Contents tagged with Zelensky

  • Ukrainian parliament rejects Zelensky’s proposal to change election system

    At an extraordinary session of Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, convened by President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday 22 May, the MPs voted against the president’s proposed change to the parliamentary election system. Zelensky’s bill proposed to transition from a plurality voting system to a proportional representation system with closed party lists and a lowering of the entry barrier from 5% to 3%.

    Experts expect that the old system will still be used for the Rada’s elections on 21 …

  • US promises Ukraine $2 billion loan guarantees for gas purchases

    The US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry stated at the press conference in Kyiv that the US could provide guarantees to the Ukrainian national gas conglomerate Naftogaz for the placement of Eurobonds for 2 billion US dollars, reports Apostrophe news outlet.

    "This is one of the possible solutions. However, there may be other financial sources. There are different ways to finance the purchase of gas," said Perry.

    As the Chairman of the Board of Naftogaz Andriy Kobolyev previously saida, the …

  • Zelensky replaces Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

    President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky signed two decrees, one dismissing Viktor Muzhenko from the post of Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the second appointing Ruslan Khomchak to the post, as reported by the president’s press service.

    “Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky appointed Lieutenant-General Ruslan Khomchak as Chief of the General Staff - Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” according to the statement.

    Victor Muzhenko assumed the post of …

  • Zelensky and Naftogaz CEO discuss LNG deal with US energy secretary

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev met on 20 May with US Energy Secretary Rick Perry to discuss possible shipments of American Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Ukraine, Naftogaz announced on its official website.

    “During the meeting, special attention was devoted to ways to prepare Ukraine to pass the next autumn-winter heating season, and to finance and develop adequate gas reserves in underground reservoirs. Another topic of discussion was the project to …

  • Media: Israel did not send a single minister to the Zelensky’s inauguration to avoid annoying Putin

    Joel Lyon, Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine was the only representative of the Jewish state at the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration, reports Israeli Channel 9.

    Israeli authorities decided not to send ministers or deputy ministers to the ceremony. According to experts, the decision was made on the basis that the possible participation of the Israeli government minister at the Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration could complicate relations between Israel and Russia.

    Observers …

  • United States assures support for Ukraine under President Zelensky

    The U.S. Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, who led the American delegation to the inauguration of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said that Ukrainian people can rely on the United States.

     “President [Donald Trump] sent us in order to assure the people of Ukraine that they can rely on the United States, rely on our cooperation with the new president and, I hope, with the Verkhovna Rada,” said Perry while speaking to journalists in the Verkhovna Rada after the official Zelensky’s …

  • Zelensky calls on EU to strengthen sanctions against Russia

    During a meeting with the Vice-President of The European Commission Maroš Šefčovič on May 20, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky noted the importance of strengthening sanctions against Russia and called on the European Union to continue sanctions pressure, reports Press-service of the President, Radio Liberty reports.

    "The strengthening of sanctions against Russia as a reaction to their aggression is something we hope for. I hope that the pressure through the sanctions from the EU will …

  • Zelensky hopes to meet with Trump soon

    At a meeting with representatives of the Administration and the US Congress, who arrived in Kyiv to participate in the official inauguration ceremony, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his hope to meet US President Donald Trump soon, reports the Press-service of the President.

    "The United States is a powerful and significant partner for Ukraine, primarily in overcoming Russia's aggression. We will not be able to overcome Russian aggression in the Donbas and Crimea on our own. …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky meets with the presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Hungary

    President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky met with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, President Hungary Janos Ader and President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis, all in attendance at the newly elected head of state’s inauguration.

    Zelensky thanked the heads of state after they warmly congratulated him on assuming office, as reported by the president’s press service.

    During a meeting with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, Vladimir Zelensky said that …

  • Poroshenko: May God help Zelensky

    In an address to the Ukrainian nation on the eve of Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration, former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wished his successor a successful presidency.

    “I wish Volodymyr Zelensky a successful presidency. A month ago we were fierce opponents in the elections. But tomorrow, as it turns out, he will be the president of my native country. The country I love and whose European future I firmly believe in. So may the Lord preserve Ukraine and help its new head in his work,”  …