Andreas Umland is Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, Principal Researcher with the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv, as well as General Editor of the ibidem-Verlag book series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” and “Ukrainian Voices” distributed by Columbia University Press.
it became clear, in spring 2019, that Ukraine’s leadership was
undergoing a fundamental change, hope that the Donbas conflict may have
been nearing a resolution rose. Not only did Ukraine get a new and less
demonstratively nationalist President than Petro Poroshenko who—much
like former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko had done ten years
earlier—turned right by the end of his term. It also became clear that
the parliament and government would also change radically. As of now,
Ukraine is reconstituting itself with a largely rejuvenated, less
ardently anti-Moscow, and more cosmopolitan political elite.
expectation, to be sure, was not that…
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