Despite Political Shakeup, an Emerging Consensus in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk talk during a session of the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, July 31, 2014 (AP photo by Efrem Lukatsky).
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk talk during a session of the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, July 31, 2014 (AP photo by Efrem Lukatsky).
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Global attention remains focused on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, especially in the wake of the tragic downing of the Malaysian commercial airliner MH17. But in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, the ongoing war with Russia is only one of several competing priorities. Attempts to restructure and reform Ukraine’s troubled economy have led to a series of political earthquakes. Two weeks ago, the governing coalition, which had been assembled after the Maidan protests drove former President Viktor Yanukovych from power, was dissolved, and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk offered his resignation. Then last week, Yatsenyuk’s resignation was rejected by Ukraine’s parliament, […]

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