Last Man Standing: How Avakov Survived in Ukraine (Carnegie Moscow Center)

Arsen Avakov has survived Ukraine’s change of regime. President Zelensky needs him because of his links to the dark side of the Ukrainian deep state, against which the president’s young reformers are often powerless. The omnipotent minister is prepared to put aside his personal ambition to become the regime’s informal mainstay.

https://carnegie.ru/commentary/81054

Konstantin Skorkin

Ukraine Beyond the Impeachment Headlines (Project-Syndicate)

Ukraine’s image is suffering from negative coverage surrounding the impeachment hearings of US President Donald Trump. Yet, while the country remains poor and corruption is rife, voters have overwhelmingly backed far-reaching political and economic change, and a new generation of leadership is committed to delivering it.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/ukraine-president-zelensky-leading-transformation-by-konstantin-sonin-2020-01

Konstantin Sonin is a professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and an adjunct professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Undercurrents: Episode 43 – The UK Election, and Svyatoslav Vakarchuk on the Future of Ukraine (Chatham House)

The team discuss the implications of the UK general election, and Ben meets Ukrainian opposition politician Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, founder of a new political party, Golos.

https://www.chathamhouse.org/file/undercurrents-episode-43-uk-election-and-svyatoslav-vakarchuk-future-ukraine

Thomas Raines, Head, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, Politician, Musician and Activist
Agnes Frimston, Deputy Editor, The World Today
Ben Horton, Communications Manager, International Affairs

The Minsk Agreements Rest on Incompatible Views of Sovereignty (Chatham House)

Implementing the agreements to end the war in eastern Ukraine means that either Ukraine’s view must prevail, or Russia’s view must prevail. Western governments should be unequivocal in their defence of Ukraine’s.

https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/minsk-agreements-rest-incompatible-views-sovereignty

Duncan Allan