Territory in eastern Europe, ruled since 1991 by the republic of Uryad Ukrayiny

Ukraine (Ukrainian: Україна, translit. Ukrayina), sometimes called the Ukraine, is a country in eastern Europe. Excluding Crimea, Ukraine has a population of about 42.5 million, making it the 32nd most populous country in the world. Its capital and largest city is Kiev. Ukrainian is the official language and its alphabet is Cyrillic. The dominant religions in the country are Eastern Orthodoxy and Greek Catholicism. Ukraine is currently in a territorial dispute with Russia over the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014. Including Crimea, Ukraine has an area of 603,628 km², making it the largest country entirely within Europe and the 46th largest country in the world.

Birthplace of

Ludwig von Mises, Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises, in Lemberg (Lviv), on 29 Sep 1881

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 6.41, Rank: 111, Personal Freedom: 6.81, Economic Freedom: 6.00, Democracy Index: 5.08
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 6.00, Rank: 135
Ukraine | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 61, Political Rights: 3, Civil Liberties: 3
"Conditions in Ukraine stabilized somewhat in 2015 compared with the previous year, which included the Euromaidan protests, the downfall of President Viktor Yanukovych, Russia's occupation of Crimea and invasion of the Donbas, and presidential and parliamentary elections. With Crimea still held by Russia and continued fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko's top priority was restoring the country's territorial integrity and peace within its borders."


Democracy: The God That Failed, by Justin Raimondo, 12 Oct 2005
Discusses the actual results from the so-called Bush Doctrine involving "democratizing" the Middle East as well as several other countries which have a "democracy deficit"
"The same reversal effect is evident in Ukraine, where another U.S.-supported-and-funded "revolution" has ... ushered in a system that bears little resemblance to Western liberal democracy. The "Orange Revolution" has turned sour on its enthusiasts, as Yushchenko and his former ally, Yulia Tymoshenko, ... turn on each other, and the president allies with his former enemies to keep his government from falling. Tymoshenko's crude attempts to fix prices, install her loyalists in key positions, and provoke a conflict with Russia were finally too much for the popular president, who had to step in and fire her."
How Americans Can Help Ukrainians, by Sheldon Richman, 13 Mar 2014
Suggests opening U.S. borders to allow Ukrainians (and others) to immigrate and thus help defuse the situation in their country
"Respecting the freedom to move would not only help the individuals who choose to exercise it; it might also have benefits in Ukraine itself. The kleptocrats of all parties, who have used Ukraine like their personal milch cow, might finally realize their folly if they witnessed an exodus of their most enterprising and ambitious residents. ... So forget guaranteeing loans to corrupt government officials. Forget facing down the Russians over Crimea."
Let's Have Candor from the NATO Summit, by Sheldon Richman, 4 Sep 2014
Comments on an article by foreign policy scholar John Mearsheimer about the crisis in the Ukraine
"After the Soviet empire fell, Ukraine had governments friendly to the West, but in 2010, Viktor Yanukovych, who did not view Russia as an adversary, was elected president. ... When Yanukovych balked at an economic offer from the European Union in favor of a deal with Russia, antigovernment demonstrations, encouraged by U.S. officials who wanted regime change, took place in Kiev, and pressure ratcheted up until Yanukovych fled the country."
Obama Plays with Fire in Ukraine, by Sheldon Richman, 23 Apr 2014
Discusses Obama's decision to send troops to Poland and Baltic states on top of sanctions on Russia over the 2014 Crimea crisis and the implications of having the NATO alliance continue to exist and even expand eastward
"How many American parents would proudly send their sons and daughters off to kill or be killed in Slovyansk or Donetsk? How many young men and women aspire to be the first American to fall in Kramatorsk? Those towns are in eastern Ukraine ... Obama says the "military option" ... is not on the table in his effort to oppose Russia in the Ukraine crisis, but can we trust him? ... Since Ukraine is not (yet) a member of NATO, the U.S. government would not [be formally obligated] to intervene should a shooting war break out between Ukraine and Russia. But what if something happens between Russia and Poland or one of the Baltic states?"
Related Topics: Barack Obama, Russia
Obama Should Steer Clear of Ukraine, by Sheldon Richman, 26 Feb 2014
Discusses the 2014 situation in Ukraine, pronouncements from President Obama and effects of potential intervention
"What's happening in Ukraine is sad. The country is divided between those who want closer ties to Western Europe and those who want closer ties to Russia. Since becoming independent of Russia, Ukraine has suffered corruption and worse offenses at the hands of legal plunderers. Now demonstrations in the streets — even mob rule featuring neo-Nazis — have resulted in turmoil and death, and the Russia-leaning president, Viktor Yanukovich, has fled the capital, while the parliament has named an interim replacement. To make things worse, outsiders won't keep their hands off."
Tear Down the Trade Walls, by Sheldon Richman, 22 Apr 2005
Reflections on free trade sparked by Ukrainian president Yushchenko's remarks to the U.S. Congress
"'Please tear down this wall,' the president said. No, it wasn't President Reagan challenging Soviet President Gorbachev about the Berlin Wall in the 1980s. It was the Ukrainian president, Viktor Yushchenko ... [He] was asking the [U.S.] senators and representatives to remove the wall that keeps nearly 49 million Ukrainians from freely selling their metals, minerals, electronics, chemicals, and vegetables to Americans."
Related Topic: Free Trade
The American Disease, by Sheldon Richman, 21 Mar 2014
Citing examples in the Ukraine and Russia, explains how U.S. government meddling in foreign countries is generally counterproductive, even when genuinely attempting to advance liberty
"... the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) ... '... was created in 1983,' Robert Parry writes, 'to do in relative openness what the CIA had long done in secret, nurture pro-U.S. operatives under the umbrella of "promoting democracy."' Headed by Carl Gershman, Parry notes, 'NED had 65 projects operating in [Ukraine] — training "activists," supporting "journalists" and organizing business groups, according to its latest report.' In other words, Ukrainian Russophiles were not out of their minds in believing that the not-so-hidden hand of the United States was behind the recent turmoil and regime change."
Related Topics: Foreign Entanglements, Russia

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Ukraine" as of 29 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.