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Author: Maryana Prokop

Where is Eastern Europe heading?

A review of Eastern Europe since 1989. Between Loosened Authoritarianism and unconsolidated democracy. By: Mykola Riabchuk. Publisher, Studium Europy Wschodniej, Warsaw University, Warsaw, 2020.

September 12, 2021 - Maryana Prokop

Nadiya Savchenko: A woman vs a system

Nadiya Savchenko had dreamt of becoming a pilot since her early childhood. She started studying journalism but after one year of studies she decided to quit and let her dreams come true. Savchenko joined the Ukrainian Army where she served as a radio operator with the country's railway forces. Between 2004 and 2005 she was the only woman in the Ukrainian army serving with Ukrainian troops in Iraq. In 2005, she attended the Air Force University in Kharkiv after she asked then-minister of defence, Anatoliy Hrytsenko, to allow women to attend this university. She served as a navigator of SU-24 attack aircraft and Mi-24 attack helicopter in the 3rd Army Aviation Regiment in Brody, Lviv Oblast.

March 2, 2015 - Maryana Prokop

To Live in Europe

A review of Цінності об’єднаної Європи (The Values of a United Europe). By:Yulia Shcherbakova. Publisher: Vydavnychyy Centre Akademiya, Kyiv 2014.

Since Ukraine gained independence, the issue of its place in Europe has been repeatedly brought up in the public discourse. This discussion often refers to its real presence in Europe, not just rhetoric, and is focused on many dimensions. First is the social dimension, which relates to the society’s dream to “live in Europe and live like those in Europe”. Then, there is the cultural dimension, which is seen in the need to contribute to the common heritage of European culture and traditions. Last, but not least, are the economic and political dimensions that relate to Ukraine’s state interests.

June 18, 2014 - Maryana Prokop

Where Does Ukraine’s Separatism Come From?

A de-escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine is a big challenge for the country’s new president – Petro Poroshenko. The way this problem is handled will not only determine the future of the Ukrainian state, but also the issue of regional security. Polish and foreign media constantly report on the issues in Ukraine creating a chronological approach to the process of the conflict escalation. With the information overload, it is very difficult to focus on what really is the source of separatism in the east of Ukraine. Among many opinions, there is a belief that this is a planned activity carried out by the Russian Federation and the Russians’ reaction towards the EuroMaidan revolution. However, the real genesis of this conflict lies much deeper.  

May 31, 2014 - Maryana Prokop

The Constitutional Origins of the Crisis

Maryana Prokop, a political scientist specialising in the Ukrainian political system, explains how Ukraine's Constitution has contributed to the nation's political crisis.

January 29, 2014 - Maryana Prokop


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