Has the West betrayed Ukraine?
This question agitated both the online users and the country's economic and political elite.
The clouds have thickened over Ukraine, and there are many signs of this.
Starting from the opinion of Joseph Biden on the need to continue the settlement of the conflict in the east of the country on the basis of the Minsk agreements, which he expressed at a press conference after the end of the Geneva summit on June 16, and ending with a hurricane of criticism from European politicians, the media and authoritative business associations economic course of the official Kyiv. In their opinion, bill No. 5600 from our Ministry of Finance and pushed by the Office of the President (and according to Ukrainska Pravda, written by Danylo Hetmantsev in order to collect additional funds at any cost for the starving state budget and thereby – to maintain political control over the country) Ukrainian taxes are among the highest in the world and will lead to a large-scale economic and humanitarian disaster in the country.
Thus, the Brussels Times believes that the Ukrainian authorities have made the basis of their policy a constant substitution of concepts, which alienates Ukraine from European values and membership prospects: “The substitution of concepts has become a normal rule of politics. The fight against corruption has been replaced by a war against large and medium-sized businesses, a fair approach to taxation was replaced by an increase in the tax burden, the judicial system, as stated by PACE, was replaced by decisions of the President's Office and a couple of other officials, targeted funding from the West to fight against Covid-19 is misused, as before, all of this has signs of corruption.” And the functionary of the European Parliament, Giuseppe Fernandino, sent a letter to Bankova, where he claims that bill No. 5600 will strangle a large and conscientious taxpayer and threaten the destruction of the Ukrainian economy and impoverishment of the population, which could threaten mass migration to European countries.
Nuland's statement that the Minsk agreements are the only document on Donbas and the United States are ready to join the process of their implementation through consultations with the Ukrainian side (how the State Department and Nuland know how to "consult" our government, we are all aware of"). In fact, this statement looks like a warning to the official Kyiv against withdrawing from the agreements or blocking their implementation.
In this vein, the attempts of the Ukrainian authorities to extinguish the activities of the opposition, in particular, Viktor Medvedchuk and his associates, are seen as very dubious. Conversely, the prospects for their claims in the ECHR against the decisions of the Ukrainian authorities look very optimistic for Medvedchuk's team. Especially in light of the critical position of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who saw in the ban on the 112 Ukraine, Zik, and NewOne channels, which actively broadcast the position of Medvedchuk and other opposition leaders, signs of a violation of the right to freedom of speech and the political color of these actions.
I believe that Ukraine will have to change a lot along the way. First of all, stop the derogatory and aggressive rhetoric against the region. Stop calling Donbas a "cancer" and "kept woman", give people guarantees of their safe return to life together with Ukraine instead of constantly trying to present as "sponsors of terrorism" a simple cleaning lady in an administrative building, from whose salary the regimes of the so-called. Occupied Donbas withhold taxes or a small entrepreneur who conducts his business and thus survives himself and saves his family in the uncontrolled territory.
Summing up, I can state that official Kyiv found itself in a difficult foreign policy situation. Large players, proceeding from their own political and economic motives, are increasingly pushing the Ukrainian issue to the periphery of their interests and are losing interest in further military and economic support, at the same time increasing criticism of Bankova's actions.
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