Ukrainian nationalist groups: analysis of players and their impact on political competition

On October 14, 2014, a March of Nationalists testified that radical forces in Ukraine could organize themselves and exert political pressure on the authorities. In general, the electoral positions of the radical forces and nationalist parties are very weak. However, despite small number and disparity, radicals and opponents of Zelenskyi’s peace initiatives are being very Read more about Ukrainian nationalist groups: analysis of players and their impact on political competition[…]

Disengagement of forces in Donbas: illusions and reality

After reaching agreements on disengagement of forces near Stanytsia-Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske, the Ukrainian government announced its intentions to continue this process along the entire contact line. The disengagement of forces will enable to reduce military and civilian casualties, facilitate the crossing of the contact line and demine demilitarized zones. However, due to risks for Read more about Disengagement of forces in Donbas: illusions and reality[…]

Prisoner exchange: progress towards peace or false hope?

A prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia brought a tactical victory to both Volodymyr Zelenskyi and Vladimir Putin. However, Russia gained a strategic victory while Ukraine did not manage to balance between the release of its citizens and the pursuit of national interests. A new stage of prisoner exchange will depend on further progress in Read more about Prisoner exchange: progress towards peace or false hope?[…]

New Government of Oleksiy Honcharuk: risks, opportunities and major groups of influence

The new government of Oleksiy Honcharuk shall address a number of complex political and economic issues. First, it has to ensure high GDP growth and increase investment attractiveness. Second, carry out structural reforms in the agricultural, energy and social sectors. Apart from unpopular decisions, it will be necessary to fulfil the President’s populist demands – Read more about New Government of Oleksiy Honcharuk: risks, opportunities and major groups of influence[…]

Fiscal innovations of the new government

On September 10,2019, MPs voted in the first reading for the bills, which determine the rules for using cash registers (PPOs) by the business. These bills are aimed at combating tax evasion by large businesses using status of individual entrepreneurs (FOPs).  These bills provoked heated discussions. While discussing the draft at the Rada meeting, MPs Read more about Fiscal innovations of the new government[…]

Democracy House presented a new issue of “U at Glance”

On September 19, 2019 Democracy House presented a new issue of U at Glance analytical paper. The presentation was held within the project “Analytical support for the Slovak 2019 OSCE Chairmanship” which is implemented by Democracy House with the support of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. During the presentation, the experts of Democracy House analyzed Read more about Democracy House presented a new issue of “U at Glance”[…]

Will the new Parliament ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court?

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (RS) is one of the most debated international treaties that Ukraine has signed, but has not ratified yet. Despite the large number of Ukrainian citizens who suffered from war crimes and crimes against humanity in Donbas and Crimea, Ukraine still lacks the political will necessary to join an Read more about Will the new Parliament ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court?[…]

Prospects and Challenges of the Ukrainian Economy in the Second Half of 2019

Ukraine’s GDP shows growth for the 14th consecutive quarter. GDP grew by 4.6% in the second quarter of 2019. President Zelensky has promised growth of 5-7% of GDP. Under favorable circumstances, Ukraine may well expect a 5% growth in 2019. However, this growth is unlikely to be sustainable. There are many risks and challenges for Read more about Prospects and Challenges of the Ukrainian Economy in the Second Half of 2019[…]

Conflict lines of Ukrainian oligarchs before the opening of a new political season

  After the parliamentary elections, political and economic contradictions began to rapidly escalate between Ukrainian oligarchs. The lack of a single arbitrator among the oligarchs and the weakness of President Zelenskyi are gradually plunging the country into the chaos of an oligarchic struggle for resources. Ihor Kolomoiskyi, Viktor Pinchuk and Arsen Avakov have the best Read more about Conflict lines of Ukrainian oligarchs before the opening of a new political season[…]

Human rights situation in the occupied Crimea

After the annexation by Russia, Crimea has actually turned into an “island of lawlessness”. Russia as an occupying power disregards its obligations in Crimea under international humanitarian law and brazenly violates fundamental human rights and freedoms, enshrined in international human rights instruments. Moreover, Russia impedes an access of international human rights missions to Crimea. At Read more about Human rights situation in the occupied Crimea[…]