Ukraine's Own Worst Enemy

Jul 31, 2014 Full story: Foreign Affairs 30

TOM KEATINGE is a former investment banker at J.P. Morgan and an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute.

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Zeppelin

Corryton, TN

#1 Aug 1, 2014
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"The most striking portrayal of Ukraineís culture of corruption and graft is perhaps Mezhyhirya, the former residence of Yanukovych, with its chandeliers, inlaid wooden flooring, acres of plasma TV screens, a spa facility that would shame any five-star hotel, a zoo, and a vintage car collection. For a man who had no business dealings, and was a post-Soviet career politician with a salary of $100,000 per year, the mansion stands as a testament to graft.

If only one corrupt leader had been the problem, though, his overthrow and the election of a new head of state would have been a reasonable solution. But it wasnít. Transparency Internationalís 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index ranks Ukraine at 144 out of 177 countries, on par with Nigeria and the Central African Republic, and 16 rungs lower than Russia. At the heart of such deeply ingrained corruption are a number of factors -- an unhealthily close relationship between business and politics, a complex and opaque taxation system, low salaries for state employees, and a mismanaged resource extraction sector."
Pro Ukraine

London, UK

#2 Aug 1, 2014
You've posted something against criminal pro-Russian Yanukovych, LOL!

None of this is news.
Frank Capra

Williston, VT

#3 Aug 1, 2014
Here, pig-man. See how your 'patriotic army' burns children alive in Horlivka:

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I spit on your army.
Spasoje Djukoanvic

Podgorica, Montenegro

#4 Aug 2, 2014
Pro Ukraine wrote:
You've posted something against criminal pro-Russian Yanukovych, LOL!
None of this is news.
Criminal?That would be new Kiev regime with is killing civilians,including children.How can you support this Barbarians from Kiev,look what they are doing?The Economy is dead,standard of living is in decline,people are escaping from Ukraine,they don't want to live there anymore.
Pro Ukraine

UK

#5 Aug 2, 2014
Spasoje Djukoanvic wrote:
<quoted text>Criminal?That would be new Kiev regime with is killing civilians,including children.How can you support this Barbarians from Kiev,look what they are doing?The Economy is dead,standard of living is in decline,people are escaping from Ukraine,they don't want to live there anymore.
The Kyiv government is still cleaning up the mess left by Yanukovich.
No civilians are deliberately being killed and some have been killed by Russian terrorists, you do realise there are two sides in a war?
Why do you support Putin shooting down a civilian airliner and killing thousands of civilians in Chechnya.
Why do you support genociders Milosovic, Mladic and Karadzic?
Oliver Cromwell

Preston, UK

#6 Aug 2, 2014
Pro Ukraine wrote:
<quoted text>The Kyiv government is still cleaning up the mess left by Yanukovich.
No civilians are deliberately being killed and some have been killed by Russian terrorists, you do realise there are two sides in a war?
Why do you support Putin shooting down a civilian airliner and killing thousands of civilians in Chechnya.
Why do you support genociders Milosovic, Mladic and Karadzic?
Your Bullshit just won't wash,the Kiev Junta have been shelling civilians with long range artillery for weeks so cut the bull.Mladic is a bloody hero,he fought Nato and its terrorist army of Croat Ustashi Fascists and Jihadi head hacking maniacs sent to Bosnia by that other criminal Bill I didn't have sex with that Woman Clinton.
Pro Ukraine

UK

#7 Aug 2, 2014
Oliver Cromwell wrote:
<quoted text> Your Bullshit just won't wash,the Kiev Junta have been shelling civilians with long range artillery for weeks so cut the bull.Mladic is a bloody hero,he fought Nato and its terrorist army of Croat Ustashi Fascists and Jihadi head hacking maniacs sent to Bosnia by that other criminal Bill I didn't have sex with that Woman Clinton.
Mladic was a mass genocider, on a somewhat smaller scale than your other hero Stalin though, Crummy.
Balsa Jovovic

Podgorica, Montenegro

#8 Aug 2, 2014
Pro Ukraine wrote:
<quoted text>Mladic was a mass genocider, on a somewhat smaller scale than your other hero Stalin though, Crummy.
NATO were bombing killing and creating genocide against civilians in Yugoslavia,you are just to dumb to figure that out.Do you want NATO to send there War bases all across Ukraine,is that what you want,are you crazy??
George

Red Deer, Canada

#9 Aug 2, 2014
Oliver Cromwell wrote:
<quoted text> Your Bullshit just won't wash,the Kiev Junta have been shelling civilians with long range artillery for weeks so cut the bull.Mladic is a bloody hero,he fought Nato and its terrorist army of Croat Ustashi Fascists and Jihadi head hacking maniacs sent to Bosnia by that other criminal Bill I didn't have sex with that Woman Clinton.
YOU had sex with Bill Clinton, ahhhhh ic. Your rantings are almost certifiable and one day I think someone will put you in a home just to get your schizophrenic paranoia in contol, untill then try to stay away from youn children or people with guns.
government of Ukraine

Knoxville, TN

#10 Aug 2, 2014
Pro Ukraine wrote:
You've posted something against criminal pro-Russian Yanukovych, LOL!
None of this is news.
Yes, it's true, Yanukovych was a crook and thief. But so was every other government that Ukraine has had since the break-up of the USSR.

It does not matter if the administration was Pro-western or Pro-Russian, they were all crooks. That's the problem.

“In the cockles of weirdness”

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#11 Aug 4, 2014
An end to all this death and destruction would bring some measure of respite to the new government of Ukraine, led by President Petro Poroshenko. However, upon a closer examination, it is clear that this alone will not be enough to place the country on a truly new path. To do that, Ukraine must overcome its self-inflicted problems, in particular rampant and pervasive corruption.

CORRUPT TO THE CORE

Everywhere in Kiev and Odessa, Ukrainians want the unseen war to end.

Beyond that, two themes prevail. The first is a feeling of disappointment and, for some, betrayal at Europeís lack of support for Ukraine. For a people who ousted their president and shed blood in pursuit of the European ideal, the delay on the part of EU leaders in backing their strong words and threats against the Kremlin with any sort of meaningful sanctions is inexplicable. The second is a longing for the new president to address the issue of corruption. According to a poll conducted by the International Foundation of Electoral Systems in late 2013, 47 percent of Ukrainian citizens identified corruption as a serious issue facing the country.
Live Free or Die

Waterbury, VT

#13 Aug 4, 2014
-sunshine wrote:
Ukrainians want the unseen war to end.
Beyond that, two themes prevail. The first is a feeling of disappointment and, for some, betrayal at Europeís lack of support for Ukraine.
After getting a good look at Ukraine, the Europeans have finally come to their senses and declared "No way we want this abomination in our midst, thank you."
George

Red Deer, Canada

#14 Aug 4, 2014
government of Ukraine wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, it's true, Yanukovych was a crook and thief. But so was every other government that Ukraine has had since the break-up of the USSR.
It does not matter if the administration was Pro-western or Pro-Russian, they were all crooks. That's the problem.
I agree, and Poroshenko is probably the best for Ukraine today, he may not be perfect but at least Ukraine is heading in the right direction for the benefit of the people. The next election for the parliament should help because of more representation from all regions of Ukraine, not just the rich man regions.
Oliver Cromwell

Accrington, UK

#15 Aug 4, 2014
Pro Ukraine wrote:
<quoted text>Mladic was a mass genocider, on a somewhat smaller scale than your other hero Stalin though, Crummy.
what Genocide clown ?
Oliver Cromwell

Accrington, UK

#16 Aug 4, 2014
government of Ukraine wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, it's true, Yanukovych was a crook and thief. But so was every other government that Ukraine has had since the break-up of the USSR.
It does not matter if the administration was Pro-western or Pro-Russian, they were all crooks. That's the problem.
what those clowns don't tell us Yanukovych served in every other Ukrainian Government. LOL!!!!!
Pro Ukraine

London, UK

#17 Aug 4, 2014
Oliver Cromwell wrote:
<quoted text> what Genocide clown ?
The genocide he was tried in The Hague for, is there another?
Pro Ukraine

London, UK

#18 Aug 4, 2014
Oliver Cromwell wrote:
<quoted text> what those clowns don't tell us Yanukovych served in every other Ukrainian Government. LOL!!!!!
He didn't serve in Yuschenko's government you idiot!
Oliver Cromwell

Accrington, UK

#19 Aug 4, 2014
Pro Ukraine wrote:
<quoted text>The genocide he was tried in The Hague for, is there another?
The Hague,thats a Nato kangaroo court,you still havn't explained what genocide mladic took part in?he was a General in the Bosnian serb Army,fighting Ustashi Fascists and Jihadist nut cases sent to Bosnia by bill Clinton,ever hear of a savage called Naser Oric?he was the bastard Mladic was after in Srebrenica for the murder of thousands of Serbs but the coward had run away.
Oliver Cromwell

Accrington, UK

#20 Aug 4, 2014
Pro Ukraine wrote:
<quoted text>He didn't serve in Yuschenko's government you idiot!
Yanukovych served as Prime Minister for a second time from 4 August 2006 to 18 December 2007, under President Yushchenko.he also served under Kuchma. Idiot.
George

Red Deer, Canada

#21 Aug 4, 2014
Oliver Cromwell wrote:
<quoted text> what those clowns don't tell us Yanukovych served in every other Ukrainian Government. LOL!!!!!
They did, you were just too stupid to understand. Almost all posts say that for the last 20 years the Ukrainian governments have been corrupt, that would include Yanukovich's time, now that Poroshenko is there the situation is changing

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