Editor’s Note: Ukraine's Heroes is a Kyiv Post project devoted to Ukrainian army heroes injured in Russia's war against the nation. Periodically we will tell the stories of these wounded warriors, many of whom need money for treatment, surgeries and prosthesis. At least 6,500 people have been killed, including at least 2,180 soldiers.
While young, carefree revelers take selfies on the dance floor of a Kyiv beach club, a funeral procession is taking place in another part of the city for a soldier killed in Russia's war against Ukraine.
Andy Hunder, the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, says Ukraine's government has already made tangible changes to improve the country, but has failed to communicate the achievements.
Ukrainian parliament in a vote on June 16 rejected a draft budget policy for next year, saying it needs improvement and specific numbers. The decision followed a speech by Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, who presented the document in Verkhovna Rada.
Crime is up in Ukraine, even subtracting the 7 percent of the nation now under Russian occupation.
U.S. will remain clear-eyed when it comes to seeing the truth about Russia's war against Ukraine, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said during a speech at October Palace in Kyiv on June 11.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is not happy with the achievements of his year-long presidency. He says the country will stick to the Minsk II peace agreement and stay on the path of European Union integration, despite a possible "full-scale" invasion by Russia in the eastern Donbas. In his state of the nation address in Parliament on June 4, Poroshenko did not mention Russian-annexed Crimea.
Some of the greatest crimes against humanity of the 20th century - Josef Stalin's Holodomor and deportation of the Crimean Tatars, as well as Adolf Hitler's Holocaust - wouldn't be possible without powerful propaganda.
Three Ukrainian soldiers and two civilians were killed in Donbas, four soldiers were injured and one was taken captive on the weekend of May 30 - June 1, according to official reports.
Stay the course.
More than a year after Russia annexed Crimea, shelves in Ukrainian supermarkets are still stuffed with Crimean wine. The only thing Crimean is the name in some cases.
Ukrainian soldiers say they receive belated orders to return fire at Russian-separatist forces, partly because Ukraine is trying hard to show it is adhering to the Minsk cease-fire agreement reached in February.
Amnesty International, the international human rights watchdog, says in its latest report that both sides of the war in Ukraine’s east torture their prisoners.
As if any more evidence is needed, the Security Service of Ukraine says it has additional proof of Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine. The service, known as the SBU, revealed fresh details that include names and units of soldiers, their pictures and advanced weapons that were taken from some of them.
A fourth high-ranking police official resigned in the past two months after local media uncovered the lavish lifestyle his daughters lead on photo-sharing service Instagram and the luxury cars the family allegedly owns. The two daughters’ father is Oleksandr Yershov, acting head of the traffic police, who declared a monthly income of Hr 12,000 ($1,500) in 2013.
Artem Sytnyk's unenviable task is to stop the nation's biggest internal national security threat: public-sector corruption.
Editor's Note: The following are excerpts of a report released on May 12 detailing the extent of Russan involvement in the war against Ukraine. The investigation was undertaken by Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. He was shot and killed near the Kremlin on Feb. 27. Many suspect that people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin are responsible for the assassination. The report was finished by Nemtsov's supporters.
Parliament on April 9 opened the once-secret Soviet and Communist Party archives that historians say will shed light on and help rid the nation of some of the darkest chapters of its past.
Importers and producers of packaged goods are moving forward to replace a state-owned waste management company that had dominated the market for 14 years.