Outspoken EU ambassador departs

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Aug. 30, 2012, 11:10 p.m. | Politics — by Brian Bonner, Yuriy Onyshkiv

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (center), extends his hand to European Union President Herman Van Rompuy (left) as EU Commission Chief Jose Manuel Barroso looks on prior to their talks in Kyiv on Dec. 19, the date of the most recent Ukraine-EU Summit. Ukraine’s relationship with the EU has deteriorated under Yanukovych, who is criticized for curtailing democracy and jailing political opponents. No summit date has been set for this year. (AFP)

Brian Bonner

Brian Bonner has served as the chief editor of the Kyiv Post since 2008. He also held the job in 1999, three years after first arriving in Ukraine to teach journalism. Bonner is a veteran American journalist who spent most of his professional life with the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota, where he covered international, national and local news during a 20-year career in which he was a staff writer and an assigning editor. For American newspapers, he has reported from abroad in Russia, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Laos. Bonner left the St. Paul newspaper in 2007 to become the associate director of international communications at the Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids in Washington, D.C. He also worked as a member of the core teams with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe during six election observation missions: Ukraine in 1999 and 2002, Belarus in 2000 and 2001, Turkmenistan in 2013 and Kazakhstan in 2004. To contact: email, Facebook at, Twitter @BSBonner, Skype at brian.bonner1959.

Yuriy Onyshkiv

Yuriy Onyshkiv served as the Kyiv Post's political reporter from 2010-2013. He is now a coal reporter for Argus Media.

The decline of Ukrainian democracy, as well as the nation’s relationship with the European Union, can be traced through the four-year tenure of the EU’s ambassador to Ukraine, Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira, who left his post in August.

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