December 3, 2013
The North Atlantic Council urges Ukraine to comply with the fundamental principles of democracy, including freedom of assembly and expression. This statement was announced by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Brussel.
Former co-rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for Ukraine Hanne Severinsen says Europe ought to help with pressure against those responsible for the last days violations – and with open arms and visa for young Ukrainians, that want to experience another form of society.
November 30, 2013
MP Davyd Zvhania files notice to leave the Party of Regions, his press service reports.
Jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko called on Ukrainians to resist the dictatorship and violence of Yanukovych, and come on the 1st of December at 12.00 to the monument of Taras Shevchenko in Kyiv for the manifestation. This statement was read to the journalists by her daughter Eugenie.
The oppositional parties of Ukraine form national resistance headquarters and prepare for the national strike, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, head of the oppositional party “Batkivshchyna,” said during the press conference on the 30th of November.
Serhiy Liovochkin, the President's Chief of Staff, filed a letter of resignation today, Interfax reports
After 4 a.m., the units of Berkut, special-purpose police, began to oust activists out of Maidan Nezalezhnosti who stayed at the protest to support Ukraine’s European integration. According to police reports, the activists were pushed out of Maidan because of conflicts with utility service workers
November 26, 2013
Ukraine has not lost it all in terms of the Association Agreement. Even if it doesn’t sign it at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, the country’s story of European integration will not end, says Alexander Kwasniewski, former Polish president and member of the European Parliament Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, as quoted by the Polish online publication Money.pl
November 8, 2013
Ukraine will sign an association agreement with the EU at the end of November, and is ready to make significant changes to its domestic legislation by introducing an anti-discrimination law aimed at protecting the gay and lesbian community, the country's deputy foreign minister, Andrii Olefirov, told EurActiv in an interview
November 6, 2013
On Tuesday, Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Eduard Stavytskyi and representatives from Chevron signed a 50-year agreement with the Ukraine to develop oil and gas in western Ukraine.
November 4, 2013
Compared to previous EU policies, the EaP toolbox has greater potential to introduce and stimulate domestic reforms in the region. However, the EU's toolbox suffers from major weaknesses, resulting in a series of gaps with partner countries, a senior research fellow at the Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS) Laure Delcour and reader in Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham Kataryna Wolczuk in their paper for European Policy Center admit.
October 23, 2013
The integration of Ukraine into Russian-led organizations like Joint Economic Space, the Eurasian Union would recreate the geography of the Soviet Union and the Russian empire, strengthening and emboldening Moscow as a global geopolitical actor.The U.S. needs to assist Ukraine and its European partners in derailing Russia’s pressure tactics for bringing Ukraine into Moscow’s orbit, Senior Research Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy Ariel Cohen in his report for The Heritage Foundation.
October 16, 2013
European Union envoys Pat Cox, former president of the European Parliament, and Aleksander Kwasniewski, former president of Poland, negotiating with Ukraine for the release of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko reported no progress Tuesday but said they would continue their efforts until mid-November, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Germany’s trade, financial, and investment policies towards Russia, notably on the issue of natural gas, have contributed to re-shaping the post-Soviet Eastern European geo-economic landscape. As a result, Ukraine could become a hostage of Berlin’s recent Ostpolitik, Andreas Umland, DAAD Associate Professor of Political Science, National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy admits in his article for The Foreign Policy Journal.
October 14, 2013
The Venice Commission gives a number of recommendations on the Draft Law on the Prosecutor’s Office. These cover the prosecutor’s right to represent minors and incapacitated adults in court, tools to guarantee prosecutors’ independence from top officials and disciplinary liability for prosecutors. The Venice Commission also warned about hidden threats for journalists and activists who cover the work of the Prosecutor’s Office in the draft law The Venice Commission approved its final opinion on the Draft Law On the Prosecutor’s Office on October 11. The draft law was prepared by the working group at the Presidential Administration, Kommersant Ukraine reports.
Companies and entrepreneurs who do business with foreigners will now have to sell all foreign currency they receive from them at the interbank market. This is the requirement of the Central Bank’s (NBU) Resolution No381 dated September 25
October 11, 2013
The EU Association Agreement is a big bet, and the costs of miscalculation are high, so Yanukovych has to release Tymoshenko in order not to lose it, senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington and a former U.S. ambassador to Ukrainein his Op-Ed for The New York Times said.
September 30, 2013
In September, top Ukrainian channel talked about the coalition in power 2.8 times more often than they did about the opposition, the Academy of Ukrainian Press, an international charity fund, reports through Dzerkalo Tyzhnia (ZN.ua)
Since mid-2011, Ukraine has spent USD 16bn of its international reserves to keep hryvnia exchange rate unchanged. Ex-Finance Minister and current MP Viktor Pynzenyk said this in his interview for Inter TV channel, Ukrayinska Pravda, an online publication, reports
In a replay of the classic East-West rivalry of the Cold War, but with the United States conspicuously on the sidelines, Russia has used economic and security threats to draw post-communist countries into its Eurasian Customs Union and to block the European Union’s Eastern Partnership initiative, Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy, writes for WP
September 20, 2013
Russia could expand the reach of its new Customs Union by entering into high-quality free trade agreements with the states that want also to have DCFTAs with the EU. Instead, it insists on playing 19th century zero-sum games of geo-political competition, experts Michael Emerson and Hrant Kostanyan write for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) Commentary
September 18, 2013
The European Parliament’s Resolution adopted last Thursday is important for Eastern European partners to show the support of EU for them, Viola von Cramon, a member of the "Alliance '90/The Greens" group in the Bundestag, says in a comment to The Ukrainian Week
According to the recent monitoring of media freedom in Eastern Partnership countries conducted by the Yerevan Press Club, Internews Ukraine, and other NGOs over March and May 2013, Ukraine lands 4th with Azerbaijan and Belarus behind, portal Media.am reports
Period: September 9, 2013 — December 8, 2013, record count: 100
EuroMaidan is the biggest protest since the Orange Revolution. Ukrainians seem to be overcoming the 2004 syndrome – disillusion and apathy
November 30, Oleksandr Mykhelson, 0
The disruption of association with the EU revealed two crucial things. One - Ukraine has proven incapable of acting as an independent state. Two - European and American policies in Eastern Europe failed because rhetoric was the only thing confronting Putin’s pressure.
November 29, Alla Lazareva, Oleksandr Kramar, 0
U.S. Federal Judge Bohdan A. Futey discusses the international legal precedents that could allow Ukraine to demand recognition of the Holodomor as genocide in an international court
November 29, Hanna Trehub, 0
Top international publications report on Ukrainians who took it to the street this Sunday to protest against their government’s decision to suspend preparations for the signing of the Association Agreement with the EU
November 26, Olha Vorozhbyt, 0