From time to time I may mention Ukraine's abysmal roads in my blog rants. This article from TruthDig is an excellent description of the situation in Russia and can help you understand why Ukraine's roads are so bad as everything works the same here. The cost of road construction and repair is prohibitively high as so little of the money makes it to the actual road.
On another front, I heard today of a city in Ukraine that had a serious drug problem. Everyone knew who was involved but the police who had been paid off ignored all please to do anything. Nine young men decided enough was enough and ran the dealers out of town. They are now in jail and the dealers are back under the watchful eye of the local constabulary. this is standard procedure in Russia but first I heard of it in Ukraine.
Yanukovich is poisoning this country. Opposition is building to him and the Party of the Regions BUT it will remain to be seen whether they are allowed to win in the elections this fall.