Bohdan Nahaylo: “Ukraine’s Presidential Election Hopes and Blues”
After tense weeks of waiting and uncertainty, Ukraine has managed to elect a new president in the first round of voting. The convincing victory of Petro Poroshenko symbolizes the consolidated will of a people united and determined to be itself, to exercise its right to self-determination both in its choice of a transparent democratic system of government and in its alignment with the Euro-Atlantic community and its values. Read more →
Support for NATO membership is at an all-time high of 44% – the highest it has ever been was in the late 1990s (before the emergence of the anti-NATO and anti-American Party of Regions) when it was a third in favour. What polls also show is a decline of the number of Ukrainians who are against NATO membership from a very high figure under President Viktor Yanukovych to figures even lower than in the late 1990s when a third opposed. Read more →
His apparent moderation of tone recently prompts me to revisit a scenario that emerged earlier in the Euromaidan upheavals. In reality it is probably at best one of many conceivable options with which the Russia president may be toying with regard to Ukraine.
The scenario may seem so far-fetched as to be unworthy of considering. It stems from an alleged leak of a conversation between Yulia Tymoshenko and Nestor Shufrych of the National Security Council of Ukraine held in March. Tymoshenko appeared to suggest that Ukrainians should kill Russians and assassinate President Putin. According to Moscow Times (cited in The Washington Post), although Shufrych rejected the authenticity of the statement, an entry from Tymoshenko on Twitter appeared to verify the comments as representing her position. Read more →
Lingering doubt over Yulia Tymoshenko’s signing of the 2009 gas contract with then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has remained. Nevertheless, what is clearly seen in Ukraine’s gas relations with Russia during the last decade are three points. Firstly, it would be mistaken to assume only one Ukrainian gas contract (signed in 2009) was bad when all of them were corrupt. Secondly, there was little to differentiate the 2006, 2009 and 2010 gas contracts in terms of their poor quality. Thirdly, the so-called “pragmatic wing” (Lyubi Druzi) of the national democratic camp have never viewed gas intermediaries with Russia as problematic and some, such as Peto Yushchenko made millions from them. Serhiy Taruta was reported by a US diplomatic cable as saying that Viktor ‘Yushchenko never raised gas intermediaries as a problem that required a resolution and was comfortable with RUE.’
“Women Faces of Maidan,” a Documentary Film from Olha Onyshko
Ukraine is well known for “beautiful women” and “mail-order brides.” Sense Film Production takes you on an insider look at Ukrainian women rarely seen, but an interesting aspect for the rest of the
world to view – sensitive and feminine, yet strong and determined. She is a thinker, a peace keeper, a care giver. She is the inspiration for a man to do the right thing and keep fighting for what is right.
Women of Maidan encompasses the past, present and future of women in Ukrainian society. Read more →
Symposium Hosted by CIUS – “After Vilnius: Which Way for Ukraine?”
President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to postpone the signing of an association agreement with the European Union at the Vilnius summit in November 2013 has resulted in an unprecedented crisis in Ukraine that is far from being resolved months later. To analyze the current crisis and forecast its likely aftermath, the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) at the University of Alberta invited several prominent political experts to participate in a symposium titled “After Vilnius: Which Way for Ukraine?” (held on 30 January 2014). Read more →