Ukraine Crisis

The Geopolitics of the Black Sea

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Long the site of great power competition, the Black Sea region appears to be heating up once again.

Mercenaries and the Wagner Group: What’s Old Is New Again

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Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit is an effective mix of old and new.

Russia’s Tanker Threats Shouldn’t Worry Ukraine

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If past is precedent, we won’t be seeing any real ‘consequences’ from the seizure of a Russian tanker by Ukraine.

What’s on the Table in Upcoming Russia-Ukraine Negotiations?

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The Donbass will certainly be up for discussion – but what about the elephant in the room?

Ukraine Election Result

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Zac and Nick discuss the surprising yet not-so-surprising result of Ukraine's presidential elections, what it means for relations with Russia, and whether or not there's any life yet in the Minsk II peace process. Recorded on April 27, 2018.

Ukraine Civil War: RIP Minsk II?

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It’s getting harder to see how the Minsk II accords will ever be implemented. And that might suit the Ukrainian authorities just fine.

Life Imitates Art in Ukraine Elections

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Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky is now living the plot of his popular TV show. But the next act is the hardest one.

Ukraine Elections: Too Close to Call

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The story of the Ukraine elections is now a familiar one: establishment candidates vs. outsider dark horse.

10 Years on, Tymoshenko’s Ill-fated Deal Still Haunts Ukraine’s “Gas Princess”

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Even a decade later, a woeful gas deal with the Russians still looms over the campaign of presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko.

Ukraine Elections – Outlook 2019 (December 28, 2018)

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Zac and Nick discuss how voters in Ukraine are responding to the same old slate of candidates ahead of presidential elections in Ukraine.

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