✅ Exclusive: Interview with National Security and Defense Council Secretary
He’s a powerful force in Ukrainian politics, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council and a key ally of President Petro Poroshenko. After the 2014 Euromaidan Revolution, he even served as interim president and chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament. But Oleksandr Turchynov seldom speaks with the press. This week, Hromadske managed to sit down with Turchynov to discuss some of the key political issues in Ukraine.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine
✅ IMF Resident Representative on Reforming Ukraine
Next week, a small team from the Washington office of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will arrive in Ukraine to discuss the country’s reform efforts. Their evaluation of Kyiv’s progress will influence whether Ukraine receives the next tranche of aid from the organization. Hromadske sat down with the IMF’s Resident Representative in Ukraine to get his evaluation of Ukraine’s plans for an anti-corruption court, its willingness to adjust gas prices and the touchy issue of land reform — all conditions for IMF aid.
IMF Resident Representative in Ukraine
✅ Challenging the Accepted Wisdom on Ukraine’s Economy
The international buzzwords for rescuing Ukraine’s economy are well known: reform, austerity, foreign direct investment (FDI). But what if that international consensus is wrong, and austerity actually prevents Ukraine from receiving FDI? Hromadske speaks with Balazs Jarabik, who articulates an alternate approach to reinvigorating the Ukrainian economy and explains his vision of what the anti-corruption fight actually means both in Ukraine and Eastern and Central Europe.
Non-Resident Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
✅ Humanitarian Aid in Eastern Ukraine
Humanitarian aid from organizations like the Red Cross plays a key role in helping people affected by the war in eastern Ukraine. But aid can only do so much, and humanitarian organizations are often stretched thin. Hromadske traveled to Ukraine’s Donbas region to find out how locals are rebuilding their lives near the front line, how the Red Cross is struggling to help them, and what problems persist for local communities.