Es una pena que Ucrania permaneciera en buena medida ausente de las conversaciones de la semana pasada entre diplomáticos estadounidenses, europeos y rusos. Sobre todo porque lo que está en riesgo es nuestro futuro, y lo que Kiev pide podría sorprenderlos.
Nuestro país no está rebosante de esperanzas por la llegada de un defensor de Occidente ni tampoco por un rescate de la Organización del Tratado del Atlántico Norte (OTAN) en caso de una invasión rusa. Lo que queremos de los aliados occidentales que comparten nuestro deseo de convertirnos en una verdadera democracia libre del yugo ruso es ayuda para prepararnos para la guerra y, si Moscú invade, tener una oportunidad de resistir.… Seguir leyendo »
It’s a shame that Ukraine was largely absent from talks last week among American, European and Russian diplomats. Especially since it is our future that is at stake — and Kyiv’s asks might come as a surprise.
Our country is not brimming with hope about a Western savior or a NATO rescue in the face of a Russian invasion. What we want from our Western partners that share our desire for us to be a true democracy free from Russia’s yoke is help in preparing for war so we might stand a chance if Moscow invades.
While we Ukrainians appreciate that American leaders take pains to say, “Nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine”, that’s not exactly happening.… Seguir leyendo »
1. President Volodymyr Zelenskyi’s party scored the first ever parliamentary majority in the history of independent Ukraine.
The main surprise of the snap parliamentary elections was that the president’s party, Servant of the People, won a majority. With 254 MPs out of 450, Zelenskyi can form a new government without a coalition partner. For the first time in the history of independent Ukraine, one political party will have full control over the cabinet of ministers, the office of the president and parliament.
This became possible because Ukrainians were tired of hearing unfulfilled reform promises and were disappointed with the old elite.… Seguir leyendo »
A Ukrainian court’s conviction of Yulia Tymoshenko on charges of abusing her powers when she signed natural-gas contracts with Russia in 2009, when she was the prime minister, is not necessarily proof that she actually committed a crime.
Nobody, except perhaps President Viktor Yanukovich and his inner circle, really believes in the independence of the Ukrainian judiciary. In fact, this case can be viewed as a new chapter in Ukrainian politics — criminal prosecution for political motives.
Yanukovich had two such motives. First was to get rid of an opposition leader whose presence in the political arena has been a source of acute discomfort for him since the days of the Orange Revolution.… Seguir leyendo »
In Wednesday’s IHT, two former American ambassadors to Kiev argued that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s goal of integrating his country into the European Union was being undercut by his undemocratic actions. Alyona Getmanchuk, director of the Institute of World Policy in Kiev, joins the discussion.
After the first year of Viktor Yanukovich’s presidential term, it is possible to get the impression that Ukraine has been divided in two.
One Ukraine is the one presented by the president and his supporters. This Ukraine is politically stable, and economic reforms are at full speed ahead. The campaign against corruption is among the most effective in the world.… Seguir leyendo »
While Europeans are talking about how Ukraine has been “swallowed” by Russia, Hillary Clinton is making her first visit to Kiev as secretary of state. Her European tour will also include visits to Poland, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Some European experts might view Clinton’s visit as one to victims of the Russian-American “reset” (Poland, Georgia) or the Armenian-Turkish “reset” (Azerbaijan).
But not everything is as it might have seemed even a half year ago. Ukraine is a different country than it was during Vice President Joe Biden’s visit last year, and even during President Viktor Yanukovich’s visit to Washington in early April.… Seguir leyendo »