2538-1 and 2558) adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on 9 April. As scholars and experts long committed to Ukraine’s regeneration and freedom, we regard these laws

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UKRAINE PARLIAMENT LEGALIZES ‘FIGHTERS FOR UKRAINIAN INDEPENDENCE IN THE 20TH CENTURY’

David Marples On April 9, Rada deputy Yurii Shukhevych (Radical Party) introduced a new law to the Ukrainian Parliament “Concerning the legal status and commemorating the memory of the fighters for Ukrainian independence in the 20th century. It also introduced

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UKRAINE PARLIAMENT LEGALIZES ‘FIGHTERS FOR UKRAINIAN INDEPENDENCE IN THE 20TH CENTURY’

David Marples On April 9, Rada deputy Yurii Shukhevych (Radical Party) introduced a new law to the Ukrainian Parliament “Concerning the legal status and commemorating the memory of the fighters for Ukrainian independence in the 20th century. It also introduced

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Minsk-2

David Marples The peace agreement reached after 16 hours of talks in Minsk between the French and German leaders, Vladimir Putin, and Petro Poroshenko represents the second attempt to stop the fighting in the Donbas. Quickly, analysts assailed it or

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Minsk-2

David Marples The peace agreement reached after 16 hours of talks in Minsk between the French and German leaders, Vladimir Putin, and Petro Poroshenko represents the second attempt to stop the fighting in the Donbas. Quickly, analysts assailed it or

PROSPECTS FOR UKRAINE IN 2015

David Marples Ukraine will have three priorities in 2015: restoring economic stability; reducing the levels of corruption, and ending the conflict in the east. Equally important will be ensuring that the new ruling coalition in Parliament keeps on course without

PROSPECTS FOR UKRAINE IN 2015

David Marples Ukraine will have three priorities in 2015: restoring economic stability; reducing the levels of corruption, and ending the conflict in the east. Equally important will be ensuring that the new ruling coalition in Parliament keeps on course without

Keep calm

@FuckYouPutin

David Marples Slowly, the Ukrainian government’s Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) is succeeding, as the anti-Kyiv insurgents are reduced to small areas within the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. The future is far from clear since there is no guarantee that all

Keep calm

@FuckYouPutin

David Marples Slowly, the Ukrainian government’s Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) is succeeding, as the anti-Kyiv insurgents are reduced to small areas within the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. The future is far from clear since there is no guarantee that all

The Real Barricades

Halya Coynash With the critical Vilnius Summit approaching in November and Russia making its position on EU-Ukraine Association  – together with readiness to use unacceptable weapons – all too clear, there is mounting pressure to view the issue in very

The Real Barricades

Halya Coynash With the critical Vilnius Summit approaching in November and Russia making its position on EU-Ukraine Association  – together with readiness to use unacceptable weapons – all too clear, there is mounting pressure to view the issue in very

Open Forum–Announcement

Over the next month and starting on June 1, we will be featuring a series of articles on the topic of “How Ukrainian History Should be Debated,” using as a thread, Taras Kuzio’s article of May 19, 2013 in The Ukrainian

Open Forum–Announcement

Over the next month and starting on June 1, we will be featuring a series of articles on the topic of “How Ukrainian History Should be Debated,” using as a thread, Taras Kuzio’s article of May 19, 2013 in The Ukrainian

The Viktors Go to Brussels

David Marples and Myroslava Uniat After the February 25 16th EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels, Ukraine’s chances of signing an Association Agreement later this year in Vilnius appeared as uncertain as they were before the meeting. What is lacking is a

The Viktors Go to Brussels

David Marples and Myroslava Uniat After the February 25 16th EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels, Ukraine’s chances of signing an Association Agreement later this year in Vilnius appeared as uncertain as they were before the meeting. What is lacking is a

HAVING THE CAKE AND EATING IT TOO

Mykola Riabchuk On the eve of President Vikto Yanukovych’s visit to Moscow on December 19, many Ukrainian experts were confident that the game was over and the beleaguered Ukrainian president would accept Putin’s invitation to the Customs Union as a

HAVING THE CAKE AND EATING IT TOO

Mykola Riabchuk On the eve of President Vikto Yanukovych’s visit to Moscow on December 19, many Ukrainian experts were confident that the game was over and the beleaguered Ukrainian president would accept Putin’s invitation to the Customs Union as a