Edition: Lublin 2014
The main aim of the study is to discuss the crucial moments in the formation of the Ukrainian political system which have affected the present situation of the country. By analysing historical, political, economic and cultural aspects of the problem, remnants of the Soviet times, which continue to shape the political system of the modern-day Ukraine, have been brought to light. Despite the progressing process of democratisation, no sufficient or decisive steps have been taken towards reconstructing the system and creating an entirely new political reality. State institutions dating back to the times of the USSR have not been reformed, nor decommunized, which represents another challenge to the future of the state.