• Poroshenko Expects Visa Free Regime with EU in Second Half of 2016

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, expects that Ukraine will begin a visa-free agreement with the EU in the second half of 2016.

    "On February 2nd, I will go to the Parliament to complete the adoption of the remaining five laws.  We hope that Ukrainians will be able to go to Europe with only a Ukrainian passport-without a visa, without waiting-by the middle of the year," the President said in Vladimirtste.

    The President stressed that nobody, including the people's deputies of Ukraine, …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Concerned with Human Rights Situation in Crimea

    Ukraine is deeply concerned about human rights violations by Russia in the Crimea, as well as in some areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, as reported in a statement by the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    The reports from international organizations and human rights institutions unanimously record massive harassment by the Russian occupation forces of ethnic Ukrainians and the indigenous Crimean Tatar population of the Crimea for political and national motives; including …

  • US to help Ukrainian Armed Forces create rapid response units

    The United States is ready to continue to support Ukraine.

    According to Douglas Hoyt, the head of the military-political department of the US Embassy in Ukraine, American specialists will join a team creating a special unit of the National Guard of Ukraine (NGU). The main function of this unit would be to act as a rapid resonse team.  As reported by the press service of the Ministry, this was discussed during a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs on European Integration, …

  • Poroshenko: Ukraine has Survived First Winter without Russian Gas

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that the country has demonstrated its independence from Russian gas during the autumn-winter heating season, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

    "Russia thought that they would bring us to our knees by offering gas at $212/cubic meter.  I discussed this with the Minister who called Russia and said: 'No, we will not take your gas,'" Poroshenko stated.

    According to Poroshenko, Ukraine now buys gas from Europe, which costs less than buying gas from …

  • OSCE: Situation in Donbas region remains highly volatile

    Deputy Chief Monitor of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, held a news conference in Kiev in which he outlined the general security situation in the Donbas region. Hug highlighted several areas in eastern Ukraine where tensions are rising between the Ukrainian Armed Forces and Russian-backed separatists of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR).

    The …