Ukraine’s government structure has always been overly centralized in Kiev. The president, for example, appoints provincial governors. Some diffusion of power from Kiev to provincial capitals to deal with regional issues would likely promote more efficient, effective, and accountable governance. But we should be leery of the Russian position. Moscow does not care about more efficient governance; it wants to create opportunities to meddle in Ukraine's internal politics.
March 30, 2014, ,
New York Times