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.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Ukraine on the eve of the Aug. 24 Independence Day in what some are billing as a mainly symbolic gesture of support. Others are, of course, hoping that she might be help broker a peace deal that ends Russia’s war against Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has warned that separatists are shelling a possible route that a Russian humanitarian convoy could take to Luhansk.
Putting Vladmir Putin on Interpol's wanted list would be the best sanction of them all on behalf of Ukraine. And the window of opportunity is about to open.
There is nobody in Ukraine’s politics who out-machos him. Dressed in camouflage and a flak jacket, Oleg Lyashko roams the east of Ukraine, punishing Russian-backed separatists and their supporters, and boasting of his personal victories on Facebook.
Ukraine’s security service, known as the SBU, on July 18 published additional intercepted telephone conversations that further implicate Russia in the downing of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17, killing all 298 people on board on July 17. The conversations allegedly took place between Russian military intelligence officers and their armed proxies who discussed the delivery of a Buk missile system from Russia ahead of the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet.
“The SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) and the Interior Ministry have collected and continue to collect irrefutable evidence and proof that point to the authors of this tragedy from the terrorist organization DNR/LNR (Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republic), and their Russian, Putinist masters,” said Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
Despite the Ukrainian government’s claim of having no contact with Kremlin-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, officials have for months engaged in negotiations to swap prisoners.
When the revolution transformed into war Nikolay Yakubovych's status also changed. Previously, he was a centurion of Maidan's self-defense, but on May 2 he became a prisoner of war in Horlivka, Donetsk Oblast.
With the West wimping out on tough sanctions against Russia or significant military aid to Kyiv, Ukraine is pretty much going it alone in defending the nation against the Kremlin-backed war that began with the Feb. 27 military invasion of Crimea.