Ukrainian voters are understandably less than thrilled by the choice offered in next Sunday`s parliamentary elections. In the three years since the 2004 Orange revolution, they have seen their leaders quarrel, swap corruption charges and generally fail to...
Ukraine: rocky road to democracy after years of recriminations between main parties
The scene is western Ukraine. A crowd is waiting. A tall figure bounds on to a stage. His elderly supporters cheer and start waving their blue flags. They chant: "Yan-u-kov-ich, Yan-u-kov-ich."
Business and pleasure in Ukraine
As second home buyers become more adventurous, moving into Croatia, Bulgaria and even Romania, there is one country on Europe`s eastern fringes that almost everyone has overlooked...
East European immigrants fuel return of servant class
Migration from eastern Europe, Africa and Asia is creating a ready supply of willing downstairs staff, with more and more being employed to watch the kids and clean the bathroom in a kind of international class system...
Ukraine finance: banking sector risk
Although the banking sector is generally sound, a number of structural weaknesses remain a concern, as does the rapid rise in lending to households and enterprises in recent years-particularly the extent of unhedged...
The campaign that could change voting patterns
On 30 September, Ukraine’s voters go to the polls for the fifth time in four years. Three important factors in the current campaign are likely to affect the vote:  apathy,  the use of American campaign consultants and  a new battle for Eastern voters.
Oligarchs loom over Ukraine election
With the economy booming, the oligarchs recovered their poise - and enjoyed unprecedented increases in profits and asset values. Meanwhile, the political reforms gave MPs, many of them millionaire business people, greater access to power...
Javier Solana: “This is the time for political leaders to show their responsibility for the country’s future”
As expected, the recent Ukraine-EU summit did not bring any surprises. But the fact that it was actually held (and not canceled) two weeks before the early parliamentary election is positive in and of itself. This means that Europe is still interested in our country.
Freedom fighters the world tried to forget
To many Ukrainians, the guerrillas were just what their communist rulers once called them: fascist collaborators, bandits and war criminals. To the rest of the world, they were all but unknown.
Orange princess tackles the two viktors in fight to ‘save the revolution’
Ms Tymoshenko has always brought firebrand glamour to Ukraine’s politics, but an added element of granite is visible now in her single-minded determination to return to power two years after Mr Yushchenko dismissed her as Prime Minister on national television.
Ukraine`s political leaders eventually agreed that the only way to settle their differences was to call a new election. This came as a great relief to Ukraine`s friends across Europe, not least because the main political parties invited the EU to help...
Ukrainian parliamentary election quotes
"Rinat, if you are so worried about domestic power engineering and everything connected with it, why don`t you privatize the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, for example? The Shelter as a residence for Viktor Yanukovych. Or the sarcophagus", - Yulia Tymoshenko.
Black Sea Fleet will leave, will Crimea remain Russian?
The Russian intelligence services are taking steps to ensure that Russia`s presence in Crimea continues after the withdrawal of the Black Sea Fleet in 2017. Building and privatizing various facilities in Sevastopol is one of the ways to achieve this goal.
No more cheap gas for Russia’s neighbors
Gazprom, Russia`s major natural gas producer and exporter, is starting another campaign to drive up prices for the gas it supplies to the Baltic states and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
A million dollars for Manafort. Americans replace Russian spin doctors in Ukraine
One of the features of the current election campaign in Ukraine noted by experts is the lack of Russian spin doctors in the electoral field. Americans have closed off access to the "bodies" of the three key players in the parliamentary elections...
Ukrainian highlanders: Hutsuls, Boikos, and Lemkos
Distinguished by their unique dialects and folklore traditions, the Ukrainian highlanders in the eastern Carpathian Mountains are divided into several ethnographic groups: the Lemkos, the Boikos, and the Hutsuls...
A new broom or an old rake? Vadym Karasyov: our foreign policy is a key factor in the schism
Foreign policy and the east-west divide is the biggest stumbling stone for Ukraine, noting PM Viktor Yanukovych leans strongly towards the east in his policies. It might be best for Ukraine "to drift" a few years...
Ukraine decree 31 is destructive to the development of energy resources - Rob Bensh, President of Cardinal Resources
It harms Cardinal and will also prevent other western companies who would like to operate in the sector from working with Ukrainian State oil and gas companies as they can not sell joint production.
Advertising: too many, but still too little…
In the USA, the government usually orders social advertising. The Government finances it as well. What does prevent Ukraine from adopting the same practice? The lack of financing? Or, may be, indifference?
Preparations for a new government
With the Sept. 30 parliamentary election now all but certain in Ukraine, the focus has shifted to developing campaign partners and identifying potential government coalitions following the poll. Early political jockeying suggests a positive movement...