Victor Tkachuk on Democracy, Ukraine & the EU

I was born in Ukraine. Ukraine is a part of Europe. Ukraine already was a European state when in Europe not everyone knew about such things as alphabet, clothes made from fabric, water toilet or constitution.

The first-ever modern computer was created in Ukraine. The most reliable space rocket in the world is manufactured in Ukraine. 23% of world resources of black soil are located in Ukraine.

It is easy for me to enumerate lots of people connected with Ukraine who amazed the world by their inventions in engineering and art, military victories, political thought, humanism and charity. Ukraine and its citizens made significant contributions to the formation of a modern western civilization, equally with other nations.

I will write about this in my blog.

Now let me touch other things.

Sometimes it seems to me that today Ukraine exists as a country not because we, Ukrainians, love it, but because Europe and Russia haven’t yet decided how to redivide it publicly.

Modern Ukraine as a state is a total victory of political corruption over human dignity and rights of citizens. It is a sample of modern dictatorship and totalitarianism. This model is very simple, therefore it is very effective. There is no reason to build concentration camps – they are old-fashioned and not effective. Much more profitable is to make all the people of the country work for the state budget and pay incredible taxes, at the same time privately owning that budget.

Besides, it is very reliable when all law-enforcement structures protect such a “state” and such a “state” budget. And it is very convenient, when those who declare themselves to be the opposition, aspire not to changes in the state policy, but to backstage arrangements regarding non-aggression or personal revenge to those who are in power today.

I will write about this in my blog too.

It is most difficult to write about Europeans. They don’t want to trust in the axiom which is, either Europe exports democracy to Ukraine, or Ukraine exports corruption to Europe. Why will it be so? Firstly, because it is an axiom. Secondly, because Europeans are full (well-fed), therefore they will defend themselves more slowly, than they will be attacked. And thirdly, because Europe has no unitary strategy of relations with Ukraine, and each European country has got confused in tactics of its interests.

I will also write about the USA and Russia, and about democracy which they have, we have and Europe has, as well.

The goal of the informational presence of the “People First” Foundation on the “EurActiv” web-portal is delivering information about Ukraine, its internal and external problems, its risks and resources for their overcoming to Europeans.

Ukrainian Foundation for Democracy “People First” creates and develops projects supporting democracy. We are ready to mutually build democracy in the name of a safe Europe and a renewed Russia.

Changes in Ukraine will directly or indirectly influence the EU, as well. In case of growth of poverty, aggravation of criminality, drug trafficking, people trafficking, illegal arms trade, HIV, tuberculosis and other grave illnesses expansion, Ukraine can become a serious center of production of risks for Europe. These risks have no borders.

I can be sure that the answer to the question “Does the European Union need a second Kosovo or Belarus in Ukraine” is obvious.

History proves that the most efficient means for preventing chaos and mess is democracy. Ukrainian democracy traditionally was characteristic of being weak and longing to anarchy – self-identification on the local levels. In Ukraine, a discussion about mental and cultural distinctions of the country between its Western and Eastern parts is topical, as is true about many EU states. However, even weak Ukrainian democracy is the most reliable protective barrier for the European Union to those threats which Ukrainian authoritarianism can produce.

For Ukraine to worthily join the unitary European family of nations and cultures, the “People First” Foundation has launched an innovative project supporting Ukrainian democracy through the creation of the “People’s Charter” as a social treaty.

I hope that thanks to mutual efforts we will not only open up Ukraine for you again in the informational context, but also will be able to exchange thoughts and ideas regarding the further effective development of European and Ukrainian democracy in the name of the mutual future.


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  1. Hi Victor, nice reading you. Great initiative and here in “Eruope”, “we”‘ – our leaders – are not that stupid you know. The EU policy to combat corruption is patience, perseverence, setting the example, be inspirational and a multi-tactical approach. And ok, let’s not underestimate the corrupt people, but .. let’s not over-rate them either, shall we?
    Just you staying alive and not giving in to corruption but keept hammering that inspirational tone, you’ll see all the others fall away around you … untill a real company that’s capable of generating real addiontal value that comes along and needs a trustworthy person .. they’re find you. And you’ll be very generously rewarded for it… and our corrupt idiots? Probably shot themselves a bullten through the foot because drunk, or got cancer from too much drugs and booze … don’t overestimate them, Victor… really. And meanwhile there’s enough ways the internet gives to link-up with other inspirational people… and it seems you’ve found one and using it eloquently. Maybe you shouldn’t underestimate the friends you can meet through these means? They can’t be any more stupid than those corrupt gangs… 🙂

    1. Dear Sven AERTS,
      Thank you for your attention to the blog. I don’t allow myself to underestimate corrupt officials, especially considering the positions of power some of them now hold. In my opinion, the key failing of both the current government and the opposition is that they see the state as a corporation where profit is above all other priorities. In such a model, human rights and social security become inconsequential. This may be why the middle class is disappearing in our country. And it is one of the factors that has held our country back from its place in the world for 20 years since the breakdown of the USSR. The ‘People First’ Foundation will try to do things differently.

  2. Nice post, Victor. I am a Ukrainian myself, but I grew up in Belgium. 10 years ago I decided to return back to Ukraine, altohugh I hold a belgian citizenship.
    It is al very clear to me – EU does not give a sh*t about Ukraine. Let’s face it.

    1. Dear Dmitry,
      It is easy to observe the complications of EU development on the basis of Ukraine – EU relations. The original European Union, comprised by 12 countries, is very different state of affairs from the EU after its enlargement to 27 member-states. Fortunately, the European Union can see the distinction between the aspirations of the Ukrainian people and actions of Ukrainian officials. I hope that by means of an Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine, the European Union will give us a consolidated answer regarding its attitude towards the current government and opposition, and regarding its attitude towards the Ukrainian people.

  3. Dear Victor!

    Thank you for your reaction to my somewhat emotional statement. Still, I do believe that that EU’s integration promises for Ukraine are just mere promises. EU is just flirting with Ukraine by means of these promises – just showing us a bone on a stick in order to drive us in the “right” direction. It’s sad, but true – we are just an exchange card in the hands of EU and Russian political and corporate forces. Nobody really cares about “Ukrainian people’s aspirations”. Even in Ukraine – a big part doesn’t accept European values. Our future role – IMHO – is to provide food for Europe and Third World. So, Ukrainian future, IMHO, is – growing potatoes and tomatoes for export to EU and Africa. We will feed the rest of the world while food prises wwill be among the highest in Europe or even in the whole World. Because we are out of any competition in other economical branches – Ukrainian education system fails to supply real specialists to the market, we have an extremely energy consuming industry, and in 20 years of Independence we have destroyed almost every valuable economic asset we had. Ukrainian population is decreasing also. So, our fertile land is our last real asset. But we won’t even own the financial results of our agriculture, despite the high demand for food due to the global food crisis – because our agricultural land will be owned (perhaps indirectly) by large corporations.
    And all this EU bla bla bla is just bla bla bla.EU will use us in its own political “games”, pay us 3 coins and throw away, like a cheap prostitute. And this is all, because most of us – Ukrainians – just lack balls, will power and our cultural level is extremely low – we are egocentric and disconnected and have an incredible disability to unite for reaching of common goals.

    1. Dear Dmitry!
      Thank you for your message.
      I like Europe (not to be confused with the EU) because it is a preserved culture, history, clean streets which altogether gives a chance to find the future.
      I am convinced that neither the EU, nor Russia, nor anybody else can change a situation in Ukraine for the better if Ukrainians don’t start to want it themselves.
      I don’t agree that now it is time to find ourselves in sackcloth and ashes concerning our failures. I am sure that now comes the time of people who are not indifferent and ready to take responsibility for the result of this day and the future development of the country.
      The level and speed of communication technologies today make it possible to:
      – considerably simplify coordination of citizens’ position on any important issue;
      – allow adherents to get mobilized quickly and mutually form and defend their interests.
      That’s why I have founded and became a leader of an NGO entitled “The Ukrainian Foundation for Democracy ‘People First” which now is working on the creation of the project “Ukrainian People’s Charter”. I invite you and your adherents to personally participate in this project.

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