Project: Ukraine today

Opportunities and Risks in Zelenskyy’s New Ukraine

What to make of the new political realities in Ukraine? Both, the presidential and parliamentary Ukrainian elections of 2019 delivered historic results. Ukraine never had a President with so much electoral support (73%), and so little connection to the country’s old political class. Moreover, independent Ukraine never had a parliament with as dominant a party as Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s “Servant of…

Ukraine’s Language Law: Whose Rights Are Protected?

The Law on Ensuring the Functioning of Ukrainian as the State Language was passed by the Ukrainian parliament on April 25, 2019, after two readings and the introduction of more than 2,000 amendments within the half year after it was first approved, in October 2018. After approval, the law became a cornerstone in then president Petro Poroshenko’s reelection campaign. A contentious subject, and…

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

Starting with a general question: what’s your overall impression of the 2019 presidential elections in Ukraine and are the Ukrainians still unexpected  (reference to “The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation” book – Editor) Well, certainly a lot of unexpected things happened in the campaign. We’re finding out a lot more about Zelensky’s past history and according to some sources he planned this…