We'll see a sanitised Kiev on our screens this weekend, with Eurovision taking place in a huge arena with a massive security operation that will show you nothing of the reality of the situation outside. There will certainly be 'high camp', and it might well be 'gay Christmas', but only inside the arena.
Let's face it, nobody - neither record producers nor the record-buying public - is watching Eurovision looking for a global star.
When discussing International Alert's work in conflict regions with colleagues, associates, donors, etc., I sometimes feel
On 21 November a Ukrainian government decree suspended preparations for signing of the Association Agreement with the European Union. In the following days, the biggest protests since the Orange Revolution (or in Ukrainian "Pomarancheva revolyutsiya") were being held in Kyiv.