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Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in the Ukrainian capital.

KYIV BLOG: A financial crisis has begun in Ukraine

August 2, 2022

A financial crisis has begun in Ukraine. The hryvnia is in free fall. The national bank has ordered exchange kiosks not to display the exchange rate. The government is running a deficit it can’t cover and companies are defaulting on their bonds.

KYIV BLOG: Pragmatic appeasement vs doing what is right

May 25, 2022

There have been several calls for Ukraine to give up territory to Russia and get a quick peace, including from French President Emmanuel Macron, Henry Kissinger and the New York Times.

KYIV BLOG: Don't believe the hype

November 17, 2021

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson caused a stir on November 15, saying that Europe has to choose between buying Russian hydrocarbons or backing Ukraine. But as Ukraine reports there are no troops, these comments are more about hype than threat.

KYIV BLOG: Zelenskiy goes to Washington but comes back with little of what he wanted

September 3, 2021

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy finally had his first face-to-face meeting with his American counterpart Joe Biden on Wednesday, September 1. The talks went on for two hours, instead of the scheduled one and covered a long shopping list of wishes.

KYIV BLOG: Ukraine in May

May 30, 2021

Ukraine’s economy is recovering nicely and looks forward to strong growth in 2021, but a number of uncertainties remain.