Ukraine

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...
Europe's East 27-05-2020

Ukraine is getting itself into US election troubles

Ukraine is losing friends: among other mistakes, by playing internal politics, the country’s President has taken sides in the US elections, which may be disastrous for the country in the future, writes Pavlo Fedykovych.
Europe's East 22-05-2020

Former Ukrainian president in another round of questioning amid ‘geopolitical’ leaks

Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, now a lawmaker, has been called in for "urgent questioning" by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) in a case involving the smuggling of 43 valuable paintings out of Ukraine, the state's investigation service agency said on Friday (22 May).
Europe's East 13-05-2020

Ukraine passes long-awaited banking law, clearing way for financial aid

Ukraine passed on Wednesday (13 May) a banking law that prevents the return of insolvent banks to previous owners, removing the last obstacle for getting aid from the EU and the International Monetary Fund, Interfax Ukraine reported.
Europe's East 30-04-2020

Ukrainian businessmen demand easing of lockdown and government support

Several hundred businessmen, many of them wearing protective face masks, called for an easing of Ukraine's coronavirus lockdown in a protest near the government building on Wednesday (29 April).
Europe's East 28-04-2020

EU should consider ‘flexible’ Russia sanctions over Ukraine: report

The EU should reconsider its 'all or nothing' approach on sanctions imposed on Russia for its role in the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as its annexation of Crimea, a new report from the International Crisis Group suggests.
Europe's East 17-04-2020

COVID-19 as an excuse for lifting sanctions on Russia?

There has been an increased number of calls for rolling back the EU sanctions against Russia in order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, but this idea is dangerous, argues Inna Sovsun.
Armenia 16-04-2020

COVID-19: Updates from the EU’s eastern neighbours

As EU countries begin mulling exit strategies, EURACTIV takes a look at the COVID-19 situation in EU's Eastern neighbourhood, including the spread of the virus and a short overview of containment measures.
Europe's East 31-03-2020

Ukraine opens up land market in bid for $8 bln IMF package

Ukrainian lawmakers voted on Tuesday (31 March) to lift a ban on the sale of farmland that has stood for nearly two decades, clearing one of the hurdles needed to unlock an $8 billion loan package from the International Monetary Fund.
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