The complete failure of the Ukrainian ‘revolution’ seems obvious. The perspectives for any major change have been buried for long time. Whatever will come out of the current geostrategic game between the US and the Russian Federation the Ukrainian people will not benefit from it. The question is rather how much they can still lose.
No matter how poor, corrupt and failed in all aspects of Ukrainian statehood is there still is a space to make things significantly worse for the population. Eastern Europe became a very particular place on the global map. This is where — despite the official propaganda — the new third-world standards have been developing. While the ‘traditional’ Third World regions — parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America — became ‘developing countries’ the post-soviet bloc fell into a complete economic collapse. Ukraine is definitely among those Eastern European countries which have hit the bottom in the most brutal manner. If we leave aside the absolute mafia-princedoms like Kosovo and Montenegro only Bulgaria and Romania can really compete with Ukraine in terms of absolute structural, social and economic failure. Yet, things can get worse. And they most likely will.