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this guy pifer seems to have his head screwed on. no point looking at the new government through rosy glasses

"My conversations on the margins of the Kiev Security Forum on April 14 to 15 turned up few expectations that the new cabinet will proceed with the kinds of reform actions and, in particular, measures to combat corruption that the country needs."

That seems to be the clear signal that Poroshenko and his grey cardinals like Kononenko are sending - they think they no longer need to carry out further reform, and can maintain Ukraine's legacy of Soviet corruption (which of course, personally benefits them).

Putin will be very pleased, and is no doubt already reaching out to them through unofficial channels.

The last paragraph is the most important in the article;
The International Monetary Fund, United States, and European Union should help the Ukrainian president and prime minister make the right decisions: to press forward a program of genuine reform and, at long last, a real anti-corruption campaign. The West should make clear that further assistance will depend on such actions.
This is diplomat speak for; "Get your act together or else!" Mr. Pifer was the US Ambassador to Ukraine and is quite familiar with the normal shenanigans that go on. My experience with Ukrainian politicians is nil to none but what I have noticed whether it is Kuchma, Yushchenko, Yanukovych and now Poroshenko is that they all act like teenagers sneaking around thinking that the adults i.e. US, EU, Canada and IMF don't really know whats going on.

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