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To freeze or not to freeze – that is the question NEW
OdessaTalk 21 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
“To be, or not to be, that is the question— Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune, Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? ” Hamlet – William S...
Next question…. NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Day, 21 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
As the Russian military slowly begins to carve out a “Novorussiya” in the Donbas, and the Russian Academy of Sciences has been tasked with publishing a history of “Novorussiya” – and perhaps if ferreting around in histor...
Goodbye non-alignment? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Days, 15 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Sometimes things appear to be dramatic prima facie, when in fact they are anything but. This afternoon, Prime Minister Yatseniuk, after a meeting the the National Security Council, submitted a draft bill for consideration by the RADA, to abolish ...
Partisans NEW
OdessaTalk 3 Days, 21 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Today, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic, begins a visit to Ukraine that is due to last until 3rd September. Tomorrow, whilst in Kyiv he is due to introduce the fifth human rights report regarding Ukraine.  If t...
A Batkivshchyna implosion? NEW
OdessaTalk 4 Days, 21 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
What seems long ago, on 6th June, an entry appeared here predicting the implosion of Yulia Tymoshenko’s political party, Batkivshchyna. – “With regard to Batkivshchyna, the only question is whether it splits into two or three parts...
The end of the beginning? Probably not NEW
OdessaTalk 5 Days, 17 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
On 9th November 1942, at The Lord Mayor’s Day luncheon held at The Mansion House, London, Winston Churchill gave his famous speech regarding “the end of the beginning“, following the first allied victory in North Africa/Egypt. Ukrai...
Kremlin Minsk Preparations NEW
OdessaTalk 6 Days, 21 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Tomorrow sees a meeting in Minsk of Presidents Putin, Poroshenko, Lukashenko, Nazarbeyev, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission Catherine Ashton, European Commissioner...
Ukraine Today (UT) TV – English language NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 21 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Today, the 23rd anniversary of the independence of Ukraine, sees the launch of the English language TV station “Ukraine Today“, a station owned by the oligarch Igor Kolomoyski, owner of several other TV channels in Ukraine. The station wi...
Coalition partners – Merkel v Gabriel (and Ukraine) NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
This blog has mentioned before the internal divisions within the German political establishment over Ukraine and its future. Despite ill-conceived, merit-less and indeed pointless attacks on Chancellor Merkel as “Frau Ribbentrop” by the c...
Upping the ante – Wagons roll NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Today it appears The Kremlin has lost patience with the either the combatants in eastern Ukraine, the ICRC insistence of safe passage assurances from both sides prior to entry, and/or a seemingly deliberate stalling by Ukrainian border guard and cust...
Tick box Europeanisation NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Some days ago whilst in Lithuania, the Speaker of the RADA, Olexandr Turchynov made several very ambitious statements relating to the implementation of all Association Agreement requirements within 5 years and thus Ukraine being ready for accession t...
Meanwhile down in occupied Crimea….. NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
It has been a while since anything was written here about occurrences in occupied Crimea. It appears the repression of the Crimean Tatar continues not only with one expulsion after another of leading Tatar by the de facto Russian authorities, but als...
What to do with all those call-signs? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Much has been written about Kremlin abilities – or not – to create some form of frozen conflict in eastern Ukraine.  It was first muted here way back in March and has been mentioned several times since.  Likewise, in the event o...
Slow/no progress and rotations NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 6 Days, 21 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Last evening/night saw the meeting in Berlin of the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany in what appears to be another diplomatic push to reach a solution in eastern Ukraine – unlikely as that is, given the limited wiggle ro...
Distancing and positioning – electioneering preparation NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 21 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Following along from yesterday’s entry regarding the “New Batkivshchyna – Old Heart” anticipated campaign slogan, it appears other political personalities of the far more swivel-eyed variety are also engaged in some distancing...
“New Batkivshchyna, Old Heart” NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
With the current RADA almost guaranteed to be dissolved sometime between 24th and 26th August, it seems that the Batkivshchyna Party are already getting into campaign strategy mode. The most likely new slogan for Ms Tymoshenko’s party is going...
29th August – A politically important date NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
The 29th August seems a long way away – and in the current circumstances, it is – and yet it may be a very important date.  Particularly so if the much talked about meeting of Presidents Lukashenko, Putin and Poroshenko in Minsk fail...
Habeas Corpus – Strelkov/Girkin and insurance policies NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Yesterday evening saw several reports appear regarding the serious injury to Igor Strelkov/Girkin, the now (in)famous Defence Minister of the People’s Republic of Donetsk – or denials of injury. The usual information-misinformation t...
Does being lame duck mean lame legislation? RADA Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
As seems clear, and as was predicted months ago, the current RADA is likely to be officially dissolved in full compliance with The Constitution of Ukraine, on (or about) 24th – 26th August (11 – 13 days from now), in order to meet politic...
One for the “thinkers” out there – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
A very short entry today, despite the ever-increasing tensions on – and heading toward – Ukraine’s eastern border. A request from HMG for proposals relating to a “Conflict Pool” of project proposals relating to Ukraine,...