The United States has played an outsized role vis-à-vis Ukraine throughout the 25 years of their relations. Since the EuroMaidan Revolution, and particularly since the Russian annexation of Crimea and its intervention in the Donbas, the role of the United States in helping Ukraine has grown exponentially.

Donald Trump has been the president of the United States for half a year. Over this time, observers have been trying to see through the cloud of his often controversial and conflicting statements at what might constitute his true vision of international relations.

The annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the still-ongoing hybrid war in the Donbas are quintessential aspects of post-imperial history in the former Soviet space.

The resignation of Mikheil Saakashvili from his position as the governor of the Odesa region was long expected. In many ways it was a natural development that would have come sooner or later.

Since the beginning of Euromaidan (Maidan II), Ukraine finds itself entangled in a deep crisis, which, while not necessarily existential (i.e., one that puts the very existence of the Ukrainian state into question), dramatically alters the country’s internal (socio-economic, regional) dynamics and international positioning vis-à-vis its neighbors and other significant regional and global players.

The strength of EU-Russia relations is currently being tested for solidity both regionally and globally.

2016 is the U.S. presidential elections year. In the meantime, Ukraine is still going through its tests of war effort, reforms and fight against corruption.

Russia’s policy towards Ukraine did not simply change the system of international relations, rebuilding the relations between its key elements.