The week that passed was full of geopolitics: sanctions from Europe for Russia, Russian sanctions for Ukraine, a continuation of church confrontation and political changes on the world map. Should we, ordinary Ukrainians worry or like Kubrick learn to stop doing this and “love the bomb” – read in the traditional digest from Opinion.

The research platform PinchukArtCentre presents a group exhibition “Your space”, which offers one of the possible views on the history of Ukrainian art and the position of women in it. Why women? And why not, moreover, a part of the text is devoted to one woman. Appealing to this title, the exhibition suggests thinking about what is the “space” of a woman in modern Ukrainian society.

Photocopies of printed posters from 1920-1940s

Тиждень у призмі: розбираємо ключові події через виставку "Свій простір"

Russia imposed sanctions against 322 Ukrainians and 68 companies. They provide for the freezing of funds, securities and property blocking in the territory of RF, as well it includes a ban on transferring funds from Russia to Ukraine.
The list of names is weird sometimes: there is a gallery owner Yevhen Valeriiovych Karas, however, there is no Yevhen Vsyliiovych Karas a head of the ultra-right organization С14. Whether there was made a mistake or they deliberately consider culture expert a bigger enemy of the Kremlin than a nationalist.

There are also no Rinat Akhmetov, Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Nadiya Savchenko, all Opposition Bloc, Sadovyi and Hrytsenko in the list. Among the top three officials of the state, only the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy is on the list.

“Traditionally, the presidents are not included in the sanctions lists”, Dmitry Peskov , Russian Presidential Press Secretary, explained the absence of Petro Poroshenko on the list.

“Contradictions” of the list surprised a lot of Ukrainians. If a person was born in Ukraine or Russia – the place of birth was denoted as “USSR”. In other former republics, it was “Moldavian SSR”, “Turkmen SSR”, “Uzbek SSR”, etc. But even here, the drafters of the list clearly “overdid it”, writing that Yuri Shukhevych was born in the USSR, Lviv region in 1933, although Western Ukraine at that time was a part of Poland.

Probably the statistics will show a decrease in the total volume of economic relations with the Russian Federation, but in fact, it will be just a redistribution of flows through other countries. It will complicate the business but will not stop it. We have already seen Belarusian shrimps, what’s next – pig’s fat from Georgia?

Artist Ada Rybachuk (1931-2010) while working on the composition “Civilian Defense” for the “Memory Wall” at Baikove Cemetery, Kyiv, 1977

Тиждень у призмі: розбираємо ключові події через виставку "Свій простір"

Doing Business 2019 is a world’s Ease of Doing Business Ranking. This year, Ukraine has risen from 76th to 71st place. Ukraine was able to show progress on six indicators. Victory? Read on. This year’s rating was “pulled out” by “international trade”, where Ukraine has risen from 119 to 78th place. Significant progress has also been demonstrated in ensuring the implementation of contracts where was a movement from 82 to 57 positions. In solving problems with paying capacity, Ukraine is on the 145th place, though it was even further, at 149th.

But, for comparison, we are in the 71st place, and Russia is on the 31st! Yes, business conditions in Ukraine remain among the worst in Europe. According to this indicator, the Ukrainian economy lags behind all neighboring countries, including Belarus, Moldova, and Hungary. It’s better not even mention Georgia – this country got 6th place in Ease of Doing Business Ranking.

For the sake of justice, it’s worth mentioning that during the years of Yanukovych the country really fell behind in this ranking – 160 position out of 170. So, now we have something to be proud of, and there are perspectives for growth.

Maria Prymachenko the Great Quarrel, 1936 and the Brown Beast, 1936

Тиждень у призмі: розбираємо ключові події через виставку "Свій простір"

There is no more Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine. Seriously. The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople canceled the act of transferring the territory of Ukraine under the administration of the Russian Church and since then in Ukraine, in fact, there is no UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate.

“From the canonical point of view, this means, that today in Ukraine, the UOC-MP no longer exists. In Ukraine all the bishops are now de facto, according to this synod decision,  are the bishops of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Now they have to wait for the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s directive for its further existence”, explained the bishop of The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the World Council of Churches, Archbishop Job of Telmessos.

This means, that all the hierarchs of Ukrainian churches in the eyes of Constantinople have the same status and equal rights to participate in The Pan-Orthodox Council regarding the autocephaly of the Ukrainian church.

The representative of Constantinople abstained from answering the question of when a council concerning Ukrainian autocephaly could be called. According to him, the Ecumenical Patriarch will call this council when he believes that “time has come”. He also explained, that two Orthodox churches cannot canonically exist in Ukraine. What can I add? Halloween passed, so the evil spirits can go home.

Marina Skugareva I’m good, 1996

Тиждень у призмі: розбираємо ключові події через виставку "Свій простір"

The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel visited Kyiv. Thus, Ukraine became the first state that Merkel visited after announcing the termination of her political career. During her visit to Ukraine, Angela Merkel met with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. After the meeting, the leaders of the two countries addressed the media. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in particular that Germany would support the continuation of sanctions against Russia.

But if we recall the relations of a new Ukraine (The Ukrainian revolution of 2014) with the Chancellor, the relations were not so smooth. “Danke, Frau Ribbentrop” – this is exactly the same phrase, with which in July 2014, thousands of Ukrainian users attacked the official page of Chancellor Angela Merkel. After meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who just launched a large-scale armed aggression against Ukraine.

After that, she began to defend Ukrainian interests in an unequal confrontation with one of the most important economic partners of Berlin – Moscow. Over the past four years, she has proved, that Putin can (and should) be resisted.

Will the next Chancellor of Germany be such a partner for Ukraine? We shouldn’t hope for this, as for Ukraine’s last chance on the international scene. After all, now neither in Germany, nor in the EU, nor in the whole world, there is such a leader and friend of Ukraine who would speak to Putin as Merkel did.

So, we should say Danke schön and move on.

Kostyantyn Rul

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