Editor's Note: The following is the full BBC Newsnight interview of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych with Gabriel Gatehouse with English-language subtitles. In settings, turn on subtitles to view.
Editor's Note: The following is ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's interview with BBC Newsnight's Gabriel Gatehouse.
The case of the mysteriously missing member of parliament Serhiy Klyuyev has exposed the hard truth that President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk either have no interest in fighting corruption -- or are content to fail spectacularly in combatting it.
Editor's Note: The following is the transcript of U.S. President Barack Obama's closing press conference after the two-day G7 summit in Germany.
Police reportedly arrested 25 anti-gay activists for trying to violently disrupt a gay rights march in Kyiv on June 6.
A recent conference in Kyiv on the Ukrainian and Belarus tourism industries concluded that things are so bad for Ukraine’s market that the only direction is up.
The worst thing about growing older - something all of us are doing - is the people one loses along the way. Another harsh realization for many of us, as time goes by, is that some humans are evil and organize societies bent on conquering others and committing genocide.
In the last two months alone, Kyiv Post staff members have suffered the following crimes: a computer was stolen from an unzipped bag while the person and a colleague dined on the dark terrace of the Prego restaurant on Shevchenko Boulevard. A cell phone was taken from a purse while the owner looked the other way. A wallet was lifted in a crowded metro car. A mountain bike was stolen from a residence. And, in the worst incident, one of us was beaten and robbed while walking home late at night.
Ukraine’s energy sector has long been uncompetitive, undercapitalized and corrupt. It was that way by design. Since Ukraine’s independence, the energy market has benefited insiders who profited extravagantly at the expense of the nation.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk was on the right track when he suggested on May 20 that Ukraine might drop its three-year-old, tobacco industry-supported claim in the World Trade Organization against Australia’s law requiring that cigarettes be sold in plain packages.
Is Sasha Borovik the canary in the coal mine warning that this government cannot bring about radical reforms demanded by Ukrainians and the West? Or is he the off-key member of an orchestra who simply didn’t understand that the pace of government change is slower than that of the private sector?
Instead of governing responsibly to improve living standards for all Ukrainians, the disgraced former President Viktor Yanukovych borrowed heavily to keep Ukraine’s finances afloat so that he and his cronies could keep fleecing state coffers as long as possible. Total government debt swelled from 40 percent of gross domestic product in 2010, when Yanukovych took over in 2010, to 60 percent by the time he fled on Feb. 22, 2014.
Editor's Note: The following is a joint statement of the NATO-Ukraine Commission in Antalya, Turkey, on May 13.