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The personal battle for Kharkiv NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Days, 1 Hour, 23 Minutes ago
Today, much media time and headlines within Ukraine will be given to the toppling of the enormous statue of Lenin in Kharkiv last night. A symbolic statement to be sure – and one that Lenin himself would have approved of having made clear in hi...
A long fight NEW
OdessaTalk 3 Days, 1 Hour, 7 Minutes ago
Continuing to set a bad precedent by becoming somewhat more interactive with readers than was ever intended – read, agree or disagree, and then the reader move on and read something else was only ever the intention – following this paragr...
When it reads right – but it is still wrong NEW
OdessaTalk 4 Days, 2 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
What to make of this Bloomberg article? It lays out clearly how President Putin has defeated Ukraine, NATO, the EU, as well as undermining the international and regional law and security infrastructure well enough.  The article makes the case th...
Russia’s Duma ratifies Eurasian Economic Union NEW
OdessaTalk 5 Days, 2 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Today saw the Russian Duma ratify Eurasian Economic Union – the wannabe regional challenger to the European Union, at least in part. Like the EU, it is supposed to be built upon the overarching principles of free movement of goods, services, la...
Now the chill is in the air – what next? NEW
OdessaTalk 6 Days, 2 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
As the “freeze” in eastern Ukraine begins to set in – and the current situation, whilst not entirely agreed, certainly has a severe preparatory chill in the air – a shift from military to political and economic warfare is like...
That proliferation question NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
When the Budapest Memorandum was to all intents and purposes unilaterally thrown under a bus by The Kremlin with the invasion and subsequent illegal annexation of Crimea early this year – together with the Helsinki Final Act 1975 and numerous o...
The Peace Marches – Russia NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Much media attention has rightly been paid on those tens of thousands of souls who took part in the anti-war marches in Russia yesterday.  In what is an authoritarian Kremlin regime, courage and belief are not lacking from those who took part &n...
External threats…..continued NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 16 Minutes ago
In yesterday’s entry, this blog noted that, certainly as far as Odessa is concerned, there is far less threat from the Russian military and its proxies, than there is from consistent and ne’er ending political coercion and subterfuge from...
The end of the beginning – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
In the late hours of yesterday, a 9 point plan to in effect freeze the conflict in eastern Ukraine was hammered out.  As has become the pattern,  immediately before, during, and after any such talks, fighting has increased, rather than decr...
GRETA on Ukraine – Human Trafficking Report NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
A very short entry today relating to the latest GRETA report on Ukraine and human trafficking. A long 68 page read – but worth it for those with an interest in human trafficking, as this blog historically – and still – has, awa...
Kremlin DCFTA expectations NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
There is no better way to outline the Kremlin plans regarding the future of the DCFTA between the EU and Ukraine than to let The Kremlin officially state it: And so, there it is.  The Kremlin position as of 15th September – the day prior t...
A picture paints a thousand words……but NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
The saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words.  So here is the picture in question.   Indeed, it is President Poroshenko holding aloft the Ukraine-EU Association agreement mutually ratified by the Ukrainian RADA and European Parliament...
Status of The Donbas – Presidential Bill NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Whilst today saw the Ukrainian RADA and European Parliament simultaneously ratify the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, also traveling through the RADA is the Presidential Bill relating to the status of The Donbas, which states:   Submitted by t...
A Periclean or Ouroboros future for Ukraine? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Only a few days ago this entry, following the delayed DCFTA between the EU and Ukraine, stated; “They went for the (perhaps Utopian) ideals of forever implanting and consolidating a full and robust democratic State regardless of the feckless Uk...
Partisan local media – What does it tell us? Odessa NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
A few days ago, this entry about IT belatedly rearing its head within the Odessa Regional Administration, contained this penultimate paragraph: “Who knows, perhaps an increase in quality regional soft power may also result, helping to negate so...
Delayed agreements – How big the cost in political capital for Poroshenko? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Having eventually realised that Ukraine was not going to win any war in its east without significant economic and human cost after the Russian military was overtly sent over the border to bolster a failing war against Kyiv by Kremlin backed proxies,...
Can IT change Odessa? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Last month Odessa Regional (Oblast) Council elected a friend of this blog, Alexie Goncharenko as head of the regional parliament. That is not to say that being friends automatically means agreement with politics or policy.  As adults we should a...
The biggest divorce petition/partition since August 1961? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
On 13th August 1961, the Berlin Wall commenced construction – officially known as the “Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart”.  The declared aim to prevent West Berlin interfering with, and infecting/subverting the creation of a soci...
Grandstanding and consequences NEW
OdessaTalk 3 Weeks, 2 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
On 9th September, my twitter chum and occasional policy sparing partner Jacek Saryusz-Wolski tweeted: “Yes”to speedy ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement http://t.co/0Kufz8ZuKC — Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (@JSaryuszWolski...
MH17 report – The how, but not the who NEW
OdessaTalk 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Today saw the release of the preliminary findings of the downing of the MH17 flight over eastern Ukraine. To be blunt, these preliminary findings confirming very much what everybody suspected – no crew error, no mechanical failure, no flying in...