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Another reformation plan for Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 15 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
There seems to be an increasing number of plans to reform Ukraine. There is the EU Association Agreement (and DCFTA) that has, since its negotiations were concluded, been widely touted as a framework reform plan for Ukraine. There is the 66 page coal...
A fundamental question – Where is democracy’s eastern border to be? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Day, 18 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
With the war in eastern Ukraine continuing with no end in sight – as expected by anybody with a reasonable understanding of The Kremlin, its motivation and desired outcomes – with yet more Ukrainian territory being lost almost by the day...
Recognising terrorism – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Days, 17 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
For many months Ukraine has been muting to the international community that it formally recognise the “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic” as terrorist organisations.  Perhaps fair enoug...
PACE and The Kremlin NEW
OdessaTalk 3 Days, 16 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
As the end of 2014 approached, this entry appeared regarding the issue of currently suspended Kremlin voting rights within the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe – PACE – and whether or not those voting rights would be return...
Latvia calls a meeting of EU FMs NEW
OdessaTalk 4 Days, 15 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Latvia, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, has called an emergency meeting of the Member States Foreign Ministers in response to the, to quote the OSCE, “reckless, indiscriminate and disgraceful...
Issues of communication – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 5 Days, 15 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
President Poroshenko has been the Ukrainian president for 8 months or so.  Enough time to watch a man under great stress communicate with the world and his people alike and have formed some opinion based on the empirical evidence produced. In a...
In search of “policy” NEW
OdessaTalk 6 Days, 15 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Two pointed questions today relating to the grand scheme of things – and before going any further, the term “policy” should not be considered as synonymous to the term “strategy”, for they are quite different things. Has...
Donetsk Airport – Blind symbolism NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Not one word has ever been written here about the fighting at Donetsk airport or those that became known as “Cyborgs” who defended was became nothing more than a pile of rubble. It was a very deliberate choice not to write about it. That...
Currency racketeering NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
Last week, the Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, Valeriya Gontareva, told the RADA in a statement, that the NBU simply doesn’t have the foreign currency reserves to meet the demand of the nation’s citizenry – by orders of ma...
Rebuilding the police NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Moves are afoot to reshape, re-brand and reboot the Ukrainian Militsia – including renaming it Police. Of course simply changing the label on an infamously corrupt institution does nothing to remove the deeply ingrained corruption.  The sy...
Budgetary unintended consequences NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
Following yesterday’s entry relating to the “decentralised” Odessa City budget meeting in a few days time, there is perhaps a need to paint with a slightly broader brush regarding the issue on a national basis before moving on to ot...
The Odessa “decentralised” budget NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
As yet it remains somewhat unclear just what exactly “decentralisation” will mean in Ukraine.  Just how much current centrally held power – and which powers (and associated responsibilities) – will be devolved to the regi...
A 3G update – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Following on somewhat nicely from yesterday’s Turkey-orientated entry, a return to a mid-November 2014 entry that was published relating to the anticipated 3G tender and licensing.  An entry that attempted to highlight just how critic...
Talking Turkey NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 6 Days, 15 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
There has been remarkably little said in the public realm by Turkey regarding the on-going events in Ukraine, or over the fate of the Crimean Tatar and the Crimean peninsula, a peninsula over which Turkey has far greater historical and long-lasting t...
Anti-Corruption Bureau Revisited – Applications for Chief may now be submitted NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 16 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Several times since early October 2014, when the RADA voted to created an indepednent Anti-Corruption Bureau has it been mentioned here, particularly with regard to the Bureau’s head, which President Poroshenko heavily hinted could very well be...
Ukrainian MPs to be drafted? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Having written more times than enough over the years regarding Ukrainian MPs immunity (with impunity) – most recently here relating to non-liability vis a vis inviolability, an issue that has still not seen any RADA legislative time despite the...
Interpol Red Notices and reform Red Flags – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Yesterday saw Interpol add several Ukrainians of the former regime to those with Red Notices placed upon them – they included former President Yanukovych and former Prime Minister Azarov. What this means is Interpol informs its member coun...
The RADA returns – Baby-step benchmarks (It’s good to be back?) NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 1 Minute ago
This week the RADA returns to work – the definition of “work” not withstanding. Naturally the issue of the reform agenda will take centre stage within this theatre of the absurd, and the timeliness and quality of any proposed and ac...
Dilemmas – Ukrainian counter-terrorism (and security) reform NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Following what was a rather well received entry relating to the gradual slide toward more standard, low level, terrorism across Ukraine outside the boundaries of the conflict zone in the east of the nation – and a few subsequent entries that fo...
14th January 2015 and the New York Convention 1958 NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Today there is a note in the dairy – It reads “ICA, NYC, $50B, Yukos” – Yes a written diary.  I also like books – printed books.  And quality fountain pens.  And other such antiquities in this modern era.