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.
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.
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.
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 €429 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.
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Russian organizations against turning aid for Donetsk and Luhansk into something compulsory.
NOVOAZOVSK - Self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) prime minister Alexander Zakharchenko does not rule out the use of force to take control of Mariupol.
Soccer's governing body FIFA apologized after organizers of the 2018 World Cup in Russia displayed a map that showed Crimea as part of the host country. Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula in March after the ouster of Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine's former pro-Moscow president, in an uprising. The takeover prompted the U.S. and the European Union to impose sanctions on Russian individuals and companies.
NATO jets in the Baltic countries intercepted two Russian military aircraft on Oct. 30 as the alliance said Russian air activity has surged on its borders.
Editor's note: This article was updated to include a response from FIFA, the world soccer governing body. The Swiss-based non-profit removed the sequence that showed the Crimean peninsula as part of Russia on map of Russia from a video it published on Oct. 28.
"Ukrainian Forces Used Cluster Bombs, Evidence Indicates" (news article, Oct. 21) raised serious accusations against Ukrainian defense forces. They deserve the deepest investigation - for which Ukraine is not only open, but also eager to participate.
Figures released by the State Statistics Service on Oct. 30 reveal that the 45-million nation's economic decline in the third quarter was 5.1 percent in year-on-year terms, compared to 4.6 percent in the second quarter, amid war with Russia in the easternmost oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk.
On Thursday, Oct. 30, the Russian ruble reversed its recent trend of breaking record lows against the dollar and the euro and came surging back.
Rumors quickly circulated about the cause of the unexpected rally.
The United States will train Ukrainian servicemen and supply military high technology to Ukraine, which should help soldiers in Donbas protect themselves, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has said in an interview with the Ukrainska Pravda online newspaper.
Vladimir Putin has turned the idea of fascism into a political tool, and now Russian historians are adapting to the Kremlin line
Seven Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 11 wounded in the last 24 hours according to National Security and Defense Council spokesman Col. Andriy Lysenko. He did not state where they were killed but mentioned fighting in Krymske, Sokolnyky, Popasne, Zolote, Shchastya and firing on Ukrainian positions outside of Donetsk.
An article on Lenta.ru this week about the ethnic backgrounds of Russia's 200 wealthiest businessmen, one that could have been expected to spark anger among Russians at minorities including Jews, has in fact called attention to something else: As in Soviet times, many who call themselves ethnic Russians in fact are members of other nations.