How close is Ukraine to autocephaly for its Orthodox Church?
Why are Minsk and Warsaw still avoiding bitter historical polemic
|11 August||Breaking news|
The scene with odious politician Medvedchuk ultimately will be in the film about Ukrainian dissident
The director of the film "Stus" has decided to bring back the scene with politically fringe figure
How Yanukovych’s lawyers are dragging out the trial
When Ukraine is asked today, what it can give to Europe, it doesn’t have to go far: it had once given Ukrainian avant-garde to the world. The task today is to win it back from being associated with the Russian culture by clearly identifying where it actually comes from.
The crimes and execution of Pavlo Matsapura’s gang that inspired an 18th-century word for villain
What Ukrainian researchers do at the Faraday Station
Is there a place for pluralism and tolerance on Ukrainian stages?
How corrupt oligarchic lobbying by a Russian monopoly on Ukraine’s electricity market is destroying the country’s energy security and making Ukrainians pay more for energy than they should
UAH 6,659, 11,951 and 7,451, an equivalent of $256, 450 and 280 – this is how an average Ukrainian sees desired subsistence, average wage and pension across Ukraine, according to SOCIS, a sociology center. According to the State Statistics Bureau, the real numbers are UAH 1,777, 8,725 and 2,479 respectively, or around $68, 335 and 95.
Stanislav Chernohor: "I dream that one day there will be a regional museum in Kramatorsk similar to the one in Katowice"
The opportunity to travel to neighboring countries without hindrance has had an effect people in the regions of Ukraine most distant from Europe – despite the war, they have begun to travel actively. The Ukrainian Week talked to Stanislav Chernohor, experienced traveller and head of the Community Development Foundation in Kramatorsk.
Afterthoughts on Babchenko’s case
From the Lisbon Protocol to the Budapest Memorandum. When, why and how the concept of Ukraine’s status as a non-nuclear weapon state was designed? Declaration of Ukraine’s status as a non-nuclear weapon state and strengthening of its independent statehood. Negotiations on the outline of Ukraine’s non-nuclear weapon state status under international law: process and outcome. The time of wasted opportunities. Budapest Memorandum: a historic mistake or inadequate actions by Ukraine’s government? Modern model to guarantee Ukraine’s security as a non-nuclear weapon state.
The Ukrainian Week spoke with Germany’s special envoy to Ukraine on reform in governance and decentralization, Georg Milbradt, about German government assistance in the implementation of reforms and about the successes and difficulties faced in this process.
Why are Ukraine’s public finances starting to look shaky?
Ukraine’s economy has nearly recovered to prewar levels, but for it to go into higher gear, there needs to be a serious a shift in policy priorities
How to solve one of the country's most difficult problems and why the state is stubbornly unwilling to do so
How to overcome Russian cultural domination
Why Great Britain is losing clout on the international arena
How the media helped pave the way for Russkiy Mir in the independent Ukraine
Reforms in the roadways management system are starting to show results
Why Ukraine should focus on developing its domestic transport infrastructure
At the end of April, the Ministry of Information Policy published results of polls from Donetsk Oblast. According to organizers, they were conducted on both sides of the conflict line
The appointment of a new ombudswoman revealed that the law on this representative figure needs to be changed to protect the post from political influence
Oleh Sentsov’s lawyer: We have seen some reasons for optimism about the ongoing work that might lead to Oleh’s release
On May 16, Ukrainian filmmaker currently jailed in Russia as a political prisoner went on a hunger strike. In a public letter he wrote that he would only stop the strike if all 64 Ukrainian prisoners jailed in Russia for politically-motivated grounds are released
The opposition in Ukraine is mostly reactive and it chooses actions that will be most useful for criticizing the current Administration or gaining the attention of a specific part of the electorate. What Ukraine needs most right now is a consolidating program and a party that could present its own alternative for the country
The strange multiplication by division of political parties in Ukraine and their internecine infighting
Why are Ukrainian users more and more often finding themselves banned by Facebook?
Henryk Józewski represents some of the most interesting aspects in the Ukrainian-Polish history of the 20th century. What was his legacy as the voievode of Volyn and why he resigned on April 13, 1938
The Kremlin's gas pipelines bypassing Ukraine are a threat to the country's energy security. What can it do to protect itself from upcoming risks
The Ukrainian Week asks American think-tankers and diplomats three questions: 1. Is Ukraine seen as part of Russia’s sphere of influence in the US? 2. Why a part of the American establishment believes that Ukraine should be attributed to Russia’s orbit? 3. What can Ukraine do to counter this approach?
Director General of the NATO International Military Staff on NATO’s readiness to face hybrid challenges from Russia, expectations for NATO’s upcoming summit in Brussels, and about how Ukraine can contribute to international security
NYT’s Andrew Kramer claims that “Four cases involving Paul J. Manafort have been effectively frozen by Ukraine’s chief prosecutor. Ukrainian officials are wary of offending President Trump.” How true is this?
Amour-Auguste-Louis-Joseph Berthelot, better known as baron de Baye (1853-1931), was a member of Société de Géographie, the world's oldest geographical society based in Paris. In the late 19th century, he made unique photographs of Ukrainians as he travelled across the country for an archeological expedition. Baron de Baye left behind a series of works on Ukraine, including Etudes sur l'archéologie de l'Ukraine antérieure à notre ère (1895), Kiev, la mère des villes russes (1896), En Petite-Russie: souvenirs d'une mission (1903), En Crimée (1908) and more. All of his works were published in Paris.
“I have set a line for myself beyond which an honest discussion of complicated matters turns into propaganda”
Director of The Cyborgs, Her Heart and Haytarma, speaks about contemporary Ukrainian film, about propaganda in movies, about what unites Crimean Tatars today, and about Crimea House in Kyiv, which Seitablayev has been running since early 2017
My deep sympathy for Ukraine and commitment for the Maidan revolution originated in the awareness of the persistence of the soviet system in Eastern Europe despite the collapse of USSR and of the communist empire. This persistence has been dramatically enhanced by the choice of continuity by Russia, the absence of any trial of communist crimes, the hold on power of the same ruling class through apparent changes, and of the same political mores: a blend of secret police and high scale corruption
“In case of the meaningful UN mandate, Austria would consider playing its role in the peacekeeping mission in the Donbas”
Former special representative of the Austrian OSCE chairperson-in-office for the Transnistrian settlement process about options for the peacekeeping mission in the Donbas, the motivation for friendship between Austrian and Russian politicians, and about ways in which the experience with the Transnistrian conflict can be useful for Ukraine
French political analyst Nicolas Tenzer about the diplomatic crisis between the West and Russia, the state of Franco-Russian relations, and the prospects for reviving negotiations in the Normandy format
Deputy Minister of Finance on the revised plans for a strategic restructuring of the state banking sector in 2018-2022
Ukraine’s banking system needs to be put to work serving the national economic interest
Where Ukraine’s banking system is moving
How the re-election of Vladimir Putin revealed Russia’s weaknesses and can benefit Ukraine
The volunteer movement and civic activists have won the trust of most Ukrainians. Still, the number of people in Ukraine that join their initiatives remains small
How a volunteer project explores and transforms the country
As other candidates fumble to establish a footing, Yulia Tymoshenko is busy mobilizing resources for a third presidential run
Gerold Stucki: “The most important thing in rehabilitation is to not treat the body but to comprehensively address the needs of the person”
Chair of the Seminar of Health Sciences and Health Policy at the University of Lucerne and Director of Swiss Paraplegic Research about why rehabilitation will take a crucial place in modern societies and healthcare, how it helps national economies and how long a healthcare reform takes
Founded in 1796 by magnate Stanislaw Potocki for his wife Zofia, this arboretum is home to over 2,000 local and exotic plants, landscaping designs from the early 19th century inspired by Greek myths admired by Zofia, originally from Greece, and beautiful scenery at any time of year
Finance Minister about reforming the State Fiscal Service and other challenges facing Ukraine’s domestic economy
On March 2, 1919, the Polish government decided to polonize and colonialize Volynhia, as the Volyn region of Ukraine was then known
What cyberthreats Ukraine is likely to face in 2019 elections, and what it is doing to prevent them
Who wins the next election won’t be decided by the voters who are now supporting various parties and candidates but by those who will vacillate until the very last minute
What those in power and opposition are likely to do to improve their rates and mobilize the electorate
Undecided voters are a tasty morsel for parties that are not in the Verkhovna Rada, yet none of these parties has much of a chance of winning them over in significant numbers
What threats face Ukraine if a fragmented Verkhovna Rada is elected that does not represent the interests of the majority of Ukrainians?
Could Ukraine’s armed forces have prevailed in Crimea?
“Member-states that feel direct threat clash with those believing that things will get settled somehow”
Head of Ukraine’s Mission to NATO on the prospects of NATO expansion, Ukraine’s plans on defense reform, and the impact of politics on security considerations within the Alliance
What’s new for Ukraine’s defense and security institutions in the President’s national security draft law?
An update from the occupied parts of the Donbas: monuments to Russian volunteers, shutdown of mobile connection, new arrests of ministers
What shaped the aristocratic tradition in politics between the Cossack period and the liberation struggle in 1917-1920
Founded by the Koto-Yarmarok volunteer charity fund, the Center for Adoption of Cats opened at the animal clinic at 39, Dmytrivska St. in Kyiv in December. Rescued from the streets and treated by vets, the cats are waiting to go their new homes
Deputy Chair of the National Bank of Ukraine Council and Honorary President of the Kyiv School of Economics on monetary policy, mid-term risks, fundamental problems in Ukraine’s economy, the role of confidence and the restoration of fairness in economic development
The good, the bad and the ugly about emigration from Ukraine—and some surprising numbers
On February 26, the main conference to plan Ukraine-U.S. Sea Breeze 2018 drills kicked off in Odesa. The goal is to finalize the plan, agree on the scenario and exercise issues, define the forces, tools and format of the drills, do reconnaissance of the areas where the drills will take place. Participants include the navies of Ukraine and the U.S., as well as Bulgaria, UK, Greece, Georgia, Denmark, Estonia, Canada, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Turkey and Sweden. The drills will involve representatives of other units from Ukraine's Armed Forces and law enforcement entities.
Compared to many other countries in Europe, Ukraine’s religious life is very active, although there is no state religion. So how do politics and religion work together here?
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate is expanding its influence and propaganda in Donbas
The shambolic renovation of the Central Electoral Commission, which has been in progress for several years now, looks about to be finally concluded. On Feb. 5, the President submitted a list of candidates to the Verkhovna Rada and this suggests that the process is finally being unblocked
Important aspects of the new Deoccupation Law
“The ECHR is one of the best international institutions to help Ukraine establish Russia’s aggression”
Deputy Justice Minister and the Ombudsman to the European Court of Human Rights on official evidence of the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine's territory
Who is fighting against Ukrainian military in Donbas
Why migration from Ukraine rises and won’t stop any time soon
How Ukraine’s talk shows work
Professor of the London University about the way Ukrainians perceive the EU, the impact of the Russian propaganda and the recipe for Ukraine to improve its image internationally
Ukraine’s Prime-Minister about economic strategy, innovative development, the future of state monopolies, and the large-scaled privatizations planned for 2018
In a recent poll, Razumkov Center, a sociology group, has found that 73% of Ukrainians fully or partly agree with the statement that political parties which spend a long time in power always have tainted reputation. So they only believe new political forces and their leaders
Trends in Donbas given the whirlwind of socio-economic changes and the background of permanent conflict on the front
2017 was not exceptional nor a turning point in Ukrainian politics. However, it exposed the threats behind the bustle of its main players much more clearly
How Ukraine’s joint ventures with EU countries in the energy sector develop
A conflict between different groups of influence in government for control over state-owned oil and gas assets threatens to undermine the country's energy security
How likely is it that companies with a global reach will emerge in Ukraine to also become the drivers of an economic breakthrough?
How Ukraine’s security, defence and the capability to counter hybrid aggression changed in 2017
For Ukrainians incarcerated in the occupied territories and in the Russian Federation itself, things could get much worse in 2018. Only serious international pressure is likely to make Moscow release these political prisoners
What will change for teachers and students in 2018
Why Ukraine cannot yield to the pressure from its neighbors and how it can protect the state language
|22 December, 2017||Politics|
What, ultimately, is the essence and the purpose of Oleh Liashko, the leader of the modern radicals?
|22 December, 2017||Politics|
What explains the tug-o-war between various enforcement agencies in Ukraine
|21 December, 2017|
How the refusal to recycle waste ruins Ukraine
|7 December, 2017|
Kleptocracy Initiative Executive Director on European and American havens for ill-gotten money, their impact on democratic systems and the ways to dismantle them
|7 December, 2017|
Former Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at the McCain Institute and President of Freedom House on his new book and the forecast on America’s foreign policy
|7 December, 2017|
“We would like try to understand how the experience you have fighting the terrorists in the Donbas area may influence the way NATO does operations”
Deputy Chief of Staff of NATO’s Military Partnerships Directorate about the role of the Ukrainian military in the Alliance’s operations, and the interest of Western military in Ukraine’s Anti-Terrorist Operation and Russia’s Zapad 2017 exercise
|5 December, 2017||Politics|
What is known as of December 5
|4 December, 2017||Society|
What exactly is being produced in Ukraine today, what does the army still need, and how much of this can be provided by the domestic defense industry?
|4 December, 2017||Society|
What kind of model is needed for the de-occupation of ORDiLO?
|20 November, 2017||Politics|
Ukraine’s Parliament has started to change the electoral system. Will they be able to finish the job and what will change if the reform goes through?
|20 November, 2017||Politics|
What political ambitions do Yulia Tymoshenko and her party hope to achieve before the 2019 elections?
|20 November, 2017||Politics|
According to recent sociological studies, there have been no significant changes in the mood of Ukrainians over the last three years. The scarcity of demonstrations cannot be attributed to loyalty to the current government, but rather to the fact that the opposition is equally far away from understanding what the citizens need and how these needs can be met
|7 November, 2017||Society|
Mostly discussed for its regulation of the language of instruction in schools, the new law offers more overlooked important innovations intended to change the quality and the content of education in Ukraine
|20 October, 2017||Politics|
The new law on the reintegration of the occupied parts of the Donbas qualifies them as such and names Russia as the occupier. Yet, it does not launch the process of deoccupation or change the mechanism envisaged in the Minsk Agreement
|19 October, 2017||Politics|
This week started off with a bang in Kyiv...and it had nothing to do with working on healthcare reform, which the Verkhovna Rada eventually passed on October 19. The #1 topic became a protest action to push political reforms forward that was called by anti-corruption politicians and former Odesa Governor Mikhail Saakashvili
|18 October, 2017||Politics|
Founded this fall, Donetsk oligarch Serhiy Taruta’s Osnova or Foundation party has already started campaigning although the next Verkhovna Rada election is two years away
|5 October, 2017||History|
What national policy was like in the USSR