Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has called on MPs not to hinder the development of the Ukrainian economy by blocking the Verkhovna Rada.
Parliament won't consider the issue of scheduling early elections in Kyiv this week, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Rybak has said.
Ukrainians want to see five political parties in the Verkhovna Rada - the Party of Regions, Batkivschyna, UDAR, Svoboda and the Communist Party, according to a survey conducted by the Razumkov Center in April 2013.
The pavement near Ukraine’s parliament building on the morning of April 19 was packed with bulging luxury cars belonging to lawmakers and members of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Ukraine’s parliament failed to schedule regular elections for Kyiv mayorand Kyiv City Council deputies for June 2, 2013 as was proposed by opposition.
A meeting of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine that was held on April 4 in the assembly hall of parliamentary committees on Bankova Street was lawful, according to the ruling of the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine on a lawsuit filed by a Ukrainian citizen, which was released by the court's press service on Friday, April 12.
Mykolaiv – Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said he will dissolve the Verkhovna Rada only as a last resort.
Standing side by side on a stage in front of a crowd of supporters on Sunday afternoon, the three opposition leaders hailed the release from jail of political heavyweight Yuriy Lutsenko.
Three years ago, when Viktor Yanukovych was narrowly winning elections over Yulia Tymoshenko, very few people predicted future developments that would result in the full usurpation of power by a well-organized and extremely resourceful group of unscrupulous rent-seekers. It was an open secret, both then and now, that many regional bosses had a criminal past. Hennadiy Moskal, a former deputy minister of internal affairs, maintains that there are at least 18 of them in today’s parliament, all of them in the Party of Regions faction http://www.pravda.com.ua/articles/2013/03/21/6986155/.
Ukraine's parliament split in half on April 4, as the pro-presidential majority conducted an alternative parliament session, while the opposition gathered in the regular session hall. The majority's decision was branded as “a coup” by the opposition, which is calling for demonstrations.
As the opposition blocks the parliament demanding to set the date for Kyiv city elections, the pro-presidential majority of 244 voted to start a parliament session in an alternative location.
The Party of Regions faction hopes for productive work together with the Batkivschna faction lead by MP Arseniy Yatseniuk, but sees no ways to cooperate with the Svoboda party, MP Volodymyr Saldo of the Party of Regions has said.
Yuriy Ivaniushchenko, a close acquaintance of President Viktor Yanukovych from the ruling Party of Regions who hails from the president’s hometown of Yenakievo, is the lawmaker most frequently absent from parliament, a watchdog has found.
Ukrainian MPs at a plenary sitting on Thursday voted down a law on support for the agricultural industry, a correspondent of Interfax-Ukraine has reported.
MPs were off for 53 days during the first hundred days of the activity of the newly elected Ukrainian parliament, according to a study conducted by the Opora Civil Network.
The halt in the Ukrainian parliament's work prevents the authorities from implementing their plans to improve the social and economic situation in the country, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said.
The current government is working hard to ensure that the president is elected by parliament in 2015, the leader of the Ukrainian Communist Party, Petro Symonenko, has said.
Egg hurling, punching, bloody faces, torn suits, and deputies carried out on stretchers -- over the past couple of years Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has seen it all. After yet more scuffles this week heralded the beginning of the first legislative session in almost a month, RFE/RL takes a look back at the top five "greatest hits" in the Verkhovna Rada.
1. Eggs And Smoke Bombs
Spontaneous fights are one thing; coming to parliament "armed" with eggs and smoke bombs considerably ups the ante. Cue the chaos of April 27, 2010 following the approval of a highly contested deal that allowed the Russian navy to prolong its stay in Ukraine until 2042.
Dozens of Ukrainian MPs from the two major parties got into a fist fight in the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada. The brawl began with yelling over the language used in the chamber and 'fascist' accusations from both sides.
The session was opened by the head of the ruling Party of Regions, Aleksandr Efremov, speaking in Russian, a language his opponents manifest that they strongly dislike. Ukrainian Liberty Party members made sure nobody could hear the speech by chanting “Speak Ukrainian!” out loud and drumming with their hands against the desks.
The chanting took place for all six minutes of Efremov's speech, during which he called the speech-spoilers “the chanting neo-fascists.”
Ukraine's parliament was suspended for a short period after fighting erupted among MPs from the president's party and a far-right opposition faction, over a speech made in Russian.
Clashes broke out when the parliamentary leader of President Viktor Yanukovich's Party of the Regions, accused deputies from Svoboda of being neo-fascists after they booed a speech he made in Russian.