Gazprom targeting Ukrainian infrastructure for hostile takeovers
Gazprom is moving rapidly to take over Ukraine`s gas transport system through its monopolist offshoots in Ukraine: RosUkrEnergo and UkrGazEnergo. The immediate target is Ukraine`s internal gas distribution network, although the transit system is being targeted as well.
Ukraine: oligarchy reformed
With the demise of Our Ukraine, the oligarchs have returned to the main stage. Ukraine is dominated by four eastern steel companies, each with about 100,000 employees. Two come from Donetsk and two from Dnepropetrovsk, and they are all severe rivals.
What awaits Ukraine from WTO accession?
Ukraine should become some 10 per cent richer if it joins the WTO, Andriy Honcharuk, an adviser to Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, has said in an article.
Ukraine: waiting for Russia on the WTO?
Ukraine is facing pressure from Russia to synchronise the two countries` accession to the WTO-a move that would slow Ukraine`s entry and the start of a free-trade deal with the EU.
On Saturday, October 7th, Anna Politkovskaya, correspondent of Novaya Gazeta was killed in the stairwell of her home. Anna Politkovskaya was born Anna Mazepa in New York City in 1958, where her Soviet Ukrainian parents were diplomats at the United Nations.
Unswayed by West, Russia continues Georgia blockade
Relations between the two countries have worsened since Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili came to power in early 2004 on the promise of taking his country into the NATO military alliance and out of Russia`s sphere of influence.
Back off USSR: Russia and Georgia
Mr Putin has yet to come to terms with the loss of the Soviet empire. He has been bullying and undermining the Georgian government, not least in encouraging separatism in its South Ossetia and Abkhazia provinces. It is time for Mr Putin to stop.
No money, no sea shelf
In the big picture, lack of financing is one of the major obstacles to the implementation of the oil and gas development projects in Ukraine.
Telling the world about the Holodomor
No government really listened to the horrible cries of Ukrainians in 1932-1933, no one intervened to stop the murder of millions of Ukrainians, no one was allowed by the Soviet communist government to come to the assistance of the 33,000 Ukrainians who were being starved to a terrible death every day in 1933.
Democracy and the rule of law in Ukraine
Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union on August 24, 1991. Since then, it has continuously used elections and compromise to build itself as a nation instead of resorting to violence.
Winners & losers in Ukraine’s latest power shuffle
The life expectancy of Ukraine`s almost inevitably unwieldy new government is anyone`s guess. But already, as four months of constitutional chaos come to an end, winners and losers have clearly emerged in the former Soviet republic`s often frantic politics.
Profile: Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych
Viktor Yanukovych`s return to the post of Ukraine`s prime minister marks the comeback of a politician whose career appeared to many to be finished after the Orange Revolution. With his victory in the controversial second round of the 2004 presidential election overturned by the Supreme Court,...
Europe & America are lost on the road map to nowhere
In a crisis people fall back on familiar instincts. So, as the fighting in the Middle East escalated, the Americans defended Israel, the French condemned Israel, the British searched for the middle ground and the United Nations called for restraint.
What about the Maidan?
Almost two years ago in Ukraine, up to one million people joined together to protest against a regime that had suppressed their freedom, supported a culture of deep corruption, rigged an election and been implicated in at least one murder.
The orange crisis is ripe
It is finally clear who holds power and who is in opposition in Ukraine. The anti-crisis coalition formed by the Party of Regions said it is determined to have Viktor Yanukovich back in the prime minister`s seat.
West weary of Ukraine once again
The deepening political and constitutional crisis in Ukraine has contributed to growing Ukraine fatigue in the West. Unlike the Ukraine fatigue found in the Leonid Kuchma era, today`s Ukraine fatigue is of a different `lighter` nature.
Ukraine`s new crisis
In a system in which parliamentary immunity is licence to do `anything`, the umpire had best be immoral on the home team`s behalf, and Poroshenko fit that bill. But in the algorithm of coalition politics and in terms of political appearances, Poroshenko`s nomination was not a wise one.
To sucker his partners in such a way he must have a unique talent. We can only imagine excited Viktor Medvedchuk ordering live Rada Channel to witness the whole action himself.
Andriy Shevchenko: the burden of a nation`s hopes
Shevchenko has been carrying that burden for some time. In spite of the rise to power of Ukraine`s president, Viktor Yushchenko, the AC Milan forward is easily the world`s most famous Ukrainian, and the fact that he shares a surname with Ukraine`s greatest poet only strengthens the perception of him as the modern figurehead of his nation.
How to win an information war
If we analyse the consequences of information attacks recently carried out against the Ukrainian state, we can come to a distressing conclusion: Ukraine is actually losing control over its own information sovereignty.