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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has entrusted Georgia’s former president, Mikheil Saakashvili, with jolting Odesa province from backwardness into modernity, and to try this amidst a war. This unprecedented reform experiment has turned Odesa into a pivotal province of Ukraine. In Ukraine’s current situation, reform is coterminous with state survival. With Odesa designated as a test case for the rest of the country, Saakashvili’s success or failure is likely to correspondingly influence the further course of events in Ukraine and in Europe’s East writ large (see Part One in EDM, July 13).
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Source: The Jamestown Foundation