Oct. 6 was a big day in the history of Ukraine's struggle for transparent and honest government. The records of real estate owners were finally open to everyone. Now, one can search and find the registered property by an owner’s full name - making it harder for officials to hide property unfit for their income.
One war is not enough for Vladimir Putin, the megalomanical dictator. Only two days after telling the United Nations General Assembly that he wanted to be part of an international coalition against terrorism in Syria, the Kremlin tough guy on Sept. 30 started bombing.
Editor’s Note: The following are excerpts of the United Nations General Assembly speeches on Sept. 28-29 by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As the latest hearings of the case of Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian servicewoman kidnapped from Ukraine and held on trumped-up charges in Russia, got under way on Sept. 29 in an obscure local court in Russia’s Rostov Oblast, the Moscow correspondent of a UK newspaper tweeted about the simultaneous trial in Kyiv of two Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine.
Often as a justification for their lack of success in key areas, many of Ukraine's post-EuroMaidan Revolution politicians like to describe Ukraine as a noisy, vibrant democracy that requires public debate to achieve political consensus.
Editor’s Note: The Kyiv Post held Best of Kyiv awards from 2000 to 2010, but occasionally resurrects the awards to honor people in the community. This year, in celebration of our 20th year of business, the newspaper widened the awards to include all of Ukraine and chose five people as Best Expat of the Decade, five others as Best Reformer and five more as producers of the Best Ukraine-Produced Mobile App. The winners were selected on the basis of online voting, feedback from the community, editorial choice and concrete achievements that benefited Ukraine.
Expats of the Decade
Editor's Note: The Kyiv Post asked 20 readers to talk about what the newspaper means to them and Ukraine in honor of the newspaper’s 20th anniversary. Here are excerpts. The entire video can be seen at the Kyiv Post’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/kyivpostnewspaper
The Kyiv Lions Club's Kozak Night took place on Sept. 5 outside of Kyiv, raising an estimated net amount of $38,000 for charity on gross revenue of roughly $70,000.
French President Francois Hollande might as well build a replica of the armistice railway carriage in which France surrendered to Germany in 1940 to hold meetings in when Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visits Paris on Oct. 2 along with Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Editor's Note: The following are the remarks by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and International Monetary Reform managing director Christine Lagarde in Kyiv on Sept. 6 as well as the IMF press release.
Humans are warlike, but when we commit violence, it's not usually senseless and rarely unprovoked. So as Ukrainians grapple with the shocking deadly grenade attack outside Parliament on Aug. 31, killing three National Guardsmen, they shouldn’t view the incident simply as an outburst of barbarity from a deranged individual.
Back in 2010, then-Mexican ambassador to Ukraine Berenice Talavera told the Kyiv Post that she ate her country's cuisine at home because Kyiv lacked the proper ingredients.
Ukraine’s Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko had reason to cheer on Aug. 27 when she announced getting up to $3.8 billion worth of government debt written off, following five months of talks with private creditors. Coupled with pushing back principal payments by four years, the deal frees up money “for critical social spending and national defense,” the Finance Ministry said.
When the Ukrainian military reported on Aug. 10 that it had not only repelled Russian-separatist forces near the town of Starohnativka in Donetsk Oblast, but advanced to take control of territory held by separatists, many in Ukraine rejoiced.
This week, a collection of bona fide reformers presented a plan for a new agency that would help trace and recover money and assets allegedly stolen under ex-President Viktor Yanukovych’s reign. Nobody can give a precise figure for how much Yanukovych and his cronies took during their four years in power, but estimates are as high as $30 billion in a nation with an economy that might shrink to only $100 billion this year.
Every week there’s a new prediction of an offensive by Russian-separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. Suspicious troop buildups are pointed to, maps with red arrows slashing across them are presented, dates are given. Spring offensive. May offensive. July offensive.