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Europe's East 30-03-2017

The French elections, seen from Ukraine

Ahead of France's presidential election, Ukraine's experience shows that opinion polls may be skewed by underlying hatred of the ruling classes and institutions. Vadym Omelchenko warns that ultra-conservatism stands to gain in the end.

Europe's East 11-04-2016

Yatsenyuk resigns, Groysman expected to take over as PM

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation on Sunday (10 April) in the wake of a months-long political crisis that has paralysed the government and frozen the release of vital Western aid.

Europe's East 29-03-2016

Reports: New Ukrainian government in the offing

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's party has agreed with President Petro Poroshenko's faction and the Fatherland party - all former coalition partners - to form a new alliance, the head of Yatseniuk's People's Front party, said on Monday (28 March).

Europe's East 03-12-2014

Rada approves new Ukraine government

Verhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, voted in a new government yesterday (2 December), putting foreign technocrats in key financial roles and renewing terms for the foreign and defence ministers in a signal that no major change in policy is likely on the rebellious east.

Europe's East 03-11-2014

West, Poroshenko condemn eastern Ukraine ‘election’

Pro-Russian rebels elected a separatist leadership in eastern Ukraine yesterday (2 November) in a vote President Petro Poroshenko called "a farce" and that the EU condemned as “an obstacle to peace”.

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Europe's East 28-10-2014

Ukraine election ‘free and fair’, MEP delegation says

Sunday's parliamentary election in Ukraine was conducted in line with international standards, according to a team of MEPs that monitored the polls across the country.

Global Europe 28-10-2014

West hails Ukraine’s election

Pro-Western parties will dominate Ukraine's parliament after an election handed President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end a separatist conflict and steer the country towards mainstream Europe.

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko talks to the media during a news briefing in Kyiv, October 26, 2014.
Elections 27-10-2014

Pro-EU parties win Ukrainian election

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hailed a sweeping victory for pro-Europe parties in an election Sunday (26 October), saying the vote showed people backed his plan to end a separatist conflict, his pro-Western policies, and democratic reforms.

Buffer zone in Eastern Ukraine
Europe's East 23-09-2014

Kyiv pulls out heavy weapons from buffer zone

Ukraine's military said on Monday (22 February) that it was pulling back artillery and heavy armour from the front line with separatists, backing President Petro Poroshenko's peace plan for a conflict that has cost more than 3,000 lives.

Petro Poroshenko
Elections 26-05-2014

Poroshenko wins Ukraine election, vows to end war

Petro Poroshenko, a billionaire chocolate manufacturer, claimed the Ukrainian presidency yesterday (25 May) with an emphatic election victory by 55.7% according to exit polls, taking on a fraught mission to end an undeclared war by Russia and steer his fragile nation closer to the West.

Ukrainian woman has cast her vote
Elections 25-05-2014

Ukrainians vote to save their country

Ukrainians vote today (25 May) for a leader they hope will save their country from bankruptcy, dismemberment and civil war, but eastern cities were turned into ghost towns where armed separatist fighters kept polling stations shut.

Andriy Deshchytsia
Europe's East 22-05-2014

Ukraine says ‘armed Russians’ cross its border

Ukraine’s foreign ministry has strongly protested attempts to cross the country’s border by armed insurgents from Russia, in what is seen as attempts to disrupt the presidential elections on 25 May, and destabilize the situation in the eastern region of the country.

Europe's East 20-05-2014

Ukraine’s ‘chocolate king’ riding high in election polls

Ukrainians are preparing to vote on Sunday (25 May) to elect a new president in an atmosphere of tension with Russia, as pro-Moscow militias try to scupper the poll in the country’s east. The obvious frontrunner is Petro Poroshenko, a pro-European businessman known as “the chocolate king.”

Europe's East 15-05-2014

Kyiv reaches out to regions, but not to separatists

Ukraine's interim leaders yesterday (14 May) pushed a plan to allow the regions a greater say over their affairs, but the exclusion of separatists from round table talks cast doubt over whether the move could defuse the crisis.

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Europe's East 13-05-2014

Van Rompuy urges Russia to support 25 May elections in Ukraine

Council President Herman Van Rompuy traveled to Ukraine on Monday to discuss how to stabilise the situation in the country before the 25 May presidential election and urged 'all political' actors to back it. Speaking about sanctions against Russia, Van Rompuy said that the EU is 'ready to take further decisions if needed'.

Europe's East 31-03-2014

‘Chocolate king’ runs as favourite in Ukrainian election

Petro Poroshenko, a 48-year-old billionaire known as the 'Chocolate King' is now the front-runner for the 25 May presidential election in Ukraine, which the new leadership hopes will unite a divided country, amid growing pressure from Russia hostile to its political changes.

Europe's East 26-02-2014

Ukraine’s MPs vote to send Yanukovich to The Hague court

Ukraine's parliament voted yesterday (25 February) to send fugitive President Viktor Yanukovich to the International Criminal Court, while his acting successor expressed concern about "signs of separatism" in Russian-speaking Crimea.

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Europe's East 24-02-2014

EU Ashton in Kiev as new government accuses ousted Yanukovich of mass murder

The Ukrainian authorities announced on Monday that ousted president Viktor Yanukovich is wanted on an arrest warrant for mass murder, after Ukrainian police snipers shot anti-government protesters earlier last week.
The Commission has so far declined to comment on the arrest warrant, as EU Foreign Affairs chief Catherine Ashton is in Kiev for discussions with party leaders about financial aid to Ukraine.
The warrant was issued after Russian-backed Yanukovich fled Kiev by helicopter on Friday, in a failed attempt to reach Russia.

EU Elections 2014 24-02-2014

Ukrainian leadership vote called for European election day

Ukraine's interim leadership pledged to put the country back on course for EU integration now that Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovich has been ousted and new elections are called for 25 May, the same day as EU citizens will vote in the European elections. Meanwhile the United States warned Russia against sending in military forces.