Week’s milestones. President’s ban, Premier’s pensions, and Parliament’s swings
Sanctions against legal entities and individuals that affected Russian social networks and large internet players sparked an active debate in Ukrainian society. President Poroshenko personally attended the ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Crimean Tatars’ deportation. PM Groysman made a bid on the implementation of the pension reform. The Verkhovna Rada stripped MP Andriy Artemenko of his people’s deputy status and abolished the so-called "Savchenko Law", although failing to create the impression of a smoothly functioning mechanism.
Ukrainian interest. Presidential surprise, visa lib success, and thaw with Israel
The decision to block Russian social networks came as a surprise not only for many citizens of Ukraine, but also for the Kremlin. The European Union officially announced visa liberalization for Ukraine. PM Volodymyr Groysman “repaired bridges” with Israel. Ex-PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk flew overseas. Angela Merkel gave important tips to Emmanuel Macron.
Week’s milestones. Presidential dialogue, celebration with provocations, and prime minister’s new big thing
Petro Poroshenko gave a big press conference. WWII Victory Day saw several provocations. Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko marked his first year in office. PM Volodymyr Groysman is ready to take up pension reform.
Ukrainian interest. Hard-won visa liberalization, thriller in Washington, and promising Macron
Several years of Ukraine’s struggle for the long-awaited EU visa liberalization is coming to a successful; completion. The negotiations in Washington became an indicator of the effectiveness of Ukrainian diplomacy. Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France’s presidential campaign has saved the Normandy Four, but it could hardly be a reason for any particular euphoria in Ukraine.
Week’s milestones. May threats, Yanukovych case, and pause for Donbas
Early days of May traditionally keep anxious the Ukrainian authorities and public as a whole. The Obolon district court in Kyiv launched hearings in a treason case of fugitive ex-president Viktor Yanukovych. The elections in Ukraine’s united territorial communities became quite a vanity fair for many politicians. The situation in the Donbas has been put on pause.
Ukrainian interest. Sochi meeting, Strasbourg test, and "wolf" raid
Putin's summer residence has become a venue for the latest talks between the Russian president and the leaders of Germany and Turkey. The decision by the Council of Europe’s Ministerial Committee on Crimea forced the Russian Foreign Ministry to lose face. The Kremlin once again deployed their "night wolves" to Europe. French election campaign ended on a dramatic note.
Week’s milestones. Demonstrative confiscation, premonition of destabilization, and anti-corruption echoes
Government officials cheerfully reported on the recovery of $1.42 billion from the accounts of Viktor Yanukovych entourage. The Ukrainian president is convinced that Russia will try to destabilize the situation in many Ukrainian cities. Anticorruption grinders came across the forks of Oleh Lyashko.
Ukrainian interest. Agramunt’s fiasco, Lukashenko’s reassurance, and Trump’s first 100 days
The Ukrainian delegation to PACE took an active part in the unprecedented overthrow of the Assembly’s President. Alexander Lukashenko continues to maneuver between Kyiv and Moscow. Poland appears very selective in interpreting the concept of friendship between states. The first hundred days of Donald Trump as U.S. president have been unexpected for many.
Chief anti-corruption prosecutor Nazar Kholodnytsky: "As a citizen, I also crave to see the verdicts handed down quickly… It’s so hard to be a pioneer"
Head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office Nazar Kholodnytsky sat down with UNIAN to tell why anti-corruption cases are investigated for so long, whether the SAP heard the notorious records promised by fugitive MP Onyshchenko, and whether the targets of the agency’s probes made any attempts to settle with prosecutors, and how successful such attempts were.
Week’s milestones. Aggravation by Turchynov, officials standing surety for Martynenko, and farmland sales as battering-ram
NSDC Secretary does not exclude Russia’s full-scale invasion into Ukraine. After the detention by NABU detectives, former MP Mykola Martynenko was bailed out in court by a number of parliamentarians and ministers. The issue of the sale of agricultural land is predictably shifting away from the economic plane toward political PR.
Ukrainian interest. Poroshenko in London, precedent in The Hague, and Erdogan’s new powers
Petro Poroshenko during his London visit voiced his tough assessments of the situation in Donbas. For the first time in a few months, the Normandy Four leaders held phone talks. The presidential campaign in France ends with a massive finish of candidates. The International Court of Justice in The Hague has recognized its jurisdiction over Ukraine's lawsuits against Russia. Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to strengthen his personal powers in Turkey.
Ukraine vs Russia in ICJ: importance of preventive decisions
Even with the eye to the fact that the International Court of Justice in The Hague has not taken into account all of Ukraine’s arguments regarding Russian violations of the two international Conventions, the Court’s order of April 19 is seen as Ukraine’s win anyway, and the Kremlin can’t roll things back.
Week’s milestones. Festive Groysman, stable Parubiy, and Gontareva set to leave
Volodymyr Groysman was emphatically modest in marking his fisrt year in prime minister’s office. Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy keeps repeating like a mantra the message that his parliament is stable and effective. Nadiia Savchenko decided to create a "Party of last resort." NBU chief Valeria Gontareva personally confirmed the rumors on her upcoming resignation.
Ukrainian interest. Encouraging Tillerson, Putin's fears, and Central European prospects
Rex Tillerson is not going to unilaterally build bridges with Russia. Vladimir Putin, as before, is afraid of color revolutions in Russia and the post-Soviet space. An international center to combat cyber threats and disinformation has been established in Finland. The EU recalled the Eastern Partnership.
Syrian war closer than seems
Crimea was drawn into the Syrian conflict from the first days of the occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula by Russia. UNIAN figured out whether Ukraine could use this as an argument for its allies in the ongoing confrontation with the Russian Federation.
"Had someone managed Ukraine properly…": Highlights of Groysman's big presser
On Tuesday, April 11, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman told the country about his government’s achievements over the past year and answered journalists' questions. Unfortunately, even more questions arose following the press conference.
Week’s milestones. Anticipation of visa lib, Groysman's expectation and leaving Gontareva
The decision by the European Parliament on visa liberalization for Ukraine should give impetus to changes inside the country. Prime Minister Groysman is preparing to present his annual report and answer whether he is fit to continue to lead the government. Yulia Tymoshenko has elegantly changed her point of view. NBU chief Valeria Gontareva announced resignation.
Ukrainian interest. Long-awaited visa-free travel, Baltic vector and inconsistent Trump
The EP's decision on visa liberalization for Ukraine has positive consequences for millions of Ukrainians. The prime ministers of the Baltic States during their Kyiv visit actively demonstrated they understood Ukrainian problems. Donald Trump has created unexpected challenges for the Russian leadership. The Normandy Four is increasingly turning into a phone talks format for several “Threes.”
Week’s milestones. Confusion with e-declarations, questionable ceasefire, and staffing intrigues
The issue of e-declarations of assets income declaration stood out at the president’s meeting with representatives of Ukrainian NGOs and a Cabinet meeting as well. A so-called ceasefire in Donbas was thwarted, without really coming into effect. Provocations in Lutsk and Lviv region are aimed at inflicting damage to Ukraine’s image on the international arena. The prime minister and the prosecutor general take turns convincing the public they are not going to leave office anytime soon.
Ukrainian interest. Provocation in Lutsk, consolidation in Malta, and reanimation of GUAM
A shell fired from a grenade launcher at the Polish Consulate General in Lutsk has become a new link in the chain of provocations directed against the development of Ukrainian-Polish relations. The Congress of the European People's Party addressed the Ukrainian issue. GUAM member states will try to revive the organization by creating a free trade area.