Category Archives: Zelensky

Zelenskyy puts Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic future at risk

UkraineAlert by Mykola Vorobiov Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has begun the fall 2020 season with a series of scandals and negative headlines that reflect the increasingly grim outlook for a politician who just eighteen months ago was hailed as the face of a new Ukraine. Zelenskyy promised to end an era of corruption stretching back to the dawn of Ukrainian

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Ukrainian MPs endanger independence of key anti-corruption body and country’s international support

Article by: Olena Makarenko On 17 September, Ukrainian MPs voted for a decision that puts international financial support for the country under risk and threatens the independence of a key anti-corruption institution. In particular, the Parliament voted for the members of the commission which selects the head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office. Previously, NGOs fighting against corruption, Ukraine’s international

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Head of Russia’s State Duma condemns intention of Ukrainian authorities to prosecute Ukraine’s opposition MPs who visited Moscow

21:47, 4 September 2020 – Source : 112 Ukraine According to Vyacheslav Volodin, the initiators of the criminal case are destroying the agreements that exist within the framework of the Normandy format. Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Viacheslav Volodin condemned the intention of the Ukrainian authorities to start criminal prosecution of MPs from the Opposition Platform – For

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Zelensky to address UN General Assembly on Sept 23 – Mendel

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky plans to address the United Nations General Assembly online on September 23, presidential press secretary Iuliia Mendel has told Ukrinform. “Despite the global coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of many events, the UN General Assembly will be held online. In particular, the UN has prepared a preliminary table of online speeches by heads of state and

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Whistleblower MP expelled from ruling party says Zelensky must go

By Bermet Talant. In one year, Geo Leros, once an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky and lawmaker with his party, turned into an outspoken critic who called on the president to resign. The president called him a bribe-taker and traitor. On the first day of the new parliamentary session on Sept. 1, Leros was expelled from the ruling party Servant of the

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Wagner in Belarus: Ukrainian journalists cry treason as high officials suspected of blowing MID special op

YURI ZORIA In late July, Belarusian law enforcers arrested 33 Russian mercenaries from the Wagner group on their territory. The goal of their stay in Belarus was unclear. Ukraine wanted Belarus to hand over 28 of them since they fought against Ukraine in the Ukrainian region of the Donbas. All of them, except one Belarusian citizen, were handed over to

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Zelensky calls for revote in Belarus

The move would “calm everyone down” and “be fair”, the president notes. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for the Belarus authorities to hold a new election to ease mounting tensions. “Let’s imagine that I’m confident about myself, I’m confident in the people’s votes, I’m a confident person. How can I calm everyone down? I would definitely say: ‘In one

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Election commission head claims pressure from Zelensky’s office before upcoming elections

Unidentified persons close to the President’s Office “recommended” Ukraine’s Central Election Commission head Oleh Didenko and his subordinates to resign and hinted at possible “consequences” if it wouldn’t happen, Didenko told journalists on Aug. 15. “Maybe I’m wrong and missing something. But if there are attempts to initiate some groundless criminal proceedings or any other forms of prosecution or information

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Zelenskyy’s old new faces

UkraineAlert by Adrian Karatnycky Recent months have seen a confounding set of appointments and personnel decisions by President Zelenskyy and his administration. If the president’s initial appointments when he first took office held the promise of fresh reform approaches, Zelenskyy’s latest picks make a mockery of his claims to represent a new era in Ukrainian politics. Notably, the president has

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Angry father berates Zelenskyy for abandoning his wounded son in the war zone

On July 27, over a thousand people gathered near the Presidential Office on Bankova Street in Kyiv to show support for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and protest against demilitarization amid a so-called “comprehensive” ceasefire. The rally was organized by the Capitulation Resistance Movement and the Democratic Sokyra party. Serhiy Zhuravel, father of Ukrainian Marine Yaroslav Zhuravel, travelled from his native village

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Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts go up in smoke

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson In the early hours of July 23, the home of leading Ukrainian anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin was badly damaged in an apparent arson attack. Luckily, he and his young family were not at home at the time, while Shabunin’s parents were able to escape the blaze unharmed. Nevertheless, the incident is being treated as a dangerous

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Kyiv court sees no violation in Zelensky’s assets declaration

Under Article 105 of the Constitution of Ukraine, the President enjoys the right of immunity during his or her tenure. Kyiv’s Pechersky district court has ruled that there is no administrative violation in Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s assets declaration. The ruling was issued by judge Svitlana Smyk, according to the website of the State Register of Court Rulings. The court

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Zelensky’s big mistake. Why it is impossible to fulfill the demands of terrorists

Yesterday there was an event that will open our, Ukrainian, Pandora’s box The events in Lutsk once again showed that Ukraine has a weak government that does not realize its responsibility to the state and society, but acts like amateurs from a film . Yesterday Zelensky recorded a video at the request of a terrorist… And after that, the three hostages were released. This

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Steven Pifer: We’ve seen this movie before

Volodymyr Zelensky swept to victory in Ukraine’s spring 2019 presidential election because he promised renewed reform and a real fight against corruption. Today, the reality looks quite different. Zelensky has fired a reformist prime minister and cabinet, replaced a prosecutor general who had begun weeding out bad eggs among prosecutors, and triggered the resignation of a National Bank of Ukraine

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Toothless mumbling

The war zone of Donbas saw many bloody days. But what happened near the frontline town of Zaitseve in Donetsk Oblast on July 13 was especially outrageous. A group of Ukrainian servicepersons of the 35th Marine Brigade were sent into between the lines to recover the body of a Ukrainian fighter who had been killed during a scout mission earlier

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Ukraine’s Unpopular Populist: What Next for Zelensky?

A further fall in President Zelensky’s ratings could become a serious demotivating factor for the former TV star. His transformation from the “people’s president” into yet another Ukrainian politician with broken promises, a state dacha, and a dodgy entourage will primarily weigh on the president himself. The latest Ukrainian opinion polls show that President Volodymyr Zelensky has lost his main

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Six Ukrainian regions not ready for quarantine easing – health ministry

22:40, 11 July 2020 – UNIAN In particular, Volyn, Donetsk, Zakarpattia, Rivne, Ternopil, and Chernihiv regions are not ready for the easing of quarantine. Ukrainian Health Ministry says six Ukrainian regions are not ready for the easing of the quarantine-related restrictions, as the incidence of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases there exceeds the limit. In particular, Volyn, Donetsk, Zakarpattia, Rivne, Ternopil, and

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Zelensky as if shot for independence of the NBU from Javelin. IMF program will be frozen – British investment company strategist

This year, Ukraine will no longer be able to receive the second tranche under the new program with the International Monetary Fund ( IMF) , which was expected in the fall. This opinion was expressed by the strategist of the financial company Bluebay Asset Management Timothy Ash. He noted that the independence of the NBU was the central theme of the new 5-billion stand-by

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Investigator closes a criminal case against Poroshenko, denouncing political pressure

On 8 July 2020, the Pecherskyi district court of Kyiv held its third hearing in one of the many criminal cases against past Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. In this particular case, Poroshenko was accused of alleged abuse of power when appointing the deputy head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine. The accusation had no clear grounds since such an appointment is

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Five Reasons Why Zelensky is Failing in Ukraine

Zelensky faces a political future that is no laughing matter. by Melinda Haring Poor Volodymyr Zelensky. In April 2019, the comedian-turned-presidential candidate won Ukraine’s highest office by a nearly three to one margin before trouncing the country’s established political parties a few months later in the parliamentary elections. His new party won so many seats that Zelensky held a majority

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“Shit in the end.” Mass media published correspondence of people’s deputies from the Servant of the people on Smoliy’s resignation

The publication of Letters published the correspondence of people’s deputies from the Servants of the People, who discussed the resignation of the head of the National Bank, Yakov Smoly, and that, due to his departure, Ukraine canceled the placement of Eurobonds for $ 1.75 billion. A photo of the correspondence in one of the chats was made by the correspondent of the publication. “ Could

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Ukraine’s central bank chief resigns leaving Zelenskyy’s reform credentials in tatters

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund Ukraine’s reform agenda suffered a serious blow on July 1 when Yakiv Smolii, the highly respected governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), resigned due to what he called “systematic political pressure.” At a time when a wide range of Ukrainian reforms are facing rollbacks and reversals, Smolii and his reformist colleagues at the NBU

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