Category Archives: economy

Ukraine at 24

David Marples On its 24th anniversary, Ukraine’s problems continue to multiply: the GDP continues to fall, if not as catastrophically as last year and the possibility of default in payment of debts remains high; the Minsk-2 ceasefire barely holds in

Ukraine at 24

David Marples On its 24th anniversary, Ukraine’s problems continue to multiply: the GDP continues to fall, if not as catastrophically as last year and the possibility of default in payment of debts remains high; the Minsk-2 ceasefire barely holds in

‘KING COAL’ AND THE FUTURE OF THE UKRAINIAN DONBAS

David Marples The separatist insurgence in Donetsk and Luhansk has raised questions about the future of this region as part of Ukraine. Opinion polls suggest that the supporters of separatism constitute only a small minority (http://uacrisis.org/kiis-survey-ukraines-southeast/). On the other hand,

‘KING COAL’ AND THE FUTURE OF THE UKRAINIAN DONBAS

David Marples The separatist insurgence in Donetsk and Luhansk has raised questions about the future of this region as part of Ukraine. Opinion polls suggest that the supporters of separatism constitute only a small minority (http://uacrisis.org/kiis-survey-ukraines-southeast/). On the other hand,

HAVING THE CAKE AND EATING IT TOO

Mykola Riabchuk On the eve of President Vikto Yanukovych’s visit to Moscow on December 19, many Ukrainian experts were confident that the game was over and the beleaguered Ukrainian president would accept Putin’s invitation to the Customs Union as a

HAVING THE CAKE AND EATING IT TOO

Mykola Riabchuk On the eve of President Vikto Yanukovych’s visit to Moscow on December 19, many Ukrainian experts were confident that the game was over and the beleaguered Ukrainian president would accept Putin’s invitation to the Customs Union as a

Moving West is ‘Lesser Evil’ for Ukraine

David Marples On March 30, the EU and Ukraine initialed the text of a new agreement that includes a “deep and comprehensive free trade area.” Is Ukraine now moving irrevocably westward? Of late, one finds many apocalyptic accounts about Ukraine:

Moving West is ‘Lesser Evil’ for Ukraine

David Marples On March 30, the EU and Ukraine initialed the text of a new agreement that includes a “deep and comprehensive free trade area.” Is Ukraine now moving irrevocably westward? Of late, one finds many apocalyptic accounts about Ukraine:

UKRAINE’S GAS PROBLEMS AND HOW TO RESOLVE THEM

David Marples Ukraine continues to discuss prices for gas and the volume that should be purchased from Russia, which in turn, through the state-run Gazprom, makes demands on its neighbor, while threatening to divert more supplies to its Nord Stream

UKRAINE’S GAS PROBLEMS AND HOW TO RESOLVE THEM

David Marples Ukraine continues to discuss prices for gas and the volume that should be purchased from Russia, which in turn, through the state-run Gazprom, makes demands on its neighbor, while threatening to divert more supplies to its Nord Stream

IS UKRAINE LEAVING THE EUROPEAN ENERGY COMMUNITY?

David Marples As Ukraine’s relationship with the EU continues to flounder over human rights issues, the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the lengthy detention of former Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko, there are signs that the government is

IS UKRAINE LEAVING THE EUROPEAN ENERGY COMMUNITY?

David Marples As Ukraine’s relationship with the EU continues to flounder over human rights issues, the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the lengthy detention of former Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko, there are signs that the government is

Ukraine after 20 Years: the Glass is still Half-Empty

Mykola Riabchuk Ukrainian Independence Day is still an event that evokes a flood of articles, memoirs, speeches, and debates in the national mass media, sometimes pathetic and pompous, but in most cases embittered, frustrated and utterly sarcastic. Oleksandr Irvanets, a

Ukraine after 20 Years: the Glass is still Half-Empty

Mykola Riabchuk Ukrainian Independence Day is still an event that evokes a flood of articles, memoirs, speeches, and debates in the national mass media, sometimes pathetic and pompous, but in most cases embittered, frustrated and utterly sarcastic. Oleksandr Irvanets, a

Ukraine’s Economic Prospects Improving

David Marples After the 2008-09 recession and its enormously adverse impact on the Ukrainian economy there have been various forecasts of impending collapse of the Viktor Yanukovych administration. Of late these analyses have increased rather than lessened. But there is

Ukraine’s Economic Prospects Improving

David Marples After the 2008-09 recession and its enormously adverse impact on the Ukrainian economy there have been various forecasts of impending collapse of the Viktor Yanukovych administration. Of late these analyses have increased rather than lessened. But there is

CHORNOBYL’S LEGACY IN UKRAINE: BEYOND THE UN REPORTS

David R. Marples Introduction The Chornobyl disaster of April 1986 continues to elicit debate. Twenty-five years later there is no consensus on its medical and social consequences but their impact continues to affect more than 2 million people in Ukraine

CHORNOBYL’S LEGACY IN UKRAINE: BEYOND THE UN REPORTS

David R. Marples Introduction The Chornobyl disaster of April 1986 continues to elicit debate. Twenty-five years later there is no consensus on its medical and social consequences but their impact continues to affect more than 2 million people in Ukraine

On “Stability” and “Reforms”

Mykola Riabchuk “Stability and Reforms” was the official name of the ruling coalition created in March by the Party of Regions with two minor satellites – the Communists and the Lytvyn Block. The name featured two major issues on the

On “Stability” and “Reforms”

Mykola Riabchuk “Stability and Reforms” was the official name of the ruling coalition created in March by the Party of Regions with two minor satellites – the Communists and the Lytvyn Block. The name featured two major issues on the

Ukrainian Leader puts Economic Recovery Ahead of Democracy

David Marples Anti-national measures and attacks on democracy have become a feature of the new presidency of Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine. In July 2010, in an article entitled “The New Political Regime in Ukraine: Toward Sultanism Yanukovych-Style?” American political scientist

Ukrainian Leader puts Economic Recovery Ahead of Democracy

David Marples Anti-national measures and attacks on democracy have become a feature of the new presidency of Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine. In July 2010, in an article entitled “The New Political Regime in Ukraine: Toward Sultanism Yanukovych-Style?” American political scientist

В борговій ямі: економічні виклики для України в 2010 р.*

Kateryna Malyhina В 2009 р. Україні не вдалося уникнути «жорсткої посадки». Серед країн СНД в Україні найбільше падіння промислового виробництва й найбільша інфляція. Жоден з макроекономічних показників, закладених у бюджет на цей рік, не підтвердився. Так, наприклад, уряд прогнозував ріст

В борговій ямі: економічні виклики для України в 2010 р.*

Kateryna Malyhina В 2009 р. Україні не вдалося уникнути «жорсткої посадки». Серед країн СНД в Україні найбільше падіння промислового виробництва й найбільша інфляція. Жоден з макроекономічних показників, закладених у бюджет на цей рік, не підтвердився. Так, наприклад, уряд прогнозував ріст