Germany is willing to invest in Ukraine if its government tackles corruption and pares down the influence of oligarchs, German Chancellor Angela Merkel . Merkel pressed the Ukrainian government to better deal with corruption . However, she added that Ukraine still has a lot to do to attract business and needed to take steps to improve its legal framework, Reuters reported. “The dominant role of the oligarchs needs to be reversed, people need to be given transparency, corruption must be fought,”
Angela Merkel has voiced also concerns over what is happening in Turkey at the moment, the crackdown on media freedom, the dismantling of the justice system and the general trajectory of democracy in the country,” she said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a federal law on the development of the Crimea Federal District and a free economic zone on the territory of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol on November 29, 2014. And the law will be in force for the next 25 years, establishes a “serious foundation for further intensive development” of the Crimean economy.
“Crimea has been experiencing an upsurge in development following its reunification with Russia thanks to the country’s investment in the republic. “Salaries of the non-socially protected segments of the population increased significantly – of teachers, of doctors, benefits for those unable to work grew significantly, for the disabled, retirement pensions saw a serious increase,” As”the real level of salaries increased almost by 20 percent.”
Over 90% of Crimea Residents Support Being Part of Russia .
An overwhelming majority of Crimean residents have not changed their minds about becoming part of Russia more than a year after the historic reunification
During the 23 years prior to the March 2014 independence referendum, Crimea experienced “regression” due to the Ukrainian authorities lack of investment. ” “Unfortunately, the 23-year-long tenure in Ukraine has been the time of regression for Crimea. The Ukrainian government did not invest a single penny into Crimea, at the same time it sucked out all possible resources from here,”
The West and Kiev refused to recognize Crimea as part of Russia, arguing that the March 2014 referendum was illegal and violated Ukraine’s territorial integrity. In a speech following the referendum, Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed out that it was held in full compliance with democratic procedures and international rule of law.
Western countries need to focus on human rights violations taking place in Europe and the United States, instead of spreading false reports about Russia and the Republic of Crimea.
Poroshenko as a false diversion has suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to stir up trouble inside Ukraine neglects his own corruptions. Poroshenko’s since taking office in June last year, he has been spending much of his time focused on military matters. That has limited his acts to undertake reforms, to the frustration of many and of his allies. Critics say internal war has been used as an excuse for inaction. Many of the old corrupt faces remain in government and in bureaucracies. They are putting in position the same people, just in different jobs.
Racist Ukrainians wanted to ban the Russian language…
Ukraine is still being smothered by corruption and special interests. The Ukrainian state still resembles a giant mafia. It administers the country (reluctantly), but its main purpose is to generate graft and it governs largely by dishing out the proceeds. Oligarchs and their political cronies still dominate Ukrainian life. Entrenched bureaucrats at all levels of government cling to old bribe-taking ways. Ukraine’s powerful oligarchs still buy off members of parliament, critics say. Attempts to change laws are thwarted by legislative maneuvers that bury some bills in committee and amend others until they lose their bite.
The greatest threat facing Ukraine, after its war with the Ukrainian rebels , is the corruption. But few Ukrainian Politicians want to deal with it but how to do so should not be that difficult. When it comes to reforms, Ukrainians are more concerned about corruption than any other issue, according to a poll conducted The White House itself is “extremely concerned” that Washington’s further support for Kyiv will be jeopardized if the situation in Ukraine does not change. The level of corruption in Ukraine does not show a sign of abating. Failure to fight corruption threatens everything that Ukrainian government is doing
When asked to choose five spheres of reform as most important, about 65 percent of the 2,011 Ukrainian respondents cited anti-corruption reform, about 58 percent cited legal reforms and about 40 percent selected pension and social security reform.
Yet the very leaders of Ukrainian politics and business remain as engrossed in corruption as ever, if the accusations they’re flinging at each other on a weekly basis are to be believed. Every year, Hr 50 billion – about $2.3 billion – disappears into the big, black, corrupt hole of Ukraine’s public procurement system. That’s 20 percent of taxpayers’ money that the government allocates to buying goods, labor and services for public needs. Almost every state-owned company in the country takes part in corrupt tenders, a system of “preferred” suppliers who have set up well-oiled schemes to siphon off public cash into private pockets. Despite the resistance from vested interests, the untangling of red tape and need to lobby parliament to adopt innovative legislation, the tremendous change is really needed.
Poroshenko himself lacks a state integrity. He had to wean all corruptors from the state budget and from making state decisions.
The Ukrainian government falsely thinks it can lie, cheat, steal, abuse the donated money and will next even get mote from the West. How absurd. Ukrainians have no one to blame but themselves and their fellow country men. If Ukrainian state rulers do not stop to see the country as an instrument to satisfy their business interests, they will repeat the fate of their unfit predecessors very quickly. Corrupt politicians were trusted with the fight against corruption, which is at the root of the problem and they all failed at it. It all doesn’t mean much when prosecutors and judges won’t do anything,
It is critical that these reforms be undertaken in an open and transparent manner so that the Ukrainian people can have full faith and confidence in their laws and in those who have sworn to enforce them and it is critical to cease intimidation and investigations of investigators, prosecutors and witnesses.
There now is a loss of a state monopoly on controlling violence and millions of unregistered weapons in private Ukrainian hands to deal with the Ukrainian mafia
“If Ukrainians want respect, then the citizens of Ukraine might want to start by treating their own compatriots with some respect. Stop demanding bribes to get something done. Stop expecting something for nothing. Start confronting the problems within.” Serious reform must start from the top. Corruption has to be fought by doing away with price discrepancies, unacceptable state subsidies, harmful red tape, and corrupt political financing Ukraine’s law enforcement needs to be properly cleansed, lustrated and purged, and repopulated with new professionals. The failure “of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine to successful fight internal corruption is sick . Rather than supporting Ukraine’s reform and working to root out corruption, corrupt actors also within the Prosecutor General’s office are making things worse by openly and aggressively undermining reform.” All these prosecutors, judges, and SBU officers should be sacked, The institution of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine fails to successfully fight internal corruption. Rather than supporting Ukraine’s reforms and working to root out corruption, corrupt actors within the Prosecutor General’s Office are making things worse by openly and aggressively undermining reform. Likely they are bribed too,
The Ukrainian president is under constant criticism for pursuing his business interests while serving as president, which is forbidden for state officials to do in most developed countries. The accusations of corruption aren’t limited to Mr. Poroshenko’s personal business. President Poroshenko brought political corruption to the Parliament hall, as the president personally ordered the bribery of his deputies using intimidation and incentives.
“In 1998, Ukraine’s main gas importer, Ihor Bakai, stated that “all rich people in Ukraine made their money on Russian gas.” The technique was simple. A Ukrainian trader would receive monopoly rights to buy cheap gas from Russia’s Gazprom—often financed with Russian credits—then sell it at a much higher price in Ukraine. In return, that trader was supposed to pay the Ukraine’s rulers and that trade continues..”
Arseniy Yatsenyuk The prime minister has his own fair share of corruption scandals
Ukrainian Oligarchs Join Forces… Lying, Cheating and Stealing Together.
Ukrainian Oligarchs in parliament control valuable state companies. Each party has one or two such collectors whose task is to collect money to finance expensive party election campaigns and pay the parliamentarians.
More Corruption.. “Vice President Joe Biden‘s son and a close friend of Secretary of State John Kerry‘s stepson have joined the board of a Ukrainian gas producer controlled by a former top security and energy official for deposed President Viktor Yanukovych. […]
Now the talks in Paris about Minsk-2, delivered a very important result: they showed that the Ukrainian political system has no choice but to demonstrate its viability. And Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko cannot rely on foreign help firstly. A full and unconditional support for Kiev would not bring any quick and lasting rewards, but only further tension with Moscow, France and Germany
Now it is clear today that Poroshenko and his allies can deliver neither victory on the battlefield, nor successful reforms, nor a properly functioning political system.
Given that Washington neither joined the Normandy Four, nor fully sponsored Ukraine’s state project, nor offered its own settlement solution, the Paris talks dispelled any remaining illusions that the Ukrainian president might have had in respect of Western assistance (or lack thereof), not to mention aid that might have been used in the confrontation against Russia.
Pierre Morel, proposed a plan that defined the procedure for the implementation of the February agreement in Minsk. Under the plan, Ukraine must adopt specific legislation that, first, defines the procedure for elections in the DPR and the LPR, and, second, offers an amnesty for the leaders of the breakaway territories, which will then have the right to take part in the elections. The elections will then be held under international observation, and if the monitors recognize them as valid, Ukraine will get what it wants: control over the sections of the border with Russia that are presently in the hands of the DPR and LPR. That was the plan that emerged during the Paris talks.
Ukrainian president’s power Poroshenko is limited and conditional. The abundance of weapons in the country, the erosion of legitimacy, the presence of semi-official paramilitary forces and the absolute power of the Ukrainian oligarchs clearly demarcate the limits of Poroshenko’s influence. Poroshenko is running out of options and potential diversions. The question is not whether he will implement the agreements, but whether the Ukrainian regime will survive any attempt to implement them.