Ukraine

Europe's East 12-10-2021

EU leaders pledge gas supply support to Ukraine

Against the backdrop of Europe's natural gas crisis and ongoing energy security fears, EU leaders pledged more support to Ukraine during a joint summit with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday (12 October).
Global Europe 08-10-2021

Putin says Ukraine gas pipeline system can ‘burst’ at any time

In the context of skyrocketing gas prices and calls for Russia to supply more gas to the EU, Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to exclude Ukraine as a transit country for such additional supplies. However, he said Russia would fully comply with its present contractual obligations for the transit of gas through Ukraine to Europe.
Global Europe 08-10-2021

Nord Stream 2: Security and climate wrecking ball

Nord Stream 2 is a wrecking ball hurling towards Europe at an ever accelerating pace, it promises to improve the stability of gas supplies but will undermine it instead, writes Mykhailo Gonchar.
Global Europe 06-10-2021

Germany seeks competition assurances over Nord Stream 2

Germany's energy regulator said the Nord Stream 2 pipeline must show it would not break competition rules by limiting which suppliers used it and could face a fine if it started pumping Russian gas to Germany without securing necessary approvals.
Europe's East 05-10-2021

Nord Stream 2 operator begins filling controversial pipeline

The operator of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany -- criticised by some Western countries as a geopolitical weapon -- said on Monday (4 October) it had begun filling the pipeline with gas.
Europe's East 04-10-2021

EU might consider military training mission for Ukraine

The EU is considering a training mission for Ukrainian officers due to the “ongoing military activities” of Russia as relations between Kyiv and Moscow remain tense. An EU working document, first cited by Germany’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday...
Europe's East 29-09-2021

Ukraine’s potential to supply the EU with hydrogen

Recent developments point at the important role Ukraine can play in the long term: that of a major supplier for the EU of environmentally friendly energy – particularly hydrogen, writes Dr Frank Umbach.
Europe's East 28-09-2021

Georgia threatens to arrest exiled ex-president Saakashvili

Georgia vowed Tuesday (28 September) to arrest exiled former president and opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili if he returns for upcoming local elections, seen as a key test for the increasingly unpopular ruling party.
Europe's East 23-09-2021

Ukrainian lawmakers pass law on oligarchs after assassination attempt

Ukraine's parliament passed a law to order "oligarchs" to register and stay out of politics, a day after an attempt to kill a top aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which officials said could have been a response to the reform.
Europe's East 17-09-2021

Ryanair eyes aggressive expansion in Ukraine, banks on migrant workers

Ryanair is planning aggressive expansion in Ukraine if the country joins the European Union's Open Skies deregulated aviation market in the coming months, Group Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said on Thursday (16 September).
Europe's East 13-09-2021

The Brief, powered by EPRA – The Crimea question

The “countdown for the de-occupation” is running, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said at the first Crimea Platform summit last month, where 46 summit participants, including 14 national leaders, stressed the possibilities for Ukraine to regain full control of the peninsula.
Europe's East 10-09-2021

Ukrainian president says war with Russia a worst-case possibility

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday (10 September) that all-out war with neighbouring Russia was a possibility, and that he wanted to have a substantive meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Global Europe 09-09-2021

Chizhov: Russia is well-placed to play a constructive role in Afghanistan

In a wide-ranging interview, the Russian ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov discussed Afghanistan, the ‘Crimea Platform’, carbon border tax, COVID and vaccines, and the new political season.
Europe's East 09-09-2021

Crimea features high in recent EU-Russia communication

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (8 September) told European Council President Charles Michel that the EU was continuing to discriminate against residents of Crimea, the Kremlin said in a readout of a phone call between Putin and Michel.
Europe's East 24-08-2021

Zelenskiy stresses closer NATO, EU ties as Ukraine marks 30 years of independence

Ukraine celebrated 30 years of independence on Tuesday (24 August) with a military parade and massive festivities in its capital Kyiv, vowing to reclaim territories annexed by Russia, in order to join NATO and the EU and escape Moscow's stranglehold.
Europe's East 23-08-2021

Ukraine vows to bring Crimea back as international leaders affirm support in Kyiv

An international summit initiated by Ukraine reaffirmed on Monday (23 August) international commitments to de-occupy Crimea, seven and a half years after Russian troops occupied the strategic Black Sea peninsula.
Europe's East 23-08-2021

Merkel says Nord Stream 2 should not be used as ‘geopolitical weapon’, Zelenskiy unconvinced

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday (22 August) called for an agreement to extend Russian gas transit through Ukraine, in an attempt to reassure Kyiv over the nearly completed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which will carry gas to Europe while bypassing the country.
Global Europe 20-08-2021

Senior Russian security official questions US commitment to Ukraine after Afghan exit

One of the most senior Russian security officials questioned Washington's commitment to Ukraine in light of its rushed exit from Afghanistan, forecasting on Thursday (19 August) that it would one day abandon its Ukrainian allies in a similarly abrupt fashion.
Europe's East 04-08-2021

Ukrainian president orders review of protection measures for Belarusians after activist’s death

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday ordered a review of the risks to Belarusians in Ukraine following the death of an activist.
Europe's East 03-08-2021

Ukraine vows to probe case of hanged Belarusian activist

Ukraine will do its best to investigate the death of Belarusian activist Vitaly Shishov who was found hanged in a Kyiv park, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Tuesday.
Europe's East 22-07-2021

Russia takes Ukraine to European court over MH17 plane crash

Russia said Thursday (22 July) it had filed a complaint against Ukraine with the European Court of Human Rights, blaming Kyiv for the 2014 crash of a Malaysian airliner and civilian deaths in Russia and Ukraine.
Eastern Europe 20-07-2021

Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova seek acceptance of their EU membership perspective

A summit between Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova in the Georgian Black Sea city of Batumi culminated on Monday (19 July) with the signature of a declaration calling for the EU to acknowledge the perspective of these countries to become full EU members one day. EURACTIV reports from Batumi.
Eastern Europe 19-07-2021

Charles Michel heralds more EU involvement in the South Caucasus

European Council President Charles Michel will attend a regional summit in the Georgian Black Sea city of Batumi on Monday (19 July), after a weekend visit of Armenia and Azerbaijan, in what appears as an attempt to keep the region closer to the EU. EURACTIV reports from Batumi.
Eastern Europe 24-06-2021

Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine: A higher EU ambition

The foreign ministers of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine are together in Brussels on Thursday (24 June) for their first joint visit to the EU since the three countries formalised the format of ‘Associated Trio’ last May. This exclusive opinion by David Zalkaliani, Aureliu Ciocoim and Dmytro Kuleba highlights their countries’ higher EU ambition.