The situation of Ukraine in terms of social progress
The Bottom Billion Traps
As the picture of election of 2004 in Ukraine in the link shows, there is a significant conflict between the eastern and the western parts of Ukraine. As the recent Ukrainian issue shows, the eastern part tends to be more Russian than European, while the western part is more friendly to Europe than Russia. This political conflict between east and west could be a serious barrier for country to develop as a whole.
Landlocked with bad neighbors
Advocates for human rights in a non-violent manner
Political parties such as the Unity party and the People's movement of Ukraine for Unity call for unity in the country. However, they never received more than 2% of the popular vote in elections. More popular are the parties which seem clearly biased to serve certain communities' interests.