Heorhy Tuka, a well-known volunteer helping Ukraine's army, was on July 22 appointed governor of Luhansk Oblast, a key region at the forefront of Ukraine's war with Russia.
Ukraine vowed to fight on Wednesday to ensure the return and trial of its exiled Russian-backed president after his name was unexpectedly removed from Interpol's international most wanted list.
Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been withdrawn from Interpol's "most wanted" list following complaints from his legal representatives that the criminal charges brought against him were politically motivated. The controversial former leader, who stood down from power in the aftermath of civil unrest in February 2014 and has been wanted since January 2015, had what's known as a Red Notice against his name for "misappropriation, embezzlement or conversion of property by malversation," the old charges claimed.
So what was on the plane from Russia, organized with unprecedented speed on Feb. 19, 2014, the day before unarmed protesters were gunned down on the Maidan and why was all information about the flights classified as secret in both Ukraine and Russia?
Russia's Gazeta.ru has reported a strange court case over unpaid aviation costs for secret flights between Russia and Ukraine on February 19, 2014, during the bloodiest days of the Euromaidan protests. The planeload to Ukraine was almost certainly 'anti-riot'equipment for use by the Berkut special forces believed to have been involved in gunning down unarmed protesters. Since information about the flights is classified, the newspaper can only quote unnamed sources who believe the original flight to Russia may have transported furniture and other items which the then President Viktor Yanukovych and his allies were evacuating to Russia.
Russian aviation structures won the court case against Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior (precisely, its department of internal military forces) regarding debts for services provided to the AN-26 military cargo aircraft that had gone on a secret flight to Russia amid the Revolution of Dignity.
A police lieutenant colonel, working in the police force until his arrest this month, has been remanded in custody on suspicion of involvement in the killing of 39 Euromaidan protesters in Kyiv on Feb 20, 2014. Oleh Yanishevsky was deputy commander of the Kyiv Berkut special force unit in Feb 2014 and lawyers representing Euromaidan victims or their families call this the most significant arrest thus far.
ODESSA - The vehicle jumped along the cracked and buckled road that runs from Odessa toward Romania, which is part of the European Union.
Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spoke to BBC television in Moscow in his first extended interview with Western media since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. After the program aired, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service asked residents of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk what they thought of the interview and of the ex-president himself.
Ukraine's disgraced former president, Viktor Yanukovych, has accepted some of the blame for the killings of scores of protesters that led to his downfall in February 2014. "I don't deny my responsibility," he told BBC Newsnight's Gabriel Gatehouse in an interview that aired on June 22, when asked about the shooting of protesters at Kyiv's Independence Square, commonly known as the Maidan.
Editor's Note: Viktor Yanukovych is the gift that keeps on giving -- to comedians. In honor of the recent BBC Newsnight interview given to Gabriel Gatehouse in Moscow, we are replaying some of the most buffoonish moments in the history of Ukraine's fourth president, who fled power on Feb. 22, 2014. It would be funny if his rule hadn't been so tragic -- more than 100 EuroMaidan Revolution demonstrators murdered and up to $40 billion stolen from Ukraine's treasury, allegedly by Yanukovych and his cronies, many of whom are living in exile, like he is, in Moscow. The following Kyiv Post classic was originally published on Feb. 25, 2014, what would have been the fourth anniversary of Yanukovych's term in office.
Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych has said that he accepts some responsibility for the killings that led to his fall in February 2014.
Editor's Note: The following is ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's interview with BBC Newsnight's Gabriel Gatehouse.
Ukraine’s fugitive former president, Viktor Yanukovych who is wanted by Interpol and Ukrainian authorities on charges of large-scale embezzlement from Ukraine, has spoken to BBC Newsnight in Russia.
The Public Prosecutor's Office (PGO) has drawn up a letter of notification that Viktor Yanukovych and several officials are suspected of illegally seizing state property - buildings and facilities of the Puscha Vodytsia complex of the Mezhyhirya Tract, and land parcels of over 100 hectares.
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin has called on Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock to review the decision which rejected putting former high-ranking officials and Berkut riot police officers on the international wanted list.
A tent camp set up on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv by demonstrators protesting against President Petro Poroshenko was dismantled by unknown attackers early on June 8.
The EU has extended sanctions on two former ministers and a businessman over suspicion of embezzlement. The son of former President Yanukovych was dropped from the list after drowning earlier this year.