Posted by mseidner on February 07, 2006 at 17:46:15:
In Reply to: Ukrainian Sevastopol is much better than ... posted by Viktor on February 07, 2006 at 17:27:04:
"Last time I was there on Ukraine's Independence Day (24th August) - huge crowd of people were celebrating on the embankment."
Yes, thanks to free Nemiroff vodka....
"Pro-Russian moods in Crimea (and in Sevastopol') are a bit over-exaggerated"
Not at all, this area is overwhelmingly in favor of stronger ties with Russia, and 10 years ago even tried to split from Ukraine.
Look the former American ambassador to Ukraine, Carlos Pasquale, who is the biggest optimist you could ever find about Ukraine, says it will take Ukraine "at least 15 years to prepare to join the EU". My view is a MINIMUM of 20 years, and things are looking worse. The "Orange Revolution" is completely over and was an amazing disappointment. Yushenko's administration was and is up to it's eye-balls in corruption. Yushenko got rid of the corruption at the bottom, the DAI stealing 10 Grivnya, but no one at the top was effected. Just one word, "RosUkrEnergo", says it all.....
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