Contents tagged with Verkhovna Rada

  • Ukraine preparing to respond to Germany's plan to help construct Nord Stream-2

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is preparing a response to Germany's intentions to participate in the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, as stated in the comments to by the Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for European Integration and Deputy from Petro Poroshenko Bloc, Maria Ionova.

    "We have already discussed this issue (Germany’s permission to build Nord Stream 2) and I can say that on behalf of the parliament we will once again make a statement regarding …

  • Ukraine's Parliament ratifies agreement with Moldova on joint border control

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified the Agreement between the governments of Ukraine and Moldova on the joint control of persons, vehicles, goods, and articles in joint border crossing points through the Ukrainian-Moldovan state border, UNIAN reports.

    234 deputies voted in favor of this decision, whereas the minimum required number of support votes is 226.

    The law (No. 0175) provides for the ratification of the Treaty, concluded on October 6, 2017 in Moldova.

    According to the explanatory …

  • Ukraine adopts Donbas reintegration bill calling Russia ‘country-aggressor’

    On Thursday, January 18, the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) approved in the second reading and overall the draft law "On the specifics of the state policy on securing the state sovereignty of Ukraine on the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions" submitted by President Poroshenko.

    The law recognizes Russia as an aggressor state. At the same time, the deputies refused to support the proposal to denounce the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership …

  • Ukrainian Parliament refuses to recognize separatist DPR and LPR as ‘terrorist organizations’

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine refused to recognize the self-proclaimed Donetsk [DPR] and Luhansk People's Republics [LPR] as "terrorist organizations" without collecting sufficient votes during the consideration of amendments to the bill on the reintegration of the Donbas, as NewsOne reports.

    76 out of the 340 present in the hall deputies voted for the adoption of the amendments.

    On January 16th, the Parliament of Ukraine discussed in the second reading a bill “On the peculiarities of state …

  • Poroshenko is ready to submit a bill on Anti-corruption court

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko is ready to submit a bill on an Anti-corruption court, prepared by experts, to the Verkhovna Rada by the end of the year.

    "As you know, I promised that the bill would be submitted to the parliament before the end of this year. Yesterday afternoon the possibility appeared, and I was extremely pleased that the group of experts had prepared its version of the bill and is ready to present it. I am ready to be lead this legislative initiative. As I …

  • G7 ambassadors call on Ukrainian Parliament to make electoral reforms

    Ambassadors from the Group of 7 (The US, Italy, Germany, France, the UK, Canada and Japan) released a statement calling on the Verkhovna Rada to make electoral reforms at least a year before the next elections.

    “We applaud the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the adoption on the first reading of the draft of Electoral Code No. 3112-1. We are of one opinion that the time has come to carry out electoral reform, in order to ensure at least a year for its implementation before the 2019 elections,” the …

  • Saakashvili calls for early parliamentary and presidential elections in Ukraine

    Participants of the protest action under the Verkhovna Rada "All-Ukrainian gathering for large-scale political reform" intend to expand their demands and add adopting a law on the impeachment of the President.

    "The moment they refuse our conditions, we will have to expand them," said Mikheil Saakashvili, leader of the New Forces Movement (Rukh Novyh Sil) on Sunday in Kyiv.

    He stated that if the Verkhovna Rada and the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko did not want to listen to the demands …

  • Ukrainian Parliament strips three MPs of immunity

    At the request of the Prosecutor’s General Office, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by a majority vote stripped three MPs of immunity.

    The members of the Verkhovna Rada supported revoking immunity of Oles Dovgiy, the Deputy of the People's Will parliamentary group, Maxym Polyakov from the People's Front group and Boryslav Rosenblat, the former member of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc.

    At the same time, the MPs voted against the arrest of Polyakov and Rosenblat. The lawmakers were also against …

  • Ukrainian President proposes to abolish parliamentary immunity

    During his speech for Constitution Day, President Petro Poroshenko called for parliamentary immunity to be abolished.

    “The high profile cases, the decisive steps in the fight against corruption, which are being demonstrated by the Prosecutor General’s Office and the National Anti-corruption Bureau, remind us all of what an anachronism parliamentary immunity is. My bill to change the constitution is ready. It will require political will from the MPs – once and for all, to put themselves on the …

  • Ukrainian Parliament proposes to call the military operation in the Donbas a ‘local war’ to further its integration back into Ukraine

    A draft bill on the reintegration of the Donbas proposes to introduce a concept of “local war” in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. This was stated by Verkhovna Rada Deputy from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc "Solidarity" Volodymyr Ariev, 112 Ukraine reports.

    According to Ariev, the antiterrorist operation (ATO) that is being carried out in the Donbas now uses an "outdated format.” He said that according to Ukrainian legislation, in case of seizure of territories, either an ATO should be conducted …