Ukraine

Global Europe 12-06-2018

Germany, France voice cautious hope on reviving Ukraine peace process

Germany and France voiced cautious optimism Monday that Russia and Ukraine will take steps to revive the long-stalled peace process in the smouldering Ukraine war that has claimed 10,000 lives.
Europe's East 08-06-2018

Ukraine approves anti-corruption court, but sacks reformist finance minister

Ukrainian lawmakers yesterday (7 June) approved key legislation to create a long-awaited anti-corruption court while also voting to dismiss the country's finance minister, a respected reformer backed by the West.
Global Europe 07-06-2018

UN seeks ‘immediate’ heavy arms pullout in Eastern Ukraine

The UN Security Council condemned yesterday (6 June) "continuous violations of the ceasefire" in Ukraine's east and called for an immediate withdrawal of heavy weapons.
Global Europe 06-06-2018

In Austria, Putin calls for lifting sanctions, Kurz sticks by EU position

Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday (5 June) the European Union should end damaging sanctions against Moscow imposed over the Ukraine crisis and its annexation of Crimea.
Global Europe 25-05-2018

Pressure builds on Russia under MH17 investigation

Dutch prosecutors identified a Russian military unit on Thursday (24 May) as the source of the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 people on board.
Global Europe 24-05-2018

Macron and Putin: ‘Frenemies’ reunited

With relations between the West and Russia at historic lows, French President Emmanuel Macron travels to St Petersburg Thursday to seek common ground with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Global Europe 18-05-2018

Poland pushes for UN mission at Ukraine-Russia border

Poland's president on Thursday (17 May) asked the UN Security Council to deploy a UN peacekeeping force to Ukraine throughout a zone of conflict that Western powers accuse Russia of fomenting.
Azerbaijan 17-05-2018

MEP Nicolai: European Parliament is sometimes arrogant with EU’s neighbours

The EU has already failed in the Mediterranean and is hardly a relevant player there. Now it risks being isolated if it repeats the same mistake with its Eastern neighbours, Norica Nicolai, the European Parliament Rapporteur on the EU-Azerbaijan Comprehensive Agreement, told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 16-05-2018

Putin opens new bridge to Crimea, provoking Ukraine, Western ire

President Vladimir Putin drew condemnation from the US, Europe and Ukraine on Tuesday (15 May) after he opened a new bridge linking mainland Russia and Moscow-annexed Crimea by driving a truck across it to the peninsula.
Armenia 08-05-2018

Armenia’s peaceful revolution yields new leader

Armenia’s parliament voted in favour of a new prime minister on Tuesday (8 May) as the romantically dubbed ‘love and solidarity revolution’ peacefully put the Caucasus republic’s opposition party in power.
Europe's East 10-04-2018

EU-backed programme promotes decentralisation of politics in Ukraine

After centuries of being dependent on a central power, the villages of Ukraine are starting to feel the benefits of self-governance thanks to a European Union-backed program called U-LEAD, which has already tripled rural resources and boosted sleepy economies. EURACTIV's media partner efe-epa reports.
Europe's East 10-04-2018

Merkel: No Nord Stream 2 without guarantee for Ukraine’s gas transit role

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today (10 April) that plans for a controversial second underwater pipeline to bring gas from Russia could not go forward without Ukrainian involvement in overland transit.
Europe's East 09-04-2018

Parliament members visit Ukraine, insist that government cuts corruption

A European Parliament delegation visited Ukraine last week and pinpointed an urgent need for the country to tackle corruption and make significant headway towards democratisation. EURACTIV's media partner efe-epa reports.
Europe's East 21-03-2018

Ukraine says DCFTAs outdated, need deep review

One of the key messages from the EURACTIV debate on the Eastern Partnership – “Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the EU: The Road to 2020” held on March 20 in Brussels was that the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements with these countries need a revamp.
Global Europe 13-03-2018

Mogherini urges Gazprom to resume Ukraine gas flows

The European Union yesterday (12 March) called on Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom to fulfil its contractual obligations and resume shipments to Ukraine.
Energy 05-03-2018

Russia tells EU gas supplies via Ukraine under no immediate threat

Russia's Energy Ministry said on Saturday (3 March) that gas giant Gazprom's intention to terminate contracts with Ukraine poses no immediate threat to natural gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine.
Energy 02-03-2018

Snow-hit Ukraine faces gas squeeze as Gazprom holds back supplies

New tensions between Moscow and Kyiv flared yesterday (1 March) after Russia's Gazprom said it will not restart gas supplies to Ukraine and Naftogaz accused its counterpart of violating contractual agreements.
Europe's East 28-02-2018

Hungary summons Ukraine envoy over building attack

Hungary said yesterday (27 February) it had summoned Kyiv's envoy to warn against rising "extremism" after an ethnic-Hungarian cultural building in western Ukraine was attacked for the second time in a month.
Europe's East 15-02-2018

In the Netherlands, Saakashvili vows to ‘continue fight’

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili vowed yesterday (14 February) to press on with his fight, as the stateless politician arrived in the Netherlands to join his family after being expelled from Ukraine.
Economy & Jobs 01-02-2018

Czech government raises quota for fast-lane work permits for Ukrainians

The Czech government agreed yesterday (31 January) to double the number of Ukrainians it was allowing in as fast-track migrant workers to 19,600 per year, aiming to help firms struggling to find workers and facing pressure from the workforce for wage hikes.
Europe's East 25-01-2018

Ukraine flags scandalous pro-Russian reporting by Euronews

Ukraine's Ambassador to the EU has sent letters to the European Commission expressing shock about a "positive" Euronews feature that showed a Russian army initiative that trains children in Crimea how to defuse landmines.
Europe's East 22-01-2018

Hungary blocks Ukraine-NATO defence ministers summit

Hungary will not facilitate the holding of a Ukraine-NATO summit at defence minister level, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Friday (19 January) after a meeting with Vasyl Brenzovych, the head of the Society of Hungarian culture in Zakarpattia (a region in southwestern Ukraine), according to Radio Liberty.
Politics 19-01-2018

Kazakhstan likely to host future Ukraine talks

One of the major highlights of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarayev's visit to the US was an exchange of remarks with Donald Trump that suggested the Minsk talks on Ukraine may be moved to the Kazakh capital, Astana.
Europe's East 19-01-2018

Ukraine recognises war as ‘temporary Russian occupation’

Ukraine's parliament yesterday (18 January) formally recognised its eastern war as a "temporary Russian occupation" in a vote that an outraged Moscow said was preparation for a new wave in the conflict.