The Globe and Mail: Ukraine - pariah or partner?

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Sept. 7, 2012, 8:25 a.m. |

Supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko take part in a rally outside Ukraine's High Specialized Court on Civil and Criminal Cases in Kiev, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.
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Imagine a country with Russian politics and Greek economics, and you might have something close to the current state of Ukraine. In the heart of its capital, Kyiv, a 21st-century soccer stadium sits empty and chillingly distant from the teeming streets. Home to Euro 2012, the stadium is a stark reminder of all that the highly indebted people of Ukraine can ill afford. Farther afield, a gargantuan new airport terminal is equally ignored, bypassed by airlines that refuse its usurious fees.

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