Olha is a Europe Assistant Research Manager. She holds an LLM in Human Rights Law with International Law and is pursuing an LLM in Law of the Sea. She has working experience in the private law sector, with Ukrainian government institutions and human rights NGOs. Olha is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, English, and German, and has working knowledge of Arabic and basic Dari.

Inching Towards Instability: Anti-Putin Demonstrations Sweep Russia

On 17 January 2021, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested, sparking a wave of demonstrations in opposition to President Vladimir Putin. ACLED Europe Research Manager Franklin Holcomb, Europe Assistant Research Manager Olha Polishchuk, Europe Researcher Aidar Dossymov, and Research Analyst Adam Miller map the spike in unrest. © 2021 Armed Conflict Location & Event…

Breaking the Pattern: The Relative Success of the Latest Ceasefire Agreement in Ukraine

A recent ceasefire agreement in Donbas has resulted in a significant decrease in fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-led separatists and has raised hopes for the future of Ukrainian-Russian peace talks. On 22 July 2020, the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine (TCG) — a platform where representatives from Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for…

Donbas: Where the Guns Do Not Stay Silent

On 10 December 2019, leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France met in Paris in the ‘Normandy’ format1 to discuss peace plans for the Donbas region of Ukraine, where the conflict between Russia-backed separatist rebels and Ukrainian government forces has now entered its seventh year. Although frontlines have stabilized, fighting continues on a daily basis.…