Is it possible to divide Ukraine even more than members of the Party of Regions just did, adopting the bill on minority languages? We got used to dramatic events that take place on the Dnieper banks, yet this seems to be more serious, even fundamental in its way. The addressed issue does not concern superfluous political problems but the very core of the Ukrainian national identity which – let’s not delude ourselves – is in a constant state of self-forming in relation to its post-Soviet heritage – the heritage that is embodied in the country’s ever-popular tongue of Pushkin and Chekhov.
To make matter worse, “the Regioneers” caused approval of the controversial law only several months before October parliamentary elections which proceedings – and not the results – will decide on the democratic future of Ukraine and an image it projects on the international arena. At present the said image of the country is – putting it mildly – not at its best, despite the recent successful sports event – Euro 2012. Members from various countries, including Poland, who were to have attended an international tennis tournament in Kyiv, expressed their discontent with the new bill. and therefore the whole event had to be cancelled. Words such as “crisis” and “boycott” seem to be already associated with Ukraine.
Among persons who may profit from the dispute, we have President Viktor Yanukovych, who is yet in a tight spot, not knowing whether he should follow his party and Eastern Ukraine – the region that he comes from – and sign the bill, or perhaps send the case to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. The latter would be a more elegant action, allowing the Head of State to situate himself above internal divisions of Ukraine and to prove that he is more than a one-party president.
Another victor of the struggle is Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who “leads the people”. While the obvious head of opposition Yulia Tymoshenko is still imprisoned, Yatsenyuk is currenlty building his position as a leader. And most certainly he will not give it up without a fight, even if Tymoshenko is released.
Referring to Euro 2012, I asked my colleague why he was rooting for Italy, since corruption and problems are all they offer. He answered that they have a right to win in order to restore their self-confidence during an economic crisis. Ukrainians deserve a victory as well – the victory being fair elections this September. Thus far they are, however, losing. Half time: 0:2 to Ukraine…
The article presents personal views of the author.