Contents tagged with Verkhovna Rada

  • US promises to support decision to give Ukrainian church autocephaly

    The US will support the decision to grant the Ukrainian church autocephaly, said US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback at a meeting in Kyiv with Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy.

    “At the stage of deciding whether to grant the Ukrainian Orthodox Church a Tomos of autocephaly, we will not interfere. But when such a decision has been made, we will support it,” the diplomat promised.

    Andriy Parubiy pointed out that the matter of creating an independent …

  • Ukraine to prosecute Russians for illegal entry into the country

    Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the first amendment of the bill No. 7017, which calls for criminal liability for the illegal crossing of Ukraine’s state border by citizens of "the aggressor country". 241 Ukrainian MPS voted for the document prepared by the MPs Iryna Lutsenko and Artur Herasimov.

    The bill approves criminal charges "for the illegal crossing of Ukraine’s state border by a citizen of an aggressor state or by a person supporting interests of the aggressor state". …

  • Security Service of Ukraine shows an arsenal of weapons seized from Savchenko

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) showed weapons, which, it is alleged, the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Nadiya Savchenko and head of the prisoner liberation center “Officers Corps” Volodymyr Ruban, planned to use for terrorist attacks in Kyiv.

    The SBU stated that in part, the suspects were stockpiling automatic weapons, mortars, grenade launchers and ammunition to start a coup. These weapons were received from representatives of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. …

  • Ukraine demands that DPR return 85 rail wagons

    At the Minsk contact group meeting in the Donbas, Ukraine’s representatives demanded the return of 85 rail wagons belonging to Ukrainian Railways that are currently being kept in Donetsk, as announced by the subgroup representative of Ukraine, First Deputy Chairwoman of the Verkhovna Rada, Iryna Herashchenko.

    “In the economic group, the Ukrainians raised an issue of the Ukrainian property including the theft of 85 rail wagons belonging to the Ukrainian Railways, which were purchased using the …

  • Ukrainian Parliament calls for withdrawal from Azov Sea treaty with Russia

    Ukrainian deputies introduced a bill to the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliamnent) that would cancel the treaty between Russia and Ukraine on the joint use of the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait. The corresponding message is posted on the website of the Verkhovna Rada. The draft resolution is addressed to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak.

    The bill was registered on July 10 by members of the Samopomich (Self Reliance) party.  However, the document has not …

  • Ukrainian Parliament urges the EU to stop construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    Deputies of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada urged the EU to rely on Ukraine’s gas transportation network capability, and cease construction of the “politically motivated” Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

    233 of the deputies supported the draft resolution in which Ukraine seeks to confirm its strategic role as a transit country of natural gas to the European Union, the 112 Ukraine channel reports.

    “We expect ... measures to be taken in order to prevent the construction of a politically motivated …

  • Ukraine: Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline is Russia's weapon

    The Deputy Speaker of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, Oksana Syroyid, stated that the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline is a “Russian weapon,” 112 Ukraine TV reports.

    “Russia will keep winning and we do not know when they will stop,” Syroyid said. “The Nord Stream-2 is a weapon, which Russia has already delivered to Berlin, and the only question is: when will they use it?”

    On June 13, George Tuka, the Deputy Minister for the temporarily-occupied territories, called the Nord Stream-2 a “threat to European …

  • Ukrainian Parliament passes law on anti-corruption court

    Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has passed a bill “On the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court”. 315 MPs voted in favor of law No. 7440.

    The day before, the Ukrainian government managed to reach an agreement with the creditors concerning an amendment to the powers of the Public Council of International Experts in the selection of judge candidates for the anti-corruption court.

    The council will consist of six people, and not seven as had been planned previously. A minimum of three votes will be needed to …

  • US Ambassador: Ukraine to lose billions of dollars if Rada does not adopt Anti-Corruption Court law

    US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch stated that Ukraine will be refused billions of dollars in international aid if the Verkhovna Rada fails to pass the law "On the High Anti-Corruption Court", which was agreed upon with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    "Failure to pass an IMF-compliant bill would erode Ukraine’s ability to fight corruption, prevent Ukraine from receiving billions of dollars in assistance, and destabilize the economy. Getting this right is essential for building a …

  • Ukrainian MP: Russia’s Kerch Bridge to Crimea should be given to Ukraine

    Refat Chubarov, Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, stated in an interview with the Obozrevatel news outlet that Russia should hand over the Crimean bridge “as contribution” to a special “international consortium” which should be established to operate the bridge.

    “As the country that annexed Crimea, Russia should hand over the Crimean Bridge as a contribution to the international consortium for damage caused [to Ukraine],” Chubarov stated. “The transfer agreement should contain measures …