In June and July, the Euro 2012 soccer tournament will take place in Kyiv, Donetsk, Lviv and Kharkiv, offering Ukraine a chance to shine on the international stage. The preparations for the tournament have been rocky and tainted by accusations of rampant corruption.
There are concerns about the provision of hotel rooms and transport. Ukraine will creak under a volume of visitors it has never experienced before.
We hope that the tournament will enable the nation to show off its many good features: friendly people, hospitality, zest for fun. We fear it could be dominated by its worst sides: poor organization and greed.