Ukraine

Europe's East 03-11-2020

Back me or put IMF loans at risk, Ukraine’s president warns

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned on Monday (2 November) that foreign aid loans and a visa-free deal with the European Union were under threat if parliament did not restore anti-corruption reforms, saying the country could slide into "bloody chaos".
Europe's East 29-10-2020

Ukraine launches ‘Crimean Platform’, Russia also invited

In an exclusive interview, Emine Dzhaparova, Ukraine's first deputy minister of foreign affairs, told EURACTIV about her country’s new initiative to keep the international community attention's focused on the occupation of Crimea by Russia.
Europe's East 28-10-2020

Ukrainian president plays down impact of court rulings after IMF loan delays

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday (27 October) promised to keep Ukraine's fight against corruption on track after two separate rulings by the constitutional court threatened to derail reforms needed under a $5 billion International Monetary Fund deal.
Europe's East 27-10-2020

Observers criticise Ukraine’s Zelenskiy for blurring elections with cannabis poll

International observers said Monday (26 October) that local elections in Ukraine were "well-organised and transparent", but criticised a survey organised near polling stations at the initiative of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Global Europe 22-10-2020

Ukraine is a valuable ally in defeating Russian disinformation

Ukraine, the laboratory of Russia’s disinformation techniques, wants to work closely with the EU and NATO to defeat disinformation together, writes Andriy Yermak.
Europe's East 07-10-2020

EU, Ukraine hold live summit in Brussels to discuss trade ties, reforms and security

During the first live summit with international partners in Brussels following the outbreak of the pandemic on the continent, the EU and Ukraine leaders met on Tueasday (6 October) to take stock of cooperation amid what critics say is a...
Europe's East 25-09-2020

Ukraine conference flops after controversial judge prompts EU no show

EU policymakers and civil servants cancelled their participation in an online conference dedicated to Ukraine when they learned the day before that a controversial high-ranking judge would sit on the Kyiv panel, EURACTIV has learned.
Europe's East 24-09-2020

Borrell: ‘EU not charity or cash machine,’ Ukraine should continue reforms

EU’s support for Ukraine will continue, but it “is also linked to the urgent need to enhance the rule of law and develop the fight against corruption,” the EU’s top diplomat wrote on Wednesday (23 September) amid growing concerns of...
Europe's East 17-09-2020

Ukraine top court deals another blow to anti-corruption bureau

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine struck down several provisions of the law on the Western-backed National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) in the latest blow to the country’s anti-graft drive. Among the parts of the law the court scrapped are...
Europe's East 17-08-2020

Ukraine: torched journalist car, wiretapping raise press freedom concerns

A car used by the team of an investigative journalist whose reports had raised the hackles of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was burned near Kyiv, following allegations of wiretapping of the journalist's home.
Europe's East 07-08-2020

Zelenskiy’s oligarch friend accused by US of stealing, laundering billions

The Justice Department of the United States accused on Tuesday (6 August) Ihor Kolomoysky, an oligarch considered close to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, of stealing billions from a bank he owned, and of laundering this money over the world.
Europe's East 07-08-2020

Ukraine expects to swap 100 prisoners with Russian-backed separatists

Ukraine expects to exchange around 100 prisoners on each side with Russian-backed separatists within weeks, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's chief of staff told Reuters on Thursday (6 August) on a visit to eastern Ukraine.
Energy 04-08-2020

Ukraine says no plans to resume gas purchases from Russia

Ukraine's state energy firm Naftogaz said it would not resume buying natural gas from Russia, suspended since late 2015, until Moscow offered it competitive prices and conditions.
Europe's East 23-07-2020

Ukraine reassures EU as Brussels and Kyiv sign loan package

The European Commission's economy boss, Valdis Dombrovskis, and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal signed on Thursday (23 July) a large loan package supposed to stabilise the ex-Soviet country's ailing finances amid international concern that its leadership is backtracking on reforms.
Europe's East 23-07-2020

Ukraine’s government and pro-Russian separatists agree ceasefire deal

Ukrainian, Russian and negotiators from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) reached an agreement on Wednesday (22 July) for a full ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine from 27 July.
Europe's East 14-07-2020

‘Normandy format’ talks on Ukraine to be EU presidency priority, says Germany’s Maas

Engaging with Ukraine and Russia will be a priority for Germany during its presidency of the EU Council, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told a meeting of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) while presenting Berlin's EU Council presidency priorities on Monday (13 July).
Europe's East 09-07-2020

Ukraine: Poroshenko cases unfold into a ‘tik-tok’ war

A Kyiv district court has decided not to order pre-trial restrictive measures against former President Petro Poroshenko, and the country's prosecutor general accused his defence team of attempting to stall the process by questioning "absolutely everything".
Europe's East 03-07-2020

MEPs alarmed by ‘politically motivated persecution’ in Ukraine

"We are alarmed by continuous attempts to misuse the Ukrainian justice system for politically motivated persecution of political opponents," said lawmakers from the informal Friends of European Ukraine group in a statement on Friday (3 July).
Europe's East 02-07-2020

Ukraine central bank governor’s resignation could jeopardise EU loan, Commission says

The EU's €1.2 billion macro-financial assistance (MFA) programme for Ukraine "could be jeopardised" should the International Monetary Fund (IMF) consider its programme with  Kyiv "off-track" because of the recent resignation of the country's central bank governor, a Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.
Europe's East 02-07-2020

Ukraine’s central bank governor resigns, citing ‘systematic political pressure’

Ukraine's central bank governor handed in his resignation on Wednesday (1 July) prompting worried responses from Western partners and casting a shadow on the country's new IMF loan program.
Eastern Europe 01-07-2020

French MEPs visit Crimea illegally to observe Russia’s constitutional vote

Ukraine's ambassador to the EU has written to European Parliament President David Sassoli to condemn a move by a group of French MEPs who are visiting the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014.
Europe's East 26-06-2020

Poroshenko called in for questioning ahead of court date

Ukraine's former president, Petro Poroshenko, will be questioned by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) on Tuesday (30 June) ahead of his court hearing the next day.
Europe's East 24-06-2020

Ukraine’s success is the best deterrent against the Russian revanche

There is no better strategy for the West in dealing with Russia than strength and unity, and there should be no appeasement and no return to “business as usual”, writes Kostiantyn Yelisieiev.
Europe's East 18-06-2020

It is time for the EU to build security partnerships with its neighbours

As the EU is discussing the way to develop the Eastern Partnership policy for the decade ahead, it is time for the EU to finally become more ambitious about the security dimension of this partnership, three former Eastern Partnership foreign...
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