The Fundamental Law

The Fundamental Law

By its 19th anniversary, the Constitution of the independent Ukraine is seeing its sixth round of amendments. There are dozens of examples of more long-lasting and non-amended fundamental laws in the world. But if one looks more closely, there are also many other Constitutions in the world with even a more dramatic story.
19:00, 28.06.2015
The week in numbers

The week in numbers

Ukraine tops the list of countries with the most money transfers from migrants living in Europe, 271 MPs supported at first reading the new law on local elections, and the SBU is investigating 4,868 cases involving threats to state security.
13:41, 24.06.2015
Ukrainian interest. Putin’s phantom pain, the West starts focusing, and talks about debt.

Ukrainian interest. Putin’s phantom pain, the West starts focusing, and talks about debt.

The Russian president is in search of himself as a leader of a superpower. The EU and NATO are considering the Russian threat more realistically. And Ukraine gets into difficult negotiations on the restructuring of its national debt. 
12:44, 22.06.2015
NATO Secretary General: Russia has transferred well over 1,000 pieces of heavy equipment to separatists

NATO Secretary General: Russia has transferred well over 1,000 pieces of heavy equipment to separatists

In an exclusive interview, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tells UNIAN about the alliance’s concerns about the Kremlin's nuclear rhetoric, international military agreements that are violated by Russia, and about the allies' reaction to Moscow's "sabre-rattling."
15:31, 19.06.2015
Collective insecurity

Collective insecurity

The Russian Parliament questions the legitimacy of recognizing the independence of the Baltic states, Latvia witnesses an unusually active Russian military near its borders,  and most of the public in NATO member states don’t think it’s necessary to help their allies if they’re attacked. 
12:28, 19.06.2015
EU no longer a strategic partner for Russia. Ukraine still is, for now…

EU no longer a strategic partner for Russia. Ukraine still is, for now…

On June 10, the European Parliament passed a resolution stating that Russia is no longer considered the EU’s strategic partner. Meanwhile, Ukraine still has not scrapped its Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership with Russia.
13:45, 15.06.2015
Ukrainian interest. A decisive seven, a transatlantic trip, and Putin’s addiction.

Ukrainian interest. A decisive seven, a transatlantic trip, and Putin’s addiction.

The G7 States have reaffirmed their readiness to strengthen sanctions against Russia if there is escalation of the Donbas crisis. Ukraine’s PM and minister of finance saw some success while visiting the United States. And Putin isn’t fighting his addiction to top level manipulation.
13:05, 15.06.2015
Ukraine without Gazprom: Another step taken

Ukraine without Gazprom: Another step taken

Ukraine has signed an agreement with Hungary, taking another step towards diversifying its gas supplies. The document may effectively deprive Gazprom of control over gas transit to the EU, and halt Russian gas supplies to Ukraine in the future. But experts say Gazprom could fight back, and help from the EU might be needed.
13:05, 12.06.2015
Ukrainian interest. The dialectic of the G7, the Kremlin’s point of view and a course correction

Ukrainian interest. The dialectic of the G7, the Kremlin’s point of view and a course correction

The G7 Summit is being held without RPutin, and this impacts Russia's foreign policy. The Kremlin is striving to impose on the global community its own view  of events in the Donbas. And Ukraine is ever more vocal about its Euro-Atlantic choice.
15:15, 08.06.2015
Maryinka as an indicator of another ‘hot summer’

Maryinka as an indicator of another ‘hot summer’

The failed militant attack on Maryinka still leaves hope for a quiet summer in the Donbas. UNIAN asked experts why Russia tried to increase the degree of confrontation.
14:26, 08.06.2015
Chairman of the Board of Ukrnafta: Naftogaz refused to fulfill court's decision to return debt for over a year

Chairman of the Board of Ukrnafta: Naftogaz refused to fulfill court's decision to return debt for over a year

Peter Vanhecke has spoken in an interview with UNIAN about what it is like to work in conditions of “non-stop war” against the company, political squabbles over it, and also about the demands of one of the shareholders to fire him.
14:04, 08.06.2015
Crimea: The tourist boom in reverse

Crimea: The tourist boom in reverse

For many years, late May - early June used to be the start of Crimea’s high tourist season. Tourists from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and Poland traveled to the peninsula for a seaside holiday. Today, on administrative border checkpoints with the occupied Crimea there is indeed a boom in travel – but in the opposite direction.
15:21, 03.06.2015
Ukraine may respond to the hysteria of Gazprom by refusing to buy Russian gas

Ukraine may respond to the hysteria of Gazprom by refusing to buy Russian gas

The Kremlin once again is using gas to blackmail Ukraine - Gazprom has announced $29 billion in claims to Ukraine’s Naftogaz and threatened to submit this claim to Stockholm arbitration. Mykhaylo Honchar, president of the Strategy XXI Center tells UNIAN why Russia is so hysterical, and how Ukraine should deal with it. 
21:22, 02.06.2015
Ukrainian interest. Security strategy, Russian rhetoric and maneuvers of the West

Ukrainian interest. Security strategy, Russian rhetoric and maneuvers of the West

Ukraine’s president has enacted the new Security Strategy of Ukraine, which was recently adopted at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council. The Kremlin continues its Cold War rhetoric without the slightest hint of any ideology. And the West keeps maneuvering around the issue of resolving the Donbas conflict.
20:28, 02.06.2015
How will the sale of the Tsentrenergo company change Ukraine’s electric power market?

How will the sale of the Tsentrenergo company change Ukraine’s electric power market?

The state intends to sell its last asset in power generation industry - a company called Tsentrenergo – to French energy giant Gaz de France. A major foreign player entering Ukraine’s energy market may lead to a global transformation of the industry.
14:43, 28.05.2015
At long last, Ukraine puts formal end to military cooperation with Russia

At long last, Ukraine puts formal end to military cooperation with Russia

Although the Russia-launched hybrid war has been going on in Ukraine for a year, only now has the Ukrainian parliament got around to cancelling Ukraine’s international agreements in the field of military cooperation with the Russian Federation.
09:25, 26.05.2015
The week’s milestones. The first year of the president, coalition labyrinths, and the return of the ‘Cyborg’ commander.

The week’s milestones. The first year of the president, coalition labyrinths, and the return of the ‘Cyborg’ commander.

A year ago today, Petro Poroshenko was elected as Ukraine’s president. The parliamentary coalition is becoming more like a worn out car disguised as a new one and sold to an inexperienced buyer by sophisticated hucksters. And Oleh Kuzminykh has returned home from captivity.
22:26, 25.05.2015
Crimean Tatars tell of deportation: ‘My great-grandma only had time to take just little kids’ clothes, her shawl and a single bowl.’

Crimean Tatars tell of deportation: ‘My great-grandma only had time to take just little kids’ clothes, her shawl and a single bowl.’

Thousands of Crimean Tatars used to gather each year in Crimea on May, 18 to honor the memory of their ancestors, deported  from the peninsula back in1944. Now Russia forbids this.
15:45, 20.05.2015
The week in numbers

The week in numbers

1 printing house agreed to publish the Nemtsov report on the war in Ukraine triggered off by Russia, the cabinet has made a list of 286 companies for privatization, 374 people were arrested for being in illegal armed groups in the Donbas, and UAH 6 billion in NBU refinancing funds were stolen from four banks.
17:30, 19.05.2015
Ukrainian interest. Surprising Merkel, shuttling Kerry, and skepticism ahead of the Riga summit

Ukrainian interest. Surprising Merkel, shuttling Kerry, and skepticism ahead of the Riga summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel forced Russian TV to censor her during a joint press conference with Vladimir Putin. John Kerry visited Sochi and Antalya, causing a public stir in Ukraine. And Ukrainian diplomats emit skepticism instead unwise optimism ahead of the Eastern Partnership summit.
21:13, 18.05.2015
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