"?> Worldwide News Ukraine – Politics http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/ en Moscow Purges Rebel Leadership in Donbas, Not about to Back Down http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4345 Kyiv, August 1, 2014. As pro-Moscow gunmen continue to lose territory in the face of a Ukrainian military offensive, the Russian government has been tightening its grip over the anti-Kyiv forces fighting in the Donbas. As an extension of Russian policy toward Ukraine, the pro-Russian fighters have always towed the Moscow line. Despite the proclamations of some in the Ukrainian government, pro-Russian militants have always had sizable portions of local Ukrainians in their ranks. Over the past several weeks, however, Russian fighters with close ties to the Kremlin have been purging the militant leadership of locals. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:06:30 +0200 Are Moscow-backed Fighters Terrorists? http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4344 Kyiv, July 30, 2014. Appearing on CNN last week with Christiane Amanpour, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged his host to refer to anti-government fighters in the Donbas as “terrorists” instead of “separatists,” the label commonly applied to pro-Moscow fighters in the Donbas. “Please, Christiane, don’t name these separatists. There is [sic] no separatists there. They are terrorists, they are killing innocent people, and I think that their attempt to destroy the evidence were useless,” Poroshenko said. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:08:01 +0200 Human Rights Watch Should Not Stoop to Russia Today’s “Standards” http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4343 Kyiv, July 29, 2014. On 24 July 2014 Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report, the opening paragraph of which read: “Unguided Grad rockets launched apparently by Ukrainian government forces and pro-government militias have killed at least 16 civilians and wounded many more…” The fact that the later paragraphs of the same report reproof “insurgent forces” for “deploying forces and weapons in densely populated areas” is irrelevant. In the context of all-out information war waged by Kremlin against Ukraine, the damage to global efforts aimed at restoring peace and justice in Ukraine, has already been done. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:21:17 +0200 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko Establishes the National Council of Reforms http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4331 Kyiv, July 23, 2014. President of Ukraine has just signed a Decree №614/2014 "On ensuring the implementation of unified state policy of reforms in Ukraine," which effectively creates the National Council of Reforms (NCR), as reported by the website of the president. The Council maintains the status of a special advisory body under the President of Ukraine on issues of strategic planning, coordination and implementation of Ukraine’s unified state policy of reforms based on international best practices. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:52:58 +0200 Malaysia Airlines Crash: Pro-Russian Terrorists Caught Red-Handed http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4323 Kyiv, July 18, 2014. Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines was hit and crashed in Donetsk region near Ukraine-Russian border after 4 p.m. Kyiv time (GMT +2 – ed.). Reportedly, all 295 people on board, including 80 children, have died. According to a 4:50 pm post in a social network Vkontakte by the known pro-Russian terrorist Girkin-Strelkov the downing of the plane was a “successful operation” against the Ukrainian Armed Forces. At the time Girkin-Strelkov didn’t realize that this was an international passenger plane travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur through the territory of Ukraine. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:06:36 +0200 Weighing Far-Right Movements in Ukraine: How a Minor Factor is Turned into a Bogeyman http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4314 Kyiv, July 14, 2014. The non-ostracism of far right movements from the political scene in Ukraine risks having serious repercussions on its democratic transition and national unification. Paradoxically, the danger does not stem from the ability of radical right-wing parties to drive Ukraine toward a nationalistic authoritarian drift; conversely, it is generated by the fear and divisiveness driven by the far right. Since the overthrow of Yanukovych’s government last February, alarmist statements from many commentators, in many cases neither experts nor those particularly knowledgeable about Ukraine, have promoted the idea that the leading force in EuroMaidan protests was right-wing extremism. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:40:40 +0200 Russia’s Undeniable Role in the Proxy War Against Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4305 Kyiv, July 9, 2014. Most of the world may well be tolerating Russia’s actions in its ongoing proxy war against Ukraine, but the catalogue of damning evidence against the Kremlin’s role in the crisis continues to grow almost on a daily basis. There are undisputed facts, and then there are lies and propaganda in the middle of the information war. Let’s take a look at the evidence. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:50:49 +0200 It is High Time for Italy to Step Forward in the Ukraine Crisis http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4297 Kyiv, July 7, 2014. While the terrible unrest in eastern Ukraine continues to claim many victims and afflict thousands of people, the grief of Ukrainians who are living in Italy loudly resounds across the nation. This expatriate community is doing what it can from a distance, raising money and sending it back home to Ukraine. Some individuals are even training and organizing themselves to help in the event of war with Russia. With approximately 225,000 people living and working all over the peninsula, from Lombardy in the North to Campania in the South, Ukrainians form in Italy their largest foreign community than in any other European Union country, according to Eurostat data. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:27:58 +0200 Why We Can’t Let Ukraine Lose Donbas http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4291 Kyiv, July 4, 2014. Just a few days ago Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, told his nation that they were at war. The Ukrainian government, after attempting peace talks for several days, was ending its unilateral ceasefire with pro-Russian forces in the Donbas region, which it has been fighting for over two months. “They have publicly declared their unwillingness to support the peace plan as a whole and particularly the ceasefire,” he said. Militants violated the truce for more than a hundred times, reported Kyivpost. Thus Ukrainian forces, including the army, National Guard, Ministry of Interior forces, and paramilitary battalions have officially renewed the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO). Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:09:57 +0200 Ukraine Takes Huge Leap toward the EU http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4289 Kyiv, June 27, 2014. Ukraine and the European Union signed the final, economic part of the Association Agreement (AA), forging closer ties between the signatories with a long-term perspective of closer political association and economic integration... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:01:07 +0200 Finnish Model is Not a Solution for Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4288 Two eminent American diplomats and experts of international relations and diplomacy, Henry Kissinger and Jack Matlock, proposed in March of this year that a solution to the Ukrainian-Russian crisis after the annexation of Crimea by Russia should be based on a “Finnish model”. They obviously believed that Russia would be trustworthy negotiating partner and that an escalation of the crisis was preventable. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:14:31 +0200 Yanukovych, Then Putin, Violated the Donbas’ Trust http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4282 Kyiv, June 18, 2014. Viktor Yanukovych, then Vladimir Putin, betrayed the residents of the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. First, Yanukovych’s misrule, empty promises, and cowardly departure from Ukraine undermined the Donbas’ people. Then, Putin’s deceitful propaganda machine, support for armed thugs, and public abandonment of pro-Russian separatists left the Donbas in the crossfire and at the mercy of armed gangs. The Donbas is increasingly unlikely to continue to blindly trust pro-Russian separatists, especially as the rest of Ukraine moves forward and starts the painful process of eliminating corruption and building a modern democratic state. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:02:58 +0200 Russia’s Double Standards Conflict with Reality http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4281 Kyiv, June 17, 2014. In a political and economic race for power, the Kremlin seems to be following a particular Machiavellian principle found in The Prince: “Keeping and expanding his power is the prince’s goal, his virtue, and therefore any means necessary to achieve that goal becomes justified.” Russia is using double standards while justifying its involvement in Ukraine. President Putin claims to be “protecting the rights of Russians” to justify the annexation of Crimea, while in Turkmenistan he ignored human rights violations against Russian citizens because natural gas was a top priority. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:50:32 +0200 Recent Polls Show that Ukrainians Support Politicians with Track Record of Success http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4272 Kyiv, June 3, 2014. When it comes to selecting their political leaders, Ukrainians no longer seem to believe in empty promises. The latest poll data by the group Rating shows that following the Euromaidan protests, in recent Presidential, Kyiv mayoral and city council elections, Ukrainian voters have clearly expressed their will to keep authorities accountable. According to the election results, citizens of Ukraine no longer support politicians who have demonstrated poor leadership skills, and instead prefer pro-European candidates who can point to tangible accomplishments in business, politics or sports. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 08:52:23 +0200 Is Russia a State Sponsor of Terrorism? http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4268 Kyiv, May 29, 2014. A citizens’ petition on the United States White House website calls for the American government to include the Russian Federation as a “State Sponsor of Terrorism.” Currently, more than 100,000 people have signed the petition, which is above the threshold that mandates an official response from the Obama Administration. The petition claims that Russia’s support for armed separatism in Ukraine fits the necessary criteria to designate it a state sponsor of terrorism, and calls on the Obama Administration to follow American law accordingly. Thu, 29 May 2014 09:05:49 +0200 Early Presidential Elections Consolidate Ukrainians http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4264 Kyiv, May 28, 2014. With over 54 percent of Ukrainians casting their votes for Petro Poroshenko in the early Presidential elections, the Kremlin’s myth of ‘separated Ukraine’ fell apart. Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, U.S., and former economic adviser to President Putin, Andrei Illarionov commented that by all of the Ukrainian regions giving their preferences to a pro-Western candidate, Putin’s favored theory on Ukraine being separated into west and southern-east cannot stand any formal and legal argument. Wed, 28 May 2014 14:32:11 +0200 Ukrainian Parliament Works to Build Dialogue and Peace http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4263 Kyiv, May 28, 2014. Ukraine’s will to build peace and find solutions to existing problems became even more evident after the Ukrainian parliament approved a Memorandum of Understanding and Peace last week. Reportedly, the initiative, which became possible due to the recent efforts of Ukraine’s Interim Government and the Parliament, as well as through the results of recent elections, aims to effectively encourage dialogue within society to solve the Ukrainian crisis. Wed, 28 May 2014 09:53:16 +0200 CEC Preliminary Report: Petro Poroshenko to Become Ukraine’s Next President http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4261 Kyiv, May 26, 2014. More than 54 percent of Ukrainians cast their votes for Petro Poroshenko as their next new president, according to preliminary results reported by the Central Elections Commission (CEC) of Ukraine as of 17:00 on May 26, 2014. Poroshenko is followed by Yulia Tymoshenko with 13.13 percent of the votes and Oleh Lyashko who received the support of 8.48 percent of Ukrainians. So far the CEC has processed about 78.14 percent of voter bulletins. The total number of voters in Ukraine who participated in May 25th presidential elections was 15,071,544 people, reported the Commission on its website. Mon, 26 May 2014 09:33:51 +0200 61 percent of Russians Think that Parts of Neighboring Countries Belong to Russia http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4260 Kyiv, May 24, 2014. A recent Pew Research Center poll in Russia shows that 61 percent of Russian citizens think that parts of neighboring countries rightfully belong to the Russian Federation. The results of the Pew poll, conducted in April of this year, were either directly or indirectly related to Russia’s March annexation of Crimea and support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The poll, perhaps unsurprisingly, also showed that Putin’s popularity in Russia has increased by 14 percentage points since 2012, from 69 percent to 83 percent, in the wake of the Crimean crisis. Sat, 24 May 2014 09:11:45 +0200 Ukraine’s Authorities Disclose Evidence of Russia’s Involvement in Eastern Ukraine’s Unrest http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4259 Kyiv, May 23, 2014. Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council as well as the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) disclosed details which confirm the involvement of the Russian Federation in the upheaval in Eastern Ukraine. In particular, Ukraine’s authorities affirmed that the terrorists who are operating in eastern Ukraine had been trained in the Russian city Rostov-on-Don; pseudo-Euromaidan activists were leaking information to their Kremlin collaborators and an already-detained Russian professional sniper was being deployed for a mission in the East of Ukraine. Fri, 23 May 2014 17:47:28 +0200 Eastern Ukraine’s Pseudo Referendum Mocks Key Principles of Democratic Voting http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4220 Kyiv, May 11, 2014. Sponsored by the Russian Federation eastern Ukraine’s illegal referendum blatantly violates key principles of democratic voting, stated today the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. Eyewitnesses and international journalists report of the scarcity of voting cabins, circulation of pre-voted plebiscite ballots, gun threats to local civilians, and blatant negligence of identity and document checks during the voting in the cities of Eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s government and the international community have already declared the illegitimacy of the referendum, taking place on May 11, 2014, while the separatist leaders report about the 90 percent voting turnout, the establishment of the People’s Republic of Donetsk and the launch of Russian Ruble shortly after referendum. Sun, 11 May 2014 09:33:38 +0200 Russia Continues to Blatantly Manipulate the West about Absence of Russian Troops in Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4219 Kyiv, May 10, 2014. Officials of the Russian Federation continue to attempt to convince the West of the absence of Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine. In the meantime, Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) continue to uncover additional evidence of Russian engagement in fueling the violent confrontations on Ukraine's eastern border. Sat, 10 May 2014 09:29:42 +0200 Ukraine’s Anti-Terrorist Operation’s Death Toll Rises as Russia Violates Geneva Commitments http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4218 Kyiv, May 9, 2014. Since the beginning of the Ukrainian government's antiterrorist operation in April, 14 Ukrainian soldiers, including SBU (Ukrainian intelligence) agents, have been killed and 66 have suffered injuries. The death toll is likely to continue to rise as the government of the Russian Federation appears to be ignoring the Geneva accords, issuing controversial or even false statements, as well as providing support to terrorists and separatists in the east of Ukraine. In contrast, Ukraine has been fulfilling its obligations under the Geneva Agreement, as numerous foreign officials have stated. Fri, 09 May 2014 09:14:25 +0200 UN Headquarters Reviews Legal Dimensions of Ukraine Crisis http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4217 Kyiv, May 8, 2014. Today, a team of international lawyers will present their report, Crisis in Ukraine: Its Legal Dimensions and recommendations on the ongoing crisis and armed conflict in Ukraine at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Prepared for Razom, a Ukrainian-American human rights organization, the well-documented 76-page report covers all the critical legal aspects of the conflict: legal conclusions on Eastern Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, Budapest Memorandum on international security guarantees, and human rights and humanitarian law at issue. Thu, 08 May 2014 11:54:00 +0200 National Poll: Ukrainians Oppose Russia and Want to Join the EU http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4203 Kyiv, April 30, 2014.The vast majority of Ukrainians don’t support Russian intervention in Ukraine and think Ukraine should remain a united, unitary state with strong ties to the EU. These were the results of a recent survey conducted in Ukraine by the public opinion and market research company Baltic Surveys/The Gallup Organization on behalf of the International Republican Institute (IRI). Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:11:03 +0200 Interim Ukrainian Government Presents Tangible Achievements After 60 Days in Office http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4189 Kyiv, April 28, 2014. The signing of Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, removal of EU tariffs on imports of Ukrainian goods, streamlining of the licensing process in the agricultural sector – these were just some notable accomplishments of Ukraine’s interim government in the past 60 days. Other achievements included the reduction of taxes on medicine, the establishment of the National Guard, reform of the judicial sector, strengthening of anti-corruption policy, introduction of new decentralization policy, and negotiation of energy reform. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:23:44 +0200 International Stakeholders: Russian Military Provokes Conflict in Eastern Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4168 Kyiv, April 17, 2014. The political and military tension at Ukraine’s Eastern border reached a new high when Russian special forces were caught instigating a series of conflicts in a number of Ukraine’s Eastern cities, namely in Donetsk, Horlivka (Gorlovka), Luhansk, Kramatorsk, Chervony Lyman and Slovyansk. While the pro-Russian media continue to present an image of ‘Donetsk self-defense units fighting for their freedoms and liberties’, the facts on the ground present an altogether different reality: Russian special forces – Spetsnaz – have invaded Eastern Ukraine, marking a serious escalation in the conflict. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:20:02 +0200 Ukraine Calls for New Security System in Europe – Interim Prime Minister Yatsenyuk http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4167 Kyiv, April 14, 2014. Ukraine is issuing an appeal to international partners to begin work on a new security system in Europe. This statement was released by the interim Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk during the Kyiv Security Forum, reported UNIAN. The statement of the Ukrainian politician echoes those made by James Sherr, a representative of one the world’s leading think tanks, Chatham House. According to Sherr, Russia’s actions in Ukraine pose the most direct challenge yet to the fundamental rules of the European security system established after the war with Russia’s direct participation. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:13:39 +0200 PACE Looks into Revoking Russia’s Voting Rights http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4166 Kyiv, April 9, 2014. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will vote tomorrow on whether to introduce sanctions against Russia which may include stripping the Russian delegation of its powers in the organization and denying RF the right to vote, said Serhiy Sobolev, the head of Ukraine’s “Fatherland” (“Batkivshchyna”) party. This had been confirmed earlier by the head of Russia’s delegation to PACE Aleksei Pushkov. The last time a similar measure was introduced against Russia was during the war in Chechnya. The measures, if introduced, are a response to Russia’s military intervention in Crimea, followed by the illegal annexation of the peninsula, which was carried out in violation of the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:01:14 +0200 Ex-President of Georgia: Situation in Eastern Ukraine Resembles Crimean Scenario http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4165 Kyiv, April 7, 2014. The violent seizure of administrative buildings, demand for a local referendum, and the Russian tri-color being hoisted on top of the city council – these were the preliminary acts of Russia’s military intervention in Ukrainian Crimea not so long ago. Today, the same actions appear to mark a new stage of the Kremlin’s aggression against Eastern Ukraine, namely in the cities of Donetsk, Kharkiv and Luhansk. The Crimean scenario is to unfold in Eastern Ukraine within the next 48 hours and Ukraine must react, warned former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili in a statement today. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:52:17 +0200 Russia Continues to Brazenly Mock International Law http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4149 Kyiv, April 4, 2014. On April 1 the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation made a cynical statement claiming that Russia’s military intervention in Crimea, followed by the illegal annexation of the peninsula, was not a violation of the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. The statement was yet another demonstration of Russia’s contempt for and disrespect of international law and of its indisputable obligations before the international community. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:36:29 +0200 Political Experts: Ukraine’s Decentralization is the Only Right Answer to Russia’s “F” Word http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4141 Kyiv, April 3, 2014. Federalization of the country, the introduction of Russian as a second language, and enforcement of local referendums in Ukraine are just a few of the requirements announced by the Kremlin as a condition of holding future negotiations with Ukraine. This was the message that was recently communicated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (RF) Sergey Lavrov in public statements. Ironically, federalization, which goes against the very structure of Ukraine as a unitary state and poses a direct threat to Ukraine's existence as a sovereign and independent country, is something that Russia itself has failed to implement, according to Ukraine's MFA. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:27:35 +0200 Ukraine's MFA: Russia Should Heed Its Own Advice http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4136 Kyiv, April 1, 2014. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has encouraged its colleagues in the Russian Federation (RF) to focus on their own domestic issues, rather than to interfere in Ukraine’s internal affairs. This statement was released in response to Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s call for the federalization of Ukraine and for Ukraine adopting Russian as the country's second official language. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:55:48 +0200 UNHCR’s One-sided Preliminary Conclusion Misinterprets Ukraine’s Draft Law http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4123 Kyiv, March 29, 2014. On March 23, 2014, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees released preliminary comments on Ukraine’s draft law on guarantees of the rights and freedoms of citizens on temporarily occupied territories. According to UNHCR the draft is not in line with international law since its provisions “may exacerbate the risk of displacement from Crimea”. Notably, there is no mentioning of Russia’s responsibility to respect the human rights of Crimean locals on the territory it illegally annexed. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:19:22 +0200 United Nations General Assembly Declares Crimean Annexation Illegal http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4122 Kyiv, March 27, 2014. This time, unable to cast a veto, the Russian Federation (RF) silently observed how members of the United Nations Organization passed a resolution on the Ukrainian-Russian military conflict. Intended to stop Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine, to reaffirm Ukraine’s territorial integrity and to rebuke the legitimacy of the Crimean referendum, the resolution was supported by 100 members, while 11 voted against and 58 abstained. The document was first introduced at the Session of the Security Council of the UN on March 15, 2014; however, it was rejected by Russia’s veto. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:01:05 +0200 Crimea ‘Pseudo-Consultation’ Should Not Redraw Ukrainian Borders – Congress of the Council of Europe http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4120 Kyiv, March 26, 2013. Local and regional authorities of the 47 Council of Europe member-states condemned Russia’s attack on the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The Congress of the Council of Europe shared the concerns of the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and of “the whole international community”. According to the Declaration adopted at the 26th session of the Congress, the pseudo-referendum in Crimea (held on March 16) failed to provide minimum democratic guarantees and cannot result in the shifting of borders between Ukraine and Russia. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:30:12 +0200 The UK Government Takes No Nonsense from Putin http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4109 Kyiv, March 24, 2014. Vladimir Putin’s statements on the 'reasonable' military invasion and the 'legitimate' annexation of Ukrainian Crimea certainly did not convince the Western world and caused a virulent stream of economic sanctions against Russia by world's leading economies. For instance, Putin's arguments voiced at his recent press conference, held on March 17, 2014 were met with great doubt and later denounced by the Government of the United Kingdom. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:32:03 +0200 Ukrainian Association of International Law: Ukraine’s Government Is Legitimate http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4106 Kyiv, March 21, 2014. The current government of Ukraine is legitimate, Russia performed an act of aggression against Ukraine, the Crimean Tatars are the indigenous people of Crimea. These and other statements were released by the Ukrainian Association of International Law (UAIL) on March 20, 2014, during a press briefing at the Institute of International Relations of National Taras Shevchenko University in Kyiv. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:17:32 +0200 Russia’s Annexation of Crimea Threatens World Peace: Is the UN Obsolete? http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4104 Kyiv, March 21, 2014. Today the Russian State Duma approved the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea and Sevastopol, completing the official part of the military occupation of the region. While most of the civilized world (including the EU, the U.S. and Japan) condemned the staged “referendum,” which was held at gunpoint, and imposed sanctions on Russia, the UN Security Council failed to adopt a resolution invalidating the vote. Russia, a permanent member of the Council, vetoed the resolution. And even if it hadn’t, some experts believe the UN “has no teeth” to enforce the resolution. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:06:35 +0200 Kremlin Cynically Equates Crimea with Kosovo http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4103 Kyiv, March 21, 2014. Vladimir Putin argues that he did not violate any international laws with his military occupation of Crimea and the staging of a local “referendum” there at gunpoint. According to Putin, his actions, including his deployment of “green men” – a term used by Ukrainian media to refer to armed Russian troops stationed in Crimea, whom Putin called the “self-defense of Crimea” claiming they were not Russian soldiers, who blocked and threatened Ukrainian military units in Crimea, were legitimate. His reasoning is that in 2008 while the U.S. and most Western nations recognized the referendum in Kosovo, Russia furiously opposed the results of the vote. “Crimea is similar to Kosovo, the West is rewriting its own rule book,” claims Putin. But isn’t this really what you are doing, Mister President of the Russian Federation? Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:22:29 +0200 Russian Conflict Spreads to Eastern Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4085 Kyiv, March 17, 2014. Over the past few weeks, tensions between Ukraine and Russia have increased dramatically over Crimea, and have begun to spread to Eastern regions of Ukraine. The cities of Kharkiv and Donetsk have seen numerous demonstrations both in support of and in opposition to Russian intervention in Ukraine. Clashes between the two groups of protesters have led to bloodshed and have resulted in a number of deaths. A major cause of these clashes is thought to be the large numbers of Russian "tourists" who are reportedly crossing Ukraine’s border and appearing in Ukraine’s Eastern cities to participate in pro-Russian demonstrations. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:52:01 +0200 Crimean “Referendum”: Fraud, Neo-Nazis, Over 100% Turnout http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4086 Kyiv, March 17, 2014. Yesterday a so-called “referendum” took place in Crimea. On Monday morning the results were announced: 96 percent of voters opted for Crimea to become a part of Russia, with voter turnout exceeding 83 percent, according to Kryminform, the commission responsible for holding the illegal referendum. At the same time the turnout in Sevastopol, a city with a special status, exceeded 100 percent. Earlier, the leader of the Crimean Tatars, who make up for 13 percent of Crimean population, announced that the Tatars would boycott the unconstitutional referendum, for they “never participate in clown shows”. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:43:33 +0200 In Conversation with Mustafa Cemilev, Putin Declines Legitimacy of Ukraine’s Separation From USSR http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4079 Kyiv, March 14, 2014. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin stated to ex-MP of Ukraine and former head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Cemilev that Ukraine’s separation from the USSR was illegitimate. According to Ukrainian news agency UNIAN, this statement was released to the press by Cemilev after his phone conversation with Putin in Moscow. The conversation was witnessed by the ex-President of Tatarstan Mintimer Shaimiev and lasted for about an hour. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:08:27 +0200 Crimean Referendum To Take Place ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4080 Kyiv, March 13, 2014. Today Crimea stands at a crossroads, deciding its future for the coming decades. The truth may very well turn out to be that the Crimean referendum is only a formal reason to justify a larger military interference by Russia and an annexation of Ukraine’s Southern territories. Overly extolled by the Crimean self-proclaimed Parliament and overwhelming pro-Russian propaganda, the referendum is supposed to change something or everything. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:12:19 +0200 Political Expert: Ukraine’s Former President’s Speech Resembles Kremlin Rhetoric http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4076 Kyiv, March 11, 2014. The residents of (now peaceful) Kyiv were surprised to learn that their city “remains engulfed in violent turmoil and [that] fascists usurped power in Ukraine’s capital”. Such was the statement made by ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who spoke today of recent events unfolding in Kyiv and Ukraine in a press conference in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Interestingly, in his speech the former president made no mention of the escalating conflict and obvious confrontation in Ukrainian Crimea. His speech consisted of sound bites and propaganda currently being generated by the Kremlin, some experts believe. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:57:25 +0200 Despite Death Threats National Troops Remain Loyal to the Ukrainian People http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4075 Kyiv, March 10, 2014. Recently, the number of Russian troops in Ukraine’s Crimea has increased from 20,000 to 30,000 units. Fully armed, the Russian military claims to offer protection to the Russian speaking population within Ukraine’s borders. In a controversial statement, Russian President Vladimir Putin identified armed troops as “Crimean self-defense units.” Day by day, Russia is distancing Crimea from the informational spotlight and forcing out media and observers, allowing for death threats and numerous provocations for an armed conflict to the remaining Ukrainian troops permanently stationed in Crimea. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:53:35 +0200 Russian Army Invades Crimea on False Pretense – Or Putin’s Five Biggest Lies About Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4074 Recently, the Russian Federation (RF) increased its military presence in Ukrainian Crimea and started blocking Ukrainian military bases as well as sabotaging their daily operations by cutting off electricity, food and water supply, and other essentials. President Putin attempts to justify these actions as Russia’s response to instability and ethnic conflict, to right-wing extremists coming to power, to a threat to the Russian-speaking population and human rights violations, and to Russia’s legitimate historical rights to Crimea. None of these points are true, no matter how plausible they may initially sound. Here is why: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:49:33 +0200 UN Security Council, US, EU Reject Crimean Referendum http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4068 Kyiv, March 8, 2014. The upcoming referendum in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC) was deemed illegal by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). This was stated after the closed-doors session of the UNSC on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Additionally, the referendum in Crimea was officially recognized as illegal by the governments of the U.S. and the EU. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 19:31:13 +0200 Former Head of Mejlis: Russian Policy Toward Crimea – Ethnocide, Genocide and Deportation http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4067 Kyiv, March 8, 2014. In the last three months there has been a lot of effort in the media about ethnic minorities in Ukraine and a threat to them as a result of the current political conflict between Ukraine and Russia, which is taking place on the territory of southern Ukrainian Crimea. The leaders of Crimean Tatars, have expressed their grave concern with actions of the Russian government in Crimea and call to the governments of democratic countries, international organizations and communities for help. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 10:46:26 +0200 Ukraine: Events Chronicle 2010-2014 http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4066 Kyiv, March 8, 2014. There have been many questions as to what led to massive protests in Ukraine, escalation of the conflict and eventual bloodshed followed by the appointment of the new interim government and the increased presence of the Russian military in southern Ukraine. The timeline below may be instrumental in helping you make up your own mind as to what really happened and why. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 09:48:40 +0200 Ukraine: Referendum in Crimea Contradicts Constitution http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4072 Kyiv, March 7, 2014. Parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC) called for an early referendum, scheduled for March 16, 2014. The referendum will feature two questions: whether the Crimean territory will become a part of the Russian Federation, or remain as an Autonomous Republic within Ukraine according to 1992 Crimean Constitution. Initially, the referendum was scheduled for May 25 having been rescheduled twice – for March 30 and then for March 16, 2014, respectively. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:42:53 +0200 Interior Minister: Third Party is at Fault in Kyiv’s ‘Bloody Thursday’ Events http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4065 Kyiv, March 7, 2014. A third party, non-Ukrainian, is to blame for the dramatic bloodshed which took place in Kyiv on February 20, 2014. Such statement was released by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Arsen Avakov during his briefing in Kharkiv region, as reported by Interfax Ukraine. Earlier, Russia Today speculated about the involvement of snipers hired by Maidan leaders. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:46:06 +0200 EU, US, NATO Officials Express Support to Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4063 Kyiv, March 5, 2014. Top officials of the European Union, the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization expressed their support to Ukrainian people and called for negotiations to mitigate the crisis as Eastern European state appears at a brink of war. Earlier, the President of the Russian Federation held a press conference, where he announced that Russian troops in Crimea will undertake action, “only to protect local people.” On March 2, 2014, President Vladimir Putin got “green light” from Russia’s upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, to send troops to Ukraine. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:07:44 +0200 Russia Maintains Military Tension on Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4061 Kyiv, March 5, 2014. Shortly after political crisis in Ukraine’s capital mitigated the spotlight moved to the Southern region of Ukraine – Crimea. According to the decision passed by the upper house of the parliament, the Federation Council, and enforced by President Vladimir Putin on March 2, 2014, the Russian military took over Crimean territory. Reportedly, Ukraine’s military units have been threatened by a siege; however at the moment no direct violence or blood shed was observed. Nevertheless, Ukrainian troops are left without food and medicine, sieged at Sevastopol military base, reported Informatsiynyi Sprotyv on March 5, 2014. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:37:06 +0200 Ukraine’s MFA: Despite Putin’s Public Statement, Russian Troops Remain in Crimea http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4060 Kyiv, March 6, 2014. Following the public appearance of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his comments on the Crimea situation, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry rebutted his statements. Despite President Putin’s assurances that the alleged military trainings of the Russian Armed Forces on Ukrainian border were curtailed, the Russian military remain in place of their earlier reported location. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:42:59 +0200 Ukrainian Parliament Adopts Historic Resolutions: President Yanukovych Ousted, 2004 Constitution Reinstated http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4028 Kyiv, February 24, 2014. Ukrainian reality drastically changed in merely three days’ time: starting February 22, Ukrainian parliament – the Verkhovna Rada became the only legitimate source of authority in the country and adopted a number of consequential acts. After President Yanukovych and opposition leaders signed a deal leading to securing early presidential elections before the end of the year, Yanukovych left his Kyiv residence and is still nowhere to be found, while his signature was needed to enact a number of agreed resolutions. Thus, the parliament resolved that the president has effectively resigned. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:23:30 +0200 Ukraine: Pro-European Demonstration Escalates as Violence Unfolds http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4029 Kyiv, February 21, 2014. The ongoing pro-European rally has been noted to move closer to its democratic resolution after demonstrators vacated the Kyiv city hall and Ukraine’s government introduced amnesty to protesters. In response to recent clashes President Yanukovych removed Ukraine’s Prime Minister Azarov, leaving the main demand of the protesters yet to be fulfilled. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:34:31 +0200 Ukrainian Parliament Votes for Reinstatement of 2004 Constitution http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=4026 Kyiv, February 21, 2014. Today the Verkhovna Rada voted for the reinstatement of the Ukrainian Constitution in its 2004 edition. Initially, the issue was supposed to be voted on February 19, as planned by the opposition. Moreover, President Yanukovych and opposition leaders signed a deal leading to securing early presidential elections before the end of the year. The deal also provides for the creation of the national unity government and conducting electoral reform. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:13:22 +0200 U.S. Congress Supports Ukrainians’ Aspirations for Fear-Free Future http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3993 Kyiv, February 11, 2014. On February 10 the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress passed a resolution on Ukraine with the majority vote - 381 voted in favor, 2 – against. The resolution was passed under the title Supporting the Democratic and European Aspirations of the People of Ukraine, and Their Right to Choose Their Own Future Free of Intimidation and Fear. Among other positions, the document reminds Ukrainian authorities of possible targeted sanctions. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:02:59 +0200 European Parliament Calls for Sanctions Against Ukrainian Officials http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3977 Kyiv, February 07, 2014. The European Parliament called on the European Union to introduce visa and financial sanctions against Ukrainian officials and businessmen responsible for the use of violence against protesters in Ukraine. The draft resolution was supported at a EP meeting on February 5, 2014 and signed by 68 European deputies from six political groups. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:49:04 +0200 PACE Adopts Tough Resolution on Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3937 Kyiv, January 31, 2014. The issue of sanctions against Ukrainian government including the option of suspending the voting rights of Ukrainian delegation will be reviewed in April “if grave human rights violations continue, or if the Maidan protest were to be broken up by force”. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:20:00 +0200 EU Calls for Ukraine’s Government and Opposition to Continue Negotiations http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3909 Kyiv, January 27, 2014. The Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine insisted that Ukrainian Government followed up on its promise of nonviolence toward the protesters. The mission also called for the opposition to stick to the peaceful nature of the protest and to distance themselves from those who use violence to achieve their goals. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:26:30 +0200 Anti-Government Clashes Alleviate as First Victims Appear in Kyiv http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3908 Kyiv, January 27, 2014. In the past two months Ukraine set an intermittent tendency of escalating and alleviating anti-government demonstrations in downtown Kyiv. Although, starting January 22, 2014, the democratic rally has been dramatically exacerbated by bringing first victims to the spotlight; today, the uprising fervor is under control at the epicenter of Ukraine’s riots – Hrushevskoho St. Demonstrators await for the opposition leaders to find a democratic resolution at yet another round of negotiations with the government to eliminate future losses at Euromaidan. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:19:10 +0200 International Media Outburst over Ukraine’s Parliament Curtailing Human Rights http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3864 Kyiv, January 17, 2014. New York Times, Time, Reuters, BBC, Al Jazeera, Daily Mail, France 24 are just a few international media sources who spotlight anti-protest draft laws voted in by Ukrainian parliament majority on January 16, 2013, already known in Ukraine as the “Black Thursday”. The voting took place amidst a brawl with the MPs raising hands in favor of the drafts. Three seconds later the hands go down and the head of the Returning Board Volodymyr Oliynyk of Party of Regions announces that 235 MPs voted in favor of the draft law. The U.S. and EU politicians also condemned the laws-to-be and the voting procedure applied. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:12:01 +0200 United States Call for Democratic Resolution of Ukraine’s Rallies http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3857 Kyiv, January 16, 2014. The United States Department of State calls for peaceful and democratic resolution of political clashes in Ukraine, in the light of recent events since the suspension of the Association Agreement signing process. In case there is no ultimate solution found, the United States will be forced to impose sanctions on Yanukovych’s government. Such statement was released by Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs on January 15, 2014 at the planetary session of the U.S. Senate. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:38:56 +0200 U.S. Senate Reminds Ukrainian Authorities of Possible Targeted Sanctions http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3805 Kyiv, January 8, 2013. The United States Senate approved the Resolution, expressing the support for the Ukrainian people “in light of President Yanukovych’s decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the EU”. Most importantly, the Senators of the 113th Congress urged Ukrainian government to refrain from the further use of force against peaceful protestors and reminded of possible targeted sanctions against the authorities. The government was called to respect the human rights of the Ukrainian people – especially the freedom of speech and assembly. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:57:16 +0200 EU Hopes Ukraine Continues with European Integration Course http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3746 Kyiv, December 18, 2013. The European Union anticipates that Ukraine’s recent agreement with Russia does not negate European integration vector of the country. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:16:49 +0200 European Parliament Intends to Launch Mediation Mission on Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3736 Kyiv, December 16, 2013. The European Parliament recommended the EU to support eastern partners who seek closer ties with the EU. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:39:45 +0200 Ukraine in the Spotlight: Battle for European Future http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3705 Kyiv, December 5, 2013. Despite the pressing anticipation of the successful outcome of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius on November 28-29, Ukrainian government decided to delay the signing of the Association Agreement with the EU. Deliberated decision was introduced by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on the 21st of November and has immediately received an ambivalent reaction of Ukrainian citizens. Controversial news exploded on the Internet and finally embodied into the national outcry which was later named Euromaidan (European and Maidan – square in Ukrainian). Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:30:35 +0200 15th Day of Maidan: No-Confidence Vote Fails, People Demand Authority’s Reboot http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3703 Kyiv, December 5, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters fled the main squares of Ukrainian cities in protest against the violent dispersal and merciless beatings of the demonstrators in Kyiv (Maidan Nezalezhnosti, November 30). Before Ukrainian riot police carried out inhumane orders the protesters urged Ukrainian president to sign the Association Agreement with the EU, after the bloodshed – people demanded president’s impeachment and resignation of the parliament and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. People protesting in their cities around the country also demand resignation of local authorities (more so in eastern Ukraine). Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:21:02 +0200 Ukraine Reaffirms European Course – President Yanukovych http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3685 Kyiv, November 29, 2013. Ukraine hopes to sign Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union in the near future. Such statement was made by President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych during the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius today. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:49:59 +0200 President Yanukovych Invites EU and Russia to Negotiating Table Before Vilnius Summit http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3678 Kyiv, November 27, 2013. Kyiv wants to settle disputes about the Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union by having negotiations involving all three parties – EU, Russia and Ukraine – before the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:28:14 +0200 President Yanukovych Identifies Ukraine as a European State http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3670 Kyiv, November 27, 2013. Human rights, equality before the law, freedom of choice and social security are key factors, required to build a strong European state. Such statement was released by President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych in the official address to Ukrainian citizens on November 26, 2013. The speech followed the earlier resolution of the government to halt preparations to sign trade agreements with the EU. The state policy will remain consistent with the European way and there is no alternative to building a society of European standards in Ukraine, assured the head of state. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:57:33 +0200 Over Half of Poland’s Population Supports Ukraine’s EU Membership http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3650 Kyiv, November 20, 2013. Majority of the citizens of Poland – 54 percent – support Ukraine’s possible membership in the EU, according to the recent opinion poll conducted by the Centrum Badania Opinii Społecznej (Public Opinion Research Center). Yet, the Polish people consider the possible EU membership for Ukraine a remote possibility, reads the CBOS research as quoted by PAP. At the same time, one fifth of the polled citizens (20 percent) support fast joining the EU for Ukraine. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:04:28 +0200 EU Ambassador Sees No Reason to Postpone Signing of Association Agreement with Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3648 Kyiv, November 19, 2013. The EU is very positive about signing an Association Agreement with Ukraine during the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, stated the EU Ambassador to Ukraine Jan Tombinski in his interview with Segodnya. The fate of the future association will be determined during the actual summit and not before, he added. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:00:24 +0200 Four European Ambassadors Support Ukraine’s Closer Association with EU http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3645 Kyiv, November 18, 2013. The four European Ambassadors to Ukraine expressed their support for closer association between Ukraine and the European Union. The Ambassadors with the help of the Ukrainian college students made their statements as a part of the Stronger Together information campaign implemented by Ukraine and the EU. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:38:31 +0200 DW-Trend: 58% Ukrainians Support Joining the EU http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3642 Kyiv, November 18, 2013. The number of Ukrainians in favor of their country joining the EU has increased by six percent, informs Deutsche Welle. The poll, conducted by the DW-Trend, shows that 58 percent of the polled Ukrainians support eventual membership of their country in the EU. Approximately 31 percent of Ukrainians does not support the EU membership, while 37 percent of the polled citizens approve of the EU membership within the next five years. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:04:23 +0200 Nearly 50% of Ukraine’s Population Support Signing of Association Agreement http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3624 Kyiv, November 13, 2013. According to a public opinion poll, conducted by the largest Ukraine-based market research company, about half of Ukrainians support the signing of the Association Agreement with the EU.S.pporters of the European integration generally share the values ​​of the EU aimed at improving social standards: they are eager to reject corruption, respect parking regulations and speed limits, etc., as reported by gfk.ua. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:04:27 +0200 President Yanukovych: Ukraine Should Become a Bridge Between EU and CU http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3606 Kyiv, November 6, 2013. The signing of the Association Agreement (AA) and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) between Ukraine and the European Union should not become the end of just some phase of cooperation, but the beginning of a broader and deeper integration process. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:09:26 +0200 IMF: Ukraine Demonstrates Improvement But Challenges Remain http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3597 Kyiv, November 1, 2013. Ukraine's economy shows signs of improvement, stated the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission to Ukraine Nikolay Gueorguiev in a report provided as a result of the mission’s work in Kyiv on October 17-29, reported Ukrinform. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 16:55:26 +0200 Ukraine Will Sign Association Agreement With EU No Matter What – Spanish Ambassador http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3594 Kyiv, October 31, 2013. Ukraine will still sign an Association Agreement (AA) with the EU no matter the results of the Vilnius summit. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:31:08 +0200 France Believes Ukraine-EU Association Will Be Signed in Vilnius http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3580 Kyiv, October 28, 2013. France is optimistic about the future signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, says French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. He reckons the agreement will be signed at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, scheduled for November 28-29, 2013. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:41:25 +0200 EP: Offering Ukraine European Perspective Is of Great Significance for Both Parties http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3566 Kyiv, October 23, 2013. The European Parliament has passed a resolution on the European Neighbourhood Policy, in which the MEPs acknowledge European aspirations of Ukraine and reiterate their view that deepening of relations between the EU and Ukraine and the fact of offering Ukraine a European perspective are of great significance and in the interests of both parties, reads the text of the document. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:01:34 +0200 Britain’s Foreign Secretary Notes Progress in Ukraine’s European Integration http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3564 Kyiv, October 22, 2013. The U.K. supports Ukraine’s European aspirations and believes that Kyiv has achieved important progress toward the signing of the association with the EU. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:18:49 +0200 EU Supports Ukraine’s Pragmatic Ways in OSCE Chairmanship http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3563 Kyiv, October 22, 2013. The EU appreciates Ukraine’s balanced and pragmatic ways in its OSCE chairmanship, stated the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius. He also noted that the EU supported the preparations of Ukraine for the next OSCE Ministerial Council to be held on December 5-6, 2013, in Kyiv. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:03:39 +0200 Ukraine Expected to Head CIS in 2014 http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3561 Kyiv, October 22, 2013. The decision regarding Ukraine presiding in the CIS over 2014 is expected at the October 25 summit of the CIS heads of states, informs the press service of the organization. Should the decision be made, Ukraine will take over the CIS presidency from the current head Belarus on January 1, 2014. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:36:19 +0200 Germany Sees Ukraine Politically Independent and Economically Attractive - Former EU Enlargement Commissioner http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3553 Kyiv, October 18, 2013. Having recognized Ukraine’s great potential for development and huge market opportunity, German business will stimulate its politicians to cooperate with the Eastern European country. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:34:32 +0200 Estonia Supports Ukraine’s European Ambition http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3540 Kyiv, October 15, 2013. Estonia supports the signing of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, said Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves during his meeting with the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. President Ilves emphasized that Ukraine was, in fact, a part of Europe, as quoted by Unian. Moreover, he expressed his dissatisfaction with third party pressure directed at Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia regarding their foreign policy choice. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:47:37 +0200 No Ukraine-EU Association Means EU’s Eastern Partnership Failure – Experts http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3535 Kyiv, October 14, 2013. European experts consider the signing of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement to be the crucial step in the development of the EU’s Eastern Partnership. Such opinion was voiced by Tom Casier, Brussels School of International Relations, University of Kent, Amanda Paul, European Policy Center, Christian Forstner, Hanns Seidel Stiftung, and Ina Kirsch, European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, in their comments for Interfax. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 16:12:47 +0200 International Media Anticipate Ukraine-EU Association http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3534 Kyiv, October 14, 2013. As Ukraine and the EU approach the signing of the Association Agreement at the November Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, international media scale up the related coverage. Bloomberg, Deutsche Welle, Financial Times, Reuters, The Independent, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, UPI and others cover the topics of remaining requirements for Ukraine before the document is signed, Russian pressure on the country, as well as possible outcomes of the association. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:55:48 +0200 European Commissioner Remains Optimistic About EU-Ukraine Association http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3531 Kyiv, October 11, 2013.Ukraine makes great progress in fulfilling the conditions necessary for signing the Association Agreement, which brings it closer to the EU. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 23:01:26 +0200 Lithuanian Foreign Minister – Ukraine’s European Integration Should Become Irreversible http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3522 Kyiv, October 4, 2013. The EU should seize the moment and make Ukraine’s European integration irreversible. Such statement was released by Linas Linkevicius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania – presiding member of the Council of the European Union, as reported by the Deutsche Welle. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:47:45 +0200 90% Chance Ukraine Signs EU Association at November Summit – Standard Bank http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3506 Kyiv, October 2, 2013. The analysts at Standard Bank expect the deep and comprehensive free trade area (economic part of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement) to be signed at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, with the 90 percent probability, reads the company report on Ukraine by Timothy Ash. Notable recent development is that now it’s crystal clear Ukraine is oriented firmly westwards, notes Ash. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:32:16 +0200 PACE Members Reaffirm Full Support for the EU-Ukraine Association http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3504 Kyiv, October 1, 2013. We welcome the continuing efforts of the Ukrainian authorities towards reforms implementation, undertaken to meet obligations and commitments within the membership of the Council of Europe and the creation of preconditions for the signing the Association Agreement with the European Union, reads the declaration by a group of PACE members signed on October 1, according to Ukrinform. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:51:06 +0200 Ukrainian Society Demonstrates Impressive Consensus on European Integration – US Ambassador http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3489 Kyiv, September 27, 2013. The consensus present in the Ukrainian society regarding the European integration has been one of the most impressive experiences for Geoffrey R. Pyatt, the new U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. In his interview with Ukrainska Pravda, Pyatt noted that politicians, business and religious leaders, civic society, and regular citizens all agreed on the subject. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:10:42 +0200 EU Market Ready for Ukrainian Goods After Signing Association Agreement – Polish Media http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3481 Kyiv, September 25, 2013. The EU countries have agreed that after signing the Association Agreement (AA) with Ukraine some of the provisions will take immediate effect even before the ratification process is over. Such statement was released by the Polish News Agency PAP with reference to its sources in Brussels. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:26:22 +0200 European Aspirations Direct Ukraine’s Development – President Yanukovych http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3480 Kyiv, September 25, 2013. Ukraine’s aspirations for the European integration define the country’s development path. This was stated by the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in his speech at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:38:15 +0200 EU Offers Provisional Application of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3475 Kyiv, September 24, 2013. EU member states have agreed to offer provisional application of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement at a meeting of EU ambassadors, confirmed EU Council press officer Susanne Kiefer. This decision does not in any way alter the conditions the EU set before Ukraine in December 2012 for signing the Association Agreement, noted Kiefer in a statement for Worldwide News Ukraine. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:37:16 +0200 The Clintons Support Ukraine’s European Future http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3471 Kyiv, September 23, 2013. Association Agreement with the EU will help Ukraine modernize its economy and create jobs, said Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State, at the 10th Yalta Annual Meeting YES. Ukraine could combine its European integration and friendly relations with northern neighbor Russia, reckoned the 42nd President of the USA Bill Clinton at the same event. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:13:01 +0200 Ukraine Makes Significant Progress in Meeting EU Criteria – Lithuanian Ambassador http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/politics/?id=3461 Kyiv, September 19, 2013. The Lithuanian Ambassador to Ukraine Petras Vaitiekūnas is convinced that the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (AA) will be signed at the Eastern Partnership Summit in November. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:49:41 +0200