Ukraine politics strain economic performance
The political strain has taken its toll the local currency. The deputy governor of the National Bank of Ukraine Sunday said that defending the hryvnia`s peg against the dollar at UAH5.02 had cost $1.7 billion in the last quarter.
Orthodox Church in Ukraine attacks `charlatan` and his booty-shaking babes
In the 1,000 years that it has been in existence, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has faced down many threats. But never before has it had to see off an intruder who encourages his congregants to "shake their booty and praise the Lord".
Weeks after Ukrainian vote, it`s unclear who won
Who will be Ukraine`s new and newly empowered prime minister? Six weeks after parliamentary elections produced no outright winners, no one can say for certain.
The German Coalition-Building Example: Fact vs. Fiction
The “German example” of parliamentary coalition building repeatedly has been suggested by Our Ukraine as a model for the creation of the proposed “orange” coalition. However, a close examination reveals that Germany’s example differs significantly from the way in which some political leaders have portrayed it.
Hopes rise for energy savings as Ukraine tackles waste
Russia`s gas price shock is having an unexpected benefit: Ukraine, with its obsolete industrial plants and leaky urban heating systems, is scrambling to cut back or find other energy sources.
Stalled: the Chernobyl rescue ark
The new shelter is going to be the eighth wonder of the world - it`s an amazing piece of engineering which is on the scale of the Egyptians building the pyramids.
Vitrenko`s Fascist Friend
Vitrenko, the premier representative of radical anti-Westernism in Ukraine, has been officially allied to a well-known Russian propagator of the West`s worst invention: fascism.
Fancy cars and hope clash in Ukraine
Strolling through Kyiv nowadays, opinions are easy to come by. Just ask a question about politics, and the answers received are uninhibited and blunt. The latest (and most free) parliamentary elections in Ukraine’s history may be over, but...
Famed ”Ukrainian Easter eggs” pysanky have a rich religious and cultural history
The eggs are considered an early form of writing, and even the word pysanka (singular for pysanky) comes from the Ukrainian word pysaty which means "to write."
Ukraine election: afterglow of the passing epoch
Country`s political elite advancing far slower than the rest of the population, which is maturing very rapidly. This maturity is what the fairly surprising, if not...
Fundamental questions concerning institutional governance restructuring in Ukraine
Developing decentralization in Ukraine today provides the perfect test for skills that must be part of sound policy development.
Sorting through Ukraine’s Post-Election Rhetoric: It’s Time for a Reality Check
Since the 26 March election, debate has begun anew on the ideologies, past actions and future programs of the leaders in the next parliament. Therefore, it may be useful to examine the most often repeated claims.
Ukraine: free elections, kamikaze president
Why has Our Ukraine fared badly when its honorary chairman is Ukraine`s president, swept into office by people power? The answer is that Yushchenko is a "kamikaze" president.
Ukraine and the second cold war
The Second Cold War has already begun. If forced to be perfectly frank, every diplomat, spy or banker from Boston to Baku would acknowledge this.
After vote, Ukraine faces uncertainty over coalition
Ukraine was in political gridlock on Monday as the parties that led in parliamentary elections jockeyed for advantage to appoint a newly empowered prime minister and government under President Viktor A. Yushchenko.
Revolution is reversed with a little spin from the west
It is ironic enough that Mr Yanukovych`s pro-Russian Party of the Regions won a third of the seats in parliament with the sort campaign that the Orange Revolution leaders ...
Yushchenko supporters see hopes of a new dawn crushed in Ukraine
Fifteen months after the orange revolution brought President Viktor Yushchenko to power on a wave of street protests, the ideals of that people-power uprising are under threat...
Yanukovich on verge of remarkable political comeback
When Viktor Yanukovich`s bid for Ukraine`s presidency was stopped by the Orange Revolution, he was widely written off as a spent political force. But the big man of eastern Ukraine is back...
Faded orange: why the hero of Kyiv faces peril at the polls
For Yushchenko, the polls are a crucial test of his efforts to build a stable democracy and open economy, to counter Russian influence by promoting ties with the west, and to ease the country`s...
I only know who won`t be the prime minister - Yushchenko
The political majority will probably be formed with the positions of three political forces taken into consideration. Some other may decide to join the coalition...