Data Points Sources

Politics

The political situation in Ukraine can be sometimes confusing as politicians often switch party allegiances. One constant over the last three years is the vast majority of the public that has cast their votes in favor of pro-European political parties. Currently, 9% of politicians in Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada (parliament) oppose closer ties with Europe.


While anti-European sentiment does exist, the majority of this sentiment is concentrated in the southeast of the country. However, as an overall percentage of the population, these numbers remain relatively low. The viewpoint of many experts and citizens is this trend will continue into the foreseeable future, primarily because of the renewed feeling of self-empowerment and cultural identity over the past three years.

Data Points

  • Independence 24 Aug. 1991 (92% voted in favor, 84% participated) [1]
  • 328-0 vote to dismiss the former President, 22 Feb. 2014 [2]
  • Pro-European president [3]
  • Pro-European parliament (anti-European party represents 9%) [4]
  • S&P upgrades Ukraine's credit rating to 'B-' (stable outlook) Nov. 2016 [5]
  • Budget deficit of 3.1% of GDP in 2017 (in line with IMF requirements) [6]
  • IMF US$17.5 billion extended fund disbursement over 4 years [7]
  • G7 and EU Parliament support Ukraine's reformist government [8]