This week's twin dramatic developments, Ukraine's Nov. 20 electricity blackout of Crimea and Turkey's challenge to Russia on Nov. 24, are long overdue. The developments only underscore the extent to which leaders in the West and Ukraine have been lethargic, at best, in responding to Russia's aggression.
With public protests growing over the Ukrainian government's about-face on signing the Association Agreement with the European Union on Nov. 21, 2013, large rallies started to be held on Kyiv's Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square.
CHONHAR, Ukraine – The road south on the way to Chonhar in Ukraine’s Kherson Oblast seems to lead nowhere. Traffic in the flat, desolate landscape is sparse, the nearby railway line silent. At a row of deserted market stalls, strings of dried fish dangle in an icy wind. Graffiti on a concrete block reads: 18 kilometers to the Russian occupiers.
Parliament this week invited corruption to keep flourishing at the nation’s filthy customs agencies by eliminating import duties on emission-free, or electrical, cars. On the surface it is laudable because it would encourage energy conservation and environmental protection. Currently, only 1.1 percent of all new car buyers will benefit because only 384 of the total 34,900 new vehicles purchased through October of this year run on electricity.
The Tiger Conference, Kyiv Post's largest international annual event, is approaching on Dec. 2. We kindly ask our readers to participate in a survey for the New Economy panel to help us better shape the discussion.
Nov. 21 marks the second year since the EuroMaidan Revolution started on Independence Square in Kyiv. Called to action by then Ukrainska Pravda journalist and current lawmaker Mustafa Nayyem and others, dozens took the streets to protest against the government’s rejection that day of a landmark political and free trade deal with the European Union.
It was symbolic that Ukraine hosted an International Anti-Corruption Conference at Olympic Stadium in Kyiv on Nov. 16. The problem is one of Olympic proportions; all of Ukraine’s corrupt actors would more than fill the stadium’s available 70,500 seats.
Editor's Note: The following is a statement by U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew in Kyiv on Nov. 13.
Following the International Monetary Fund mission’s arrival in Kyiv on Nov. 12, one of the first things they’ll look for as they consider when and if to give Ukraine the next $1.7 billion loan is whether next year’s budget and tax code meet requirements.
Russian shock artist Petr Pavlensky has struck again, this time setting fire to the doors of Russia's FSB security service in central Moscow.
Editor’s Note: The Kyiv Posts hosts its fourth Tiger Conference Ukraine: Creating the New Social Contract on Dec. 2 at the Hilton Kyiv. For ticket information, please go to: http://tiger.kyivpost.com/. The following are snapshots of conference speakers on the energy panel. The other panels are new economy, visionary leadership and rule of law.
Russia's war against Ukraine is not over, despite reduced fighting since September. Conventional wisdom says that the fighting in Ukraine slowed because Russia turned its attention and military capabilities towards new battlefields in Syria. But conventional wisdom is often wrong when it comes to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The facts on the ground in the Donbass paint a more troubling picture.
The bodies of two more victims of the Ivolga boat capsizing was found in the Black Sea on Oct. 31, two weeks after the tragedy.
On Oct. 25, Ukrainians voted to elect mayors and representatives for the local councils. Kyiv Post presents an interactive map that shows the results of the mayor elections in the key cities of Ukraine. The vote count is still ongoing and the map will be updated as new data is published.
Editor's Note: The following are remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker at a joint press availability with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Oct. 26 at the Cabinet of Ministers in Kyiv.