Ukraine

Europe's East 20-02-2020

Concessions to Russia will cost Europe too much

Europe’s strength lies in its unity and solidarity, but strength does not mean making concessions to an aggressor in a hope that it will become your friend: strength is to make the aggressor hange his behaviour, writes Mykola Tochytskyi. Mykola...
Europe's East 19-02-2020

Risk still there for Ukraine to become frozen conflict – OSCE chief

Despite recent rapprochement between Ukraine and Russia, the full implementation of the Minsk agreements is still "miles away" and there is still a risk that the separatist regions could turn into another "frozen conflict", OSCE Secretary-General, Thomas Greminger, said in an interview with EURACTIV.
Europe's East 15-02-2020

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy wants ‘legitimate’ local elections in Donetsk, Luhansk

Addressing the Munich Security Conference on Saturday (15 February), Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy repeated his plea for Western support, while indicated his openness to hold local elections in the separatist-held regions of Donetsk and Lugansk together with the rest of the country in October.
Europe's East 13-02-2020

Facebook says it dismantles Russian intelligence operation targeting Ukraine

Facebook on Wednesday (12 February) said it had suspended a network of accounts used by Russian military intelligence to seed false narratives online targeting Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe.
Europe's East 13-02-2020

German arrested for illegal military exports to Russia

German prosecutors said Thursday (13 February) they had arrested a businessman on suspicion of exporting millions of euros in machinery to Russia that could be used for military purposes, in violation of EU sanctions.
Europe's East 12-02-2020

Senior appointments in Moscow and Kyiv point to tentative thaw

New senior appointments in Moscow and Kyiv on Tuesday (11 February) pointed towards a tentative thaw in ties, after the Ukrainian president's new chief of staff offered guarded praise for the man put in charge of the Ukraine file in the Kremlin.
Europe's East 06-02-2020

OSCE warns Ukraine over disinformation bill

A new bill aimed at curbing the spread of disinformation in Ukraine could pose a risk to freedom of expression, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe warned on Wednesday (5 February).
Europe's East 03-02-2020

EU needs to expand sanctions to Russian elites who are flying below the radar

Just like the United States has done, the EU must sanction Russians who have become rich by breaking the law or using force in their country, writes Anna Talimonchuk.
Europe's East 31-01-2020

Former ambassador: Ukraine EU membership bid possible within three years

Ukraine's EU integration bid is continuing and the country could apply for membership in 2023, but the new administration has missed opportunities to push forward with NATO rapprochement, Ukraine’s former ambassador to the EU told Promote Ukraine, an NGO representing Ukrainian civil society in Brussels.
Europe's East 31-01-2020

Poroshenko: More tanks in Donbas than in the German Bundeswehr

The former president of Ukraine sat down with EURACTIV warned that without the elusive ceasefire the loss of Ukrainian lives continues.
Europe's East 29-01-2020

In surprise move, Borrell says will visit Ukraine’s disputed region of Donbas

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said on Tuesday (28 January) he intends to visit Ukraine in the coming weeks, including the disputed region of Donbas which is under the control of pro-Russia separatists.

Ukraine’s own Green Deal aims to slash energy imports

Ukraine’s long-term climate plan could significantly cut reliance on energy imports, its energy ministry suggested last week. But a 2050 phase-out date for coal power has provoked disappointment.
Europe's East 20-01-2020

Ukraine PM Honcharuk given one more chance

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy rejected on Friday evening (17 January) the prime minister's resignation letter and told him to stay on and tackle the unpopular issue of high salaries of some public officials and multimillion-dollar bonuses paid to executives at the state gas company.
Europe's East 17-01-2020

A Ukrainian story: leaks, PM resignation, vermicelli and Zelenskiy

The new political season in Ukraine kicked off with audio tapes leaked on Wednesday (15 January), suggesting that the prime minister, finance minister and deputy central bank governor had criticised President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's incompetence in the fields of economy and finance.
Global Europe 17-01-2020

Trump impeachment trial opens as watchdog faults White House on Ukraine

The Senate impeachment trial on whether to remove US President Donald Trump from office formally began on Thursday (16 January) even as a congressional watchdog found that the White House broke the law by withholding security aid for Ukraine approved by Congress.
Europe's East 30-12-2019

Ukraine and Donbas separatists exchange 200 prisoners in controversial swap

Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists in the country's war-torn east exchanged 200 prisoners on Sunday, swapping detained fighters for civilians and servicemen held captive in some cases for years in two breakaway regions.
Europe's East 20-12-2019

Russia, Ukraine agree ‘in principle’ new gas deal, signature expected in Minsk

Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission, after hours-long talks on Thursday, agreed in principle on a new gas deal starting after 1 January 2020, European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič told a briefing. Ukraine is a key transit route for...
Europe's East 19-12-2019

Trump becomes third US President to be impeached

Donald Trump on Wednesday (18 December) became the third US president to be impeached as the House of Representatives formally charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in a historic step that will inflame partisan tensions across a deeply divided America.
Energy 16-12-2019

Ukraine gas transit: What’s at stake

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By building the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream gas pipelines, Russia is seeking to circumvent Ukraine for the transit of billions of cubic meters of gas bound to European countries. EURACTIV looks at the issues Europe faces with gas transit at its border.
Europe's East 11-12-2019

‘Ukraine at its worst’: Is the new president targeting his predecessor?

Ukraine's State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has opened a new pre-trial criminal investigation into former President Petro Poroshenko, in an act seen by many as politically motivated and a symbol of Ukrainian politics at its worst.
Energy 10-12-2019

US readies sanctions against Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream

The US House and Senate agreed on Monday (9 December) a defence bill that would force Donald Trump's administration to impose sanctions on companies involved in the Russian-sponsored gas pipelines Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream.
Europe's East 10-12-2019

Normandy summit upholds ‘Steinmeier formula’ for Eastern Ukraine

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in their first face-to-face meeting, took part in nine hours of talks in Paris on Monday (9 November), brokered by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Europe's East 09-12-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – The year of living dangerously in Ukraine

Ukraine's political scene is probably among the world's most interesting at the moment, not only because of the ongoing attempt to impeach Donald Trump over a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian colleague Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Europe's East 09-12-2019

Don’t cede too much to Putin, Ukrainians tell Zelenskiy ahead of Paris summit

Thousands of people gathered in the center of Kyiv on Sunday (8 December) to send a message to Ukraine’s president, who meets his Russian counterpart on Monday,  that Ukrainians will not accept a peace deal at the cost of the country’s independence and sovereignty.

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