Speaking on behalf of online media lb.ua, which enjoys a fast-growing readership, Sonia Koshkina, considered one of Ukraine's best journalists, pointed to the wealth of individual cabinet members, but also to the tricks used by other cabinet members to avoid publicly disclosing their millions.
The lb.ua website is part of the Gorshenin Group, which consists of an analytical centre, a consultancy and a media network.
At least five of the sixteen cabinet members are multi-millionaires, and one is a billionaire. According to Ukrainian magazine Fokus, First Deputy Prime Minister Andriy Klyuyev possesses - together with his brother Serhiy, who is an MP from the ruling Party of the Regions - 900.8 million dollars, through one of the largest industrial-investment corporations in Ukraine, Ukrpidshypnyk.
Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister Borys Kolesnikov's fortune is estimated at 254 million dollars in 2010 and at 292.5 million in 2011, after he became minister. His business interests range from confectionery to football, and he is in charge of preparations for the 2012 European Football Championships.
Deputy Prime Minister and Social Minister Serhiy Tyhypko has an estimated fortune of 795.5 million dollars in 2011, increasing from 223.6 million the previous year. His business is mainly steel and rail-car building.
Emergencies Minister Viktor Baloha's fortune is estimated at 550 million dollars. But his major assests are declared to belong to his wife Oksana, a co-founder of 14 companies, mostly in the field of trade.
Energy and Coal Minister Yuriy Boyko's fortune is estimated by the Ukrainian press at 3.2 billion dollars. An expert in the oil and gas sector, Boyko has only declared 1.76 million dollars in bank accounts.
Ecology Minister Mykola Zlochevskyy appears to be an interesting case. He declared only 30,780 dollars of income in 2009. However, he also acknowledges ownership of a 1,000 square-metre house, a Rolls-Royce and a Bentley. But this did not prevent him from taking 4,271 dollars of financial assistance from the state.
Several ministers, including Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, reportedly have considerable wealth registered with their sons or closer relatives. Often ministers have business interests in the same field as their official activities. Mykhaylo Tabachnyk, brother of Sports Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk, is reportedly one of the owners of the Intersport company, which owns the land earmarked for the construction of a sport complex needed for the 2012 football championships.
According to a wire range of sources, Intersport leases the land to the ministry, although the value of the lease has not been disclosed.
Sonia Koshkina (which is her pen name; her real name is Ksenia Vasilenko) said that despite the complexity of their spheres of influence, the ministers seemingly managed to coexist and avoid conflicting with one another. Should arbitration be required then the arbiter is President Viktor Yanukovich, and not the prime minister, who has much less power, she explained.
There are also important power players outside the government, Koshkina said, citing as an example the head of the country's secret services, Valeriy Khoroshkovsky.
He does not hide the fact that he is a millionaire and that he in fact controls the TV channel with the biggest audience, she explained.
Despite media revelations, conflicts of interest in Ukraine do not appear to bother anyone, Koshkina said.
The Western audience present at the event seemed surprised both by the revelations and the fact that Ukrainian diplomats present in no way attempted to counter or challenge the facts presented.