Current Politics in Ukraine

Opinion and analysis on current events in Ukraine
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  • PEACE AT LAST IN UKRAINE? ANALYZING RUSSIAN GOALS
    David Marples As we await the form of the local elections in the areas of the Donbas occupied by the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (the DNR and LNR), there is much speculation in the Western media whether the
  • 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
  • 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
  • KYIV REVISITED
    David Marples I first visited the Maidan over 25 years ago. At that time, members of the Green World ecological association were handing out leaflets about unfeasible projects in Ukraine, several linked to the Chernobyl disaster a few years earlier.
  • DONBAS BETRAYED
          Halya Coynash Many reasons can be presented for disputing the current government plans for and Oleksandr Motyl’s justification of a total blockade of Donbas, but two will suffice. The 3 million people in Donbas Motyl refers to
  • VOLODYMYR VIATROVYCH AND UKRAINE’S DE-COMMUNIZATION LAWS
    David Marples Volodymyr Viatrovych’s response to the Open Letter [http://krytyka.com/en/solutions/opinions/decommunization-and-academic-discussion], written and signed by some 70 scholars from North America, Western Europe, and Ukraine in response to the April 9, 2015, laws makes a number of unwarranted assumptions about our intentions
  • 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
  • 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
  • ETHNIC AND SOCIAL COMPOSITION OF UKRAINE’S REGIONS AND VOTING PATTERNS
    David Marples This paper looks at the ethnic and social makeup of Ukrainian regions and its impact on voting patterns over the past two decades. While skeptical of a simplistic division of the country through spoken language and ethnic affiliation,