For 21 years, the Kyiv Post has supported Ukrainian statehood, sovereignty, democracy, economic development and Western integration. For most of these years, however, Ukraine’s leaders have squandered their chances, preferring to create a corrupt oligarchy kept in place by a Soviet-style bureaucracy.
Editor's Note: The following is an English-language translation of an interview with Kyiv Post publisher Mohammad Zahoor, published on Feb. 4.
Editor's Note: The following is a statement by 10 ambassadors to Ukraine on the Feb. 3 resignation of Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius.
Anti-corruption drives, including the road shows led by Odesa Governor Mikheil Saakashvili in Odesa, Kyiv and Kharkiv, are missing their mark and minimizing the role of the main person obstructing the campaign that Ukrainians demand and deserve.
For a nation that has seen mostly gloomy economic news in recent years, the storm clouds may start to lift in 2016. Too many explosive variables exist to make any kind of prediction: Russia’s war could heat up and commodity prices could continue sinking. Moreover, Ukraine’s political leaders still have done nothing to instill investor or public confidence in the nation’s rule of law -- including its judicial system, from prosecutors to judges and police investigators. Additionally, while the banking sector is being purged of its weakest and most corrupt elements, no one has been prosecuted or gone to jail for bank fraud. Lending, meanwhile, remains at a standstill. Borrowers are turned off by high interest rates. Lenders are turned off by a lack of creditor rights. Moreover, even under optimal circumstances, Ukraine’s official gross domestic product in 2016 is expected to be less than $100 billion, only a slight increase. And much of this economy will stay in the shadows.
Coca-Cola has made a fortune since 1886 perfecting the art of advertising, marketing and public relations to convince countless billions of people to drink artificially colored, sugary water that neither they, nor their bodies, need.
Editor's Note: The following is an English-language translation of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's Dec. 23 speech to the Israeli Knesset.
In Ukraine, Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7 instead of Dec. 25, because the Ukrainian Orthodox Church follows an old Julian calendar, as opposite to the more modern Gregorian calendar. The traditional celebration of Orthodox and Western Christmas has plenty of similarities - but many differences, too.
Here's where in Kyiv one can join the crowds to experience the Christmas celebrations on Jan. 7:
Adrian Karatnycky of the Atlantic Council is one of the most astute writers about Ukraine today and a longtime friend of the Kyiv Post. He recently penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 22 headlined: “A dilemma in the crackdown on corruption in Ukraine.”
This week the United States and the European Union kept the heat on Russia by expanding and extending sanctions to punish Moscow’s refusal to leave Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula or stop waging war in the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk.
Russia's war started in 2014 and stayed with Ukraine throughout 2015. The year will be remembered the year of the flawed Minsk peace agreement, new police officers and the fall of the hryvnia. Look back and see the highlights of the year.