VoxUkraine Briefs

June 1, 2015

The VoxUkraine Brief: Russian Troops in Ukraine, the Struggle for the Country Foreign Debt Restructuring, Saakashvili Was Appointed the Odesa Region Governor

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The long-known by the world but stubbornly denied by Putin presence of Russian troops in Ukraine this week received another proof — this time from a reputable international organization. Meanwhile, US highest officials and UK Queen provided their verbal support to Ukraine. On the Ukrainian government side — the struggle for the country foreign debt restructuring continues, while the former Georgian president M.Saakashvili was appointed the Odesa region governor.

By Volodymyr Bilotkach, VoxUkraine Editorial Board, Vita Faychuk, VoxUkraine

produced by Kseniya Alekankina


May 24, 2015

1 IjBTbqGe0X9ChQlaxNIhNwThe VoxUkraine Brief: The Victims of War

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This week has illuminated the hidden tragedies of the victims of war in the Eastern Ukraine. Two Russian soldiers were captured in the frontline Ukrainian city. They confessed serving in Russian Federation special forces and being on spying mission in Ukraine, but Moscow is not planning to save them or admit violation of the Minsk agreement again. Amnesty International report “Ukraine: Breaking Bodies: Torture and Summary Killings in Eastern Ukraine” draws the harrowing picture of the war crimes committed by the soldiers of both sides. Macroeconomic situation is also far from stable: inflation reached it`s peak — 60.9% yoy — of 1996, and the Parliament and the Government attempts to strengthen Ukraine’s hand in negotiations with creditors haven`t yet proved to be effective.

By Oleksanr Zholud, VoxUkraine Editorial Board, Nataliia Shapoval, VoxUkraine,

with the help of Volodymyr Bilotkach, VoxUkraine Editorial Board

produced by Kseniya Alekankina


May 17, 2015

LAZ_9780_2 — копияThe VoxUkraine Brief: Harsh and Flattering Voices

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This week was marked by a “breaking-ice” visit of the US Secretary of State to Sochi where he held a four hour talk with Russian President over Syria and Ukraine. Coincidently or not, the visit happened the same time the report “Putin. War” by the assassinated Russian opposition Leader, Boris Nemtsov, was published. Internally, the personnel policy of the Ukrainian Government was overshadowed by two cases of loud resignations. On the economic front, debt restructuring saga continued with the sides seemingly raising stakes in negotiations.

By Olena Bilan, Volodymyr Bilotkach, VoxUkraine Editorial Board, and Nataliia Shapoval, VoxUkraine

produced by Kseniya Alekankina


May 10, 2015 maxre

The VoxUkraine Brief: Victories and losses

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The main topics:

➦ Firtash-gate ➦ Russia’s lonely V-Day ➦ Rebels on offensive, fear of full-scale war mounts, Minsk-3 ➦ Parliamentary elections in the UK ➦ Decommunization

By Yuriy Gorodnichenko, VoxUkraine Editorial Board, and Vita Faychuk, VoxUkraine

produced by Kseniya Alekankina


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The VoxUkraine Brief. Last 2 Weeks of April: A Big Academic-Policy Symposium on Ukraine, Slowly Burning Conflict in Donbas, Continued Debt Negotiations

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The main event for VoxUkraine last week was definitely the Symposium “Ukraine — Escaping from its Post-Soviet Legacy” — the highest profile conference to date organized with the help of our team. We encourage all interested to check videos and/or read speeches made by participants as they appear on our site. Currently we have transcriptions of John Herbst (US Ambassador to Ukraine 2003–2006) and Valeria Hontareva (the governor of the National Bank of Ukraine).

by Tymofiy Mylovanov and Oleksandr Zholud, VoxUkraine Editorial Board

produced by Kseniya Alekankina


April 18, 2015

1073The VoxUkraine Brief: Agreements under pressure

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This week’s must reads point out the dangers that face Ukraine’s two crucial agreements — the agreement with the IMF and the Minsk Agreement.

by Tom Coupé and Mykola Myagky, VoxUkraine Editorial Board

produced by Kseniya Alekankina


April 11, 2015

1 4czGj8eJdeErMa0bUOhC6QThe VoxUkraine Brief: Ukraine Continues to Drift Away From its Soviet Past But the Road Ahead is Bumpy

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A “separatist” confession in war crimes, adoption of de-Sovietization laws, persisting war on Russia and corruption — these were the main topics of international reports on Ukraine this week.

By Ilona Sologub and Vladymyr Bylotkach, VoxUkraine Editorial Board

produced by Kseniya Alekankina


April 5, 2015

1 JC-Ec33NnPYT-DfpqFUZlAThe VoxUkraine Brief: Calm Before the Storm?

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In contrast to the last week’s intense confrontation between the President and oligarchs still resonating in media, this week has been relatively calm. Ukraine and Russia signed provisional agreement on gas supplies. The results of an audit for Naftogaz and its subsidiaries for 2012–2013 have been announced. Council of Europe has expressed its discontent with the low standard and lack of efficiency in Maidan investigations. Roskomnadzor (Russian agency supervising the media) has forced the Crimean Tatar media to shut down. With an increasing frequency media predict the collapse of the fragile peace in the eastern Ukraine.

By Kateryna Dronova, VoxUkraine Law Editorial Board, and Natalia Shapoval, VoxUkraine

produced by Kseniya Alekankina


March 28, 2015

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The VoxUkraine Brief: Big Cleanup. War With Oligarchs and Arrests In the Cabinet

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Last week, the topics that dominated media discussion on Ukraine were the “6-day war” between the President Petro Poroshenko and the tycoon and the now ex-governor of the Dnipropetrovska oblast Kolomoiskiy, development prospects of the military conflict with Russia, restructuring of Ukrainian foreign debt and arrests of top Ukrainian officials accused of corruption.

By Ilona Sologub, VoxUkraine Editorial Board, and Zoya Mylovanova, VoxUkraine Law Editorial Board

produced by Kseniya Alekankina


March 22, 2015

1 mOftCXr235CEBGEa66Bw8QThe VoxUkraine Brief: Milestones, Loans, and the War of the Oligarchs

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Last week’s focus was on two anniversaries which were ‘celebrated’ — the new Ukrainian Cabinet celebrated its 100th day in office and Russia celebrated the anniversary of the pseudo-referendum in Crimea, the pseudo-referendum which many observers see as the starting date of the Russian invasion in Ukraine. In addition, commentators continued to analyze the agreement between Ukraine and the IMF and the role oligarchs continue to play in Ukraine.

by Oleksandr Talavera and Oleksandr Zholud, VoxUkraine Editorial Board


March 14, 2015

1 LWPKte8zAakmsKDScch8iAThe VoxUkraine Brief: IMF’s approval of bailout for Ukraine and 100 days of the Ukrainian government

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This week’s must-read articles on Ukraine focus on the Ukraine-IMF agreement, on the long-term goals of Russia, and on the progress of reforms in Ukraine as the Ukrainian government passes the 100days mark.

by Tymofiy Mylovanov and Tom Coupé, VoxUkraine Editorial Board

produced by Kseniya Alekankina


March 7, 2015

1 CFKEXfUqunla6Wx7_iuBHgThe VoxUkraine Brief: War For The Hryvnia

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Given the conflicting constraints and objectives — diffuse panic, protect banking system, keep inflation low, support the government — there is no simple solution. Fortunately, the NBU decided to tighten capital controls, which is likely to be the best policy under the circumstances.

by Yuriy Gorodnichenko and Vladymyr Bylotkach, VoxUkraine Editorial Board

produced by Kseniya Alekankina


March 2, 2015

1 -nBDbYqhkMV5_bpeAfCVRAThe VoxUkraine Brief: The military conflict, the renewed Naftogaz-Gazprom gas dispute, and the hryvnia`s meltdown

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Last week, the military conflict, the renewed Naftogaz-Gazprom gas dispute, and the hryvnia’s meltdown in Ukraine were the focus of attention of the international media.

by Veronika Movchan and Mykola Myagky, VoxUkraine Editorial Board

produced by Kseniya Alekankina


February 22, 2015

vV0XFC23kB0The VoxUkraine Brief: War on many fronts — weapons, gas, budget, exchane rate

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The results of the second round of Minsk peace talks resonate in media second week in a row. Although one hopes to find at least one unambiguous aspect of the deal, experts’ opinions range from highly optimistic to somewhat hopeful, from precautious to rigorous.

by Kateryna Dronova, VoxUkraine Law Editorial Board


February 14, 2015

1 rIqc-IzQTriXCnnsFf1JZwThe VoxUkraine Brief: Who Is The Winner In New Ukraine Peace Deal

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The most important event of this week was of course the peace talks in Minsk that lasted for over 16 hours.

by Yuriy Gorodnichenko and Ilona Sologoub, VoxUkraine Editorial Board 

produced by Maxim Eristavi


February 8, 2015

1 veHQkYKiil-7OI0wLRIcCQThe VoxUkraine Brief: The 4 Most Important Things About Ukraine This Week

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 Four topics dominated in the discussions on Ukraine last week: calls for arming Ukraine by the West; the visit of the Western leaders to Ukraine and Russia; abandonment of foreign exchange targets by Ukraine; a stronger language from the West about the need for Ukraine to walk the talk about the reforms.

by Tim Mylovanov and Veronika Movchan, VoxUkraine Editorial Board

produced by Maxim Eristavi


January 30, 2015

1 Wrn8afKieHQDc9RR18LWKAThe VoxUkraine Brief: Ukraine Needs To Sue Russia For War Damage

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For the last two weeks, the main news from Ukraine came from the battlefield. Donetsk airport has been all but obliterated as the result of the fresh offensive by the Russian and local illegal militia forces. In held for 242 days.

by Oleksandr Zholud and Volodymyr Bilotkach, VoxUkraine Editorial Board

produced by Maxim Eristavi


January 24, 2015

1 GazvrjgBUy4kCzGTQcgE7QThe VoxUkraine Brief: Debt, Default and Dire Measures in Ukraine

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Talks about Ukraine’s financial problems have been highlighted in financial media for the last two weeks. The conflict in the Eastern Ukraine has escalated again. Furthermore, Russia not only sends troops but also creates additional financial burden.

by Olena Bilan (Dragon Capital) and Oleksandr Talavera (University of Sheffield), VoxUkraine Editorial Board

  produced by Maxim Eristavi


January 10, 2015

1 GjDJLr5r85AyKcqAgeVdMwThe VoxUkraine Brief: How To Avoid Ukraine Defaulting

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Concerns about whether or not Ukraine will be able to pay back its government debt are again worrying the financial markets as Ukraine’s July 2017 bonds are now trading below 60 cents on the dollar.

by Tom Coupé, VoxUkraine Editorial Board, Kyiv School of Economics

produced by Maxim Eristavi


January 3, 2015

1 4wx3GeI13gx_8KhZNcMUPgThe VoxUkraine Brief: Best of 2014

#VoxUkraine ultimate selection of 31 best articles on the Ukrainian economy in 2014

The dramatic changes in Ukraine in 2014 have increased the worldwide demand for a better understanding of its economy. To help those looking for quality information on the topic, we have created a reading list of what we consider the best articles on the Ukrainian economy written this year.

by VoxUkraine Editorial Board

produced by Maxim Eristavi