On August 24 Ukraine celebrated Independence Day. For the first time in 23 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union the celebrations were truly meaningful and all encompassing. Recent public opinion polls show unprecedented support for the idea of national independence, which is supported by about 90 percent of the population.
The board of directors of the World Bank is today considering a 260 million USD loan to Uzbekistan to develop its agricultural irrigation system. The Cotton Campaign is calling on the financial institution not to approve the Uzbek loan.
On May 2, 46 people died and more than 200 were wounded in Odessa, during clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian supporters. Most of the causalities are on the side of the pro-Russian supporters who suffocated when the building they were occupying caught fire.