Ukraine Today

Andrew Wilson: how will Zelensky survive in real life after basically a virtual campaign?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Brussels last week. This was the new president's first official visit abroad that demonstrates the priorities of his foreign policy. The political scientist Levko Orshynsky talked to Andrew Wilson, Professor in Ukrainian Studies at SSEES, University College London, to find out what the elections mean for the EU and for EU-Russia relations and what challenges Zelensky might face after a virtual campaign.

«Ukraine today. Key trends» issue #6

We are delighted to offer you the 6th issue of our "Ukraine today. Key trends" bulletin. This bulletin draws a line under Ukraine's performance in 2018. In this issue: how well do Ukrainian authorities, parties and elite groups fare in the election tests, what happens to the Ukrainian economy, how well many social reforms are progressing, including the decentralization reform, one of the most popular of all. We are closely watching Ukraine so in the end of the bulletin you will find some facts and figures, the results of the health-check that we performed on Ukraine

The dark side of decentralisation

Every reform has light and dark sides of its own and Ukrainian decentralisation reform is hardly an exception. We have already told you about its light side and now it is time to take a look at the dark one

Social welfare services. Lagging reforms

Healthcare, education, and pension reforms are always in the spotlight of public opinion, whereas changes in social welfare services seldom become a topic of fierce debates. In Ukraine the new act on social welfare services for people in troubled situations was introduced to parliament, then called off and then submitted again. It passed first reading only in March 2017 and decision was taken to speed up preparation of the final version. However, hardly any progress was made after a year and a half

The turning point. Chronicles of the Ukrainian revolution

The European Dialogue Expert Group supported publishing of the most comprehensive account of events that took place in Ukraine in 2013-2015and are now known as the Revolution of Dignity. In commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the Euromaidan revolution we publish an excerpt from the final chapter of this book. A number of authors have contributed to the publication under the editorship of Georgy Chizhov

Russia and Ukraine. Four scenarios of the future

As once again became clear from the recent events in the Kerch Strait and their aftermath, relations between Russia and Ukraine are changing from bad to worse. So what can these changes possibly result in?

The Donbass: between the war and development prospects

Political situation that developed in the east of Ukraine in 2014-2015 spurred a lot of changes both in that area and all over the country. Igor Semivolos, political analyst and executive director, Center for Middle East Studies is looking into the significance and speed of this change in an attempt to assess its overall impact upon the country

Party life. Hot summer and versions of a future parliament

We have already written about the balance of power in Ukraine on the verge of elections. Last week our analysts looked into what could happen right after the elections and during the fight for the Parliament. We have come up with four scenarios

Ukrainian elites and the presidential campaign

Our Ukraine Today issue focuses on the upcoming presidential elections. We tried to find answers to four questions: 1. What chances does Petro Poroshenko stand to win the elections, 2) Can Donetsk elites make there way back to political stage and take a revenge, 3) What kind of games local oligarchs are likely to play, 4) Who of the candidates has been introduced to the international audience and has a better international image?

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