West Admits It Got Tired of ‘Patronizing’ Ukraine

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk (R) talks to President Petro Poroshenko during their visit to the training center of the Ukrainian National Guard outside Kiev February 13, 2015. Poroshenko said on Friday the country was still a long way from peace and that there were no guarantees a ceasefire deal agreed in Belarus the previous day would take effect. REUTERS/Andrew Kravchenko/Pool (UKRAINE - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

The vast majority of politicians in the West have grown tired of feeling the need to keep an eye on Kiev authorities and consistently call them on to combat corruption gripping the state, some media reported citing statements by a western diplomat.

The West has become tired of lamenting the Ukraine government for not taking measures to fight ubiquitous corruption, The Economist reported.

During his latest – and the fourth since the Maidan events — visit to Kiev, US Vice President Joe Biden had to deliver a speech in Ukraine’s Rada and once more call officials to root out “the cancer of corruption.”

The situation in Ukraine is far from normal, according to the Economist: the new authorities have fallen short of fulfilling the promises given during Maidan demonstrations. After the coup, three general prosecutors have been assigned and later fired. And none of them appeared willing to carry through investigations regarding former Ukrainian chairmen. Conducting those inquires has done so little that the EU would probably be forced to lift sanctions from former leaders of the country, the author of the article pointed out.

Viktor Shokin, the latest chief prosecutor, is turning a blind eye on corruption in the ring of new political elites, according to the Economist. Despite numerous demands from various activists, the current president Petro Poroshenko declined to fire Shokin as he has his own view of the problem. According to the Economist, a truly “independent prosecutor would deprive him [Poroshenko] of a powerful political instrument and might expose his associates to investigation.”

Moreover, the situation would unlikely change in the future because even if Shokin resigned, the new prosecutor would be chosen among the “old guard,” according to Vitaly Kasko, a deputy prosecutor-general.

Attempts to establish new anti-corruption agencies in Ukraine have been ardently resisted. The head of the anti-corruption bureau was assigned at the last moment which could negatively affect the implementation of a visa-free regime with the EU.

As the undisclosed diplomat told the Economist, pressure from the West helped to push that initiative through.

“Many of us are feeling tired of patronising these guys and watching them all the time,” he concluded.


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