About: Volodymyr Zelenskiy

Europe's East 07-03-2022

Ukraine decries ‘immoral’ stunt after Moscow says it will let civilians flee – to Russia

Russia announced new "humanitarian corridors" on Monday (7 March) to transport Ukrainians trapped under its bombardment - to Russia itself and its ally Belarus, a move immediately denounced by Kyiv as an immoral stunt.
Media 04-03-2022

Russia threatens to block access to Wikipedia

Russia's media watchdog is threatening to block access to online encyclopedia Wikipedia because of its entry on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This is the latest in a series of crackdowns on free media coverage since the war broke out.
Health 03-03-2022

UNICEF launches €400 million appeal to help Ukrainian civilians, children

The UN's Children's Fund UNICEF estimates that it will need €400 million over the next three months to help civilians, especially children, in Ukraine, though its teams continue to face logistical problems delivering aid to the field. EURACTIV France reports.
Europe's East 01-03-2022

Americans, Canadians answer Ukraine call for ‘international legion’

A Texas software developer and a cook in British Columbia are among dozens of Americans and Canadians answering Ukraine's call for foreign volunteers to fight Russia's invasion.
Europe's East 01-03-2022

Ukraine requests EU membership under fast-track procedure

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday (28 February) submitted an official request to allow his country to gain ‘immediate’ membership under a special fast-track procedure as it defends itself from a Russian invasion. “We ask the European Union for Ukraine’s...
Europe's East 28-02-2022

EU breaks ‘taboo’ to finance purchase and delivery of weapons to Ukraine

In a 'watershed moment' for its defence policy, the EU on Sunday (28 February) agreed to unblock some €500 million for members states to buy arms for Ukraine's armed forces, hoping to stop Russia's invasion.
Global Europe 27-02-2022

Ukraine fights on as Russian troops ordered to advance ‘from all directions’

Moscow ordered its troops to advance in Ukraine "from all directions" while the West responded late Saturday (26 February) with sanctions that sought to cripple Russia's banking sector.
Europe's East 25-02-2022

Bulgaria’s Petkov: Zelenskiy may not be alive in the next 48 hours

European Union leaders reeled in shock following the latest video call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who addressed them in a way similar to a final goodbye, according to Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov.
Europe's East 25-02-2022

Ukraine’s president vows to stay put as Russian invaders approach

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy vowed on Friday (25 February) to stay in Kyiv as his troops battled Russian invaders advancing toward the capital in the biggest attack on a European state since World War Two.
Global Europe 23-02-2022

Ukrainian president drafts reservists but rules out general mobilisation for now

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday (22 February) said he was introducing the conscription of reservists for a special period but ruled out a general mobilisation after Russia announced it was moving troops into eastern Ukraine.
Global Europe 21-02-2022

Putin, Biden agree in principle to summit as Ukraine tensions soar

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden have agreed to a summit -- to be held only if Moscow does not invade Ukraine, France announced following a frantic new round of diplomacy to avert an all-out war.
Global Europe 21-02-2022

EU foreign ministers to discuss Russia crisis amid fears of ‘false-flag’ operations

EU foreign ministers meet with their Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in Brussels on Monday (21 February) amid growing fears that Russia could take a 'false flag' provocation as an excuse to take military action against Ukraine.
Global Europe 16-02-2022

Ukraine marks ‘Day of Unity’ as US warns Russia may yet attack

A defiant Ukrainian leader urged citizens to celebrate a "Day of Unity" on Wednesday (16 February), as Washington warned once again that Russia remains poised to launch a devastating assault.
Global Europe 10-02-2022

Hopes rise as efforts intensify to defuse Ukraine tensions

Hopes rose that efforts to stop Russia from invading Ukraine may be starting to pay off, with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz joining Kyiv and Moscow in a chorus of voices assessing that diplomatic bids to defuse the crisis could work.
Europe's East 30-01-2022

Dispatches from the Donbas: What’s next in Ukraine’s ‘forever war’?

After eight years of war in its east, Ukraine is torn between preparations and its officials trying to keep calm over the Russian invasion threat. Here’s how the country braces for what could come.
Global Europe 21-01-2022

Russia, Ukraine warm to Turkey helping ease tensions

Both Russia and Ukraine are open to the idea of Turkey playing a role to ease tensions between the two countries, as proposed by Ankara in November, Turkish diplomatic sources said on Thursday (20 January).
Global Europe 19-01-2022

‘We want peace’: Blinken to meet Russian, Ukrainian officials, US says

US President Joe Biden's top diplomat will seek to defuse a crisis with Moscow over Ukraine when he meets the Russian foreign minister in Geneva this week following visits with Ukrainian leaders in Kyiv and European officials in Berlin.
Europe's East 17-01-2022

Former Ukrainian president lands in Kyiv to face treason case

Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko landed in Kyiv on Monday (17 January) to face treason charges in a case he says was trumped up by allies of his successor, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Global Europe 12-01-2022

Ukraine ready to take decisions to end war at new ‘Normandy’ summit

Ukraine is ready to take the necessary decisions to end the war in its eastern Donbass region at a new summit of the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday (11 January).
Europe's East 06-01-2022

Ukrainian court freezes property of ex-president Poroshenko

Ukraine's court froze property owned by former President Petro Poroshenko as part of a formal investigation into alleged high treason by the former head of state, the Prosecutor General's office said on Thursday (6 January).
Global Europe 03-01-2022

Biden tells Ukraine that US will ‘respond decisively’ if Russia further invades

US President Joe Biden on Sunday (2 January) told Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy the United States and its allies will "respond decisively" if Russia further invades Ukraine, the White House said in a statement.
Europe's East 17-12-2021

EU leaders warn Russia of ‘massive consequences’ in case of aggression against Ukraine

EU leaders on Thursday (16 December) agreed to coordinate with allies over potential sanctions against Russia in the event of further military aggression on Ukraine. The problem remains to define what level of escalation would trigger what sort of response.
Europe's East 16-12-2021

Ukraine diplomacy looms large as EU leaders meet Eastern Partnership counterparts

As tensions between Ukraine and Russia are at their highest in years, EU leaders and their Eastern Partnership counterparts met on Wednesday (15 December) for a summit aimed to reaffirm the strategic importance of the region. The EU summit with...
Europe's East 15-12-2021

EU tries to salvage Eastern Partnership ties under Russian threat

EU leaders will try to rescue their outreach to five former Soviet republics of eastern Europe on Wednesday (15 December), all of them would-be partners undermined by Russian meddling and regional strife.