About: Ukrainian elections

Europe's East 07-01-2019

Ukraine Orthodox Church obtains independence from Moscow

The spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians worldwide on Sunday (6 January) presented the head of the Ukrainian church with a decree granting it independence from Moscow, a historic split strongly opposed by Russia.
Europe's East 24-07-2018

US-Russia relations beyond Helsinki

For the US, Ukraine is important. For Russia, Ukraine is everything, writes Jacob L. Shapiro for Geopolitical Futures. Jacob L. Shapiro is the Director of Analysis for Geopolitical Futures, a global analysis company founded and led by George Friedman, an...
Europe's East 30-04-2014

Ukraine separatists gain more ground, auguring ‘election nightmare’

Hundreds of pro-Moscow separatists stormed government buildings in one of Ukraine's provincial capitals Tuesday (29 April) and fired on police holed up in a regional headquarters, a major escalation of their revolt, auguring for an “election nightmare” on 25 May, when Ukrainians will elect a new president.
Economy & Jobs 18-10-2013

Ukraine puts creditors’ nerves to the test

Ukraine will have to pay international creditors more than $60 billion (€44 billion) in the next 18 months amid dwindling hard currency reserves and in the context of upcoming presidential elections in March 2015.
Europe's East 03-12-2012

Ukrainian prime minister quits, future uncertain

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov's government on Monday (3 December), without indicating whether he would re-appoint the long-time ally ahead of tough IMF loan talks.
Europe's East 19-11-2012

Ukraine seeks thaw in relations with the EU

Ukraine expects EU foreign ministers, who are meeting in Brussels today (19 November), to unfreeze its EU agenda which has been paralysed since the recent parliamentary elections.
Elections 09-11-2012

Ukrainian PM pleads for pro-EU coalition cabinet

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov expressed concern today (9 November) about the ongoing disputes over the vote count in last month's parliamentary election, calling for the establishment of a “broad coalition based on European values”.
Elections 06-11-2012

Ukrainian opposition demands recount in 13 constituencies

Ukraine's opposition demanded a recount in 13 constituencies yesterday (5 November), stepping up its campaign against the results of last month's parliamentary election which it says was rigged by President Viktor Yanukovich's ruling party. Meanwhile, the police blocked supporters of the opposition at a rally in Kyiv.
Elections 05-11-2012

EU voices concern over Ukrainian vote count

Just days after the parliamentary election in Ukraine, EU officials in Brussels expressed “increased concern” over the vote count, while the opposition denounced a series of falsifications.
Europe's East 31-10-2012

Is the EU losing its eastern neighbourhood?

The parliamentary elections in Ukraine on 28 October seem to illustrate that the EU is loosing its grip on its most important partner in the region, write Guillaume Van der Loo and Peter Van Elsuwege.
Elections 30-10-2012

Observers: Ukrainian election marks ‘a step backwards’

International observers to the parliamentary elections in Ukraine have accused the authorities of “abuse of power” and “excessive role of money” in the campaign, while the EU issued a more carefully worded statement.
Elections 29-10-2012

Elections change Ukrainian political landscape

The next Ukrainian Parliament will consist of five parties, with the ruling Party of the Regions remaining the strongest single force, preliminary results of the election held yesterday (28 October) show. But the country’s future may depend on two big opposition parties forming a coalition. 
Elections 25-10-2012

Ashton, Clinton set standard for Ukrainian election

Ahead of the parliamentary election in Ukraine to be held on Sunday (28 October), EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and US State Secretary Hillary Clinton said that the West will be closely watching that the poll is up to the “high standard” of the presidential election held two years ago.
Elections 23-10-2012

Ukrainian groups warn of ‘unfair’ election practices

Many candidates from Ukraine’s leading parties running in the parliamentary election do not meet democratic criteria and some campaign practices are violating electoral law, civil society organisations said ahead of Sunday’s vote.
Elections 16-10-2012

Opposition parties join forces ahead of Ukrainian election

The “United Opposition” party of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the UDAR party of former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko have each withdrawn candidates in favour of the other's, in what appears to be a pact ahead of parliamentary elections on 28 October.
Elections 09-10-2012

Boxing champ emerges as game-changer in Ukrainian election

The Western-style liberal party of heavyweight boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko has surged in popularity to second place behind President Viktor Yanukovich's party ahead of Ukraine's 28 October parliamentary election, a new survey shows.
Elections 03-10-2012

Media freedom, gay rights at stake in Ukrainian parliament

The Ukrainian parliament yesterday (2 October) scrapped a draft law that would have made defamation a crime punishable by imprisonment, a move the opposition and media had feared was a step towards censorship before the parliamentary elections on 28 October.
Europe's East 28-09-2012

Ukraine told to drop East-West power games, go its own way

Instead of seeking to position itself to the West or to the East, Ukraine should reform and use its huge natural resources and human potential to become a big international player on its own terms, speakers told a conference held in the European Parliament on Wednesday (26 September).
Europe's East 21-09-2012

Ukraine calls on EU to anchor it to the West

Ukraine’s envoy to the European Union pleaded for the EU to sign an Association Agreement to anchor his country to the West if next month’s parliamentary elections are shown to be free and fair.
Europe's East 24-08-2012

Yanukovich blasts EU over ‘interference’

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich hit back at the EU over jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko today (24 August), saying he would not pursue integration at the price of allowing Brussels to interfere in her case. He also said Ukraine might develop closer economic ties with Russia since it is the biggest market for the country.
Elections 02-04-2012

Ukraine opposition leader: Yanukovych is in ‘deadlock’

Ukrainian opposition politician Arsenyi Yatseniuk criticised the country's President Viktor Yanukovych for having fallen in several traps, some of them "self-created". Yatseniuk, who was himself candidate for president in 2010, has created a party, which is in alliance with the political force of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. 
Europe's East 20-01-2010

Poland vows support for Ukraine’s EU bid

Following the smooth and transparent conduct of the first round of presidential elections in Ukraine on 17 January, the Polish authorities stated that no matter who wins, the democratic process shows that Ukraine is well on the road to EU membership.
Central Europe 11-01-2010

Where did Ukraine’s Yushchenko go wrong?

Five years ago, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko was swept to power as the father of the pro-Western 'Orange Revolution' but is now facing defeat as he bids to win a second term in presidential elections due next Sunday. Reuters' Richard Balmforth asks where it all went wrong.
Elections 10-09-2007

Ukraine elections: primaries would bring voters closer to politics

Ukraine should follow the Western example of forming party lists on the basis of preliminary elections in order to make its political parties "more effective and democratic", according to the International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS).