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Public feeling in Ukraine ahead of the parliamentary election

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(Green) Ukraine. (Grey) Europe. (Light-grey) The surrounding region.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tadeusz IwanskiCentre for Eatern Studies (OSW), September 19, 2012

After two and a half years under President Viktor Yanukovych and the Party of Regions, the overwhelming majority of Ukrainians are dissatisfied with the state the country’s economy is currently in and the direction it has been developing in. There has also been a significant drop in stability and social security with the general public increasingly feeling that the government has little interest in their problems… (more) http://ow.ly/1mwtEa

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The Ukrainian Language: Losing its Voice

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Native language in Ukraine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By: Olga Shumylo-Tapiola, Carnegie Europe, August 31, 2012

For a long time, I refused to write about the language issue in Ukraine. I simply did not see the point. For a Ukrainian born in a Russian-speaking family in Kyiv, the line was clear. I lived in Ukraine where the only official language was Ukrainian. For years, I enjoyed my society’s tolerance—I could use Russian with my friends and family. However, from kindergarten to the workplace I spoke Ukrainian… (more)  http://ow.ly/1mdS1s

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Russia’s military presence in the CIS: the partners are haggling

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Commonwealth of Independent States map. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Agata Wierzbowska-Miazga, Center for Eastern Studies (OSW), August 22, 2012

In recent months, an increase in Russian activity aimed at maintaining its military presence in the CIS has been noted. On 20 August, the Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Salamatin signed a protocol in Kyiv amending the agreement on the use of land for Russia’s NITKA military training ground in Crimea.Russia will make lease payments in the form of cash payments, and not (as it has done so far) in the form of spare parts for aircraft. Russia’s monopoly on use of the training ground will also be abolished; Ukraine wants to make it available to other countries (including China). Kyiv has also announced an increase in the fees for using the training ground (from US$700,000 to US$2 million)… (more)  http://ow.ly/1m751D

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ACUS: Ukraine and NATO: An On-Off Relationship

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Major ships of the Soviet and Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ACUS: Ukraine and NATO: An On-Off Relationship

From Ian Shields, ISN:   [W]ith the return of Vladimir Putin to the Russian Presidency and a Ukrainian government that increasingly looks to Moscow it is perhaps unsurprising that enthusiasm for NATO membership has waned. Instead, Kiev currently appears to be balancing its rhetoric of ‘present cooperation’ with NATO with a renewal of its military ties with Russia. In 2010, Ukraine agreed to extend Russia’s lease on its naval base at the Black Sea port of Sevastopol until 2042. In exchange for the continued stationing of the Black Sea Fleet in Ukrainian waters, Moscow offered Kiev a 30% reduction in the price of Russian natural gas.

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NATO Source: NATO Secretary General urges Ukraine to remove obstacles in relations with alliance

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Yulia Tymoshenko (Photo credit: Minirobot)

Jorge Benitez | July 16, 2012

From Interfax-UkraineNATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has expressed the hope that Ukraine’s leadership will settle the issue of the politically motivated prosecution of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko as soon as possible in order to remove these obstacles in further cooperation with the alliance. . . . (more) http://ow.ly/1lpHOx

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