However political rights, democracy and pluralism in Ukraine had advanced due to the departure of President Yanukovich in early 2014 and subsequent changes, it has yet to affect the field of corruption. Ukraine is still the most corruption-struck European country. In the Transparency International`s Corruption Perception Index 2014, Ukraine, with just 26 points, was ranked 142 of 175 countries of the world (as compared to 2013 when it was listed as 144 of 177, with 25 points). In 2013, security and law enforcement institutions (e.g. judiciary, police) were the worst corrupted. Outbreak of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine in spring 2014 revealed that parts of the army were also corrupt. Faced with an existential threat, the country and its new democratic authorities concentrated on
fighting corruption and the adjacent foreign influence in the fields vital for defense, such as army and police. Some measures, such as the law on lustration as of autumn 2014 were carried so as to broaden that struggle, but their efficacy was questionable. The system creates plenty of room for corruption, with its 1800 state-owned enterprises, price controls, monopolies, red tape as a norm in administration and non-transparent financing of political parties. It needs the change from top to bottom. Parallel to lustration, creation of anti-corruption bodies and more corruption-sensitive legislation as well as getting rid of the still omnipresent Soviet-style corruption mentality and culture have all begun. Those tasks are enormous, prosecution of corruption in particular, while at the same time Ukraine - still torn apart by conflict and facing threat both from the neighbourhood and from the internal chaos – needs quick improvements.