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Plenty of people mourned the departure of Natalie Jaresko last year as Ukraine’s finance minister after she lost out to Volodymyr Groysman as prime minister.

But Oleksandr Danyliuk’s performance in more than a year as Jaresko’s successor has won praise and helped some people forget — even as many others remain dismayed by the halting pace of reforms under President Petro Poroshenko and Groysman.

“He has surprised me positively and turned out to be the reform anchor in a government that has been less committed to reform than the previous government and he has managed to keep the state finances in good order,” said Anders Aslund, the Swedish economist and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.

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