If you take a walk in the centre of Kyiv in Ukraine, you will not see any clear signs of a country in war.
A newly renovated shopping centre on the main street, Khreshchatyk, was opened recently with number of luxury boutiques. People are going to the cafés, billboards invite to concerts with both local and international music bands. But when you come to the main train station you get a feeling of entering a a war movie set. Hundred of soldiers with heavy bags full of winter equipment are headed East.
The recent escalations in the Eastern Ukraine and battles in Avdiivka this January reminds us that the conflict in Donbass is still active. Political talks in Minsk didn’t bring peace. In the very beginning of 2017 no less than eighteen people had already been killed. The country invests tremendous efforts and resources into building state institutions, which are indeed needed. Strong state institutions are however not always a solution to segregation which is one of the problems Ukraine is facing. In addition to segregation Ukraine is struggling with an unstable political situation and corruption. [Read more…]