One of the best things to have happened, for Ukraine, since Donald Trump became President of the United States was the appointment of Ambassador Kurt Volker as special envoy to this region with the specific task of trying to bring peace to the Donbas.
Volker has been very active and taken a principled approach to his job and…he knows his stuff. In a recent interview with Germany’s DW channel, he said of developments on his watch, “we’ve been much more clear in assigning Russia’s responsibility for this conflict, the way it actually is”, leaving the door open for more sanctions to be imposed against Russia for their actions in and against Ukraine.
The fact is however that, so far, sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and the EU have not forced Vladimir Putin to change his calculation on the cost/benefit of this war. We can hope that more sanctions would make Russia see their hold on the east just isn’t worth it. The reality is that this is unlikely, as the thousands of Russian casualties from this war haven’t been enough to get him to change tact so far. Regardless, yes, more sanctions would be very welcome. And appropriate.
Some good news, some bad. Let’s start with the good news. In the latest annual Ease of Doing Business Ranking from the World Bank, Ukraine has moved up five spots and now sits at number 71 out of 190 countries analysed. A five-spot advance doesn’t sound like much, but, for context, at least Ukraine is […]
Ukraine can legitimately sing We are the Champions following Oleksandr Usyk’s fight on 10 November at Manchester Arena. Brit Tony Bellow worked Usyk hard, going into the eight round, but it was Usyk’s brutal left hook that sent him flying to the mat, unable to get back up. With the IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO cruiserweight […]
Even at the age of 27, Ukraine can hardly be called a “nation of startups”, as neither the president nor the Ministry of Economic Trade and Development have made this a priority. Regardless, we will reject this pessimism, as real steps are being taken in this direction. In fact, a stratum of IT specialists is […]
Russia, according to Russia, is not party to the war in eastern Ukraine. However, Russian Foreign Ministry spokespeople don’t mind, apparently, speaking on behalf of the “L” and “D” “People’s Republics” (the unrecognised and illegal entities created by Russia to run their operations in eastern Ukraine, also denied by Russia, of course.) In recent weeks, […]