The global media spotlight that will shine on Ukraine for three weeks in June during the Euro 2012 football championship may not be as flattering as the government hopes.

The nation’s leadership, with its deep misunderstanding of the West, is to blame for the gloomy stories that will not originate in places like the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, but on the Polish-Ukrainian border crossing at Dorohus-Yahodyn.

This is where German journalist Olaf Sundermeyer and two colleagues reported having to wait seven hours on the Ukrainian side of the border before being let in to continue their drive to Kyiv. By contrast, they spent only 20 minutes on the Polish side. Sundermeyer said Ukrainian border guards demanded an apparent bribe during the ordeal.

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