Contents tagged with Ukraine

  • Kremlin: Putin adopts wait-and-see approach with Ukrainian President Zelensky

    In an episode of the program “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin”, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that Putin has taken a wait-and-see attitude towards Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, because it is not yet clear what his approach will be towards the essential items on the agenda, Interfax reports. In particular, it is unclear whether Ukraine will maintain its “hostile” stance toward Russia. The Kremlin would also like to understand the new president’s attitude to the Minsk Agreements. …

  • Ukraine considers anti-corruption agency ‘reset’

    In three months, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky may submit a bill to the the Verkhovna Rada to “reset”  the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO), said the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Ruslan Ryaboshapka, as reported by UNIAN.

    According to him, such a measure will be taken if in this time the agencies fail to prove that they are able to work effectively. “If they fail to do this, then the president …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky's party names opponents and allies

    In an interview with the newspaper Ukrainska Pravda, the chief of staff of Ukrainian President Zelensky's party Servant of the People (Sluha Narodu) Alexander Kornienko said that their party does not consider any of the "old political forces" as their allies. At the same time, the party has the same values as Svyatoslav Vakarchuk's new political party the Voice (Holos).

    In his opinion, the plans of Servant of the People intersect with Voice "in some regions in the West and a little in Kyiv."

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  • Italy demands more than €1 million compensation from Ukraine for reporter’s death in Donbas

    On 14 June, a court in Pavia, Italy, held one of the final sessions of the trial of Ukrainian National Guard commander Vitalii Markiv, who is accused of complicity in the death of the Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli in the Donbas five years ago.

    The attorneys of the civilian plaintiffs – Rocchelli’s family and various journalist organizations – made their final addresses to the jury, Radio Svoboda reports.

    They voiced their support for the prosecution’s theory, which states that on 24 …

  • Moldovan ‘Democrats’ flee the country

    Oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, the éminence grise of Moldovan politics and the primary patron of the Democratic Party that has been in power in recent years, left the country on 14 June in a black aircraft heading for Istanbul (the unusually colored private jetliner had been seen on standby at the Chisinau Airport for several days). According to other reports, he left Moldova by car through Transnistria and boarded an airplane in Odessa.

    Plahotniuc is currently believed to be in the USA. The …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky promises investments in Donbas

    President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Mariupol with a working visit, reports the website of the Ukrainian President.

    The President noted the need to develop the infrastructure of the Donbas with the help of foreign investors.

    "Soon, there will be investment injections into the infrastructure of the Donbas. I am talking about this with all foreign investors," Zelensky said.

    During his visit to the Donbas, the President met with representatives of local business. The President …

  • Ukraine offers Moldova help in bypassing Gazprom and importing gas from the EU

    The Ukrainian national oil and gas company Ukrtransgaz sent Moldova a proposal to delay the construction of the Romania-Moldova interconnector, which makes the Moldovan side vulnerable during its next meeting with Gazprom, as  stated in Ukrtransgaz’ press release.

    It was noted that taking advantage of the Ukrainian gas transmission system would minimize the potential risks associated with possible interruptions in the transit of natural gas from the Russian Federation and guarantee gas …

  • Prime Minister of Ukraine demands residents of Donbas be provided with drinking water

    Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman demanded that urgent measures be taken to provide drinking water to residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The decision was made based on the results of an extraordinary meeting of the State Commission for Technogenic and Environmental Safety and Emergency Situations,  reported the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers.

    Groysman instructed that an uninterrupted supply of electricity be restored for Voda Donbasa water supply and wastewater …

  • Ukraine detains former head of the Central Election Commission of Donetsk People's Republic

    The Prosecutor General's office and the Security Service of Ukraine detained the former head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Roman Lyagin, reported Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko on his Facebook page.

    He recalled that in 2014 the detainee organized and held a referendum in the DPR. "Citizen Lyagin is charged with treason against the country. Now he will have to pay for his actions," the Prosecutor General said.

    In May 2014, …

  • Russia starts issuing passports to residents of Donbas

    On Friday, June 14, Russia issued passports to the first 60 residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions that are not under Ukraine’s control, reports TASS News Agency.

    Two specialized migration offices were opened in the Rostov region to issue passports. The office where passports are issued for the residents of Donetsk region is located in Neklinovsky District. The other office for the residents of Luhansk region is located in Novoshakhtinsk.

    On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed …