Yushchenko under siege
On 30 January, Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko suffered a major blow when he was forced to accept the resignation of his pro-western Foreign Minister and longtime ally Borys Tarasyuk. The resignation is the latest salvo in a political struggle that has left Yushchenko isolated...
2007 Annual Report on press freedom in Europe and the former Soviet Union Bloc
Moves to censor or self-censor appeared, sometimes violently, concerning religious topics. The range of subjects that can be covered freely also shrank, with harming the reputation of the state and denying or mentioning historical events drawing threats or legal action.
How labor migration is changing Ukraine
Several years ago Ukraine`s then-president, Leonid Kuchma, referred to Ukrainian women working in Italy as prostitutes. Ever since, the public discourse on the role of labor migrants has become more intense and splintered.
Ukraine`s Prime Minister touts country`s credentials but gets lukewarm response
Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga said, "The Ukrainian people deserve much better than what they have." Rehn said Europe`s doors remain open to new members, but made clear that membership in the EU is not defined by geography alone.
Ukraine will gain success only as a country of politically and economically independent people
Ukrainians still lack faith in themselves and their own country. And there will always be a lack of WILL without this faith - the political will of society, the will of every citizen to exercise and maintain his/her rights.
Interview with U.S. Ambassador & Mrs. William Taylor
The talk was not about strategic, political, or international matters linked to Ukraine (these are not very festive topics): it pivoted on such an issue as the celebration of New Year`s Day and major Christian feasts.
There ain`t no such thing as a free lunch
In the evening on January 12 the entire Kyiv political beau-monde was going nuts. All prestigious `spots` were filled with jubilant masses and their entourage, mostly of a regional origin.
Volodymyr Horbulin: Tymoshenko and Our Ukraine are finished with each other for ever
Volodymyr Horbulin, an adviser to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, has said that the country is far from being a parliamentary republic, despite the recently passed law on the Cabinet of Ministers.
Legal chaos in the wake of reform
Despite Ukraine`s steady progress towards democracy since it declared independence from the Soviet Union, the leadership recently took a significant step backwards, specifically in the legal area.
Imperative mandate estranges Ukraine from democracy
Although the legislation of all EU member countries, without any exception, directly prohibit an imperative mandate, initiators of such a reform in Ukraine paid no attention to this fact.
Ukraine parliament clips Yushchenko’s wings
In a major blow to Ukraine`s pro-western president, Viktor Yushchenko, the country`s parliament on Friday boosted the authority of the government headed by his arch-rival, Viktor Yanukovich, prime minister.
Tribute to Sergey Korolyov: Soviet space pioneer
January 12 and 14, 2007 passed without much fanfare for the one-hundredth and forty-first anniversaries of the birth and death (respectively) of an important man to the development of robotic and human space exploration: Sergey Korolyov.
12th century relic in Ukraine threatened
Without exaggeration, the Church of St. Cyril is the most important 12th century monument in Ukraine. Its medieval frescoes are unparalleled not only in terms of Kyivan Rus` visual culture, but also in the context of Middle Byzantine art. Scholars fear the Church is the latest victim of political intrigue.
Russian gas deal called `pragmatic` solution by Ukraine’s energy minister Yuri Boyko
Ukraine`s energy minister defends a controversial deal to purchase natural gas from Gazprom, saying it would prevent confrontations such as a year ago.
Gazprom targeting Ukrainian infrastructure for hostile takeovers
Gazprom is moving rapidly to take over Ukraine`s gas transport system through its monopolist offshoots in Ukraine: RosUkrEnergo and UkrGazEnergo. The immediate target is Ukraine`s internal gas distribution network, although the transit system is being targeted as well.
Ukraine: oligarchy reformed
With the demise of Our Ukraine, the oligarchs have returned to the main stage. Ukraine is dominated by four eastern steel companies, each with about 100,000 employees. Two come from Donetsk and two from Dnepropetrovsk, and they are all severe rivals.
What awaits Ukraine from WTO accession?
Ukraine should become some 10 per cent richer if it joins the WTO, Andriy Honcharuk, an adviser to Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, has said in an article.
Ukraine: waiting for Russia on the WTO?
Ukraine is facing pressure from Russia to synchronise the two countries` accession to the WTO-a move that would slow Ukraine`s entry and the start of a free-trade deal with the EU.
On Saturday, October 7th, Anna Politkovskaya, correspondent of Novaya Gazeta was killed in the stairwell of her home. Anna Politkovskaya was born Anna Mazepa in New York City in 1958, where her Soviet Ukrainian parents were diplomats at the United Nations.
Unswayed by West, Russia continues Georgia blockade
Relations between the two countries have worsened since Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili came to power in early 2004 on the promise of taking his country into the NATO military alliance and out of Russia`s sphere of influence.