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.
President Bush to Ukraine`s rescue?
As the parties argue, reforms are stalled, important segments of the economy are underperforming, and Russian gas giant Gazprom is preparing to raise gas prices substantially beginning 1 July.
Ukraine needs to get the word out about NATO
In a dying Ukrainian village, a fragile grandmother turns to her visiting adult granddaughter a few weeks before last March`s parliamentary elections and asks: "Tell me child, what is NATO?"
Hospital of hope - in Kyiv
The main purpose of Kateryna Yushchenko`s recent trips to several European countries and the United States is to tell the world about the very critical healthcare needs of the children of Ukraine.
The Rise of Integral Antiamericanism in Russian Mass Media and Intellectual Life
Anti-Americanism has become a, if not the major feature of Russian foreign affairs journalism, and incorporates extreme ideas provided by Dugin and other anti-Western theorists.
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.