Editor's Note: The following is the Kremlin's official English-language translation of Russian President Vladimir Putin's Dec. 18 news conference that lasted three hours. The event was broadcast live by Channel One, Rossiya-1 and Rossiya-24 TV channels, and by the Radio Rossii, Mayak and Vesti FM radio stations. Nearly 1,300 Russian and foreign journalists were accredited to cover the news conference.
Kamaliya, the singer-actress married to Kyiv Post publisher Mohammad Zahoor, raised nearly $7,000 to help renovate a building in Kyiv Oblast’s Rzhyshchev to house children displaced by Russia’s war in eastern Ukraine. The charity event took place on Dec. 17 at Freedom Concert Hall in Kyiv. Kamaliya showed her wide range of talents, from opera to pop/rock and folk songs, as well as her ability to sing in several languages, including Italian, Ukrainian, German and English. She also sprinkled in a few Christmas classics. More than 300 people attended the invitation-only event in which Pavlo Shylko, or “DJ Pasha,” served as emcee. Frank Leistner of Germany spoke of helping Kamaliya’s charity fund, saying that 80,000 euros have been raised, seven trucks of relief supplies sent and negotiations started to deliver 40 new ambulances to Ukraine. Karolina Wirowska of the “Safe Because Visible” campaign in Poland announced that shoe producer Bartek provided shoes with reflective strips to children under the patronage of Kamaliya’s fund.
As Russia’s economy took a blow in December with oil prices dropping and the ruble falling to new lows since the 1998 crisis, Prime Minister and former President Dmitriy Medvedev published an article that focused largely on Ukraine and its economic troubles while avoiding Russia’s problems.
The European Union is on the brink of dropping sanctions against many officials in Viktor Yanukovych’s administration, nearly 10 months after the former president and his cronies fled power amid allegations of murder and massive corruption.
President Barack Obama said on Dec. 18 he had signed into law a new Russian sanctions bill passed by Congress but did not intend to impose further sanctions against Moscow for now.
Creditors of Mriya Agro Holding Plc said they presented the Ukrainian agricultural group with their own plan to restructure about $1 billion debt.
Ukraine has banned the release of the upcoming Russian family comedy Mamy 3 (Moms 3) on the grounds of "Russian chauvinism" it allegedly contains.
Editor’s Note: Ukraine’s Heroes is a Kyiv Post project devoted to soldiers injured in Russia’s war against the nation. Periodically we will tell the stories of these wounded warriors, many of whom need money for treatment, surgeries and prosthesis.
Now that Russian President Vladimir Putin is reeling and taking his nation’s economic and political hopes down with him, the West should not let up. Easing up on Putin in response to Russia’s multiplying economic problems would be shortsighted. Appeasement is especially the wrong choice after Putin’s Dec. 18 press conference in which he gave no ground on the war he has been waging in Ukraine and no apologies for violating international law to steal Crimea. He remains dangerous, delusional and disturbed.
Ukraine’s top prosecutors, currently led by Vitaly Yarema, never fail to disappoint. This week we are astounded by their inability in the past 10 months to uproot evidence of corruption, embezzlement and other crimes perpetrated by fugitive former President Viktor Yanukovych and his closest cronies.
It’s just a short drive on a road lined with blue pine trees to get to a Christmas decorations factory in the village of Klavdiyevo-Tarasove, some 40 kilometers west of Kyiv.
All things considered, Ukraine’s expected 7 percent drop in gross domestic product this year doesn’t seem so bad, especially considering that it has lost Crimea and parts of the eastern Donbas to Russian aggression.
The leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic plan to push for more east Ukrainian territory at a Dec. 21 round of peace talks in Minsk, RIA Novosti reported Thursday.
LVIV - The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) will increase the number of its monitors to 500 people in January 2015, SMM chief Ertugrul Apakan said.
Editor’s Note: The Kyiv Post will be tracking the progress made by Ukraine’s new, post-EuroMaidan Revolution leaders in making deep structural changes in the national interest. The Reform Watch project is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation. Content is independent of the financial donor.
Two months ago hardly anyone outside a narrow circle of astronomers has ever heard of a comet named 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. But on Nov. 12, the comet topped the headlines. On that day, a Rosetta probe launched by European Space Agency successfully deployed a robot lander on it, making it the first time in history when anything landed on a comet’s surface.
Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko says some of his deputies will be foreigners to whom Ukrainian citizenship will be granted.