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While the Ukrainian people are bravely fighting against the Russian occupation, Ukraine’s state apparatus is still plagued by corruption, British journalist and Ukraine expert Tim White says in his new film – writes Gary Cartwright.

On Monday, February 13, Brussels hosted a presentation of the documentary by British investigative journalist Tim White “Ukraine: a war on two fronts. Fighting corruption and the enemy”. The film tells about the internal problems faced by the country, which has been resisting unprovoked full-scale Russian aggression for almost a year. In particular, it deals with corruption and cases of pressure on businesses by law enforcement agencies.

“We have analysed a number of cases that took place after the start of the full-scale Russian invasion. Each of them has questions for the authorities. Law enforcement agencies either do nothing, turning a blind eye to the so-called “raiding” or lawlessness of oligarchs, or there is reason to believe that they themselves deliberately put pressure on entrepreneurs or independent politicians,” said Tim White during the presentation of his film at the Press Club Brussels Europe.

Tim White drew attention to the situation with Vladyslav Atroshenko, the mayor of frontline Chernihiv. A court in Lviv found Atroshenko guilty of a conflict of interest. His “crime” was the transportation used by his family when they tried to escape the war zone in the first days of the invasion. He claims that the authorities exerted pressure on the court. Former world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, now the mayor of Kyiv, was among those who pledged support for Atroshenko, saying that Ukraine “should not roll back the democratic achievements it has worked so long and hard to achieve.”

“…what is happening now around the mayor of Chernihiv, Vladyslav Atroshenko, looks like selective justice and political history. The removal of the mayor from office through the court for an administrative violation is a precedent,” said Vitali Klitschko.

Tim White besökte också platser där hårda strider pågick för bara några månader sedan: i den förstörda Borodyanka nära Kiev och nära den rysk-ukrainska gränsen i Sumy-regionen. Han pratade också med entreprenörer i frontlinjens städer och i huvudstaden Kiev som klagade över hinder för deras verksamhet från säkerhetsstyrkorna. Dessa är i synnerhet företaget Aurum Group, mot vilket säkerhetstjänsten i Ukraina har inlett ett straffrättsligt förfarande, och företaget Saturn, som utsattes för ett försök att beslagta anfall. Tim White var imponerad av det pris som det ukrainska folket betalar för sin frihet. Samtidigt blev han förvånad över att den ukrainska regeringen inte gör tillräckligt för att göra livet lättare för företagen.

“President Zelensky has achieved fantastic results in stopping Russia and uniting the West in helping Ukraine. However, it seems that he and his team do not understand how important transparency and a competitive business environment are for Ukraine today. After all, the country will not be able to be a constant donor of Western financial aid. Economic recovery is impossible without transparent rules of the game,” Tim White emphasises.

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Bio: Tim White is a British journalist specialising in Ukraine and exposing Russian propaganda and hybrid influences. He is the author of the investigative films “Nothing but lies: Fighting fake news” (2017), “One World Cup, One War, How Much Corruption” (2018), “Russia returns to Ukraine” (2021-2022).

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