Provides opportunities in Ukraine
The following blurb perhaps illustrates the sort of support that the West could give more of if it were interested in strengthening Ukraine instead of plundering it. However, that there has been a catastrophic draining of brainpower from Ukraine to the West suggests that the level of support described below for science and engineering within Ukraine is token.
The blurb is noteworthy, too, in that in perpetuates the myth that the West is helping Ukraine, when in fact the West is plundering Ukraine. To balance the report, it should have made mention of the very great financial benefit to the West of Ukrainian scientists and engineers who have been drained to the West. A comparison of Ukraine's large benefit to the West with the small figures cited below of the West's benefit to Ukraine would have helped to shatter the myth and to reveal the reality.
Another question that arises is whether the efforts of the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) are aimed at preserving serious scientific activity in Ukraine, or whether the underlying goal is to fall short of providing grant recipients with an adequate standard of living within Ukraine and so having been given no more than a taste of the support that Western affluence is able to provide, only to heighten their impatience to flee.
A final question addresses itself to STCU grants going to "scientists and engineers in Ukraine who previously worked in the weapons or missile technology sector." The question is the degree to which the STCU aims to remove scientists and engineers from weapons development to frivolous makework projects — which will neither satisfy the scientists and engineers, nor strengthen Ukraine — so as to reduce Ukrainian competition in international arms sales or in aerospace.
Science center approves new projects
KYIV — The governing board of the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine concluded its meeting in Kyiv on December 16, 1997. The STCU is a multilateral non-proliferation and scientific cooperation program that provides employment opportunities to scientists and engineers in Ukraine who previously worked in the weapons or missile technology sector. The board approved 33 scientific and technical projects valued at $3.6 million (U.S.), supporting 475 Ukrainian scientists and engineers. Projects will take place at institutes, universities and scientific organizations in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv and Donetsk. These latest awards bring the total amount funded to date to about $18 million, helping to support 2,675 highly qualified scientists and engineers. (Eastern Economist)