Editor's Note: The following is the English-language translation of President Petro Poroshenko's speech to the nation on Oct. 25, the eve of parliamentary elections. It can also be read at the president's official website at www.president.gov.ua.
Ukraine’s fiscal deficit has become explosive due to the uncertainties created by the external aggression and the resulting weak economic performance.
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian leaders made final appeals to voters before snap parliamentary elections that are intended to give impetus to democratic reforms, but are overshadowed by deepening conflict with pro-Russian rebels.
The Law of Ukraine on State Aid to Undertakings adopted on July 10 sets the scene for a fully operational European Union-style state aid regulatory system in Ukraine by August 2017. Nothing like this has existed before in Ukraine and this system is an important requirement of the newly ratified EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
On the southern frontline in Mariupol, Ukraine's major port in the east, the election takes place under separatist and pro-Russian guns dug in just over the horizon. The city is still Ukrainian, and most people want it to stay that way after the vote, but there are worries about the turnout.
Ukrainians received some hard-boiled pasting in an article by two writers. One is a defense expert, the other is director of the Harvard Eurasia Security Program (“How will Ukraine change?” by Joseph LeGasse and Sergey Konoplyov, Kyiv Post, Oct. 18).
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter.
Ukraine will elect a new parliament on Oct. 26. On Oct. 24 Russia's President Vladimir Putin blamed the West for pushing Ukraine into war after the overthrow of Ukraine's pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February and Russia's subsequent support for separatists in Crimea and other Ukrainian regions.
With the expected establishment of a national Anti-Corruption Bureau by the end of this year, Ukraine may be embarking on its most ambitious project in its fight against corruption.
A Russian psychiatric ward is an unlikely base for a career in Ukrainian politics. Yet a female army helicopter pilot is contesting parliamentary election in Ukraine from a secure unit over the border in Russia.
Ukrainians were to vote on Oct. 26 in parliamentary elections overshadowed by a bloody pro-Russian uprising in the east, but described by President Petro Poroshenko as a historic chance to set the country on a pro-Western path.
The United States says it is not seeking "confrontation with Russia." But U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington "cannot and will not compromise on the principles on which security in Europe and North America rest."
This is the calm Ukraine hopes will not precede a storm; the cooling-off period after an election campaign the people hope will on Oct. 26 deliver a parliament freed from the cronyism and corruption of the past.
This weekend, Ukraine will hold a parliamentary election, but only part of the nation will participate. Crimea has fallen to Russia and eastern Ukraine is still widely dominated by pro-Russian separatists, who consider the territory they control a sovereign nation. As a result, 30 out of 450 parliamentary seats will remain vacant.
Russia will turn back its clocks for the last time on Oct. 26 to permanently adopt winter hours. It will also increase its time zones from nine to 11, from the Pacific to the borders of the European Union.
Marina Demko wants to build a stronger Ukraine if she wins a seat in her nation’s landmark Sunday parliamentary elections. But she has one big problem: she is campaigning to represent a part of her country that is under the control of Russian-supported rebels who are trying to build a parallel state.
As Ukrainians elect a parliament this weekend, new evidence pops up of Russia's military role in their country: Western journalists this week found destroyed Russian tanks in Donetsk - and very live (if somewhat drunk) Russian soldiers happy to socialize at one of the last cafés still open in Lugansk.
Why is the Poroshenko Bloc so popular in these elections? Is it because the president himself is so popular? Or perhaps something else? There are probably two key factors that shape the Poroshenko Bloc’s success. First, it is a consequence of the recent presidential elections held in May 2014. Petro Poroshenko won in first round. He is perceived by many as a person who could lead the nation through these difficult times and boost the implementation of needed reforms.
Ukrainians head to the polls this weekend for their parliamentary elections. Russian aggression casts a long shadow over this process, as President Putin continues his efforts to deny Ukraine the ability to make its own decisions regarding its own future. Russia is working actively to suppress Ukraine's aspirations towards a freer and more dignified future.