Global Energy giant Chevron terminated its contract with Ukraine to extract shale gas in western Ukraine after trying for more than a year to get the government to simplify taxation for this type of business.
Ukraine's new energy and coal minister got off to a difficult start. As Volodymyr Demchyshyn took office on Dec. 3, one of Ukraine's nuclear reactors malfunctioned, and power cuts started across the country over lack of coal for electricity generation.
President Petro Poroshenko asked the new parliament to amend legislation to allow foreigners to take top jobs in the nation, including head of the Anti-Corruption Bureau.
Ukraine's eighth parliament started work on Nov. 27. A total of 419 new lawmakers were sworn in, including former pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who remains imprisoned in Russia on what her supporters say are trumped-up murder chargers. Savchenko was elected to parliament on the party list of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's Batkivshchyna. She signed her oath and passed it to Ukraine through her lawyer.
A month after the parliamentary election, Ukrainians are still watching the same political soap opera unravel in grinding coalition talks.
For Ukraine, it’s either now or never. With war, a grave economic crisis and political deadlock all happening at the same time, the need for rapid change has never been more acute. The country will either reform its corrupt Soviet ways or falter.
After analyzing a massive volume of data from open sources, a team of British investigative journalists has found “solid information” that the Buk missile system that downed Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in July came from Russia, and was sent back there after the disaster. They also traced the Buk’s military convoy back to its base in Russia.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has sought to integrate separatist-occupied areas back into Ukraine by granting special legal status, but the concession of autonomy has failed. The week’s developments have shown that some parts of the Donbas are drifting further away from Ukraine and becoming isolated frozen conflict zones.
Covered in red paint and sitting in the middle of a pile of rubbish on a cold pavement in the darkness, Viktor Pylypyshyn endured insults instead of celebrating his registration as a candidate for parliamentary election as he intended on the night of Sept. 25.
MARIUPOL, Ukraine – Business in Ukraine’s eastern war zone is no easy chore. At Azovstal, a major steelmaker in the Azov Sea port city of 500,000 people, survival tactics range from bypassing dangerous routes for supplies to inspecting and re-stocking shelters for workers in case of shelling.
MARIUPOL, Ukraine -- Donetsk Oblast Governor Serhiy Taruta says that the people of Donbas “will feel raped” by the new law passed on Sept. 16 designed to bring self-governance to the region -- Ukraine's most populous -- where war has been raging for months.
University of Chicago professor Roger Myerson wasn’t in Kyiv to speak about his 2007 Nobel Prize-winning mechanism design theory, a mathematical vision of how people and institutions interact in business and politics. He came in mid-September to discuss the merits of power redistribution. In Ukraine’s case, it’s having wealth multiplied in a way that promotes regional development.
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk struggled to explain the achievements of his government to an international audience of a high-key conference in Kyiv on Sept. 13. He admitted that few vital reforms have been completed in the past half year, and said that the war undermines further prospects for quick change.
In a concession to Russia, Ukraine and the European Union agreed delay implementation of a major trade agreement until the start of 2016, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said. They also appeared to be preparing to make more concessions after the ratification of the agreement, scheduled for next week.
More than half a year after the end of the EuroMaidan Revolution, none of the crimes – including the murders or more than 100 demonstrators – has been punished.
Ukraine, Russia and Russian-backed separatists on Sept. 5 agreed on a ceasefire effective from 6 p.m. Kyiv time, said Heidi Tagliavini, OSCE representative in the trilateral negotiation group. She said that the protocol signed by all sides contains 12 points, but the ceasefire agreement was "the most important one."
When German Chancellor Angela Merkel came to Ukraine the day before Independence Day, she brought a promise that 20 of the most severely injured soldiers would go to Germany for treatment at her government's expense.
The Sept. 1 trilateral talks in Minsk have so far failed to yield results. Officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) - a party participating in negotiations and only international player - said the situation is currently all but impossible to resolve.
Ukraine is on its way to shed its non-aligned status and will move towards applying for NATO membership, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk announced on Aug. 29. His Cabinet gave preliminary approval to a bill to cancel non-aligned status and will now send to the parliament.