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Yanukovych: Ukraine a leading country in Eastern Europe

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Jan. 28, 2011, 3:44 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukraine is a leading country in Eastern Europe in terms of democratic development, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said.

Ukraine is a leading country in Eastern Europe in terms of democratic development, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said. "We have recently felt such a friendly attitude to Ukraine from European countries, and there are more positions uniting us, including the issues of the country's democratic development," he said, while answering questions from participants in a Ukrainian lunch organized by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Davos, Switzerland on Friday.

"On this path, of course, Ukraine is one of the leaders in Eastern Europe, I would say one of the central countries," he said.

At the same time, Yanukovych noted that Ukraine had yet to tackle seriously the flaws remaining from the post-Soviet period.

"Those shortcomings and that post-Soviet mentality, which often serve as obstacles to democratic processes, are the issues we have to seriously work on," he said.

Yanukovych described this as "homework" that Ukraine has to do in the near future.
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Anonymous Jan. 28, 2011, 5:41 p.m.    

Yanustalin is an idiotic DOLT.

He is on drugs, or he has zapped his brain with one his fancy machines in Mezhihirya.

He is living in a fantasy world.

It is absolutely BIZARRE to hear the root of "post-Soviet mentality" talk about ---- "post-Soviet mentality."

This idiotic jerk IS "Soviet mentality" personified!

He is "stalinist mentality" personified.

And he's not going to change.

Yanustalin's motto is - "if you're not in my mafia, you are GUILTY."

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Anonymous Jan. 28, 2011, 6:45 p.m.    

He didn't say anything that wasn't true.So far he gets high marks for his delivery in Davos,people will now look at Ukraine in a different light.

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Anonymous Jan. 28, 2011, 8:06 p.m.    

Thank you Hanna Goebbels German. As I, always I appreciate how quickly you are able to correct the mis-construed comments that the foreign press and foreigners apply to Yanu. Bravo. Keep up the good work.

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Anonymous Jan. 28, 2011, 10:04 p.m.    

Yes, thank you Baghdad Baba Ganna Goebbels German.

Freedom House just noted that Ukraine is not free.

Human Rights watch just slammed Ukraine - justifiably so.

The Czech Republic just kicked Ukraine's butt by giving Danylyshyn political asylum because they know exactly what is going on in Ukraine.

FIFA just told the FFA (the Ukrainian Football association) to stop its corruption, or Ukraine will be disqualified from Euro 2012 - even though it is the host!

And Yanukonvikt just said that reform is a &quot;зараза&quot; - a disease.

Ukraine is a leading country in Europe alright - in diving to the bottom of any sewer it can find, and in creating even a bigger sewer.

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Anonymous Jan. 28, 2011, 6:43 p.m.    

I am not certain I could classify Ukraine as being demcoraoc. It certainly is more stable then under Yushchenko but that is only die to the fact that Yushchenko was opposed to Ukraine becoming a truly democratic state. Yanukovych on the other hand has transformed Ukraine intoaan autocracy where power ins concentrated in the hands of Te president. Ukraine was &quot;more democratic in 2007 when Yanukovych wax Prime minster. If it was not for Yushchenko Ukraine would most likely be a democratic state today.

As it is Moldova is ore democratic then Ukraine.

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Anonymous Jan. 29, 2011, 5:59 a.m.    

Wow, you should really raise your standards for Democracy. From my perspective, neither one looks very Democratic. Would love to hear your your opinion about Belarus and Russia.

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Anonymous Jan. 28, 2011, 7:39 p.m.    

X.x.

Ukrainians say what you want to hear,

Ukrainians think what they what to believe,

Ukrainians do what they can get away with.

Who else is there? White Rusia? Carpatho Rusia?

The Russian satellites? Certainly not Little Rusia.

...and positive Ukrainian presentation is up to you...

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Anonymous Jan. 28, 2011, 9:38 p.m.    

Ukraine a leading country in Eastern Europe? Meh, I don't think so. Pretty much the only countries that matter in the region are Russia and Poland...

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Anonymous Jan. 29, 2011, 12:04 a.m.    

Yanukovitch is a Russian stooge that dances to Moscow's tune and anything coming out his mouth is as credible as the truth that CCCP Moscow PRAVDA used to print and maybe still does.

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Anonymous Jan. 29, 2011, 5:55 a.m.    

Example A: Victor Pinchuk. Nice going, Mr. President.

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Anonymous Jan. 29, 2011, 3:04 p.m.    

Take another hit off your crack pipe Yanu!

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Anonymous Jan. 29, 2011, 4:06 p.m.    

This has to be one of the objectively most ridiculous things Yanuk has ever said.

And are we to believe Ukraine is a leader in democracy after just 12 months of PoR.... and that the previous government did not contribute to this???

Absurd!!!

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