About: Yanukovich

Europe's East 02-01-2014

Ukrainians tell Yanukovich: We will be in EU, with or without you

“The future of Ukraine lies in our hands, not in yours”, civil society activists told Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich in an unusual New Year video message.
Europe's East 09-12-2013

Kyiv protestors topple Lenin statue

Anti-government protesters toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Ilyich Lenin in Ukraine's capital and attacked it with hammers yesterday (8 December) in a symbolic challenge to President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia.
China 03-12-2013

Yanukovich flies to China, Russia as Ukraine crisis deepens

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich is set to head to China today (3 December), leaving a country plunged into crisis by his decision to forego a free trade deal with the EU under pressure from Russia. After China, Yanukovich will travel to Russia, his prime minister confirmed.
Europe's East 02-12-2013

350,000 Kyiv citizens take to streets after Yanukovich’s EU U-turn

Ukrainian opposition leaders at a pro-Europe rally of about 350,000 people called yesterday (1 December) for President Viktor Yanukovich and his government to resign. Violent clashes marred the rally between protesters and riot police.
Europe's East 18-10-2013

Ukraine president ready to release Tymoshenko for treatment

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said yesterday (17 October) that he would sign a bill allowing the jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to travel abroad for medical treatment.
Europe's East 03-04-2013

Protests turn up the heat on Ukraine’s Yanukovich

Thousands of supporters of Ukraine's re-energised opposition movement rallied outside parliament yesterday (2 April) to press for early mayoral elections in Kiev, the biggest such action against President Viktor Yanukovich this year.
Europe's East 06-03-2013

Ukrainian authorities up pressure on Tymoshenko ally

The European Union yesterday (5 March) condemned a move by Ukrainian authorities to suspend parliamentary immunity for lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko, who has actively campaigned in defence of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Ukraine 16-01-2013

EU should take note of Ukraine’s new referendum law

A law was recently adopted in Ukraine allowing constitutional change by referendum. The law should be carefully welcomed by the EU, argues Bruno Vandecasteele.
Economy & Jobs 04-01-2013

Ukraine wants trade agreements with EU and Russia

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said his country planned to sign an Association Agreement with the EU in the course of 2013. But he also stressed that the country would develop its relations with Russia’s Custom’s Union in areas which do not contradict other “international obligations”. 
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.
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.
Europe's East 22-08-2012

Prosecutors ask court to uphold Tymoshenko sentence

Ukrainian state prosecutors urged a high court yesterday (21 August) to reject ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko's appeal of her conviction for abuse of office, a case Western leaders have condemned as politically motivated.
Europe's East 23-07-2012

Yanukovich accused of gagging Ukrainian media ahead of poll

Four months ahead of a crucial parliamentary election, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has moved to shut down two independent news organisations, including Lb.ua, a reputable online news website.
Energy 13-07-2012

Russia, Ukraine in gas-for-influence tug of war

Russian President Vladimir Putin refused to lower the price of gas for Ukraine yesterday (12 July) during his first visit to the former Soviet republic since returning to the Kremlin in May, a meeting which Kyiv had hoped would resolve the energy stalemate.
Elections 11-07-2012

Lithuania fears ‘Belarus scenario’ in Ukraine

If the EU plays its cards badly, a "Belarus scenario" in which Russia would regain influence over the former Soviet Republic is possible in Ukraine, Darius Semaška, a chief government advisor for Lithuania, told journalists yesterday (10 July). EURACTIV reports from Vilnius.
Europe's East 10-05-2012

Murder charge to be pressed against Tymoshenko

The Ukrainian prosecution will press murder charges against the country’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in two weeks time, Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin, who is responsible for her case, announced yesterday (9 May). 
Europe's East 10-05-2012

Prosecutor: Tymosenko to be charged with murder ‘in two weeks time’

The Ukrainian prosecution will press murder charges against the country’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in two weeks time, Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin, responsible for her case, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 19-04-2012

Tymoshenko absent as new trial begins

A new trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko - already serving a seven-year prison term on abuse-of-office charges - opened today (19 April) with the defendant refusing to attend on grounds of poor health.
Europe's East 14-10-2011

EU mulls cancelling Yanukovich Brussels visit

With the future of Ukraine-EU relations at stake, conflicting signals surrounding jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko are putting a planned Brussels visit of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich in doubt.
Europe's East 08-04-2011

Russia plays gas card to keep Ukraine in its club

Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom said yesterday (7 April) it would treat Ukraine as a domestic consumer, cutting its gas bills by $8 billion (€5.59 billion) per year, if it joined Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in a customs union.
Med & South 01-04-2011

Ukrainian plutocracy exposed at Brussels event

The Ukrainian government appears to be the richest in the world, according to details disclosed during a public event held in Brussels, organised by the EU-Ukraine Business Council and attended by Ukrainian diplomats.
Med & South 02-02-2011

Buzek laments Tymoshenko’s travel ban

European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek said he was upset by the news that Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko was not allowed to go to Brussels to meet him.

Ukraine takes slow train to visa liberalisation

The European Union set out requirements yesterday (22 November) for Ukraine to win visa-free travel to the bloc, but said any further progress would depend on democratic reforms and improvements in human rights.