The question on many minds after the election is whether the winners of the Oct. 26 election will be able to work together and advance a reform agenda to overhaul Ukraine’s fragile democracy and economy.
Negotiators from Ukraine, Russia and the European Union on Oct. 30 agreed a deal on the resumption of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine and are to sign the accord shortly, sources close to the talks said.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Oct. 30 had a phone call with President-elect of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker, who is taking office as of Nov. 1.
People's Front of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has gained 22.16 percent of the vote in the Verkhovna Rada's Oct. 26 elections now that the Ukrainian Central Election Commission (CEC) has counted 99.67 percent of ballots.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in a telephone conversation with President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy discussed trilateral gas consultations between Ukraine, Russia and the EU and noted significant progress in the achievement of agreements on Russian gas supply to Ukraine.
NOVOAZOVSK - Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), is not refusing to discuss the division line between the conflict sides in Donbas.
The first meeting of a working group in charge of forming a parliamentary coalition will be held in Kyiv on Oct. 31, a spokesperson for Petro Poroshenko Bloc told Interfax on Oct. 30.
MOSCOW - After Gazprom carried out a planned revision of its 2014 investment program, it was decided to increase spending on South Stream by 78 percent and the construction of the Bovanenkovo-Ukhta gas pipeline by 44 percent, according to data in the updated memorandum on the concern's Eurobonds.
MOSCOW - The leaders and public figures representing the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR, respectively) have said they will not give Ukraine back the parts of the country's border with Russia until conflict with Kyiv has been fully resolved and that the bill signed into law by the Ukrainian president granting a special status to the Donbas region is "legally void."
Along with a clear pro-European mandate, the newly elected parliament so far appears to be the least captive to oligarchic interests, which for years remained intensely allergic to outside competition.
MOSCOW - Belarus is halting pork exports to Russia until Nov. 11, Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement.
Experts of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission on Nov. 4 will arrive in Ukraine to assist in determining the best model of subsoil use taxation, Deputy Finance Minister Denys Fudashkin has said at the forum of finance directors in Kyiv.
The foreign ministers from the Visegrad Group countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) have said the elections that the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics are planning to hold on Nov. 2 will be illegitimate.
Annual trade turnover between Finland and Ukraine is €1.5 million, but according to Ambassador Arja Makkonen, there are some 70 companies of Suomi origin doing business here, mostly in the financial and chemical sectors, some of which have had a presence since the early 1990s.
The Revolution of Dignity and the new Ukrainian government’s decision to bind the nation to Europe has created a new geopolitical reality that requires a fundamental restructuring of relations with Russia. One option that some analysts say might satisfy the interests of all parties is for Ukraine to do as Finland did during the Cold War – trade strategic and full economic freedom for national independence and democracy.
Arja Makkonen, the Finnish ambassador to Ukraine, believes there is considerable potential to build a closer relationship and improve upon the yearly €1.5 million worth of bilateral trade between the two countries. The last major political event was when Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, then Ukraine’s foreign minister, went on a working visit to Finland in 2011.
Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko's lawyer, Mark Feygin, has said, citing media reports, that his client underwent a psychiatric evaluation and that she was declared sane.
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Russian organizations against turning aid for Donetsk and Luhansk into something compulsory.