Publications

A quarter-century of independent Ukraine. Dimensions of transformation

On 24 August 1991, the Supreme Council of the Ukrainian SSR proclaimed independence, and on 1 December the same year, the Ukrainian people ratified that proclamation in a referendum. The new Ukrainian state had some very important assets, such as the peaceful path that led to its independence, the fact that its territory was uncontested and its civilian administration was established.

OSW Studies
2017-11-28
Tadeusz A. Olszański
The aftermath of the crisis

In 2014–2016, Ukraine’s banking sector was affected by what has proven to be the most serious crisis in its modern history. Almost half of the banks went bankrupt and the losses incurred by the state and banking sector clients was in excess of US$ 20 billion.

OSW Studies
2017-08-11
Rafał Sadowski

The political situation in Ukraine is determined primarily by the ongoing war, and the situation of stalemate at the front is raising the level of public impatience.

OSW Commentary
2017-04-27
Tadeusz A. Olszański

Over the past few months Kyiv has initiated a few major changes, but the delays in the reform process are growing.

OSW Commentary
2015-12-03
Wojciech Konończuk
Tadeusz Iwański
Tadeusz A. Olszański
Piotr Żochowski

The IMF’s decision to grant Ukraine a loan represents the most tangible form of support which the West has extended to the present government in Kyiv.

Analyses
2014-05-08
Arkadiusz Sarna

The Ukrainian oligarchic system, which developed into its ultimate shape during Leonid Kuchma’s second presidency, turned out to be very durable. The nature of close relations between the government and the oligarchs has not undergone any major changes either as a consequence of the Orange Revolution or following Victor Yanukovych’s victory in the presidential election of 2010. 

OSW Studies
2012-10-16
Sławomir Matuszak
The country’s government assumed, during the presidency of Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych alike, that Euro 2012 would provide a major impulse for economic development and show that the young Ukrainian state was capable of successfully preparing one of the most important sport tournaments in the world.
OSW Commentary
2012-06-08
Sławomir Matuszak
Tadeusz A. Olszański
On 7 July Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, voted in a new pension system law which does not change the present pension system – based on what is called the ‘solidarity of generations’, i.e. disbursing pensions from the fund’s current revenues, meaning contributions made by people currently in work – but only makes certain corrections (the most important one raises the retirement age for women). The introduction of individual pension accounts in the State Pension Fund was postponed until the deficit of the fund is remedied, which cannot be expected without a radical reform of the pension system. By raising the retirement age for women Kyiv fulfilled one of the key demands of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) but they are still to reform the pension system.
Analyses
2011-07-13
The privatisation of Ukrtelekom, the monopolist on the Ukrainian telecommunications market, will take place without a tender, because the only bid was submitted by the Austrian investment fund EPIC. The sale was conducted in a hurry, and under conditions which excluded most of the major players on the European telecommunications market; the price obtained was exactly the reserve price. The lack of transparent conditions for the tender has meant that the budgetary receipts from the privatisation have been much lower than planned.
Analyses
2011-01-12
On 16 November, in Kyiv and many other Ukrainian cities, protests took place on a scale not seen since 2004. In Kyiv more than thirty thousand people from throughout Ukraine protested in front of Parliament; in Khmielnitski there were around 10,000, and in at least six other cities the numbers of protesters reached several thousand. Representatives of small and medium businesses were protesting against a draft tax code being considered by parliament.
Analyses
2010-11-17

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