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The end of the beginning – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 21 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
In the late hours of yesterday, a 9 point plan to in effect freeze the conflict in eastern Ukraine was hammered out.  As has become the pattern,  immediately before, during, and after any such talks, fighting has increased, rather than decr...
GRETA on Ukraine – Human Trafficking Report NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Days, 3 Minutes ago
A very short entry today relating to the latest GRETA report on Ukraine and human trafficking. A long 68 page read – but worth it for those with an interest in human trafficking, as this blog historically – and still – has, awa...
Kremlin DCFTA expectations NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Days, 23 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
There is no better way to outline the Kremlin plans regarding the future of the DCFTA between the EU and Ukraine than to let The Kremlin officially state it: And so, there it is.  The Kremlin position as of 15th September – the day prior t...
A picture paints a thousand words……but NEW
OdessaTalk 3 Days, 23 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
The saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words.  So here is the picture in question.   Indeed, it is President Poroshenko holding aloft the Ukraine-EU Association agreement mutually ratified by the Ukrainian RADA and European Parliament...
Status of The Donbas – Presidential Bill NEW
OdessaTalk 4 Days, 23 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Whilst today saw the Ukrainian RADA and European Parliament simultaneously ratify the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, also traveling through the RADA is the Presidential Bill relating to the status of The Donbas, which states:   Submitted by t...
A Periclean or Ouroboros future for Ukraine? NEW
OdessaTalk 6 Days, 2 Minutes ago
Only a few days ago this entry, following the delayed DCFTA between the EU and Ukraine, stated; “They went for the (perhaps Utopian) ideals of forever implanting and consolidating a full and robust democratic State regardless of the feckless Uk...
Partisan local media – What does it tell us? Odessa NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 4 Minutes ago
A few days ago, this entry about IT belatedly rearing its head within the Odessa Regional Administration, contained this penultimate paragraph: “Who knows, perhaps an increase in quality regional soft power may also result, helping to negate so...
Delayed agreements – How big the cost in political capital for Poroshenko? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Having eventually realised that Ukraine was not going to win any war in its east without significant economic and human cost after the Russian military was overtly sent over the border to bolster a failing war against Kyiv by Kremlin backed proxies,...
Can IT change Odessa? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Last month Odessa Regional (Oblast) Council elected a friend of this blog, Alexie Goncharenko as head of the regional parliament. That is not to say that being friends automatically means agreement with politics or policy.  As adults we should a...
The biggest divorce petition/partition since August 1961? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 3 Days ago
On 13th August 1961, the Berlin Wall commenced construction – officially known as the “Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart”.  The declared aim to prevent West Berlin interfering with, and infecting/subverting the creation of a soci...
Grandstanding and consequences NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
On 9th September, my twitter chum and occasional policy sparing partner Jacek Saryusz-Wolski tweeted: “Yes”to speedy ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement http://t.co/0Kufz8ZuKC — Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (@JSaryuszWolski...
MH17 report – The how, but not the who NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Today saw the release of the preliminary findings of the downing of the MH17 flight over eastern Ukraine. To be blunt, these preliminary findings confirming very much what everybody suspected – no crew error, no mechanical failure, no flying in...
A consistent liability NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Yuri Lutsenko has often been mentioned historically in this blog.  So often in fact that linking to previous posts would be impractical.  If you want to know what has been written throughout the annals of time, use the search facility. Suff...
Ambramovich selling his Ukrainian assets? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Whilst the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is anything but, European and US sanctions are still to begin to bite properly, and the future of The Donbas looks at best to be set in some form of frozen conflict providing The Kremlin with de facto control o...
Ceasefire – Internal issues NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 1 Minute ago
A few months ago an entry was posted relating to what The Kremlin would do with all its (living) returning heroes.  It was aimed primarily at the likes of Igor Girkin/Strelkov and other “headliners”. As became apparent, a month ago,...
So where are we now? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
It is perhaps time to take  giant step back and look at where we are in Ukraine, as it seems many onlookers have lost their way, and too many parties involved have donned blinkers. So, a quick rewind to former President and national looter extra...
Fun forecasting – RADA Elections NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
Long, long ago (thus it is dated regarding references to Crimea etc) an entry was written about the flaws and failings of public opinion polling surveys. “The aim of this post is to put some perspective on polls and just how accurate they reall...
Events, dear boy…… NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 20 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
This morning a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was apparantly agreed by telephone between Presidents Poroshenko and Putin – or perhaps not as fighting continues. It has to be said – it would be something very clever indeed.  A ceasefire...
An appeal (and breaking the rules of the blog) NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 3 Minutes ago
This blog historically shuns advertising.  Rarely does it promulgate public service announcements.  Only occasionally has it promoted NGOs. It frequently received queries regarding the legitimacy of charities from would-be donors – an...
Interesting but incomplete – Carnegie NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 2 Minutes ago
This blog has some good friends within Carnegie, and especially so within Carnegie Moscow – in fact some of its members have publicly dedicated articles to this blog in the past – rather humbling it should be noted. However, this Carnegie...