The Struggle for Ukraine

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Publication Date October 2017
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A report and video from Chatham House published in October 2017, which made the case for increased Western support for Ukraine, and argued the EU had been too timid in applying its unprecedented political mandate to drive forward post-2014 reforms in the country.

Four years on from its Euromaidan revolution, Ukraine was fighting for survival as an independent and viable state.

The report, which included policy recommendations, assessed Ukraine’s position and prospects, and examined its double existential threat: resisting Russian interference, and the fierce internal contest to determine its own political, institutional and civic future.

It stated it was an illusion to believe diplomatic formulas alone would diminish Russia’s determination to dominate Ukraine, suggesting the West must work inside and outside international negotiation frameworks, the Normandy Format and Minsk process, to resolve the war between Ukraine and Russia and strengthen European security.‪

The West should provide increased defence assistance and training; funding for the modernisation of the Kyiv-controlled parts of Donbas and NATO advisory programmes in the security and law enforcement sectors, it says.‪

The report covered six critical areas:

+ geopolitics and security in the context of the conflict with Russia
+ European integration and the demands of the Association Agreement
+ economic reform
+ Governance, democratisation and the media
+ the role of civil society in reforms
+ efforts to combat corruption.

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ESO: Key Source: Euromaidan - Protests in Ukraine 2013 - 2015 - Key source
EP: EPRS: Briefing, July 2017: Ukraine's on-going reform process: Progress and challenges since Euromaidan

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