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The G3 Test for Ukraine – (and a shameless plug) NEW
OdessaTalk 11 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Regular readers will have noticed that yesterday there was no entry. The reason for this was a meeting with some members of the western diplomatic community regarding the state of affairs in Ukraine (and Odessa) – particularly the present, and...
Revolting judiciary? Predictably so NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Days, 9 Hours ago
On 5th October, an entry appeared here regarding the far from good “Lustration Law”. “Amendments will surely follow once the Constitutional Court and Venice Commission recommendations are forthcoming, hopefully transforming the &ldq...
Cherry-picking within the Association Agreement – EU CSDP NEW
OdessaTalk 3 Days, 8 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Now and again it pays to wander back through the now ratified Association Agreement and Deep & Comprehensive Trade Agreement in an effort to gauge the distance that need be traveled by Ukraine to fully meet its obligations under this legal instru...
Spy games – Let the expulsions begin NEW
OdessaTalk 4 Days, 7 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
For those who remember the Cold War, or who were indeed active participants in it, the expulsion of “diplomats” or “journalists” attached to an embassy or consul in foreign lands was, if not frequent, then certainly not unusua...
Staying the course NEW
OdessaTalk 5 Days, 8 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Following on from yesterday’s entry about a lack of “Russia Strategy”, and indeed “Ukraine Strategy” – at least as far as clear and/or orated strategies go from the outside world – it is perhaps timely to thi...
A “Russia Strategy” – Coming soon? NEW
OdessaTalk 6 Days, 8 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
In the clear absence of a “Ukraine Strategy” outside anything contained within the Association Agreement/Deep & Comprehensive Agreement, or doing just enough to insure the nation doesn’t sink economically. Perhaps, eventually, a...
Nominees for the new Cabinet NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 7 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Leaving aside the appointments for certain Cabinet positions that are constitutionally the remit of the president, such as Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, the current best guess for the cabinet appointments via those that are the constitutional remit...
Removal of MP Immunity – Reinventing of the wheel (again) NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 1 Minute ago
As is now clear, Ukrainian MPs will vote to remove their own absolute immunity – and thus hopefully their acts with absolute impunity will lessen – when the new RADA takes its seats. As Mykola Tomenko stated yesterday, there is agreement...
EU postponed Ukraine donor conference NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Amongst the many ways Ukraine is seeking to remain afloat economically, and as briefly mentioned in yesterday’s entry, aside from the IMF, WB, EIB, EBRD etc., is a planned international donor conference for Ukraine. “We will never recogni...
The 2015 Budget NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Currently the IMF is back in town – and as a lender of last resort, undoubtedly welcome in government circles in lieu of nobody else. It arrives at a time when a programme (of sorts) is being – and is almost – thrashed out by the pa...
From lustration to nepotism? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Whether or not the lustration law will work as intended, regular readers will know there is more than a little doubt – depending upon the intent of those implementing the law of course. In Odessa, a few weeks ago, three regional prosecutors wer...
UNHR Committee against torture – Ukraine report NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 5 Days, 9 Hours ago
A  very short entry today, as the links lead to rather lengthy reading – particularly the full report of some 70 pages regarding the 6th periodic review of Ukraine.
Why tell big lies when you can tell enormous lies instead? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 9 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
A few days ago, an entry was posted lamenting the standard of Kremlin agitprop/disinformation/misinformation etc., and the chronically weak levels to which white, grey and black propaganda that is now discharged from the bowels of the Kremlin propaga...
So now what? Minsk Agreements NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Over the past few days, entries have portrayed a somewhat gloomy outlook for the “People’s Republics”.  That is not to say they will not survive.  They will survive just as long as The Kremlin will support them militarily,...
Back to the future – Eastern Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Many times over recent months, the issue of weak political structures within the “People’s Republics” has been mentioned here. So has that changed since since the “elections” of 2nd November? For Messrs Zakharchenko and...
The realities of fake NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 8 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Yesterday the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin made the following tweet: My take of this day: #FakeAid #FakeElections #FakeObservers Fake can’t produce anything real. — Pavlo Klimkin (@PavloKlimkin) November 2, 2014 Indeed, de jur...
A lament for quality at the expense of quantity – Russian propaganda NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Today sees “elections” within the “People’s Republics” of Luhansk and Donetsk. Needless to say, the recognition of these “elections“ is likely to occur only by Russia and a few other nations over which it has...
Back to the chess match NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
In an entry last month, before the RADA elections took place, the following was written: “Will a coalition of Block Poroshenko and one other party be enough to secure a robust majority – or will it require a trilateral coalition?  If...
NBU abolishes some currency restrictions for business NEW
OdessaTalk 3 Weeks, 9 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
Though this will undoubtedly be hidden amongst gas news and reporting from the front lines – somewhat earlier that expected, the National Bank of Ukraine has abolished some of its temporary restrictions on foreign currency. In short, with...
A new class of RADA Deputy – The poor NEW
OdessaTalk 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 9 Hours ago
With the construction of the new RADA more or less complete – baring the few contested single mandate seats that remain unresolved – the return of the good, the bad and the ugly to the legislature is complete. A radically different pictur...