VIENNA - Russia has refused to increase international monitoring of the border with Ukraine, the United States said on Oct. 22, after European security watchdog OSCE extended its observers' existing mandate at two checkpoints by a month.
Reports out of Milan regarding Oct. 17 much anticipated meeting between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko indicate that little progress has been made toward resolving the nearly yearlong Ukraine crisis. This, given the broader political currents at play in Europe, is unsurprising.
Ukraine is setting up security zones along the front line on the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic "in fulfillment of the Peace Plan of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko," Ukraine's State Border Guard Service said.
Ukraine is ravaged by war, aggravating its economic and financial crisis. It needs major reforms but also substantial international assistance, not only credits but also ample grants. Its emergency calls for a Marshall Plan.
President Petro Poroshenko's bloc holds a big lead ahead of Ukraine's election on Oct. 26 while a rising populist party looks set to take second place, an opinion poll showed on Oct. 22.
The anti-corruption laws passed by parliament on Oct. 14 are being hailed as landmark legislation for at least six main reasons:
The annexation of Crimea was clearly illegal and contrary to international standards. The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to that effect on March 27, 2014, and the international community will always consider Crimea a part of Ukraine no matter how the Russian authorities might try to prove otherwise.
Russian special forces plotted a series of armed attacks against Ukrainian cabinet ministers and several other targets in Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv this week, according to a spokesperson for Ukraine's counter-intelligence services (SSU), after a weapons cache was uncovered.
With the campaign for the Oct. 26 parliamentary race in its final days, a new poll conducted by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation on Oct. 9-18 found that the Bloc of President Petro Poroshenko will get 30 percent of the vote, followed by Oleh Lyashko's Radical Party with 13 percent, and 11 percent for the People's Front party lead by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
BRUSSELS - He came close to being the EU's new foreign policy chief, but Radek Sikorski's political future is in doubt over his handling of a press interview.
A 6,000-year-old temple holding humanlike figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered within a massive prehistoric settlement in Ukraine.
The intensity of attacks by militants on Ukrainian positions has declined after a regime of artillery silence was declared in eastern Ukraine, but the flow of fighters and weapons from Russia continues through the sections of the border not controlled by Ukraine, the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) has reported.
While Ukraine officially considers Crimea “temporarily occupied,” the peninsula will have no direct representation from any of its 12 electoral districts – for the first time in Ukraine’s independent history – in the next Verkhovna Rada.
My "Marshall Plan for Ukraine," continued.
But, this time, a few words about the figure at the origin of the Forum in Vienna where I proposed the idea: Firtash, Dmytro Firtash, the man I referred to in my article as "the gas king" but who, as I learned a few days ago in New York, is considered one of the most mysterious and disturbing oligarchs in Kyiv: arrested, last March, in Vienna, bail set at a world record level ($173 million) because the American authorities smell corruption around a titanium concession in India and suspects links with the don of organized crime in the region, the legendary and fearsome Semion Mogilevich.
As the political and economic costs of Russia's annexation of Crimea escalate, President Vladimir Putin and other top Russian diplomats may well be looking for a quiet countryside getaway. And what better location than the balmy peninsula itself?
Last week's synod of bishops at the Vatican has been making headlines across international media concentrating on issues of homosexuality and divorce. One incident that the media has widely omitted to report is the scathing public verbal assault by the Russian Orthodox Church against the Church in Ukraine.
Reading the papers these days I find that the two world leaders who stir the most passion in me are Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia. One is everything you'd want in a leader, the other everything you wouldn't want. One holds sway over 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, the other over nine time zones. One keeps surprising us with his capacity for empathy, the other by how much he has become a first-class jerk and thug. But neither can be ignored and both have an outsized influence on the world today.
Russia, Ukraine and the European Union failed late Tuesday to strike a deal that would guarantee Russian gas supplies through the coming winter, after the EU refused a request by the Russian side to guarantee full and proper payment by Ukraine.
Boeing, the giant Chicago-headquartered airplane maker, has opened an office in Kyiv after launching a corporate design center in November 2013. Previously, company has been doing all its business in this part of the world through its Moscow office.
Christophe de Margerie, CEO of French oil giant Total, died on Monday night outside Moscow along with three others when his business jet hit a snowplow on a landing strip at Vnukovo Airport. Early reports implicate the snowplow driver -- possibly drunk, though his lawyer denied it -- or a ground control mistake. Any allegations in this case need thorough investigation, but so far it seems fair to say that human error killed one of the most powerful men in the world.