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KYIV BLOG: Zelenskiy goes to Washington but comes back with little of what he wanted

September 3, 2021

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy finally had his first face-to-face meeting with his American counterpart Joe Biden on Wednesday, September 1. The talks went on for two hours, instead of the scheduled one and covered a long shopping list of wishes.

KYIV BLOG: Ukraine in May

May 30, 2021

Ukraine’s economy is recovering nicely and looks forward to strong growth in 2021, but a number of uncertainties remain.

KYIV BLOG: Blinken in Kyiv

May 8, 2021

So as expected, there were no real newsmakers from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to Kyiv yesterday where he expressed “strong support” for Ukraine’s independence and sovereignty.

KYIV BLOG: Ukrainian President Zelenskiy’s oligarch speech

March 19, 2021

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's speech – which covered anti-corruption, particularly with respect to oligarchs, and relations with Russia – was entitled "Ukraine fights back".

KYIV BLOG: Zelenskiy government launches a major de-oligarchisation drive, but is it for real?

March 8, 2021

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy spokesperson Iuliia Mendel posted a blog on the Atlantic Council’s website at the weekend claiming that Ukraine has launched a major de-oligarchisation campaign. But is the campaign for real?