Ukraine Parliament. Reuters / Andrew Kravchenko / Pool / Reuters
Askold Krushelnycky, Foreign Policy: Kiev in Denial
Ukraine’s leaders think their country is too important to fail. They're wrong.
Russia is at war with Ukraine — there is no concealing this basic fact. Yet despite the seriousness of the threat from the East, Moscow isn’t the worst enemy the Ukrainians face. Given the self-inflicted corruption that has infected every facet of business and government, the country’s worst enemy may be its own leaders.
Ukraine’s corruption was inherited from the dying Soviet Union and has persisted for two and a half decades. It has made the country into a brutal kleptocracy that hands power and wealth to a tiny and unassailable elite, impeding the development of a normal economy. It has warped society, ruining everything from the health care and education systems to law enforcement and the judiciary. This is a system where the drunken son of an oligarch can walk free if he happens to run over an ordinary citizen with his car.
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WNU Editor: Kudos to Askold Krushelnycky for writing this post .... I could not have done a better job. I have family and friends in Ukraine .... and on one side of my family I can honestly say that they are not oligarchs .... but they are close to it. And their views and altitudes towards the current situation in Ukraine .... especially how the West views them .... makes me drop my jaw. And even though other members of my family are furious at them .... they (like the rest of the establishment that runs Ukraine) are in complete denial. My prediction .... Ukraine fatigue is settling in .... which means that Western support will not be there forever .... doubly so if someone like Trump wins the Presidency. In the meantime .... the war ..... which is becoming deadlier with every passing day .... continues .... Russian Troop Buildup Along Ukraine Border Raises War Fears (VOA).