Ukraine News

Ukraine Rebooting

Jan 24, 2014
Lately we have been hearing more and more cries for “rebooting” Ukraine. Yurii Lutsenko, the former Minister of Internal Affairs, calls for introducing a second and third republic, while Roman Bezsmertny, the author of unaccomplished administrative reform, has undergone a complete reincarnation; "Depa" and "Gepa"* insist on moving the capital of the country to Kharkiv, while Andriy Klyuev, a prominent businessman and politician, sympathizes with unfortunate Poland about what it will do with Galicia when it breaks off from Ukraine.

Notes from Ukraine

Jan 16, 2014
Comments on the December 2013 - January 2014 Demonstrations from Kennan Institute Ukrainian alumni.

Ukraine’s Protests: Not (Yet) a Revolution

Dec 12, 2013
Though Ukraine appears to be “caught between East and West,” Ukrainians themselves do not see it this way, writes Matthew Rojansky. "The protest movement appears to be an expression of support for a modern, European, democratic Ukrainian state."

Calm Down About Ukraine

Dec 06, 2013
"The bigger problem with lamentations about “who lost Ukraine” is that they offer no useful assessment of why Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich actually decided to walk away from the table, while painting the future with a hopelessly broad brush, and sidestepping the most urgently important question—what to do next," writes Matthew Rojansky in The National Interest.

Who Needs European Integration in Ukraine?

Dec 04, 2013
The West has yet another opportunity to learn more about Ukraine. Although it’s not under the best circumstances, we hope that someday the opportunities will change in their quality, not just increase in quantity, and the word “Ukraine” will evoke, in the minds of EU citizens, something specific and positive rather than vague and negative.

Assessing the Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections: Half-steps and Dissonance

Nov 01, 2012
In the wake of the recent Ukrainian parliamentary elections on October 28, 2012, Kennan Institute Fulbright Scholar Mykhailo Minakov, who is an Associate Professor at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, spoke with the Kennan Institute about issues surrounding the elections. Mary Elizabeth Malinkin, Kennan Institute, had the following discussion with him.

Connect with the Kennan Institute on Facebook

Sep 11, 2012
The Kennan Institute and its offices in Moscow and Kyiv are on Facebook! Like our pages to get exclusive updates on our scholars, alumni, and activities around the world.

Commemorating Chernobyl: 20 Years Later

Apr 03, 2006
April 26, 2006 marks the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, which spewed tons of radioactive matter across Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, and parts of Europe. This Centerpoint cover story touches on the history, environmental impact and health controversy surrounding Chernobyl in advance of a Kennan Institute conference to commemorate the tragedy.

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