Ukraine has been a suspiciously strong voice in campaigning for pro-tobacco legislation in the international trade arena, finding partnership with an industry whose products kill millions yearly.
Editor’s Note: The Kyiv Post asked three Ukrainian journalists based in Brussels, Belgium, the administrative capital of the European Union, to name non-Ukrainians based in Brussels who they think are the nation’s best and most influential supporters. Here are their responses. The journalists who participated are Andrii Lavreniuk, Ukrinform’s staff correspondent in Belgium; Sergei Voropayev, an independent journalist; and Zhanna Bezpiatchuk of Radio Svoboda.
At the height of the EuroMaidan Revolution on Jan. 13, 2014, the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, knowingly or not, appointed a new president whose political views supported the Kremlin and the pro-Russian leadership of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych.
“Why did you print the article?”
“This is pure Kremlin propaganda!”
“What is this trash doing on the Kyiv Post website?”
“You guys are shameful!”
“Why are you harming the reputation of a great organization?”
“I would cancel my subscription to the Kyiv Post, but I don’t have one, so I can’t, but I will never subscribe now.”
With all the nefarious members of the former ruling Party of Regions running around free and uninvestigated, or hiding out with impunity in Russia, it was unfortunate that President Petro Porosenko had to go after fellow billionaire Igor Kolomoisky, sacking him as Dnipropetrovsk Oblast governor on March 25.
Igor Kolomoisky was dismissed as governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast in the early hours of March 25.
Chechens, like many other ethnicities, have been divided by Russia’s war against Ukraine.
On the same day he accepted Igor Kolomoisky’s resignation as Dnipropetrovsk governor, President Petro Poroshenko on March 25 signed a bill that allows the state to assert control over joint-stock companies where it has 50 percent plus one share or more voting rights. The law prevents gridlock situations from happening when it comes to decision-making on how earnings get disbursed, for example.
The dramatic firing of Dnipropetrovsk Governor Igor Kolomoisky, credited with staving off the spread of Russian-backed separatism in Ukraine’s second most populous oblast, has sparked nervousness over the region’s security.
So is there any chance for us to smell the brand new quality asphalt on Ukrainian roads any time soon? The simple answer is yes, but those should be concrete roads instead.
“Everything being done today is right. Our Security Service (of Ukraine) works well. Kolomoisky visited (President Petro) Poroshenko, perhaps they found some compromise. In Dnipropetrovsk there are enough forces, as in Odesa and Kharkiv, and if even somebody will try to do something there, it is not a problem anymore. We have start to make order in the country. Kolomoisky did a lot of good things for Dnipropetrovsk, it is true, but it is also true that he, or maybe his command, worked sometimes not correctly.”
Decades-old military vehicles. Transactions still processed on paper. Troop gear requirements that haven’t been updated since 2000.
The government-run railway monopoly Ukrzaliznytsya plans to raise cargo tariffs by 25 percent in May. Tariffs have already been raised twice in the last year – by 12.5 percent in July 2014 and by 30 percent in February 2015.
Ukraine's non-profit organizations in Belgium are finding that they are vital players in determining their country's future. How Europe now responds to Russian aggression and the current crisis will be paramount in determining what will happen to Ukraine.