Contents tagged with Poroshenko

  • Poroshenko pardoned Russian citizen to ensure release of imprisoned Ukrainian journalist

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has pardoned a Russian citizen in order to ensure the release of Ukrainian journalist, Maria Varfolomeyeva.  This was announced on Facebook by the Press Secretary of the Head of State, Svyatoslav Tsegolko.

    “The militants continuously delayed or refused to make the exchange.  With the aim of facilitating the release of Varfolomeyeva, the President pardoned a Russian citizen who was transferred to the occupied territory today,” Tsegolko said.

    Irina …

  • Poroshenko explains his visit to Crimea on the eve of the 'referendum'

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, explains why he went to Crimea on the eve of the referendum on the 28th of February in 2014.  A video explaining the situation was posted on the President’s Facebook page.

    Poroshenko said that the beginning of an “adventure story” had become clear starting with the appearance of the "green men" and other mass movements in Crimea.  The President said that he engaged in negotiations with the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of the Crimea and with the …

  • Poroshenko: Russia will never admit Yanukovych's guilt

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has stated that Russia will never admit that the former President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovich, and others were responsible for the suppression of anti-governmental protests during the Maidan movement.  Poroshenko said this in a televised address to Ukrainians on the second anniversary of the Maidan Revolution.  He also added that the perpetrators of the violence during the protests will be tried in absentia.

    Poroshenko has stated that the Verkhovna Rada …

  • Yatsenyuk states Poroshenko did not urge him to resign

    The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, in an interview on Ukrainian television on Friday evening, claimed that Ukraine's President, Petro Poroshenko, did not call for him to resign.

    According to him, Poroshenko called for a reformation of the government in his statement, not his resignation. "Then, the political forces began circulate ideas concerning my resignation," Yatsenyuk said.  The Ukrainian Prime Minister noted that his relationship with the President is really complicated, …

  • Four Ukrainian prisoners of war released by pro-Russian separatists

    Pro-Russian separatists released four Ukrainian prisoners of war on Saturday, as stated by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Twitter.

    "Just now Irina Herashchenko reported that three more Ukrainian heroes were freed from captivity by the militants. Glory to Ukraine!”  the President wrote.

    Shortly after Poroshenko's announcement, a fourth Ukrainian serviceman was released.

    As RIA Novosti reported, the authorities in Kiev released five separatists and a priest in exchange for the …

  • Poroshenko holds meeting with civil society representatives

    On February 10th, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with civil society representatives.  Ukrainian political technologist, Taras Berezovets, disclosed some details of this meeting on his Facebook page.

    “Yesterday at the President’s Administration, I had a private meeting with Petro Poroshenko and other civil society representatives.  Poroshenko asked not to quote him. Two film crews were also asked to leave the hall.  I wrote a couple of pages of his quotations, some of which …

  • Poroshenko: MPs shouldn't have absolute parliamentary immunity

    On the 9th of February, at a meeting with employees of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, the President of Ukraine stated that MPs don't need absolute parliamentary immunity.

    “I didn’t wait until the People’s Deputies took the initiative to develop draft constitutional amendments concerning the revocation of parliamentary immunity. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted in favor of it and for sending it to the Constitutional Court. Then, they became very busy and they didn’t have the …

  • Poroshenko Seeks Supply of Military Equipment from Germany

    In an interview with the German newspaper Bild, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for increasing the supply of German military equipment to Ukraine.

    "We are open to this possibility and we support this because it concerns the security situation in Europe," the President said, answering the question of whether Ukraine needs more weapons from Germany.

    Poroshenko, however, did not specify whether he seeks lethal or non-lethal equipment, but he did note that a resolution to the conflict …

  • Disagreements Emerge between Poroshenko and Cabinet of Ministers over IMF Loan

    Disagreements have emerged between the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and the Cabinet of Ministers, headed by Arseniy Yatseniuk, over the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan, as reported by Apostrophe, citing a source in diplomatic circles.

    The final version of the Memorandum, which outlines the obligations of both the IMF and Ukraine, is not yet ready. After the adoption of the budget for 2016 and changes in the tax code, the IMF received a proposal from the Cabinet of Ministers  …

  • 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 …