Ukraine

Central Europe 05-12-2019

Did Hungary turn to the Russian Duma for support against Ukraine?

Hungary has a deep controversy with Hungary over minority rights. In this context, a heated controversy has unfolded over reports that Budapest asked the Duma, the lower chamber of Russia's parliament, for joint efforts to uphold minority rights in Ukraine.
Europe's East 04-12-2019

Ukraine: Pro-western opposition sets ‘red lines’ ahead of ‘Normandy’ summit

Three Ukrainian opposition factions have proposed their red lines, including the return of Crimea to Ukraine's full control, ahead of a four-way Normandy summit to be held on in Paris on Monday (9 November).
Europe's East 03-12-2019

Zelenskiy offers curtain-raiser ahead of ‘Normandy summit’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy met with representatives of foreign media ahead of the 9 December summit in Paris, which will return to the effort of finding a solution to the crisis in Eastern Ukraine after a long break.
Europe's East 03-12-2019

Unsurprisingly, Russia refuses Dutch request to hand over MH17 suspect

Russia has refused a Dutch request to hand over a suspect in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, in violation of European law, prosecutors said on Monday (2 December). Until recently the suspect was in Ukrainian custody, but was sent to Russia in a prisoner swap.
Europe's East 26-11-2019

Putin, Zelenskiy discuss natural gas in phone talk

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy have discussed natural gas supplies to Ukraine and gas transit via the country further into Europe, the Kremlin said in a statement on Monday (25 November).
Europe's East 22-11-2019

New EPP chief Tusk voices concern over ‘politically motivated prosecutions’ in Ukraine

Politically motivated prosecutions are a matter of concern in Europe, said Donald Tusk, the outgoing EU Council president, as he was elected leader of Europe’s centre-right political family.
Europe's East 21-11-2019

Future of Eastern Partnership: EPP backs trio plan, Commission cautious

The European People's Party (EPP) has presented a proposal to enable faster and deeper sectoral integration with the EU for the three countries within the Eastern Partnership (EaP) -- Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova -- that are looking for a more ambitious integration with the bloc.
Global Europe 20-11-2019

‘Couldn’t believe what I was hearing’: White House aides testify in impeachment probe

Senior US officials told impeachment investigators in Congress on Tuesday (19 November) they were concerned by President Donald Trump’s effort to get Ukraine to investigate a political rival, with one White House official calling it a “shock.”
Europe's East 20-11-2019

Ukraine to change law on bank insolvency in bid for IMF loans

Ukraine is finalising changes to legislation on bank insolvency in consultation with the International Monetary Fund as part of efforts by Kyiv to secure a new loan programme, a senior state official told Reuters.
Europe's East 19-11-2019

Large scale corruption undermines EU’s Eastern Partnership, official says

When billions of dollars disappear from banks in Ukraine and Moldova, and justice isn't done in spite of European funds supporting judicial reforms in these countries, trust in the EU is inevitably eroded, said a high EU official.
Defence policy 18-11-2019

Russia’s EU ambassador: The fall of the Berlin Wall was ‘a victory of common sense’

In a wide-ranging interview, Russia’s Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov spoke about gas transit talks with Ukraine, NATO and EU enlargement, nuclear arms control, Russia’s sales of the S-400 anti-aircraft system, the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and Brexit.
Europe's East 18-11-2019

Zelenskiy’s aide met Trump ally in Kyiv

Trump's former campaign adviser and lobbyist ally Bryan Lanza met with Ukraine's President  Volodymyr Zelenskiy aide Andriy Yermak at a restaurant on Wednesday (30 November), Ukrainian media have reported.
Europe's East 18-11-2019

Russia returns captured ships to Ukraine, paving road to ‘Normandy’ summit

Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kyiv, Crimea's border guard service was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday (17 November).
Europe's East 15-11-2019

Top Putin aide named by MH17 airliner investigators

An international investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Thursday (14 November) released a series of phone intercepts, including one between a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin and pro-Russian rebels accused in the crash.
Global Europe 15-11-2019

Pelosi says Trump has admitted to bribery as impeachment probe intensifies

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday (14 November) President Donald Trump already has admitted to bribery in the Ukraine scandal at the heart of a Democratic-led inquiry, accusing him of an impeachable offense under the US Constitution.
Global Europe 14-11-2019

Trump impeachment hearings focus on Ukraine pressure campaign

The top US diplomat in Ukraine, testifying on Wednesday (13 November)  in the first televised hearing of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, linked him more directly to a pressure campaign on Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit...
Europe's East 13-11-2019

Zelenskiy orders law regulating Ukraine’s media, causing uproar

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has ordered officials to swiftly draft a bill regulating media activity in Ukraine, in an effort to increase media accountability and prohibit Russian ownership and financing of news outlets.
Europe's East 12-11-2019

Fake attack on TV studio flags erosion of media freedom in Ukraine

Many viewers in Ukraine were taken in by what looked like an anti-terrorist forces swoop on a TV studio during a live show on Thursday (7 November). It now appears that journalists had staged the fake attack to flag the authorities’ pressure on their work.
Europe's East 08-11-2019

Donbas foes to pull back troops ahead of Normandy-type summit

Ukraine's army and Kremlin-backed separatists are set Friday (8 November) to complete the last phase of a troop pullback in the war-torn east in a key step towards a high-stakes summit with Russia.
Global Europe 06-11-2019

US ambassador to EU admits ‘insidious’ pressure on Kyiv to investigate the Bidens

US diplomat Gordon Sondland told a Ukrainian official his country would likely not get nearly $400 million in security aid unless they pursued investigations demanded by President Donald Trump, revising earlier testimony to the Trump impeachment inquiry.
Energy 05-11-2019

Ukraine ready in case transit of Russian gas stops

Ukraine is ready for the gas transportation being stopped on the Ukrainian territory in case a new gas transit contract with Moscow is not negotiated, Ukraine's Energy Minister Oleksiy Orzhel announced on Monday (4 November). The current gas contract expires on 31 December.
Europe's East 04-11-2019

Donbas foes fail to pull back troops in new push

Ukrainian soldiers and Moscow-backed separatists on Monday (4 November) failed to begin the last phase of a troop pullback in the war-torn eastern Ukraine, delaying a high-stakes summit with Russia.
Europe's East 31-10-2019

If Ukraine wants more Europe, corruption must end

When the recent phone call between US President Trump and Ukraine’s President Zelensky went viral, it made headlines for several reasons, none of them good, writes Alexandr Vondra and explains what Ukraine should do to tackle crime and corruption.

Hungary blocks NATO statement on Ukraine over minority rights row

Hours before a Russian state visit to Budapest on Wednesday (30 October), Hungary vetoed a joint NATO statement about Ukraine because it did not mention the “deprivation of rights” of the Hungarian minority in the neighbouring country's Transcarpathia region.

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