Well, it's been almost half a year since I or someone else has posted in here. So i'll bring this aging thread out of the closet. There is much to talk about, it's looks as though hockey in Ukraine is not dead.
Sokol Kyiv have had a MUCH better season, then last. They are competing for a playoff spot, in their first year in a different league, the Vysshaya Liga (RUS-2). They've changed half their roster, adding new players, and it seems as though it is working.
As for domestic hockey in Ukraine, a new team, named 'Барс' (Bars) has come out of no where to be competing hand in hand with Sokol-2 for the Ukrainian Championship. 'Барс' are led by former Sokol Kyiv and Ukrainian National players, Brul, Savchenko, Tolkunov, Polkovnikov, and Shevchenko.
Overall, things are looking a lot better then last year. Domestically stronger, and Sokol are playing better quality sides, which only means better development of national team players.
In fact, a magazine called 'Хокей' gets published monthly and is raising a lot of discussion about the issues of Ukrainian hockey. The Ukrainian federation is talking about the possibility of creating a 4 year plan to revamp it's youth hockey, more rinks are being built at the same time.