10 April, 2013 12:00 ▪
Reuters: turmoil in parliament further undermines Ukraine's hope of being taken seriously by Europe
“I would not open a bottle of champagne yet for Ukraine and its future (after Lutsenko's release). There are plenty of doubts as to whether Ukraine will be able to implement other commitments,” commented Olga Shumylo-Tapiola, visiting scholar of Carnegie Europe in Brussels.
“I would say that the prospects of signing the agreements are still bleak,” she said.
“The problem, as Western analysts see it, is that when it comes to deciding policy priorities, Yanukovych's overriding ambition to secure re-election in 2015 takes precedence...
Politically, Yanukovych is not as strong as he was. Support for his Party of the Regions dipped in a parliamentary election last October, and a March poll shows his popularity has fallen by more than a percentage point against new potential presidential challengers such as world heavyweight boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko. But despite drawing crowds of several thousands out in street rallies, the united opposition led by Klitschko, former economy minister Arseny Yatseniuk and far-right nationalist Oleh Tyahnybok, has largely failed to capitalize on Yanukovych's unpopularity, analysts say,” notes Reuters.
“Turmoil in parliament, often an arena for fist-fights between Yanukovych loyalists and opposition deputies, further undermines Ukraine's hope of being taken seriously by Europe's parliamentary democracies.
Graft and rampant corruption throughout the former Soviet republic scare off all but the hardiest foreign investors, and the EU itself has refused to provide financial aid to Ukraine's budget since 2011, citing weak procurement rules,” adds Reuters.
- Ukrainian Security Service Chief: Twenty-six Russian security officers were involved in planning of the bloodshed on Maidan
- Yanukovych is in Russia and may be granted asylum there
- Early presidential election scheduled for May 25
- Radoslaw Sikorski: There is no coup in Ukraine
- The Guardian: Obama criticizes Putin for Ukraine and Syria
- The Economist: since becoming president in 2010 Yanukovych has taken to constant brinkmanship
- Freedom House hopes that Lutsenko`s pardon will soon be followed by that of Tymoshenko
- Business New Europe: nothing will happen in the talks with EU until Tymoshenko is released – and that is very unlikely to happen
- Forbes: a few oppositionists freed from prison do not represent a serious threat to Yanukovych
- Hanne Severinsen: Lutsenko pardon is not a manifestation of a suddenly “fair Ukrainian legislation”