About: Volodymyr Zelenskiy

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.
Global Europe 22-11-2019

Trump’s impeachment case ‘far more serious’ than Nixon’s Watergate

Donald Trump's conduct with Ukraine was far worse than the behavior that led to Richard Nixon's downfall, the head of the congressional impeachment probe said Thursday (21 November) as he summed up the case for the US president's removal.
Global Europe 21-11-2019

Sondland implicates Trump in explosive impeachment testimony

The ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland directly implicated President Donald Trump Wednesday (20 November) in a scheme to force Ukraine to probe a political rival, in bombshell testimony to a televised impeachment hearing.
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.
Global Europe 19-11-2019

Trump under pressure in 2nd week of impeachment hearings

President Donald Trump faces more potentially damning testimony in the Ukraine scandal as a critical week of public impeachment hearings opens Tuesday (19 November) in the House of Representatives.
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).
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 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 07-11-2019

Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to EU, in impeachment hot seat

Like many others before him, Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, was appointed to a plum diplomatic post by a grateful president.
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.
Global Europe 05-11-2019

First impeachment transcripts go public, Trump denounces ‘Democrat hoax’

Witness transcripts in the impeachment probe into Donald Trump were made public for the first time Monday (4 November), with the former US ambassador to Kyiv telling investigators she felt threatened by the president in his call to Ukraine's leader.
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.
Global Europe 01-11-2019

Trump impeachment effort passes first test in divided US Congress

A deeply divided US House of Representatives took a major step on Thursday (31 October) in the effort to impeach President Donald Trump when lawmakers approved rules for the next, more public, stage in the Democratic-led inquiry into Trump’s attempt...
Europe's East 30-10-2019

New impeachment witness rocks White House

A decorated Iraq War veteran rocked the White House Tuesday (29 October) with devastating testimony on Donald Trump's alleged extortion of Ukraine as Democrats laid out plans for the public phase of the impeachment inquiry threatening his presidency.
Global Europe 29-10-2019

White House official saw pressure on Ukraine as national security risk

A White House official plans to tell Congress Tuesday (29 October) that he witnessed efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate President Donald Trump's rival Joe Biden, and that he reported it as a national security risk.

Poroshenko calls on Zelenskyi to knock on NATO’s door

Ukraine's former pro-Western President Petro Poroshenko challenged his successor on Friday (25 October) to request the country’s accession to NATO's  Membership Action Plan, considered as the antechamber to the military alliance.
Europe's East 25-10-2019

Impeachment horror plunges US into early Halloween

The calendar says Halloween is still a week away, but impeachment is delivering the horror show early to Washington.
Europe's East 24-10-2019

Zelenskiy embarrassed by corruption scandal

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged on Wednesday (23 October) members of parliament's Finance Committee, including from his own party, to take a polygraph test in the wake of bribery allegations.

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