About: Volodymyr Zelenskiy

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.
Global Europe 26-11-2021

Ukraine president says coup plot thwarted involving Russians; Kremlin denies role

Ukraine has uncovered a plot for an attempted coup with the involvement of Russians, due to have taken place next week, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday (26 November) at a press conference.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Europe's East 14-06-2021

Ukraine’s president thanks G7 nations for support

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, thanked the G7 group of wealthy industrial nations on Sunday (13 June) after it voiced support for Kyiv and called on Russia to withdraw troops and weapons from near Ukraine’s eastern border.

Ukraine condemns lack of progress towards NATO membership

Ukrainian authorities on Wednesday (26 May) condemned NATO reluctance to speed up Kyiv's membership in the alliance following tensions with Moscow over a buildup of Russian troops along the ex-Soviet country's borders.
Europe's East 18-05-2021

Kyiv mayor says state security agents came to his doorstep

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Tuesday (18 May) that Ukrainian state security agents had come to his apartment in what he denounced as an attempt by his rival, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to put pressure on him.
Global Europe 12-05-2021

Ukraine advances treason case against Kremlin ally

The Ukrainian authorities put Viktor Medvedchuk, the Kremlin's most prominent ally in Ukraine, under formal suspicion for high treason on Tuesday (11 May) as part of a crackdown on his circle that has fuelled tensions between Kyiv and Moscow.
Global Europe 10-05-2021

Putin on WWII Victory Day vows to ‘firmly’ defend Russian interests

President Vladimir Putin on Sunday (9 May) vowed Russia will "firmly" defend national interests and denounced the return of "Russophobia", as the country marked the 76th anniversary of victory in World War II.
Global Europe 23-04-2021

Russia orders end to huge military drills near Ukraine

Russia's defence minister on Friday (23 April) ordered an end to military drills near Ukraine involving tens of thousands of troops and dozens of warships that had exacerbated tensions with the West.
Global Europe 21-04-2021

Ukraine leader Zelenskiy urges Putin to meet on frontline

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday (20 April) invited Russian leader Vladimir Putin to meet in war-torn eastern Ukraine, stressing that millions of lives were at stake from fresh fighting in the separatist conflict.
Global Europe 13-04-2021

Ukraine says Putin snubs Russian troop build-up talks

Ukraine accused the Kremlin of ignoring its request for talks between the two countries’ presidents over a build-up of Russian troops near its border, but Moscow said its soldiers were on its own territory, unlike US forces in the region.