Victor Tkachuk on Democracy, Ukraine & the EU

In reality, Ukraine-EU relations haven’t meant the achievement of partnership already for a long time. This process is characterized by the emergence of new risks and conditions for contacts. Citizens perceive eurointegration as an alternative to Ukraine’s entering unions where the key role is played by Russia. So far, citizens have no accurate understanding of advantages of EU integration.

Ukrainian politicians, who supported Ukraine’s entering the EU earlier, avoid this topic during this electoral campaign. “Pseudo-oppositionists” have built their electoral campaign on the idea of imprisonment of their leaders. They believe their release would guarantee honesty and transparency of the electoral process. In our opinion, this is the fact of the second-rate political platform.

Official representatives of the EU also mark this. That is, the future of eurointegration of Ukraine has actually become hostage of destiny of two people.

The EU is actually ready to ascertain the facts of violation of electoral laws, but this doesn’t mean it makes elections transparent. What the EU has done for the fair elections in Ukraine to take place is equal to zero today. Not one non-democratic step of the authorities has been stopped. Especially in terms of introduction of fair justice in Ukraine. Average citizens feel it directly almost every day. And the narrowing of attention of official representatives of European structures exclusively to two people already adds only irritations in the Ukrainian society.

The Ukraine-EU summit is again up in the air. However, even in case of its conduction, the threat will remain that the results of elections will become its main topic. Understanding it, the Ukrainian authorities will make maximum effort to keep relations with the EU in the frozen state. This pause will allow to begin preparations for the presidential elections in Ukraine, which hardly foresees the release of “political” prisoners. But an impression is made that the EU also has some benefits from these so-to-say frosts.

 

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