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Ukraine's recent local election cycle took place amid an ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Konstantin Sazonchik/TASS)

National parties lose out to local candidates in Ukraine’s 2020 municipal elections

Original article can be found here – Early December saw most of Ukraine’s remaining local election runoff votes take place, giving us a more or less complete picture of the situation across the country. It is now clear that the most striking feature of this local election cycle was the success of incumbent mayors […]

Ukrainians will vote in the second round of mayoral elections across the country on November 22. (Valentin Sprinchak/TASS

Mayoral races in Ukraine: City-by-city runoff preview

Original article can be found here – Ukraine’s local election season continues in the second half of November with a series of second round runoff votes to elect mayors across the country. On November 15, incumbent mayors Trukhanov in Odesa and Motherland’s Lysenko in Sumy won their respective runoffs decisively, while Andriy Pankov lost […]


Coronavirus crisis exposes Ukraine’s healthcare failures

The original article can be found here – As Ukraine began 2020, the reform priorities for the country’s healthcare sector appeared to be clear. The Ministry of Health was expected to implement the secondary phase of a landmark healthcare transformation law by April 1, 2020. Instead, secondary phase implementation is being neglected by the […]

A woman casts her ballot in Konstyantynivka during Ukraine's October 25 municipal elections. (Valentin Sprinchak/TASS)

Winners and losers of Ukraine’s local elections

Original article can be found here – Ukrainians went to the polls in local elections on October 25. While the final results are still being certified, it is already possible to speak in broad terms about the winners and losers of the vote. The biggest winners were the growing number of incumbent mayors who […]

Ukraine will hold nationwide local elections on October 25. In Lviv (pictured), incumbent mayor Andriy Sadoviy is expected to win re-election. (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

City-by-city guide to Ukraine’s local elections

Original article can be found here – Ukraine is set to hold local elections on October 25 and mayoral races are taking shape across the country against a backdrop of pandemic disruption. Who will be running Ukraine’s major cities once the dust settles following this weekend’s vote? The first thing to note is that […]

Ukrainians go to the polls on October 25 to vote in local elections that promise to serve as the first major electoral test for President Zelenskyy since he and his party swept to power last year. (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Five predictions for Ukraine’s local elections

Original article can be found here – Ukraine is set to hold nationwide local elections on October 25, with runoff elections scheduled for three weeks later. With Ukraine experiencing a potential second wave of Covid-19 and ongoing confrontation with Russia in the Donbas, here are five predictions at the start of the campaign. First, […]


Hijacking Ukraine’s green energy future

Original article can be found here – Several years ago, Ukraine became an attractive place for investors in the green energy sector after having established beneficial green tariffs – the payments for electricity produced from the renewable sources of energy. In addition to Ukrainian businesses and households who began investing in renewable energy development, […]


Ukraine adds political drama to coronavirus crisis

Original article can be found here – The Ukrainian political scene has been particularly volatile over the last month. With the population increasingly under lockdown in response to the coronavirus crisis, March 2020 saw a series of cabinet shakeups and new ministerial appointments. This took place against the backdrop of a looming economic recession […]

A man walks past an election campaign poster of Ukrainian Opposition Platform - For Life political party in Kyiv, Ukraine July 15, 2019. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Ukraine’s Most Important Election Is Sunday. Here’s What to Expect

Original article can be found here – On July 21, Ukrainians go back to the ballot box to choose a new parliament. In April, voters made comedian and political novice Volodymyr Zelenskyy president. The outcome of Sunday’s parliamentary elections will determine Ukraine’s geopolitical course and policy choices over the next five years. As a long-time […]

Dmytro Razumkov (C), Oleksandr Korniyenko (L) and Mykhailo Fedorov, leaders of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's political party Servant of the People, attend a news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Five Predictions for Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections

Original article can be found here – With the Constitutional Court of Ukraine affirming the dismissal of parliament last week, new elections are moving ahead for July 21. Here are five predictions on what to expect. First, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Servant of the People has a legitimate chance to form a one-party majority in […]