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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk was on the right track when he suggested on May 20 that Ukraine might drop its three-year-old, tobacco industry-supported claim in the World Trade Organization against Australia’s law requiring that cigarettes be sold in plain packages.
Is Sasha Borovik the canary in the coal mine warning that this government cannot bring about radical reforms demanded by Ukrainians and the West? Or is he the off-key member of an orchestra who simply didn’t understand that the pace of government change is slower than that of the private sector?
Instead of governing responsibly to improve living standards for all Ukrainians, the disgraced former President Viktor Yanukovych borrowed heavily to keep Ukraine’s finances afloat so that he and his cronies could keep fleecing state coffers as long as possible. Total government debt swelled from 40 percent of gross domestic product in 2010, when Yanukovych took over in 2010, to 60 percent by the time he fled on Feb. 22, 2014.
Editor's Note: The following is a joint statement of the NATO-Ukraine Commission in Antalya, Turkey, on May 13.
Ukraine joins the rest of the world this weekend in commemorating the sacrifices of all who fought in World War II. At least three million Ukrainian soldiers and five million Ukrainan civilians helped secure Nazi Germany’s defeat on May 8, 1945.
Editor’s Note: The following is an edited list of accomplishments cited by the Ukrainian government at the April 28 International Support For Ukraine Conference in Kyiv.
Ukraine's pro-Western leaders are struggling to keep this war-torn, recession-battered and increasingly desperate nation afloat. The country needs massive Western help, more than the estimated $30 billion committed so far, mostly in loans. But as this week's summit with the European Union and International Support for Ukraine Conference in Kyiv showed, the West is in no mood to write blank checks to Ukraine.
What was initially billed as a donor conference for Ukraine ended up being rebranded as an International Support for Ukraine Conference on April 28. The conference came a day after a Ukraine-European Union Summit.
The Minsk cease-fire agreement in February is a bad joke. Russia and its proxies could very well go on the offensive soon. They inherently have a bias to take more territory because they know if they meet resistance, Russian regulars will always come to the rescue with superior manpower and advanced weapons. It is, perhaps, then high time for Kyiv to ante up: either let the separatist-controlled territories go, fortifying positions to prevent further territorial losses, or take tangible steps towards reuniting the nation.
Editor's Note: The following statement was issued by Victor Pinchuk on April 21 denying that his Interpipe company violated an international trade ban in place against Iran, an allegation contained in a Newsweek story published on April 18 and part of a new book called "Clinton Cash" by author Peter Schweizer.
As Ukrainian forces faced 20 attacks by Kremlin-led militants in the past 48 hours and spotted 30 enemy drones probing their positions, an unnamed NATO official said that Russia has sent additional military manpower and arms to Donbas, according to a news report by the FrankruterAllgemeine Zeitung that interviewed the person.
Editor's Note: The following is an April 10 debate in Toronto over the question: Do Russian President Vladmir Putin’s actions demand the levying of punishing economic sanctions, its isolation in global fora, and arming the nations directly threatened by Russia? Or, should the West seek out a new relationship with Russia based on shared interests?