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Waiting for the domestic rhetoric to end NEW
OdessaTalk 22 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Having recently, once again, drawn attention to the issue/nature of sanctions verses arbitrary punishment, an entry that concluded with; “If Ukraine cannot or will not make a case against them, is it any surprise that the EU may well remov...
(Strategic) Partner/trading partner/adversary/enemy? Russia NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Day, 23 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
A few days ago in an entry prior to the continued and expanded EU sanctions relating to Crimea, the following few lines appeared thus:  “In effect Crimea and those involved, (and are yet to be so), will become ring-fenced as a separate iss...
Crimea sanctions continue and expand – as expected NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Days, 22 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
In yesterday’s entry the following statement was made: “It is beyond doubt that the sanctions raised specifically with regard to the annexation Crimea will continue. They are likely to continue for years – renewed annually. The reco...
A return to EU sanctions once more NEW
OdessaTalk 4 Days, 3 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Following on from yesterday’s entry relating to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the soon to (possibly) expire suspension of Kremlin voting rights within the institution at the year end, that in turn raised the que...
PACE – As 2014 ends, a question looms large NEW
OdessaTalk 5 Days, 2 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Last week, more or less unreported anywhere, a photo exhibition at the European Parliament took place at the instigation of Ukraine, entitled “Donbas – War and Peace” – and why not?  The parliamentary building is a public...
42 EU Civilian Advisory Mission Vacancies in Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 6 Days, 1 Minute ago
At the beginning of December the ” EU Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform in Ukraine ” officially swung into action regarding its mandate in Ukraine outside the confines of a few offices in Kyiv.  Some existing membe...
A shuffling behind the Kremlin curtain again – Zhirinovsky NEW
OdessaTalk 6 Days, 23 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Today a post that has little to do with Ukraine directly, though it is an occurrence that cannot – or should not – go without notice in Ukraine nevertheless. Yesterday it became apparent that Vladimir Zhirinovsky plans to stand aside as l...
The Venice Commission comments on lustration NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 22 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
On 5th October an entry was published raising doubts over the “Lustration Law” passed by the then parliament and signed into law – not without comment on the law’s weaknesses – by President Poroshenko. Within it stated &...
Control the paternalism and keep off the grass! NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 40 Minutes ago
One of the most annoying features of the feckless Ukrainian political class, both historically and currently, is that every political leader that has held the two highest offices in the land, has often overstepped the boundaries of their office withi...
Another foreigner joins the anti-corruption battle – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 3 Days, 2 Minutes ago
Clearly in approaching a well known foreign reformer in Eka Zgulatze to head the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, President Poroshenko was attempting to send a domestic message that (corrupt) “business as usual” is about to meet an experi...
There may be trouble – or “The Troubles” – ahead NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
In an entry back in early August, when the Ukrainian military had seemingly stopped its rot and began to retake Ukrainian territory, the following paragraphs appeared forewarning of a Northern Ireland “Troubles” scenario looking to the mo...
Mind the energy gap – Odessa blackouts NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 5 Days, 1 Minute ago
In creating a priority “to do” list for the Ukrainian political class, its current leadership and legislative chamber, what would be amongst the items topping the list when there is so much to do? Of course the answer to that depends upon...
The end of non-aligned status? Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Tomorrow, 9th December 2014, seems likely to be the date that the new RADA in Ukraine will vote upon the formal removal of Ukraine’s non-aligned status – a significant hurdle to attempting to  join any military block either east or w...
Ukraine and Russia policies – 2 distinctly different animals NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 6 Days, 22 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Sometimes watching the social media putting the regional (and world) problems to rights, there seems to be a distinct smudging of lines – perhaps unsurprisingly where two issues dovetail/merge/overlap.  Even less surprising when there appe...
Questionable timing of a little bit of privatisation – Back to Odessa Port Side (& others) NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 20 Hours, 1 Minute ago
A couple of months ago, this entry appeared relating to the possible privatisation of Odessa Port Side, alleged and disputed debts to Dmitry Firtash’s RGK Trading of $1.39 billion, and the fact that gas was now being supplied by German ene...
RADA Committees NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 3 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Having now democratically voted in a new president and parliament, and created a new majority coalition and subsequent Cabinet of Ministers within the space of 6 months, as well as a necessary and welcome National Anti-Corruption Bureau (under the li...
Dead to rights in Odessa NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 18 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Somewhat late in the day, due to a desire to see where matters would lead, a local corruption issue where the dead are held to ransom, and the guilty are caught dead to rights. Odessa’s notoriously corrupt Mayor, Gennady Truhanov, needless to s...
Benchmarking – Ukraine and corruption NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 3 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Transparency International has released its 2014 Corruption Perception Index – with Ukraine ranking between Uganda and Bangladesh at 142nd.  Simply grim! The publication of the Corruption Perception Index is published just a few days after...
A (perceived) Ministry of Truth? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Today, in all probability – or certainly in the immediate future – we may see one of the biggest errors of judgement by the newly elected leadership of Ukraine since its temporary appointment and then subsequent election – and there...
Looking to the (perhaps not too distant) future – Sadovyi NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 14 Minutes ago
Andriy Sadovyi, the current Mayor of Lviv, has slowly but steadily built up the image and internal structures of the Self Reliance/Self Help (depending upon how you interpret the Samopomich name into English) Party of which he is the leader. The...