The Ukraine world championship was one of the most memorable ones ever. Two things spring to mind for me:
1 The location, it was held in the Military Academy and some cadets of the army played in the tournament
2 The World championship barrage tournament held in the park in the evenings in the true spirit of how the Ukrainians learned how to play Stratego. - They were recruited from chess players in the park
Browsing kleier.net, it seems that in 2008 there were quite a few reasonably strong Ukrainian players (Pavel Shiling especially, who got a T4 in the 2004 live WC but appears to have quit the game after the 2008 WC), but that the current generation is pretty bad (rating wise at least) compared to NL/GB/DE/GR players. I can't find any player who competes outside of the Ukraine.
Regarding chess: are there any strong (former) chess players in the current Stratego community? I wonder how good someone like Loek van Wely (strong chess GM, also recreationally active as a poker player) would be at Stratego?
I have a background in international draughts (played in the Netherlands, former Soviet republics and Africa). There is a variant called Frisian draughts which is mainly played in (guess) Friesland (northern part of the Netherlands) with a very small player community. To generate publicity, they organized a mixed event with an honors group (of strong Frisian draughts players) and an invitational group with e.g. the international world champion Georgiev and chess top GM Ivanchuk.
Maybe as a side event to the live WC this summer, it might be an idea to have a small invitational group of say a few chess / draughts GMs, together with a few strong Stratego players?