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Upping the ante – Wagons roll NEW
OdessaTalk 15 Hours, 30 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 Day, 15 Hours, 31 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 2 Days, 15 Hours, 33 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 3 Days, 15 Hours, 33 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 4 Days, 15 Hours, 27 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 5 Days, 15 Hours, 31 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 6 Days, 15 Hours, 34 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 1 Week, 14 Hours, 57 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 1 Week, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 32 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 1 Week, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 33 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 1 Week, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 17 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,...
First interview of new NBU Head – A war “end date”? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 4 Days, 15 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
In an interesting first interview with Valeria Gontareva since her appointment as the head of the National Bank of Ukraine. Of particular note is the claim that Ukraine has done all necessary to facilitate the 29th August IMF meeting and next tranche...
Heading The Kremlin off at the humanitarian pass? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 5 Days, 15 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Following on from yesterday’s entry, The Kremlin still trumpets its ill-fated diplomatic attempt to invade Ukraine and create a frozen conflict under the auspices of a “humanitarian mission”. In response to The Kremlin attempts to t...
What to make of it? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 6 Days, 15 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Yesterday, 8th August, was the 6th anniversary of Kremlin actions in Georgia – 08.08.08 – which eventually resulted in the long standing disputed territories of South Ossetia and Azbakia. Yesterday was also the day that saw a large column...
The heirs to the legacy of EuroMaidan NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 15 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Yesterday saw burning tyres and confrontation between authorities and Maidan activists once more in Kyiv. Something that was eventually going to happen regardless of when those remaining at Maidan were to be moved on?  Perhaps so. @sherlaimov A...
Bans, suspensions and the lifting of restrictions NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
There are occasions where entries could almost write themselves – take The Kremlin’s retaliatory sanctions against those nations that have imposed sanctions on Russia for example: Apparently #Putin has banned or has limited food imports f...
Another sneaky peek across the border into Moldova NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Toward the end of June this entry was published relating to Moldova  (and by extension Transnistria), Russia, and the 5+2 talks, as well as any respective successes and failure -s and who would be to blame etc.   “September therefore...
The great cost of symbolism? – 25th August NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 14 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Monday 25th August will be a day of immense symbolism in Ukraine – surely far surpassing that of any other previous Independence Day with the exception of the very first. It is also likely to be a date that this year will have a far greater cos...
Predictions for next week NEW
OdessaTalk 4 Weeks, 4 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Following on from the last entry – and due to there being no entries next week unless something truly unpredictable occurs – here are a few things to expect next week: Tuesday 29th July – EU sector sanctions.  Will they change...
Much ado about the predictable in the RADA NEW
OdessaTalk 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
The deliberate collapsing of the coalitions in the RADA this afternoon, followed by resignations seems to have caught many – particular western – on-lookers by surprise. In the case if the existing coalition collapses, and there is no new...