On February 26, the world celebrates the Day of Slowness. We decided to find out, with the help of the media monitoring and content analysis system Semantrum, in what areas Ukraine as the state is the slowest.

The analysis of Ukrainian web content, TV/radio news and print media over the past 12 months has shown that there have been topics which proved to be absolute leaders in demonstrating the slowness of Ukraine, according to the amount of attention they received in the media.

Three topics  that Ukraine’s media outlets discussed most often in the context of the slowdown in implementation of processes or projects important for the country are:

  • a slow process of adaptation of the association agreement between Ukraine and the EU. Kyiv lags behind the schedule of reforms envisaged by the document
  • Ukraine’s hampering of structural reforms needed to obtain next tranches of the IMF, and consequently failing to obtain international loans
  • the “Wall” project on the border with Russia lagging behind the schedule for two years due to significant underfunding. The program for the reconstruction of Ukrainian checkpoints, which was to be financed by the EU, is under the threat of closure because of delays and corruption on the Ukrainian side


Below you can see the rating of the people who most often appeared in the media outlets in the context of the slowness of Ukraine. However, these persons are not referred to as factors contributing to the slowness, but as people who state the existing problems:

  • Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine
  • Hugo Mingarelli, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine
  • Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine
  • Oleksandr Danylyuk, Minister of Finance of Ukraine
  • Volodymyr Groysman, Prime Minister of Ukraine

This media analysis was conducted with the use of Semantrum system. The study involved Ukrainian television channels, radio, central and regional print media, Internet media during the monitoring period between March 2017 and February 2018.