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Much ado about the predictable in the RADA NEW
OdessaTalk 16 Hours, 58 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...
And so passes the Communist Party of Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Day, 3 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
Let us begin here, with the ECfHR Chamber Judgment ruling Erbakan v Turkey no. 59405/00, § 56, 6.07.2006, for it is an important ruling when considering what follows below: “… tolerance and respect for the equal dignity of all human...
From SAGs to a Council – Reforming the reformers NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Days, 1 Hour, 16 Minutes ago
Following on from the entry yesterday, wherein there is a paragraph or two that relates to the necessity to continue with undiminished energy regarding reforms in Ukraine, despite the issues in the east, perhaps a glance toward how that reform is pro...
Silence NEW
OdessaTalk 3 Days, 12 Minutes ago
Today sees another European Council meeting – the 28 Foreign Ministers of the EU – gathered to discuss and respond to Kremlin action in Ukraine once more. The meeting began with a minute’s silence for those who were murdered on flig...
When the doves begin to sound like hawks NEW
OdessaTalk 4 Days, 43 Minutes ago
There has been an enormous amount of criticism of Chancellor Merkel across the Ukrainian social media since the World Cup Final and her interaction with President Putin. Exceptionally wrong-head statements about “Frau Ribbentrop”  be...
As suggested by mere mortals….. NEW
OdessaTalk 5 Days, 1 Hour, 16 Minutes ago
Following this tweet of two days ago Tired thought – After #MH17, would putting the DPR on international terrorist org lists complicate things further for The Kremlin? — Nikolai Holmov (@OdessaBlogger) July 18, 2014 And this entry yesterd...
Adding to the international designated lists – Worth considering? NEW
OdessaTalk 6 Days, 1 Hour, 17 Minutes ago
Following on from yesterday’s MH17 entry, would there be anything gained in doing the following? Tired thought – After #MH17, would putting the DPR on international terrorist org lists complicate things further for The Kremlin? — Ni...
After MH17? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 1 Hour, 12 Minutes ago
There is no need to overly flog a horse that will undoubtedly be publicly and repeatedly flogged in lurid (and perhaps inaccurate) detail across the international media – so this entry will be as short as possible, as writing about the same hea...
Outcomes of 16th July – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 14 Minutes ago
Following on from yesterday’s entry – how did yesterday turn out for Ukraine on the international stage?  Was is as good or bad as expected? Firstly with regard the European Member States, by way of immediate sanctions there was noth...
Sector sanctions lite – An entirely pointless exercise NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 17 Minutes ago
Writing this prior to any decisions from the European Council today relating to stage III sector sanctions, it will be a short post that will be either proven wrong and have a very limited shelf-life, or proven right with all the continuing disaster...
The Mistral contract – To deliver or not NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 8 Minutes ago
Hardly mentioned whatsoever in entries thus far, has been the proposed and contractual sale of 2 Mistral Class amphibious warships by France to Russia.  There is a brief mention in this entry and that is it. Just how well fitted out these s...
Exit – Stage left? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 4 Days, 36 Minutes ago
“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; ” As You Like It – William Shakespeare Which leads nicely to a tweet yesterday – and geopolitical entrances a...
Stepping out from behind international skirts – Unilateral assistance NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 5 Days, 33 Minutes ago
Yesterday evening, Artis Pabriks MEP, former Latvian Foreign Minister and Defence Minister tweeted: Rise of casualities in Ukraine is possible because of Western inability to seal Ukrainian-Rusian border due to weak diplomatic preasure. — Artis...
Time Lines – (Ukraine against the clock) NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 11 Minutes ago
One of the more interesting – and often overlooked – things about policy and strategy is its relation to time. A good policy can die through untimely implementation.  Likewise it can also cease to be good policy and indeed become a c...
Privatisation ahead! NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Next week sees a list a State owned enterprises being listed for privatisation in Ukraine – and not before time. Whilst not quite privatisation with regard to Naftogaz Ukrainey, the RADA did manage last week to pass a vote allowing the behemoth...
(More) sanctions and things NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 58 Minutes ago
There have been more than a few entries about sanctions in this blog over the past months – since 27th February relating to the current Ukrainian situation – not to mention tweets regarding the timeliness – or not – of much ha...
Hoping for a temperate winter NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 14 Minutes ago
Nothing much has been written about the gas dispute with Russia in blog entries here since the latest disagreement between Kyiv and Moscow that seems set for the Stockholm Court of Arbitration.  To be blunt there is little to say regarding the l...
A notable rant – but what does it say? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
For many readers of a certain age, the blame and accusation game between Moscow and Washington is nothing new. According to this rambling interview primarily targeted against the SBU (Ukrainian security services) by advisor to President Putin, Sergei...
Time for a Cabinet reshuffle NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 13 Minutes ago
The current Cabinet of Minister of Ukraine was formed under unusual and strenuous conditions it has to be said.  That Cabinet of Ministers if not entirely fit for purpose then, is certainly not one fit for purpose now. There is no longer a need...
A matter of faith NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 20 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
With the death of Metropolitan Volodymyr over the weekend, a very simple question arises regarding the future of the Ukrainian Orthodoxy – its schisms – and its continued relationship and subordination to the Moscow Patriarch – or n...