As Russia’s stranglehold on Crimea tightens, mainland Ukraine still has several levers of influence to use.
U.S. and British investigators are in Ukraine to assist the Ukrainian government with recovering as much as $70 billion that fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych and his close circle allegedly stole.
Since Feb. 28, the European Union, Austria, Switzerland and Lichtenstein have frozen the assets of 33 former senior government officials, including fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, and his two sons, Oleksandr Yanukovych and Viktor Yanukovych Jr.
Behind the scenes of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, an inconspicuous special tribunal consisting of sports arbitrators and lawyers operated to resolve disputes during the course of competitions.
The strength of the European Union’s bite has matched the sound of its bark. On March 5, the Council of the European Union froze the assets of 18 former high-level officials, including fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych.
Ukrainian frigate Hetman Sahaidachny is expected to pass through the Bosporus Strait this evening en route to its home base in Sevastopol, said Hryhoriy Boiko, Ukraine’s consul in Istanbul cited by TVi.
Five countries have imposed sanctions of various degrees against former senior officials, including fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych.
In recent days official Kyiv and the White House have accused Russia of breaching several international and bilateral agreements with regard to Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and national security. On Feb. 27 Russian troops started a full-scale invasion of Crimea in violation of numerous treaties, they say.
The top law enforcement official for ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who is now a fugitive fleeing mass murder charges, had planned an even greater bloodbath to suppress the EuroMaidan anti-government protests, according to Batkivshchyna Party lawmaker Hennadii Moskal, who said he has documents to prove his allegations.
Since presenting his diplomatic credentials on Sept. 10, 2012, Estonian Ambassador Sulev Kannike whimsically admitted that “it hasn’t been the most fruitful of periods.”
This year, Ukraine Football International turns 20 as the main benefactor of the most popular sport in the nation – football. The organization has been the exclusive commercial partner of the Football Federation of Ukraine, the nation’s non-profit soccer governing body, since 1994. But not even its patron knows or will say who ultimately owns Ukraine Football International.
On Feb. 24, parliament passed a bill to free 23 political prisoners. Eight are members of far-right groups believed to have been persecuted for their political beliefs. Five were anti-drug trafficking activists, one a lawyer to a member of a traffic police watchdog, another is an artist, and four were put in prison for allegedly setting a courthouse on fire. Two others are a father and son who were convicted of killing a judge but whose supporters say were innocent and framed. Another political prisoner is a student who apparently stabbed three police officers in what activists say was a fabricated case. Another was convicted of shooting a police major despite eye witness reports to the contrary.
Parliament on Feb. 24 voted to free father and son Dmytro Pavlychenko and Serhiy Pavlychenko, respectively, as part of a bill to release 23 political prisoners. They had been convicted for killing a judge in a case many believed to be fabricated.
Myron Markevych resigned as head coach of the Metalist Kharkiv soccer club, according to an interview he gave to Football 24 web portal.
Ukraine on Feb. 23 drew reigning European champion and first ranked Spain, and will also contend with Slovakia, Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg to qualify for the 2016 European soccer championship.
VILLAGE OF NOVI PETRIVTSI, Kyiv Oblast – In the tradition of czarist opulence and excess, ex-President Viktor Yanukovych spared no expense when drawing on inspiration from the Versailles or Peter the Great’s Peterhof palace.
Parliament voted to free ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from prison by decriminalizing the article in the criminal procedural code under which she was convicted.
Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas monopoly, has threatened 11 oblasts with gas supply cuts for falling drastically behind on their bills totaling some $3 billion, which, coincidentally, is the rough equivalent of what Russia’s Gazprom said Ukraine owed it.
Austrian Gebhard Rogenhofer’s passion for farming shows through in the way he speaks of Ukraine’s enormous potential for feeding itself and other countries. As the longtime general director of Syngenta in Ukraine, a Swiss-based marketer of seeds and pesticides, he believes intensive farming is the only way for boosting harvests.
Ukrainian Olympic alpine skier Bohdana Matsotska and her father posted a message on Facebook stating that they no longer will represent their nation’s team in the Sochi Winter Games over the bloody events on EuroMaidan and blamed President Viktor Yanukovych for bloodshed.