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.
DONETSK, Ukraine -- As everyday life returns in recaptured cities of Ukraine's eastern Donbas region, Ukraine's eyes -- and military -- have shifted their focus to Donetsk and Luhansk, provincial capitals with 1.5 million residents who remain under the control of Kremlin-backed separatists.
Ukraine’s new Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey praised the Ukrainian army’s conduct in recapturing the former rebel stronghold of Sloviansk on July 5, pledging a continuation of the government’s anti-terrorist operation (ATO) against the ongoing insurgency in the country’s east until it's cleared of terrorists.
As government troops pushed pro-Russian separatists out of their strongholds in eastern Ukraine on July 5, the nation's leaders grew more optimistic about the near-term prospects of the anti-terrorist operation.
As Ukraine’s self-imposed ceasefire came to an end late on June 30, the nation waited anxiously in front of their TVs for the president to speak about his next moves. Many were disappointed, though, when they learned that while President Petro Poroshenko had decided to resume the anti-terrorist operation, he stopped short of introducing martial law in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says Ukraine's diplomatic service will have to adapt its work style to the modern-world challenges, and embrace new style of work based on team work, agility and better communication both inside the team, and to the outside world.
An arrest warrant was issued on June 26 for Renat Kuzmin, one of Ukraine's most controversial prosecutors. He has been missing since the beginning of June, according to the Interior Ministry’s website.
Until this year, Ukraine did not have its own award to honor the best in journalistic investigations.
The Ukrainian government appears to be moving swiftly to impose martial law in its restive eastern regions after heavily armed separatists seized control of two bases and a border crossing in Luhansk Oblast that could be used to funnel fresh fighters and weapons from Russia into Ukraine.
I spent the election day writing and editing. I did not see the queues in Kyiv, the blood on the streets of Donetsk and champaign-laced celebrations in Petro Poroshenko's headquarters. I saw a virtual reflection of this election through pictures on the web, and some of them are really descriptive of what Ukraine has become. Although some of them are smudged and grainy, they tell the story of this election in striking and memorable images that I would like to share.
Ukrainians elected Petro Poroshenko to be their fifth president in a vote that was dubbed "the second independence referendum," because of voters' determination to cast their ballots despite a Russian-backed war against the nation.