Contents tagged with Ukraine

  • Ukrainian fugitive oligarch Kurchenko denies knowing Saakashvili

    The fugitive Ukrainian businessman, Serhiy Kurchenko,said that he “does not know and does not want to know” the ex-governor of the Odessa region, Mikheil Saakashvili, and filed a lawsuit against the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko for spreading slander, reported Komsomolskaya Pravda in Ukraine, citing as a source Kurchenko’s press service.

    “On December 5, in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko irresponsibly stated that Serhiy Kurchenko financed the …

  • Court in Kyiv refuses to arrest Saakashvili during investigation

    The Pecherskyi District Court of Kyiv did not grant the request of the prosecutor’s office to take the preventive measure of placing former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, leader of the Rukh novyh syl (Movement for New Forces) Party, under round-the-clock house arrest during the investigation, reported the news agency Interfax-Ukraine on December 11.

    “The petition of the prosecutor…about the application of the preventive measure in the form of round-the-clock house arrest concerning …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry: Ukraine and NATO have not formally prepared ministerial meeting of joint commission for December

    Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have not formally prepared for a December meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

    The Ministry notes that events at the level of the Foreign Ministers of NATO are usually held twice a year: once in April or May, and a second time within the first ten days of December.

    The meeting of the Foreign Ministers in December was envisaged by an annual national program …

  • Human rights activists: at least 52 people are political prisoners in annexed Crimea

    To date, 52 people are being held in detention centers in the annexed Crimea for political reasons; and since 2014, at least 70 people have become political prisoners, as reported in an expert study conducted by the Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG), Krym.Realii reports.

    "To date, 52 people continue to be held in prisons and detention facilities in Crimea or Russia; three are under house arrest, and this figure is inconclusive, because there are other criminal cases in the Crimea in which …

  • Head of Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s office: US is concerned over tensions between Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Prosecutor’s General Office

    The US State Department supports Ukrainian anti-corruption bodies and is extremely unhappy with the conflict between the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO), stated  the Head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP), Nazar Kholodnytsky.

    "The first key message we heard from the US State Department was, "We support you 1000 %." These are their exact words. Their second statement is that all conflicts should be resolved through …

  • Polish Ambassador to Ukraine: Kyiv was first to start denying Poles entry to Ukraine

    The Ambassador of Poland to Ukraine, Jan Pieklo, believes that Ukraine was the first country to start the practice of creating “black lists” for Poles, the diplomat told the Delovaya stolitsa newspaper.

    “As for non-grata persons, Ukraine was the first who started this practice. A year ago, the Mayor of the Polish city of Przemysl, Robert Choma, was denied entry to Ukraine. A little bit later the same happened to a Polish professor from Lublin. Then Poland retaliated and denied entry to …

  • Saakashvili's wife says that Kyiv is preparing to extradite her husband to Georgia

    Interfax-Ukraine reports that Sandra Roelofs, the spouse of the Movement of New Forces Party (Rukh Novykh Syl) leader Mikheil Saakashvili, said on the Rustavi 2 television channel that the Georgian and Ukrainian authorities are preparing for the extradition of her husband from Kyiv to Tbilisi.

    "I have no hope that the Ukrainian court, which is due to impose a measure of restraint on my husband tomorrow, will be fair. Most likely, the Ukrainian authorities have already told the court what …

  • Ukraine calls on Russia to stop repressions in Crimea

    Mariana Betsa, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry, posted on Twitter that Ukraine reminds Russia of its reponsibility to put an end to the repression in annexed Crimea.

    "December 10th is a Human Rights Day. We demand that the Russian Federation stop repressions in the occupied Crimea and release all political prisoners and illegally detained persons," Betsa said. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said on International Human Rights Day that "the criminal aggression of …

  • Supporters of Saackashvili broke windows of Roshen store near the SBU detention center

    Supporters of the former governor of the Odessa region and leader of the Movement of New Forces party, Mikheil Saakashvili, smashed the shop-window of the Roshen confectionery store near the "investigation isolation facility” (SIZO) of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in Kyiv, where the politician is being detained, as reported by RBC-Ukraine.

    Roshen is owned by the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, but it has been transferred to the management of the Rothschild Trust.

    In Kyiv, …

  • Klimkin: someone wants to disrupt Polish President Duda’s visit to Ukraine

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin condemned the provocation directed at the Polish bus outside of Lviv, and suggested that someone is trying desperately to disrupt Polish President Andrzej Duda’s visit.

    “I strongly condemn the provocation directed at the Polish bus which was parking outside of Lviv. There were no casualties! Someone is desperately trying to cause a quarrel between us and Poland, and disrupt President A. Duda’s visit,” Klimkin said in a tweet.

    Klimkin was referring to …