Contents tagged with Poroshenko

  • Poroshenko permits foreigners to serve in the Ukrainian Armed Forces

    The decree will allow foreigners and stateless persons to defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

    President Petro Poroshenko has signed Decree №248 / 2016 "On the approval of the regulations of military service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine by foreigners and stateless persons," as reported on Friday, June 10th, on the President’s website.

    "The decree is aimed at regulating the recruitment of privates, sergeants and petty officers for military service under the contract of the Armed …

  • Ukrainian President: New Russian special forces units arrived in the Donbas

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the detrioration of the situation on the front line in eastern Ukraine is due to the arrival of new Russian special forces units in the Donbass.

    He made this statement at a press conference while answering a question about the reasons for the increased level of violence in the Donbas.

    “The first reason is that according to [Ukrainian] intelligence, new units of spetsnaz [Russian special forces] have entered the territory. We know the names of the …

  • Ukrainian deputies refuse to investigate offshore scandal

    The Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian Parliament) was not able to create a Temporary Investigative Commission to investigate the offshore account scandal as there were not enough votes in favor of the action. In order to create the commission, 226 votes were needed but only 108 deputies voted in favor of the project.

    The Vidrodzhennya (Revival) party did not have any votes in favor of the project. Of the Opposition Bloc party members, only one member voted in the commission’s favor. Of the 142 …

  • Poroshenko makes preliminary agreement on transfer of two citizens from Russian prisons

    On the 29th of May, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko stated in his interview with Inter TV Channel that there are provisional agreements between Kiev and Moscow on the return of two Ukrainians, Yuri Soloshenko and Gennady Afanasiev, who were convicted and sentenced to imprisonment in Russia.

    “According to the provisional agreement, we can expect the return of Afanasiev and Soloshenko to their native land,” Poroshenko said. At the same time, he noted that he was far from making …

  • Poroshenko and Savchenko discuss sanctions list

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, met on Saturday, May 28th with Nadiya Savchenko. They discussed the "Savchenko-Sentsov" sanctions list and coordinated joint actions to speed up the release of Ukrainian prisoners.

    "We are in the active phase of the release of our hostages and we have no right to stop the work. On the contrary, we must intensify it," the press office of the President said, quoting Poroshenko.

    The President also passed on congratulations from US Vice President Joe …

  • Biden calls for the release of all Ukrainians held in Russian prisons

    During a phone call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, US Vice President Joe Biden called for the release of all Ukrainian prisoners being held in Russia, according to a statement on the White House’s website.

    “The Vice President congratulated President Poroshenko on the release of Ukrainian pilot and Rada member Nadiya Savchenko and called for the release of all Ukrainians unlawfully detained in Russia,” the statement read.

    Nadiya Savchenko was released on Wednesday as part of a …

  • Poll suggests most Ukrainians think Poroshenko should resign over off shore scandal

    Most Ukrainians believe that President Petro Poroshenko should resign over the offshore scandal, according to the results of a poll conducted by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS).

    According to the institute’s website, respondents were asked the following: The media is discussing the fact that the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, owns companies registered abroad in the so-called 'offshore zones'. In your opinion, should he resign because of this? The results show that 4 …

  • Media: Poroshenko transferred almost four million euros abroad

    On the 25th of March 2016, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s company, Prime Assets Capital, transferred almost €4 million abroad. They did this by purchasing shares from a related company in Cyprus. This was stated during a journalistic investigation on Slіdstvo.Іnfo, which was published on the 18th of May.

    According to the document, on the 25th of March, CEE Confectionary Investments Limited released 18,000 shares with a nominal value of one euro each. This was in addition to the 2,000 …

  • Poroshenko postpones visit to the UK

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko postponed his visit to Great Britain which was planned for May 11-12th, as reported by the press service of the President.

    "A working visit by Petro Poroshenko to Great Britain which was scheduled for May 11-12th, was postponed due to the election of a new Prosecutor General and failure to adopt laws necessary for the continuation of cooperation with the IMF," the statement of the press service read on Tuesday evening.

    According to the statement, the …

  • Poroshenko: Ukraine spends one fifth of its budget on the Army

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that one fifth of the state budget is spent on the defense sector, RBC-Ukraine reported.

    “Almost one fifth of the state budget we spend on Army and that’s justified,” Poroshenko stated.

    “We have created a modern army in two years and every Ukrainian has a legitimate right to be proud of it,” the President noted.

    Poroshenko did not rule out the possibility of a partial mobilization in 2016.

     “The only thing I still can’t promise is that there will …