Activists Present Judiciary Reanimation Package of Reforms For Ukraine

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Appeal to the Government of Ukraine, by NGO Representatives and Legal Activists: Regarding Restoration of Confidence in the Judicial System

Distrust of Ukrainian courts – the judicial system as a whole and of each judge in particular – is a sensitive topic for everyone in Ukraine. Despite the numerous events that have taken place during recent months, aimed at reforming the judiciary and restoring confidence in the court system, the level of trust continues to be low.  Instead of the promised progress, we are seeing the return of the old methods of control over the judiciary.

State authorities should increase their efforts to convince the public of their intention to guarantee every person in Ukraine the right to a free and fair trial. Continue reading

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Today in tweets – June 5

Anti-terror operation is going on. According to ATO forces, more cities are being freed from the terrorists

The operation in Krasnyi Lyman, for instance, went successfully and Ukrainian flag is back on the city administration building and the regional police station

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Thomas Friedman: Putin Fears Ukraine Much More Than America

Serhiy Leshchenko, Ukrayinska Pravda, 25 April 2014, 17:40

Thomas Friedman is an American journalist, one of the world’s most influential columnists writing twice weekly for the world’s most influential newspaper, The New York Times. His subjects for analysis, not mere news coverage, are international politics, globalization, and the Middle East.

Friedman received the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes for covering the 1982 Lebanon war, and the name of his second to last book, The World Is Flat, has become just as much of a mem as Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History. All Western researchers and experts either agree with him or refer to him.

While visiting Kyiv with his lecture, A Brief Theory of Everything, Friedman shared with Ukrayinska Pravda his impartial thoughts on the transformations of post-revolution states, and spoke about Vladimir Putin’s fears.

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“An eternal spring, the spring of our victory is waiting for us”

Near Sloviansk, in Odesa and Dnipropetrovsk there is optimism and faith in victory, writes blogger Alexey Arestovich

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Dear Friends:

Today, I am going to talk about the good things. When you read the news-feeds for 15 minutes, you get a feeling of total disaster. Yet near Sloviansk, in Odesa and Dnipropetrovsk, at the headquarters of the self-defense units, you become filled with optimism and a faith in victory.

As it happens, I am now actively working with the military, self-defense units of different oblasts, and Kyiv. I am dealing with state officials, police, the Security Service of Ukraine, and the guys from the Right Sector. And you know what? I think we are crossing through the mountain pass.

There are so many honest, selfless people, who are sacrificing themselves for the sake of the new Ukraine, and the future.  I could have never imagined that, despite all of my optimism.

People are really working.  They really want to change the country and the system. They are not taking bribes and are not accepting very attractive schemes. They are truly sacrificing themselves and all that they have.

You know how heavily I criticize the state and the state system. Yet, I was completely struck with amazement seeing that today officials are talking the same way as I am and have started to work to change everything. People believe.  Naturally, there are a lot of shortcomings.  But the war unites everyone, and makes everything appear simple and crystal clear.

The healthiest atmosphere is at the forefront.  You look at the people: they are dirty, sick and unshaven. They haven’t eaten for several days, have suffered losses, being under the fire every day, but are still standing straight and keeping their heads up high.  The activists in the occupied cities are risking everything to win the battle. This is a new nation.

And, now, the rear. I went to my local residents’ registration office, and I was amazed by the courtesy of the employees and of the head of the office.  I heard: “How are you?”, “How can we help you?”,  “Elderly lady, please have a seat, here’s a free one.”  And, you know what, I started to cry. We are crossing through the mountain pass, through the total disbelief and lies, through a huge wave of slander and insults, through the losses and hardships.

As a result of the tragic events in Odesa we have reached the breaking point.  It was after May 2 when the state started slowly, with rumbling and crumbling, and with sediment, turning towards the people, interacting with the activists.  There is a  revolution in the minds of the officials.

New people have entered the system who want to change it.  Bureaucratic obstacles are falling down.  Officials are saying that there is a need to establish horizontal links. Efforts are being made to manage defense affairs without delay. People are helping each other as much as they can.

Even more severe tests are lying ahead of us, but our dear Ukraine will never be the same. She is young and beautiful, as a bride. She will march forward and beneath her feet flowers will blossom. An eternal spring, the spring of our victory is waiting for us.  We shall build a totally different future, brand-new and beautiful, and then the whole world will be like that too.

I had thousands of opportunities to leave to different countries.  I am so glad that I didn’t.  I love you, my Motherland.

Source: http://uainfo.org/yandex/319466-pod-slavyanskom-v-odesse-dnepropetrovske-preispolnyaeshsya-optimizma-i-very-v-pobedu-bloger.html

Translated by Katherina Smirnova; edited by Olena Wawryshyn

What Ukrainians must do—Part 2

Thomas Theiner

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Today Putin blinked. He was visibly uncomfortable in formulating a suggestion to postpone the illegal Donetsk referendum being organized by a few thugs with a photocopier. This was the strongest indication yet that Putin’s second attempt at creating a pretext for invading Ukraine has failed. Certainly, he is now working on Plan C, a pretext that won’t rely on forces outside of his control but will be entirely the work of Russia’s intelligence agencies. Continue reading

On the financial situation in Ukraine – demand SPECIFIC results from the government on a quarterly basis

by Sergio Zalyubovskiy

I repeat my post about the financial situation in Ukraine. FYI, so to say.

I would not be celebrating, if I were Russia, i.e. the country having the external debt of 650 billion, which continues to grow this year rather disastrously, I estimate it can easily reach 800-850 billion. Instead I would be preparing canned food and packing my suitcase. The situation there won’t get better, that’s for sure.

Regarding Ukraine. The dollar usually climbs for two reasons: 1. Inflation. 2. The absence of effective mechanisms of financial regulation. If the national bank had enough currency, it could regulate the dollar exchange rate by releasing its reserves. Currently, this option is not possible. The next year or two is going to be difficult, the tax burden would be increased because of the external borrowings; subsidies would be reduced or canceled. In the absence of financial resources, it is problematic to live on borrowed funds, but sometimes it is inevitable. Continue reading

Why this year will be hard for Ukrainians. The World Bank forecast

April 4, 2014 19:50

The reforms will be painful for Ukrainians in 2014, but they will give an impetus to economical growth starting from 2015

The World Bank presented its regular macro-economical projections for Ukraine. LigaBusinessInform names the core points expressed during a presentation by Chimao Fun, the head of the World Bank Office in Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova, Lolita Murti, the leading economist of the bank in the region, and the economist Anastasiya Golovach. Continue reading