Yet in a disturbing trend of growing self-seclusion, President Viktor Yanukovych on June 6 decided not to bother. Instead, he sent a voluminous 570-page document to lawmakers, and went to Serbia for a state visit, leaving the legislative branch of government to ponder what this was all about.

This audaciously strange way of delivering a national progress report, once again, highlights the lack of communication and coordination between branches of power. It also reflects a bigger picture: incommunicado between the authorities and the Ukrainian public, and it’s growing.

A case in point was when the prime minister’s team decided to organize a large conference on key issues related to investment, business and the economy. Planned for 1,000 people, it saw 1.5 times that number register in the first week, according to one of the organizers. This shows the degree of desperation in society to be heard by the government.

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