“I would like to stress on the need to consider promoting a more balanced image for Ukraine”
Laurent Chamontin, policy analyst and author, author of Ukraine et Russie: pour comprendre (2016), Paris
In my view, Ukraine is in the middle of a crossing a river. Of course, there is some uncertainty linked to the conflict with Russia. As to reforms, those who dream of modernizing their country apparently think that the movement is slow. But one has to think about the part of the path that already crossed. The past three years have seen significant progress in social and administrative fields, and economy, even if the result is still not too visible. Of course, much is still to be done. But many statements made recently prove that the Western business community is now seeing Ukraine in a more favorable way, and that's worth the attention. If the efforts
don't slow down, the application of the healing methods that have worked for Central Europe could give Ukraine a chance to reach the point of no return.
What is important to think about is Ukraine's image on which it has to work now in order to provide some backing to the reforms. I have access to a wide range of information on Ukraine from the press in French, English and Russian, as well as my own source in Ukraine, including in universities. This puts me quite far from the rest of the French who only hear about Ukraine when some noticeable incident takes place on the frontline or a political crisis erupts. I would like to stress once again on the need to consider promoting a more balanced image for Ukraine.