• The OSCE has Documented an Increase in Attacks in Eastern Ukraine

    On February 1st, the Special Mission of the OSCE recorded 337 explosions in the Donbas region and on February 2nd, almost five times more.

    The Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE observed numerous violations of the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine as stated in the observer’s report from February 2nd, published on the official website of the OSCE.

    In particular, the observers recorded 337 explosions on February 1st and 1,614 on February 2nd, including those fired from heavy weapons. "On …

  • Western ambassadors in Kiev 'disappointed' by resignation of Ukrainian Minister of Economy

    Diplomats say that Ukraine’s former Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Aivaras Abromavičius, and his advisers sought to overcome the corruption that hinders the development of Ukraine.

    Diplomatic representatives of six Western countries issued a joint statement in Kiev with regard to the resignation of Abromavičius.  The Ambassadors of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Sweden have expressed “deep disappointment” at the resignation of Abromavičius and his group of advisers. …

  • Ukrainian Minister of Economic Development and Trade resigns

    Ukraine’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Rivaras Abromavičius, has resigned from office. Speaking at a press conference, the Minister indicated his decision was motivated by the increased opposition to his ongoing reforms.

    “My team and I have no desire to be a cover for obvious corruption or controlled puppets for those who want to gain control of public money, as was the way with past authorities,” Abromavičius stated. He referenced a Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Igor …

  • German Deputies Advise Poroshenko to Request the Resignation of the Ukranian Prosecutor General

    The Committee on EU Affairs of the German Bundestag is concerned over the process of reforms in Ukraine. The members of the delegation of the German Parliament stated this on the 2nd of February at a press conference in Kiev after a number of meetings with representatives of the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian government and other non-governmental organizations.

    “We recognize the progress of Ukraine in the process of making reforms. Many laws were adopted but now they should be brought to life. …

  • 230 km of anti-tank ditches were dug by Ukraine along border with Russia in 2015

    In 2015, the Russian-Ukrainian border was equipped with 230 km of anti-tank ditches in the Kharkiv and Chernihiv regions.  This was noted in the government’s program performance report in 2015, which was sent to the Verkhovna Rada.

    “Taking into account the priorities of the development of the Russian-Ukrainian border, the regions of Chernihiv and Kharkiv were equipped with 230 km of anti-tank ditches,” the report states.

    It is also reported that a 72 km long metal barrier fence was …