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Leonid Bershidsky

New Leadership, Same Old Ukraine

Unpopular President Petro Poroshenko is consolidating power instead of pushing rapid change.
Friends in all the right places.

Friends in all the right places.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi

When he resigned on Sunday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said he was proud of his government's achievements. They will, he predicted, be appreciated in due time. That may be so, but just now he is one of Ukraine's most despised men, someone who failed to make the country more European but instead made deals with oligarchs and corrupt bureaucrats.

His resignation to give way for an ally of President Petro Poroshenko won't, however, make Ukraine any more governable.