The Kiev government’s decision to put the brakes on its westward turn has led to consternation in the EU. Poland, especially, had hoped that its neighbor would retain close ties to Europe.
Ten years after its own EU accession, Poland has attained a special status in East-Central Europe. The border area between Ukraine and Poland shows why this is the case - trade is booming, as is local border traffic. And there’s a large Polish-speaking minority in western Ukraine.