Ukraine

Ukrainian oligarch linked to Zelenskiy suffers blow in London court

Europe's East 16-10-2019

Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy hardly expected to become a protagonist in a possible impeachment of his US colleague Donald Trump. On top of that, his name has now also appeared in the press in relation to a London court case of possible financial malpractice involving billions of dollars. 

Europe's East 15-10-2019

Trump ex-Russia adviser Fiona Hill testifies in impeachment inquiry

Donald Trump’s former Russia adviser testified for more than nine hours on Monday (14 October) behind closed doors, the latest witness summoned in the impeachment inquiry against the US president over his request that Ukraine investigate a political rival.
Europe's East 14-10-2019

Ukraine sees hope for ‘last chance’ peace summit in mid-November

The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany could hold a summit in Paris in mid-November if Kyiv and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine can maintain a ceasefire, Ukraine’s foreign minister said on Monday (14 October), warning of a “last chance” for Moscow.
Europe's East 11-10-2019

Ukraine, Russia resume blame game as peace process hits roadblock

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday accused Russia of delaying a summit aimed at resolving the conflict between Kyiv and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s east, but Moscow said Kiev needed to pull back its troops first.
Europe's East 11-10-2019

Two businessmen who helped investigate Biden in Ukraine arrested in US

A Ukraine- and a Belarus-born businessman who helped President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani investigate political rival Joe Biden were arrested in a scheme to illegally funnel money to a pro-Trump election committee and other US political candidates, prosecutors said on Thursday (10 October).
Europe's East 10-10-2019

Ukraine peace drive hits first bump, but Moscow says ‘Normandy’ summit possible

Ukraine on Wednesday (9 October) refused to pull back troops in its restive east, saying for the second time this week that continued shelling by pro-Russian separatists there precluded the implementation of a disengagement agreement.
Europe's East 07-10-2019

EU divisions over Russia mount as France, Germany seek peace in Ukraine

French and German attempts to end the conflict in east Ukraine risk increasing tensions that were already rising in the European Union over how to handle Russia and which could complicate peace efforts.
Europe's East 07-10-2019

Thousands rally in Kyiv to protest the ‘Steinmeier formula’ for eastern Ukraine

Thousands of people gathered in Kyiv's main square on Sunday (6 October) to protest against President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's deal with Moscow to grant autonomy to Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel-held east as part of efforts to end a five-year conflict there.

Hopko: Russia is killing the Minsk Agreement every day

A summit between Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany is expected to take place within days in an effort to settle the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. But such a summit is pointless, especially when Putin will play his role of 'нас тут нет' (we are not here), says Hanna Hopko.
Global Europe 04-10-2019

Trump publicly asks China to probe Biden, even amid impeachment inquiry

President Donald Trump on Thursday (3 October)  again invited foreign interference in a US presidential election by publicly calling on China to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden, the kind of request that has already triggered an impeachment inquiry in Congress.
Europe's East 03-10-2019

EU Commission hopeful of Russia-Ukraine thaw as many in Kyiv denounce ‘capitulation’

The European Commission commended on Thursday (3 October) a recent diplomatic meeting in the Belarus capital Minsk, which gives hope for an international summit to stop the fighting in Eastern Ukraine. But many in Ukraine see the development as “capitulation”.
Europe's East 03-10-2019

Breakthrough at talks opens way to summit on Ukraine conflict

A breakthrough at talks between Moscow and Kyiv has opened the way to the first international summit in three years being convened on ending fighting in east Ukraine.
Europe's East 26-09-2019

Trump slammed EU over lack of support for Ukraine, Zelenskiy agreed ‘1000%’

In a July telephone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Donald Trump attacked European countries for failing to support Ukraine in its conflict with Russia, a transcript showed Wednesday (25 September).
Europe's East 25-09-2019

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US President Donald Trump risks impeachment (again), this time because of a request he is said to have made to Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Reportedly, Trump pressured the Ukrainian president in a 25 July telephone call (five days after Zelenskiy...
Europe's East 25-09-2019

Trump facing impeachment inquiry over telephone call with Zelenskiy

Democrats in the US House of Representatives plunge into a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Wednesday (25 September), a move that could dramatically change the 2020 presidential race.
Energy 11-09-2019

Brussels unlikely to appeal EU court decision hampering Nord Stream pipelines

The EU executive is unlikely to appeal a decision of the EU General Court in Luxembourg on Tuesday (10 September) to restrict the transit of Russian gas via the Opal pipeline, running on German territory.
Europe's East 09-09-2019

Russia, Ukraine swap prisoners in first sign of thawing relations

Russia and Ukraine swapped dozens of prisoners on Saturday (7 September) in a carefully-negotiated rapprochement that brought Western praise and could thaw a freeze in relations since Moscow's annexation of the Crimea region in 2014.
Europe's East 06-09-2019

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy blamed for the release of key MH17 suspect

A Ukrainian court on Thursday (5 September) released on bail a man suspected of involvement in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine in 2014 that killed 298 people.
Global Europe 02-09-2019

Pence in Warsaw: US still strongly supports Ukraine’s Crimea claim

US Vice President Mike Pence reassured Ukraine on Sunday (1 September) that Washington continues to back its claim for Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, even as US President Donald Trump mulls cutting aid to the European nation.
Energy 02-09-2019

Zelenskiy slams Nord Stream 2 as Ukraine seeks LNG gas from the US

Ukraine's president on Saturday (31 August) slammed the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline set to send Russian gas to Germany as a "threat" to Europe and welcomed moves by Kyiv to tap into US gas supplies.
Europe's East 30-08-2019

Ukraine president picks young lawyer as prime minister

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday (29 August) picked untested 35-year-old lawyer Oleksiy Goncharuk as his prime minister, as a new parliament met for the first time.
Europe's East 29-08-2019

Ukraine’s new and unpredictable parliament set for marathon first session

Ukraine's new parliament will meet for the first time on Thursday (29 August), dominated by the party of ex-comedian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy who has an unprecedented chance to fulfil his political ambition of "breaking the system".
Global Europe 27-08-2019

Macron announces Ukraine peace summit for September

French President Emmanuel Macron announced Monday (26 August) that the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France would hold talks in September aimed at ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Europe's East 07-08-2019

Lithuania wants EU to bar east Ukraine’s Russian passports

Lithuania is working with the European Union to establish a common policy not to recognise Russian passports issued in east Ukraine, currently controlled by Moscow-backed separatists, Vilnius said Tuesday (6 August).
Europe's East 23-07-2019

Ukraine president on course for unprecedented majority after election win

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy looked set on Monday (22 July) to become Ukraine's first leader since the fall of communism to command a single party majority in parliament, in what would be an unprecedented mandate to deliver promised reforms.

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