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.
A former major general who served in Ukraine’s military during Viktor Yanukovych’s disgraced presidency has joined Russian-separatist forces in occupied Donetsk, according to a recorded news conference published by Vesti.ru media outlet on June 22.
As the new governor of Donetsk Oblast pushes for a full blockade of Kremlin-occupied territories and residents become increasingly frustrated with travel restrictions, some believe a blockade may be key to solving the crisis.
Better late than never.
Russia is impotent. It cannot move any further than the territory it currently controls, as was demonstrated last week when Russian forces advanced alongside the few locals they have fighting for them on the town of Mariinka. The assault was instantly condemned and there were immediate comments from the right people about “increasing costs” to Russia.
DONETSK, Ukraine – The beautiful weather stands in sharp contrast to the desperation rising in Donetsk, a place that neither Russia nor Ukraine seem to really want anymore.
A top commander of Russian-backed forces in Luhansk has been assassinated, along with several members of his entourage.
Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Germany's chancellor, Russia’s president defended the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which the USSR signed with Nazi Germany in 1939 to carve up Eastern Europe, in turn triggering the onset of World War II.
Amid growing signs of a standoff between the Kremlin and Chechnya’s strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov – and persistent rumors of infighting among Russian-backed separatists who control parts of the Donbas – Chechen fighters have left the battlefield in eastern Ukraine.
Five Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the last day while combined Russian-separatist forces have a “powerful strike force” of 3,000 soldiers andseveral dozen armored vehicles facing the Azov Sea coastal city of Mariupol in Donetsk Oblast, military analyst Dmytro Tymchuk said.
Full-scale war can flare up instantly, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko warned at the International Support for Ukraine converence in Kyiv on April 28.
Ukraine is beefing up security measures after a series of high-profile murders in Kyiv as a mysterious unknown group took responsibility for them on April 17.
SHYROKYNE, Ukraine - As the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine remains such in name only, international monitors have shifted their focus to the Donetsk Oblast village of Shyrokyne, where fighting between Russian-backed insurgents and Ukrainian forces has intensified in recent weeks.
As Ukrainian forces faced 20 attacks by Kremlin-led militants in the past 48 hours and spotted 30 enemy drones probing their positions, an unnamed NATO official said that Russia has sent additional military manpower and arms to Donbas, according to a news report by the FrankruterAllgemeine Zeitung that interviewed the person.
A Russian fighter's confession that he killed 15 Ukrainian prisoners of war may be considered evidence of war crimes in court if the authenticity of the recording is confirmed, human rights and legal experts say.
The Security Service of Ukraine has opened an investigation into the torture and murder of Ukrainian prisoner of war Ihor Branovytsky by Kremlin backed-insurgents, Vasil Vovk, head of the service’s main investigative department, told reporters at Branovytsky’s funeral on April 3.
A report released by the International Crisis Group has warned of further violence brewing in eastern Ukraine, where a “command crisis” by the Ukrainian military threatens to give the upper hand to Russian forces and their separatist proxies in new attacks.
Editor's Note: The Kyiv Post 20th Anniversary Series continues with an article originally published on Aug. 30, 2012 by Nataliya Bugayova on how to get into Harvard University. The former Kyiv Post staff writer graduated with a master's in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government. Bugayova is now the newspaper's CEO. She also wrote about Olga Belkova, another Harvard graduate, who is now a member of Ukraine's Parliament. Bugayova's advice and informational links have made this a popular story.
Getting admitted to Harvard and securing financing is improbable, yet not impossible, for Ukrainians. In May, I graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with a master’s degree in public policy. And I would like more Ukrainians to have this chance.
Abraham Lincoln opened his Gettysburg Address with these famous words: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation...”