Developments in “DNR” and “LNR”: 19 November – 06 December 2019 (Newsletter 68)

Written by Nikolaus von Twickel Summary In the run-up to the 9 December “Normandy Format” summit in Paris, the separatists further raised the hurdles for reintegration into Ukraine. The secretive “DNR” Prime Minister appeared officially in public for the first...

Developments in “DNR” and “LNR”: 29 October – 18 November 2019 (Newsletter 67)

Written by Nikolaus von Twickel Summary The separatists said little about the implementation of the disengagement agreement and the subsequent scheduling of a “Normandy” summit. Instead, official media focused on a dubious report that Ukraine is planning to “cleanse” dissenters...

The temptation of autocracy: military-civil administrations in the government-controlled territories in the vicinity of the contact line

Since its beginning in the spring of 2014, the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine has revealed the inability of local governments and civilian administrations to operate effectively during intense hostilities. The local self-government bodies did not resume operation even after...

Developments in “DNR” and “LNR”: 09 – 28 October 2019 (Newsletter 66)

Written by Nikolaus von Twickel Summary Amid setbacks at the recently revived peace talks, separatist leader Pushilin called for the dissolution of Ukraine in response to Ukraine demanding the dissolution of the People’s Republics”. Pushilin also sacked a minister and...