Some good news, some bad. Let’s start with the good news.
In the latest annual Ease of Doing Business Ranking from the World Bank, Ukraine has moved up five spots and now sits at number 71 out of 190 countries analysed. A five-spot advance doesn’t sound like much, but, for context, at least Ukraine is in the top half of the league. In addition, this is a continuation of a trend that has been ongoing for a few years. Since the Revolution of Dignity, Ukraine has been making steady gains and, whereas in 2014 we were sitting not very prettily at 112th, in total Ukraine has gained 41 places. Bravo, and long may it (please god) continue.
The not so good news… According to the Pollution Index, Kyiv takes home the prize for 10th most polluted city in Europe. The sad fact is that with the central streets often jammed with cars and far too many vehicles blowing acrid smoke that would be banned if Ukraine (please god) were an EU-member state, the pollution that hangs in the air is something we all have to live with. Maybe a London-style congestion charge is in order. Or, maybe people simply need to stop making journeys through the centre of the city unless they need to. Or, maybe people should make more use of the excellent and inexpensive public transport Kyiv has. All good options.
Ukraine can legitimately sing We are the Champions following Oleksandr Usyk’s fight on 10 November at Manchester Arena. Brit Tony Bellow worked Usyk hard, going into the eight round, but it was Usyk’s brutal left hook that sent him flying to the mat, unable to get back up. With the IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO cruiserweight […]
Even at the age of 27, Ukraine can hardly be called a “nation of startups”, as neither the president nor the Ministry of Economic Trade and Development have made this a priority. Regardless, we will reject this pessimism, as real steps are being taken in this direction. In fact, a stratum of IT specialists is […]
Russia, according to Russia, is not party to the war in eastern Ukraine. However, Russian Foreign Ministry spokespeople don’t mind, apparently, speaking on behalf of the “L” and “D” “People’s Republics” (the unrecognised and illegal entities created by Russia to run their operations in eastern Ukraine, also denied by Russia, of course.) In recent weeks, […]
Ukraine’s ‘Queen of Tennis’ – Elina Svitolina, topped one of the greatest seasons in Ukrainian tennis history by becoming the first Ukrainian to win the season-ending WTA Finals. She was forced to dig deep to capture the historic title, coming back against American Sloane Stevens for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory. Her remarkable achievement caps […]