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 balance: Growth in Ukraine’s revenues, Gontareva’s vacation, and U.S. financial aid
The U.S. will provide $560 million in assistance to Ukraine; NBU Governor Valeria Gontareva chose to leave for a long vacation ahead of the resignation; while the State Treasury reported on overfulfilment of the state budget revenues - these are the main economic news of the first week of May.
Off the wanted list: What prevents Interpol from searching for Yanukovych and Co
It’s not the first time Interpol loses interest in the search for the fugitive ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his entourage. UNIAN tried to figure out where the problem lies.
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.
Week’s balance: Yanukovych's "gift," blackout of occupied Donbas, and hryvnia strengthening
The funds totaling $1.5 bln seized from accounts of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych and his entourage are being transferred to the state budget; Ukraine cut off electricity supplies to the areas of Luhansk region occupied by Russian-supported militants; while Ukraine’s exports strengthened the national currency, hryvnia - these are the main economic events of the past week.
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.
In stalkers’ footsteps: Life in Chornobyl zone today
For many, the Chornobyl exclusion zone is plainly associated with the grim computer game "Stalker" or a similar plot of a sci-fi novel by Strugatsky brothers. In fact, things have been getting much better lately. The Zone hosts a number of unique projects the world has not yet seen.
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.
Week’s balance: growth against all odds, pension-related "unprofessionalism" and snow-covered harvest
Experts forecast growth of Ukrainian economy despite the blockade of the occupied territories of Donbas; the authorities continue their hot discussions with "terribly unprofessional" IMF officials; while the agriculture ministry calculates losses from cyclones – these are the main economic news of the outgoing week.
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.
Week’s balance: Groysman’s year, Gontareva's resignation, and new legal field for electricity
The government of Volodymyr Groysman marked its first year since the appointment, the head of the National Bank wrote the long-promised resignation letter, while the Rada adopted a law on electricity market - these are the key economic news of the outgoing week.
Syria’s Jolak Safwan: Assad just stands "on the stage," while Russia controls everything behind the scenes
Aljazeera.net reporter, editor-in-chief at UkrPress.net, Syrian-born Jolak Safwan in an interview with UNIAN told why Russia needs a Syrian war, why ISIL is a product of intelligence services and a tool in the hands of Putin and Assad, as well as about the realities of life of Syrians in exile and the attitude of Ukrainians toward Muslims.
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.
Canadian-born Myron Spolsky: "Many processes which occurred in the early days of independence should have been finished that time, but they are unnecessarily slow."
UNIAN sat down with Myron Spolsky, one of the leaders of the Ukrainian scouting organization Plast, an entrepreneur who once moved from Canada to Ukraine and observed how the Ukrainian state and society have been changing over the years of independence.