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Steven Pifer, long-time diplomat and US Ambassador to Ukraine in 1998-2000, has been known for reserved comments on the Ukrainian government. However, in his latest interview for The Ukrainian Week, Mr. Pifer sharply criticized the backslide on democracy in Ukraine and outlined the impact the October parliamentary election might have on the Ukrainian government’s future relationship with the West.
24 November, 2012   ▪   Nataliya Gumenyuk
US might use the Magnitsky Act to apply sanctions against officials that violate human rights in other countries, including those involved in the persecution of opposition leaders in Ukraine.
23 November, 2012   ▪   The Ukrainian Week
Personnel rotations began at Ukrainian law enforcement agencies after the election.
23 November, 2012   ▪   The Ukrainian Week
The protest near the CEC showed that the opposition is not capable of building effective strategies to counteract the government, at least for the time being. It lacks coordination and well thought out joint actions.
19 November, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar
European officials come to realize that there should be a separation between the Yanukovych regime and the majority of Ukrainians
12 November, 2012   ▪   Alla Lazareva
ENEMO calls on authorities to preserve the will of voters at the tabulation process
5 November, 2012
The absolute majority of Ukrainians voted against the Yanukovych regime, however, a propresidential majority will once more dominate parliament
5 November, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar
The opposition won from 55% to 90% of votes in 16 oblasts out of 24 and Kyiv. However, the first-past-the-post component brought the Party of Regions and pro-government independent candidates victories in 57 out of 119 constituencies
5 November, 2012
Why some international observers did not notice violations during the Ukrainian election
5 November, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Horyn
Indications of falsifications in the national election
5 November, 2012
Most foreign observers and media noted serious violations and flaws of the Ukrainian parliamentary elections that may delay the prospect of the EU Association Agreement ratification for Ukraine
2 November, 2012
2 November, 2012   ▪   The Ukrainian Week
on the lack of a level playing field in the Ukrainian election
2 November, 2012   ▪   The Ukrainian Week
Report on the monitoring of elections in district no. 95 (Irpin, Kyiv oblast) on 29.10.2012 by Alexander Beribes and Maren Hofius of the International Civil Society Election Observation Mission (CSEOM)
1 November, 2012
ENEMO notes regress compared to previous elections
30 October, 2012
ENEMO announces its observation plan of Election Day in Ukraine
27 October, 2012
Joseph Stalin’s famous statement is as valid now as it was in 1923, as Ukraine’s obedient election commissions help to secure a victory for the ruling party.
24 October, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar
The majority of Ukrainians remain part of European civilization. The West should support their resistance to the Russian model of development imposed on the nation by the current government
24 October, 2012   ▪   Oles Oleksiyenko
The Deputy Chairman of the Central Election Commission speaks about “trading” with election commission members, counteracting the bribing of voters, the inefficiency of the cameras installed at polling stations, the prospects of international recognition of election results and attempts to besmirch his reputation
23 October, 2012   ▪   Milan Lielich
The fact that the two major opposition forces UDAR and the United Opposition have failed their first capacity test is now clear
23 October, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar
Similar to the rest of Eastern and Southern Ukraine, the election campaign in Luhansk Oblast seems to offer the voters nothing more than a handful of pro-government parties
22 October, 2012   ▪   Milan Lielich
Low interest in politics and poor political awareness of many Ukrainians, multiplied by the opposition’s reluctance to overcome this problem in the last weeks before the election, is accompanied by the government’s consistent efforts to gain total freedom in the vote counting by election commissions under its control.
18 October, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar
The scale of the communists’ election campaign suggests the source of its financing could be the Kremlin, rather than dues paid by retired party members.
15 October, 2012   ▪   Andriy Kovalskiy
The prospects of the opposition in the forthcoming elections will hinge on its ability to coordinate its actions in the interests of society and overcome government provocations
10 October, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar
The absence of candidates agreed upon by the opposition greatly reduces its ability to counteract administrative pressure and large-scale bribing of voters and increases the risk of failure in first-past-the-post districts even in regions where the ruling party is utterly unpopular
1 October, 2012   ▪   Andriy Skumin   ▪   1
With the support of no more than a third of Ukrainians, Viktor Yanukovych is preparing for a constitutional majority in the new parliament
28 September, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar   ▪   -1
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