Part 1: Instability in a Crucial Country

Nov 18, 2008 | 12:05 GMT


Ukraine is a country at a crossroads. Not only is it among those being hit hardest by the current global financial crisis, but it is now flirting with actual dissolution. The country's economy is fundamentally weak, and ongoing political strife has made economic reforms necessary but impossible. Furthermore, the country is the cornerstone of the geopolitical battle between the West and Russia. Its weakness makes Ukraine dependent on outside powers, but outside powers appear to be working to pull the country apart.

In the first installment of a series on Ukraine, Stratfor examines Ukraine's economy in light of the current global financial crisis and the ongoing political chaos in Kiev. <em>(With Stratfor map)</em>...

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