Stories about Ukraine from July, 2008
Ukraine: “No Place in the EU”?
A Fistful of Euros critiques a “wince-inducingly stupid article” on Ukraine written by “Richard Wagner, a Transylvanian German writer. (Well, former Transylvanian. Like most T-Germans, he emigrated from Romania as soon as he could get out.)”
Ukraine: EU and NATO
Vitaliy of The 8th Circle writes about a debate on one of the blogs about the role Ukraine should play in the EU and NATO.
Moldova, Ukraine: Floods
A Fistful of Euros writes about “huge floods across southeastern Europe” and the lack of reliable information in English from this region.
Ukraine: Protests Against Image as a “Brothel of Europe”
The Turkish Invasion writes about a demonstration in Kiev, staged by a women's student organisation, in protest against the widespread image of Ukraine as a “brothel-state and bridebasket of Europe.”
Ukrainiana reviews media reports on the flooding in Western Ukraine, which has killed at least 22 people, including six children.
Ukraine: Battles for Dniproenergo
Kremlin, Inc. writes about the battles for Dniproenergo: “Of course, while they may make for interesting reading, such events are not very helpful for Ukraine’s business world…”
Ukraine: Lenin and Church Bells
Copydude writes about the decision of Lutsk authorities to “remelt [the town's] Lenin monument into church bells.”
Soviet History: Nuclear Disaster Areas
The Turkish Invasion posts a link to a documentary photo site on nuclear disaster areas in the former Soviet Union.
Soviet History: The Afghan War
The Turkish Invasion writes at length about the Soviet Afghan War and posts pictures from the memorial in Kyiv. Window on Eurasia writes that Russian Afghan War vets “want Moscow to celebrate their war too.”
Ukraine: Iraqi Scientists Trained in Pripyat
Chernobyl and Eastern Europe writes that “three Texas Tech professors and their graduate students trained 27 Iraqi scientists about processes needed to clean up radioactive debris” this past June in Pripyat: “Well, that’s an interesting use of Pripyat – train Iraqis on radiation clean up techniques in a city that...
Ukraine: Manoeuvres for Presidential Power
Foreign Notes comments on allegations on the Ukrainian presidential website that Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko is conspiring with Party of Regions's chairman Viktor Yanukovich to succeed Viktor Yushchenko as President of Ukraine in 2010.
Ukraine: The King Who Never Was
Kiev Ukraine News Blog posts a Seattle Times review of a biography about Vasyl Vyshyvani, a former Habsburg archduke, who in the interwar years aspired for the throne of Ukraine.
Ukraine: The Mystery of Political Technologists
Taraz Kuzio ponders upon the mystery of political technologists and the bemusement with them despite their often inferior analyses.
Ukraine: “Package Experience”
Michelle Knisley of Greetings from Kyiv writes about the fate of the packages sent to her by other people to Ukraine.
Ukraine: Olechko's New Paintings
Lots of new, Ukraine-related, work – at Olechko's blog.
Ukraine: Music, Language, History
A discussion of Ukrainian music, language and history – at Vasyl's uaMuzik.
Ukraine: Customs Problems
Eternal Remont indignantly comments on the problems of dealing with Ukrainian customs.
Ukraine: Woman Who Tried To Sell Her Son
Ukrainiana posts and translates a video about a 30-year-old Odesa woman who tried to sell her son for $1,500.
Ukraine: Ukrainska Pravda Reporter Interrogated
Ukrainiana writes about the questioning of an Ukrainska Pravda reporter in connection with Yushchenko poisoning case.
Soviet History: Cars
Edward Lucas reviews a book about Soviet cars.
Ukraine, Russia: Yushchenko and Litvinenko
Taras Kuzio believes that “the connections between the Yushchenko’s poisoning and Litvinenko’s murder are closer than at first seems.”