Ukraine Business Online highly recommends the following by Iryna Lukomska, expert of the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR) as valuable for those wishing to understand the current muddled situation between church and state in Ukraine.

Stefan Fuele, the EU’s Enlargement Commissioner is back in town for talks with just about everyone in government above the rank of corporal. And when he leaves tomorrow there is likely to be plenty of happy talk about Ukraine’s European future during a visit closing news conference by Fuele and Foreign Minister Konstyantyn Hryshchenko. Below UBO attempts to add a small dash of reality.

Bishop Paul Peter Jesep of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Kyiv-Patriarchate in the United States issued the following statement.  The views expressed here are personal.

Quo Vadis, Yulia Tymoshenko? 2011/1/6 22:27:20

Ukrainian politics is a rough sport that can involve attempts to put your opponents in jail. A current vice prime minister was jailed during the first premiership of Yulia Tymoshenko but released without trial. Now Tymoshenko is under active investigation with trial almost certain to follow. The game got more interesting today as the current prime minister accused the former prime minister of lying about Kyoto environmental funds.

Is it possible that the rise of the Svoboda [Freedom] Party could be a plot designed to assure the re-election Viktor Yanukovych to a second term as president of Ukraine? That is just one of the premises examined in an interesting op-ed appearing in an American publication.

Bishop Paul Peter Jesep says that Ukraine’s Jewish population has been overlooked and underappreciated. He adds that the resilience and determination of Ukraine’s Jews has contributed to a modern, vibrant, independent Ukraine.

 From the Edmonton Journal, analysis by Dr. David Marples

One U.S. Embassy/Madrid cable revealed a statement by one source to the effect that he considers “Belarus, Chechnya and Russia to be virtual ‘mafia states’ and said that Ukraine is going to be one.”

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