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18 August
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Spain to Ukraine on the place of his country in the EU, the factors that help the Spanish remain eurooptimists, the responsibility of the elite and intellectuals in politics, and the potential in Ukraine-Spain relations
23 June
The Ambassador of Switzerland to Ukraine and Moldova on the nature of politics in his country, Swiss-Ukrainian relations
31 March
Globalisation and interdependence until recently have been seen as the guarantors of peace and cooperation. These have turned out to be the source of conflicts and the instruments of pressure
31 March
Poland’s Ambassador to Ukraine on the vision of the European Union, the evolution of his country's role and place in it, and Polish-Ukrainian relations
23 MarchPolitics
What is needed for Ukraine to have a political force that is not linked to oligarchs
2 February
In 2017, the world will be defined by three key terms: leadership, populism and human values
19 September, 2016World
How Europe is preparing for the possible presidency of Donald Trump
30 August, 2016World
What shapes Georgia’s foreign policy and perceptions of its course domestically?
22 August, 2016Society
Where to go for authentic and unusual experiences in Ukraine
11 August, 2016Politics
High-profile arrests have been expected for a very long time. For over two years now, Ukrainians have been demanding punishment for those in power who were guilty of escalating events on the Maidan and then the war in Donbas. The question “Why aren’t the Regionals being punished?” is hotter than ever, and it’s only recently that the Prosecutor General’s Office has tried to answer it. Now Oleksandr Yefremov, ex-Head of Luhansk Oblast State Administration, then First Deputy Head of the Party of Regions and generally one of the more odious ex-Regionals, is sitting in jail awaiting trial
26 July, 2016Politics
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks on the human rights situation in Donbas and Crimea, and his further plan regarding these territories
15 July, 2016World
My story is inseparable from my experience as a member of the European Parliament. During my term (2009-2014), I was in a position to witness the debates and political skirmishes in the House that allowed me to anticipate easily what happened recently in the United Kingdom
1 July, 2016Politics
Although his powers are president of Ukraine are quite limited, over the last two years Petro Poroshenko has learned to use them like a virtuoso, allowing him considerable influence over the legislature and Government
27 June, 2016
Vice Premier for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration on her priorities and tools, details of Ukraine’s cooperation with NATO, and Ukraine’s overall position on the international arena
18 April, 2016
This Wednesday, April 6, the Netherlands voted against the association agreement with Ukraine. Here, I will bring forward a few observations and conclusions
29 February, 2016World
Democraten-66 MPs about the upcoming referendum on EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and their Yes campaign in the Netherlands
16 February, 2016World
Experts on how they see Europe coming out of the current crises
27 January, 2016
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister on EU and Ukraine, elections in the Donbas, the Normandy format negotiations, and Ukraine’s diplomatic relations with Russia
25 January, 2016
In countries such as Spain, France or Germany, public perceptions on Ukraine, the Maidan and the war, are a mixture of big-picture frame alongside much confusion
18 December, 2015
The Baltic States have already injected their share of optimism in the European project. Now the turn has come for Ukraine to cure the Union with her magnanimity and optimism
17 December, 2015Politics
Is Maidan 3.0 possible, and what would it look like?
17 December, 2015Politics
Politicians on why strong-arm tactics remain a tool to influence parliamentarians and officials, and how effective these actions can be
16 December, 2015
The most important challenges are to lay genuinely strong and stable political foundations so that Ukraine never swerves away from its European course of reform regardless of any political uncertainties future elections may bring
16 December, 2015
By liquidity of evil, I assume that we live in a deterministic, pessimistic, fatalistic, fear-and-panic-ridden society, which still tends to cherish its time-honoured, albeit out of date and misleading, liberal-democratic credentials
14 December, 2015
To achieve successful democratic development, the Ukrainian citizens need our moral, financial and practical support
9 December, 2015
It may take two generations of Ukrainians to rebuild and reorient the country, yet Ukraine won the historic and epic battle for the future
30 October, 2015
Ukraine needs an election system that will enable new movements and politicians who enjoy community trust locally
9 October, 2015World
Finnish historian talks about the relations between Finland and USSR after World War II, the prospects of neutrality for Ukraine, and the future of a new Cold War
19 August, 2015World
The interests and prejudices of officials and diplomats from the UN, OSCE, Council of Europe and other international agencies sometimes affect policy decisions more than they should
8 July, 2015Economics
A number of challenges and opportunities are coming Ukraine’s way as the European gas market undergoes a major restructurin
26 June, 2015World
Why the Maidan in Ukraine has discouraged Belarusians from protests against their authorities
18 June, 2015
The Ukrainian Week spoke to the President of the European Investment Bank about priorities in cooperation with Ukraine, quality control of projects that receive access to the funding and SMEs as a potential driver of Ukraine’s economy
20 May, 2015
It is in Europe’s interests to prevent Ukraine from becoming a failed state and to contribute to its democratic normalisation
14 May, 2015World
The first speaker of the Seimas of the independent Lithuania and EMP until recently on the way Europe is changing its perception of Russia, the shifting "center of Europeanness", and why it is crucial for Ukrainians to resist disenchantment
14 May, 2015
Europe won’t bear the cost or the risk for the defences it needs. That won’t change until Europeans are a lot more scared or angry than they are now—which may be too late
12 May, 2015World
The veterans fought for freedom and a better life in Europe. Can that peace and prosperity now endure in the face of so many new challenges?
21 February, 2015
The Ukrainian Week spoke to Ulrich Speck, the EU expert and visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, about internal contradictions inside the EU, attitude to Russia and the role of Germany in preserving the unity of the European Unity.
2 February, 2015Economics
If current trends in bilateral trade are maintained, by 2016 Ukraine will be ready to survive even a full-scale Russian trade blockade
4 January, 2015World
The Ukrainian Week talked to Vaira Vike-Freiberga, the sixth President of Latvia, about the EU’s strategies towards Ukraine, differences between new and old member-states and ways to counter Russian propaganda
4 January, 2015
More than ever Ukraine needs statesmen with a long term vision looking beyond the horizon of their current mandate
26 December, 2014
What happened in EuroMaidan a year ago will force West European and North American sociologists to revise their writings
24 December, 2014Politics
The Ukrainian Week spoke to the former deputy chief of the Security Service of Ukraine and current MP about Ukrainian partisans in the Donbas, sabotage in Russia, reforms in the SBU and who it worked for prior to the Maidan.
13 November, 2014
Not everyone raised under western democracy considers freedom a universal value. Especially when it comes to the freedom of those whom they are not accustomed to noticing, hearing, or understanding
23 October, 2014
Soviet Communism was always reminiscent of the nearly Byzantine sacrosanct structure of symbolic authority, and the fusion of the sacral and secular elements of power
23 October, 2014World
After 1989, East European Communists transformed into social-democrats. Those who survived lustration remained in politics at home through the 1990s and early 2000s
17 October, 2014Politics
Discussions about effectiveness of sanctions made fruitful grounds for speculations by those inclined to fish in troubled waters. Some representatives of French business openly ignore the EU restrictions declaring readiness to invest in Crimea and other partnerships with Russia
22 August, 2014News
In a comment on the crossing of the Ukrainian border by the Russian convoy for The Ukrainian Week, Daniel Holtgen, Spokesperson of the Council of Europe Secretary General, says that the CoE appeals to both sides to find an agreement which respects Ukraine’s territorial integrity and international law
21 August, 2014Economics
Ukraine has strongly diversified its exports in terms of goods and destinations over the years of independence. But local companies must do more to promote their products in new promising markets
19 August, 2014World
Bribing Western intellectuals and exporting Russia’s peculiar ideology have long been a favourite diversion of Russian rulers
15 August, 2014
Ukraine has become a litmus test of global moral (in)sensitivity at the beginning of the 21st century
15 August, 2014Politics
Chairman of the Lustration Committee speaks about the government’s tricks, the Kremlin’s agents and the need to rebuild government agencies from scratch
12 August, 2014World
Rebecca Harms, the President of the Greens-European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament, is one of EMPs who watch the situation in Ukraine closely. During her latest visit to Ukraine, The Ukrainian Week took a chance to speak to her shortly after her return from Eastern Ukraine.
15 July, 2014News
The Obama Administration could impose sanctions unilaterally if the EU leaders decide otherwise at the meeting in Brussels on July 16
11 July, 2014News
Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, Head of the Mission of Ukraine to the EU, is disappointed with the EU’s decision on sanctions against Russia
10 July, 2014World
The Ukrainian Week talked to Damon Wilson, executive vice-president of The Atlantic Council, about the establishment of the pro-Ukrainian community in the world, the US-Russia relations after the annexation of Crimea, the new Ukrainian military and the likelihood of NATO MAP for Ukraine
28 June, 2014
The Ukrainian Week speaks to Susan Stewart from the Berlin-based SWP research center about the reasons for Germany’s ambivalence in the current Ukrainian crisis, Poland’s role as the geopolitical player in the region, and Euro-Atlantic relations
28 June, 2014News
The European Commission says that threats to “punish” European companies that supply or transit gas to Ukraine by Gazprom’s CEO Alexei Miller are absolutely unacceptable
27 June, 2014News
EU leaders claim that new sanctions against Russia could be passed anytime, the European Council says in its conclusions on Ukraine passed at the session in Brussels today
17 June, 2014News
Ukraine’s Premier Arseniy Yatseniuk believes that Russia has disrupted gas talks not least because of the upcoming visit of President Petro Poroshenko to Brussels to sign the economic part of the Association Agreement with the EU, he said when speaking in Parliament
13 June, 2014
Live reports for foreign TV are much like navigating a minefield of alien stereotypes, alien influences, alien prejudices and alien interests. Things are further complicated by the spiteful foreign language that just keeps picking all the wrong words out of memory, as you feverishly fish for the right ones.
11 June, 2014World
The Ukrainian Week talks to Wolfgang Ischinger, German diplomat who was the Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for National Dialogue Roundtables in Ukraine, on his work, European and Ukrainian co-existence with Russia, and security threats of the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia
11 June, 2014World
The EU is beginning to take concrete action against its excessive dependence on Russian gas
11 June, 2014Society
How the past six months changed Ukrainians, Ukraine and the Maidan
11 June, 2014Culture
New political turns at the Cannes Festival
9 June, 2014Society
Without grassroots organization and political parties funded by membership dues, Ukrainians will find themselves disappointed once again by self-serving political leaders. Even worse, the country could face further degradation or loss of sovereignty
9 June, 2014News
Serbia was forced to halt work on the South Stream gas pipeline, Vice Premier and Transport and Infrastructure Minister Zorana Mihajlović said on Monday
7 June, 2014Society
The Maidan became both a tourist destination and a place where foreigners, who are not indifferent to the fate of Ukraine, gathered. The flags that flew above it were from various countries, not only those of Ukraine and the EU. The heroes of Nebesna Sotnya - the Heaven Hundred - also include the citizens of other countries. How did, and do, foreigners view the Maidan?
4 June, 2014News
On June 3, Ukraine reimbursed USD 1bn-worth of Eurobonds issued in 2012 in full and timely manner, the Ministry of Finance reports
22 May, 2014World
The Ukrainian Week talks to Roderick Parkes, EU programme coordinator at the Polish Institute of International Affairs, about how united the EU is on resisting Russia, Germany’s idea of federalization, and how the current crisis has impacted the relations between Germany and Poland
7 May, 2014Society
Museums holding over 917,000 exhibits are the price of Ukraine’s cultural loss in Crimea. While museum workers there try to adapt to the new circumstances, Ukraine is looking for ways to keep valuable objects
24 April, 2014World
The “referendum” in Crimea revealed Vladimir Putin’s partners in the EU. Most are minority radical parties which, according to his design, have to undermine the EU’s already quite unwieldy system from the inside with Moscow’s support
10 April, 2014News
The UK, Poland and Sweden propose that a European Union civilian mission is set up to help Ukraine improve its justice system. BBC reports according to the leaked joint paper of the three countries
3 April, 2014News
About 98% of the customs duties that Ukrainian iron, steel, farm produce and machinery exporters pay at EU borders will be removed by a proposal backed by European Parliament on Thursday.
3 April, 2014Culture
“People often come to museums in the Netherlands. Just to hide away from the rain,” Yulia Lytvynets, Chief Custodian of Ukraine’s National Art Museum, says. The recent revolutionary events changed the angle from which her museum’s staff approached preserving the collection and the museum building and building horizontal relationships between museums and individuals.
3 April, 2014News
There are reasons to believe that officers of the Federal Security Service of Russian Federation (FSB) were involved in the planning and implementation of the so-called antiterrorist operations in Kyiv during the mass protests on Maidan in February, Ukrainian Security Service Chief (SBU) Valentyn Nalyvaichenko said during the press-conference on April, 3rd.
29 March, 2014
The ideas of 1789 – liberty, equality and fraternity – made an indelible impression on the memories of nations and many democratic constitutions to this very day. The same fate also awaits the ideas of the EuroMaidan: liberty, dignity and truth.
23 March, 2014News
Russian billionaire and close Putin ally Gennady Timchenko sold stake in oil trading firm Gunvor a day before featuring on a blacklist of Russians sanctioned in the US.
23 March, 2014News
Brussels drafts tougher sanctions for new battle plan against Moscow, however the biggest EU countries split over the tactics of the new campaign, The Guardian reports.
21 March, 2014Politics
How Ukraine should tackle lustration, skeletons in the closets of its new government and tools that could help it not lose the war
10 March, 2014Society
Poles supported the Maidan gladly and passionately – more so, I think, than Russia supported the anti-Maidans
10 March, 2014Politics
It was bitter on the one hand. The West didn’t support us… Kept waiting… Negotiating… On the other hand, what did we expect? Did we hope that Europe would immediately side with the Maidan, believe in Ukrainian civil society and press the tyrant out of power? Firstly, that is not how things are done in international politics. Secondly, European officials had every reason to be skeptical.
10 March, 2014
The word “knockout” aptly describes the sentiments now prevalent in the Donbas. Total confusion and shock. Alarming rumours about trainloads of heavily armed extremists from Western Ukraine heading for Donetsk. It is as if you are reading Mikhail Bulgakov’s White Guard.
6 March, 2014Society
After Viktor Yanukovych fled and Ukraine found itself on the brink of a war, it seemed Ukrainians could be celebrating the victory, but somehow there was no euphoria. Only a mist.
5 March, 2014Politics
Andrew Wilson is a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and a permanent Reader in Ukrainian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), University College London. He shared his views with The Ukrainian Week on the prospects for rapid reform in Ukraine, on the inadequate reaction of the West to the usurpation of power by Viktor Yanukovych and the absence of the rule of law, both under the Orange government and under that of Yanukovych.
4 March, 2014Society
The Ukrainian Week speaks to Volodymyr Vasylenko, expert in international law and former Ambassador of Ukraine, about Viktor Yanukovych’s responsibility for crimes against Ukrainian people, grounds for prosecution by the International Criminal Court in Hague and actual assistance the West can provide to Ukraine today
27 February, 2014News
Viktor Yanukovych, the ousted president of Ukraine, said on Thursday that he remained the lawful president, and asked Russian authorities to grant his personal safety.
27 February, 2014News
Thousands of pro-Russia and pro-Ukraine demonstrators duelled in Crimea’s capital on Wednesday, heightening concerns about unrest in the region following the change in government in Kiev, Financial Times reports.
27 February, 2014World
In early February, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks paid an urgent visit to Ukraine to assess the situation with human rights, including the way law enfrocers treated protesters, in Kyiv and regions. Based on his visit, a report will be drafted to be presented to the CoE Committee of Ministers. The Ukrainian Week talks to Mr. Muižnieks about his preliminary findings back in Strasbourg
22 February, 2014News
Germany's Frank Walter-Steinmeier, France's Eric Fournier, and Poland's Radoslaw Sikorski come to the Verkhovna Rada
22 February, 2014News
Yanukovych has 24 hours to sign the return to the 2004 Constitution, Poland's Foreign Ministers writes in his Twitter
21 February, 2014Politics
Opposition leaders and Viktor Yanukovych signed the Agreement to Regulate the Crisis in Ukraine at the Presidential Administration on February 21. The text has been promulgated by the President's press-service
21 February, 2014News
The EU Council of Ministers reached consensus on imposition of sanctions against representatives of the Yanukovych regime very quickly but can’t agree on specific candidates, the EU Observer reports
21 February, 2014News
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces travel bans for top officials involved in violence against protesters in Kyiv and considers economic sanctions against Yanukovych and his supporters
20 February, 2014News
MPs pass a resolution to stop the use force by the police in downtown Kyiv, The Ukrainian Week’s journalist reports from Parliament
20 February, 2014News
Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to send Vladimir Lukin, the Human Rights Commissioner of Russia, with a mediation mission to Ukraine, Putin’s press secretary Dmitri Peskov reports
20 February, 2014Politics
Public Commission to Investigate Human Rights Violations in Ukraine issues its Statement after the bloodshed of February 18
20 February, 2014News
MPs who gathered to hold a parliament session at 3 p.m. were blocked from the Verkhovna Rada session room
20 February, 2014News
The bodies of eight people shot dead covered with blankets are on Maidan Nezalezhnosti close to the Kozatskyi hotel
20 February, 2014News
On February 19, the US imposed visa bans on senior Ukrainian government officials believed to be responsible for a violent crackdown by riot police against protesters, a senior State Department official said, as quoted by Reuters
19 February, 2014News
Clashes between police and protesters continue in Kyiv
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Mostly discussed for its regulation of the language of instruction in schools, the new law offers more overlooked important innovations intended to change the quality and the content of education in Ukraine
7 November, Hanna Trehub,
The new law on the reintegration of the occupied parts of the Donbas qualifies them as such and names Russia as the occupier. Yet, it does not launch the process of deoccupation or change the mechanism envisaged in the Minsk Agreement
20 October, Maksym Vikhrov,
This week started off with a bang in Kyiv...and it had nothing to do with working on healthcare reform, which the Verkhovna Rada eventually passed on October 19. The #1 topic became a protest action to push political reforms forward that was called by anti-corruption politicians and former Odesa Governor Mikhail Saakashvili
19 October, Stanislav Kozliuk,
Founded this fall, Donetsk oligarch Serhiy Taruta’s Osnova or Foundation party has already started campaigning although the next Verkhovna Rada election is two years away
18 October, Denys Kazanskyi,
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