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  • Trump Gives Ukraine Cold Shoulder in New York

    09/21/2016 3:22:47 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    FP via Yahoo ^ | 09/20/2016 |
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump already has a contentious relationship with Kiev, irking the Ukrainian public and government officials with his praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Moscow-friendly views on the annexation of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine. Now, invited to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly this week, Trump’s campaign didn’t even bother to send Kiev an RSVP. A spokesperson for the Ukrainian presidential administration told Foreign Policy they reached out to both Trump and his Democratic rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to meet with...
  • Ukraine: The President’s Offshore Tax Plan Panama Papers]

    04/11/2016 3:26:58 PM PDT · by marvel5
    OCCRP ^ | April 3, 2016 | Anna Babinets and Vlad Lavrov
    When Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ran for the top office in 2014, he promised voters he would sell Roshen, Ukraine’s largest candy business, so he could devote his full attention to running the country. “If I get elected, I will wipe the slate clean and sell the Roshen concern. As President of Ukraine I plan and commit to focus exclusively on welfare of the nation,” Poroshenko told the German newspaper Bild less than two months before the election. Instead, actions by his financial advisers and Poroshenko himself, who is worth an estimated US$ 858 million, make it appear that the...
  • Ukraine's Poroshenko Bans Journalists for 'Threatening National interests'

    09/19/2015 9:13:41 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 8 replies
    Newsweek Via Yahoo News ^ | September 17, 2015 | Jack Moore
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko banned a number of Western and Russian journalists from the country, accusing them of being a "threat to national interests" or promoting "terrorist activities," according to a list published on the presidential website on Wednesday. Two British journalists working for the BBC—Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg and producer Emma Wells— and BBC cameraman Anton Chicherov had been banned from entering Ukraine but Judith Gough, the British ambassador to Ukraine, confirmed on Twitter that the BBC journalists would be released. Two Spanish journalists, Antonio Pampliega and Angel Sastre, were also included on the blacklist although Sastre went missing...
  • Ukraine bans 41 international journalists and bloggers

    09/17/2015 7:35:05 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 42 replies
    CPJ ^ | 9/16/2015 | Staff
    New York, September 16, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores a decree signed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today which, according to a copy viewed by CPJ, bans at least 41 international journalists and bloggers from Ukraine for one year. The journalists and bloggers were among 388 people named as representing an "actual or potential threat to national interests, national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," according to news reports. "We are dismayed by President Poroshenko's actions, including a ban on dozens of international media covering Ukraine," CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said. "While the...
  • Questions Raised Over Poroshenko's Role In Valuable Kyiv Land Deal

    06/08/2015 7:40:35 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 69 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 6/8/2015 | Maksym Savchuk and Daisy Sindelar
    KYIV -- An investigation by RFE/RL shows that Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko may have used his presidential influence to shut down investigations into damage of a protected historic site caused by unauthorized construction on his private property in central Kyiv. Two reports broadcast on RFE/RL's Ukrainian-language television program, Schemes, reveal that over the course of seven years, Poroshenko quietly purchased a plot of protected land in Kyiv's elite Pechera district and recently quashed an inquiry into the damage of an 18th-century structure caused by construction work on his plot. The revelations come as Poroshenko, soon to mark his first year...
  • Ukraine's Poroshenko warns of 'full-scale' Russia invasion

    06/04/2015 6:27:53 AM PDT · by Freeport · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2015-06-04 | Tom Burridge
    President Petro Poroshenko has told MPs the military must prepare to defend against a possible "full-scale invasion" from Russia, amid a surge of violence in eastern Ukraine. Russia has denied that its military is involved in Ukraine, but Mr Poroshenko said 9,000 of its troops were deployed. Clashes involving tanks took place in two areas west of Donetsk on Wednesday. There was a "colossal threat" that large-scale fighting would resume, the president told parliament in Kiev. The outbreak of violence, in the government-held towns of Maryinka and Krasnohorivka, was the worst since a ceasefire was signed in Minsk in February....
  • Ukraine's Poroshenko warns of Russian invasion threat after fighting surge

    06/04/2015 5:03:07 AM PDT · by McGruff · 5 replies
    Ukraine's president told his military on Thursday to be prepared for the possibility of a "full-scale invasion" by Russia across the entire length of the joint border, a day after the worst fighting with Russian-backed separatists in months. His address in parliament was one of the first times Petro Poroshenko has used the word "invasion" to refer to Russia's behaviour since the start of a separatist rebellion in the east in which the United Nations says more than 6,400 people have been killed.
  • Former Georgian (Reaganite) Leader Saakashvili Gets Another Crack at the Russians...

    06/02/2015 5:10:11 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 June 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Takes Ukrainian citizenship, appointed Governor of Odessa region While it was pretty painful to watch the US-and-Israeli equipped and trained Georgian Armed Forces get their asses kicked by the Russians in 2008, the truth is that the greatly-outnumbered Georgians never stood a chance once the Kremlin decided to get militarily involved, due to the fact that loyal US ally Tbilisi had all their best troops still in Iraq... The Georgian army was reduced to five brigades, nearly all light infantry, ditching practically all its armor and artillery in favor of a counterterrorism and counterinsurgency approach to warfare, which of course was what...
  • Ukraine President appoints ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili (as Odessa) Governor

    05/30/2015 9:43:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 5-30-2015 | Maria Tymoshchuk
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday appointed fiercely pro-Western former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who once fought a war with Russia, as governor of the strategic Odessa region. Poroshenko made the announcement at a televised event in the Black Sea port alongside the reformist Saakashvili, calling the ex-Georgian president a "great friend of Ukraine". "There remain a large number of problems in Odessa: preserving sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and peace," Poroshenko said. SNIP---- Saakashvili is replacing millionaire Igor Palitsa in the post, a close ally of banking magnate Igor Kolomoisky who has been at loggerheads with Poroshenko over control of...
  • Poroshenko Signs Moratorium on Foreign Debt Repayment (Ukraine)

    05/28/2015 9:21:20 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 5-28-2015 | Sputnik
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law allowing Ukraine to impose a moratorium on repayment of its foreign debt until at least July 2016, a press release on Poroshenko's official website said Thursday. The Ukrainian parliament approved the bill, which could affect repayment of the country's $3-billion debt to Russia on May 19. Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier the bill de facto was an announcement of a default, casting a negative light on the professionalism of Ukraine's leadership. Moreover, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that Moscow would turn to an international court if the Ukrainian president signed...
  • Poroshenko Orders Arrest Of Kolomoisky-Linked Militia Troops For Seizing State-Owned Oil Firm

    03/24/2015 6:35:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Kiev Post ^ | 3-24-2015 | Allison Quinn, Oleg Sukhov
    What started off as a corporate dispute is swiftly turning into a battle between the state and a billionaire regional governor who was once credited for curbing separatism in his region. The standoff between Kyiv's authorities and Dnipropetrovsk Governor Igor Kolomoisky is making a farce of the gains of the revolution a year ago that ousted the former corrupt president and his cronies, and is aiding the Russian cause of destabilization of the nation. On March 23, accusations of involvement with organized crime became the latest twist in the oligarch saga. Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, head of Ukraine’s Security Service loyal to...
  • Ukraine conflict flares as government fights 'Oligarch' Crisis

    03/23/2015 1:46:11 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 3-23-2015 | Aliaksandr Kudrytski and Volodymyr Verbyany
    Clashes between government troops and rebels intensified in southeast Ukraine, undermining a cease-fire as the country's government vowed to prevent an "oligarch- supported political crisis." Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said his government would crack down on "total corruption and smuggling," and the Cabinet gave private security services 24 hours to disarm after a group of men seized state-controlled oil company Ukrnafta. SNIP---- Ukraine's government also vowed to tackle domestic dissent. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced tighter gun-control measures and referred specifically to Dnipropetrovsk Governor Igor Kolomoisky, who has served as a board member at Ukrnafta, Ukraine's richest man Rinat Akhmetov,...
  • ‘No military solution to Ukraine’ says Biden

    02/05/2015 6:04:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies ^ | 05 Feb 2015 09:19 GMT+01:00
    In an interview with Munich-based daily Süddeutsche Zeitung published on Thursday, American Vice President Joe Biden discussed possible solutions to the Ukraine-Russia conflict ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s U.S. visit. Biden’s interview left no doubt that the U.S. would not be answering Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s request for weapons aid from NATO countries against Russia’s advances in the country’s eastern regions. “We’ve said from the beginning that for this crisis, there is no military solution,” he said in the written interview with Süddeutsche and its European news partners. …
  • Ukraine Drops Its Nonaligned Status

    12/30/2014 1:47:42 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    ap ^ | Dec 29, 2014 | DMYTRO VLASOV
    Ukraine's president signed a bill Monday dropping his nation's nonaligned status but signaled that he will hold a referendum before seeking NATO membership. Using a news conference to sign the legislation, which parliament had adopted last week, Petro Poroshenko vowed to reform Ukraine's economy and military forces to meet European Union and NATO standards. But he also said he will leave it up to Ukrainian citizens to decide in a popular vote whether to join NATO or not. "When we are able to conform to these criteria, the people of Ukraine will make up their mind about the membership," Poroshenko...
  • meet Vladimir Putin,...Merkel...Hollande in Astana on January 15

    12/29/2014 5:48:49 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Euro News ^ | 2014-12-29 | Euro News, Bild
    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko says to meet Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and François Hollande in Astana on January 15 [Headline only]
  • Ukraine Militias Warn of Anti-Kiev Coup

    11/29/2014 3:37:24 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 28, 2014 | Jamie Dettmer
    KIEV, Ukraine—The burly man with the close-cropped silver hair and his two companions ask not to be identified too closely when they talk to me in some dowdy offices near an ancient monastery overlooking the Dnieper River. They want to be described as “patriotic businessmen,” they say, and one of them, whom we’ll call Alexander, is a very, very rich patriotic businessman. They have been funding Ukrainian self-defense militias formed in response to what they see as the ineffectiveness of the Ukraine Armed Forces in the face of pro-Moscow separatists and Russian troops in the country’s southeast. And they suggest...
  • Biden dodges angry mob in Ukraine

    11/26/2014 5:41:47 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | November 21, 2014 | Lucy McCalmont
    Vice President Joe Biden backed out from appearing with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine at a memorial ceremony in Kiev on Friday, when the Secret Service determined it “wasn’t a good idea” after a crowd became “unruly,” a pool report said. “When Biden’s motorcade arrived on outskirts of what had become very large and somewhat unruly gathering, many chanting ‘shame’ at Poroshenko. … [U.S.] [S]ecret [S]ervice decided wasn’t a good idea for Biden to wade in,” according to the pool report.
  • Biden Assails Russian Intervention in Ukraine as ‘Unacceptable’

    11/22/2014 6:28:59 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Nov. 21, 2014 | Andrew Roth
    MOSCOW — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in Kiev on Friday condemned Russia for its “unacceptable” military intervention in Ukraine, while exhorting Ukraine’s newly elected government to complete its democratic and anticorruption reforms. During a joint news conference, Mr. Biden urged Ukraine’s president, Petro O. Poroshenko, to form a new government “in days, not weeks,” and to champion economic reforms, promote further economic integration with the West and root out what Mr. Biden called “the cancer of corruption.” “Even if the guns in the east fell silent tomorrow, Ukraine would still face a struggle for its democratic and economic...
  • Ukraine crisis: Petro Poroshenko says country is 'ready for total war' with Russia

    11/16/2014 1:47:56 PM PST · by McGruff · 71 replies ^ | 11/16/2014
    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko claimed his country was "prepared for total war" as fighting continued around the pro-Russian rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Fresh volleys of artillery fire were heard across many parts of Donetsk yesterday (local time), fuelling fears of a military build-up amongst rebel forces
  • Ukraine leader wins pro-West mandate but wary of Russia

    10/27/2014 6:59:20 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/27/2014 | Richard Balmforth
    Pro-Western parties will dominate Ukraine's parliament after an election handed President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end a separatist conflict and steer the country further out of Russia's orbit into Europe's mainstream. Poroshenko planned to start coalition talks on Monday after exit polls and partial results showed most of the groups that were holding up democratic and legal reforms demanded by the European Union had been swept out of parliament on Sunday. He still faces huge problems: Russia is resisting moves by Kiev to one day join the European Union, a ceasefire is barely holding in the east where government...
  • Up to a dozen Ukraine officials dumped in wheelie bins

    10/07/2014 6:17:37 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 4 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | 10-07-2014 | Roland Oliphant
    The perpetrators are often members of the radical right-wing group Right Sector It’s a bad time to be a Ukrainian politician. The war in the east refuses to end, despite a “ceasefire”. Winter is approaching, and with it all the worries of another “gas-war” with Russia. And with parliamentary elections just weeks away, pre-revolutionary MPs are getting nervous about hanging on to their jobs. To make things worse, there is a growing chance of ending up in a wheelie bin. Since early September up to a dozen MPs, city councillors and other officials accused of wrong doing have been hauled...
  • Ukraine Can't Hide Putin's Victory

    10/01/2014 7:02:12 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 53 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | September 28, 2014 | Leonid Bershidsky
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is running a magic show. By pretending his country has a chance of joining the European Union or NATO, he is hoping to obscure Kiev's, and Europe's, gradual capitulation to Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Thursday, Poroshenko announced a reform program meant to culminate in a bid for EU membership. "The doors of the European Union are open to us, I am absolutely sure of that," he said. "Well-bred people always knock and never enter without permission, even if there's no lock." Today, Poroshenko's administration submitted a bill to parliament to repeal the country's non-aligned status...
  • Ukrainian President Warns Of New Cold War

    09/22/2014 9:09:58 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 22, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Eastern Europe: Addressing a rare joint session of the U.S. Congress, Ukraine's leader warns, like Churchill before him, of a growing and resurgent menace that has committed crimes in his country and threatens the West. Back in 2009, after the Russian invasion of Georgia, we asked in the editorial recently reprised on the opposite page, "Is the Ukraine Next?" Well, it was. As President Reagan famously put it in a campaign commercial, there was once again a bear in the woods. Only this time we ignored it. On Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gave a 40-minute speech to a rare...
  • UKRAINE: Ukraine President Poroshenkoasks in D.C. asks U.S. Congress for aid [U.S. media blackout?]

    Ukrainian President Poroshenko appealed for more U.S. assistance, including arms, in a warmly received appearance before the U.S. Congress on Thursday. "Please understand me correctly. Blankets, night-vision goggles are also important. But one cannot win the war with blankets." He added: "Even more, we cannot keep the peace with a blanket." Drawing cheers from members who want to arm the former Soviet state, Poroshenko declared his forces "need more military equipment, both lethal and non-lethal -- urgently need." Given the honor of a speech to the joint houses of Congress reflecting U.S. support for his country's fight against Russian-backed separatists,...
  • UKRAINE: Putin threatens Poroshenko go through Mariupol if Donbass "special status" not accepted

    60% military equipment of the ATO combat-ready forces destroyed. Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, in case of failure of the law on the special status of Donbass, Russian troops go through Mariupol in the Crimea. About this newspaper writes INSIDER citing an informed source in the parliament. "The president explained (heads of factions welcome. -" Gordon "), he is constantly" on the phone "Putin, who has made ​​it clear - if we do not adopt the laws - he will move troops in Mariupol and not stop until it reaches the Crimea" - noted....
  • Eastern Ukraine: The Neverending Crisis

    09/15/2014 12:56:37 PM PDT · by DTA · 38 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 2014-09-04 | Nicolai N. Petro
    Eastern Ukraine: The Neverending Crisis Nicolai N. Petro September 3, 2014 According to president Vladimir Putin, Russia’s objectives in Ukraine have been the same since the beginning of civil unrest there—a stable national government that represents and respects all of its people. Why then, has there been so little willingness to work together with Russia to end this crisis? The most obvious answer is Russia’s annexation of Crimea, which many Western governments have interpreted as a rejection of the post–Cold War status quo and a possible prelude to further territorial expansion. To be fair, however, Putin addressed both of these...
  • Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko Promises More Autonomy for East

    09/10/2014 5:37:43 AM PDT · by McGruff · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 10, 2014 | James Marson And Olga Razumovskaya
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday offered greater autonomy to regions in the rebel-held east, but insisted they would have to stay part of Ukraine. The rebels stood by their demand for full independence. The proposal is the first time Mr. Poroshenko has directly said what he is willing to give up under a peace deal signed last week that included a cease-fire but left open the question of control over separatist-held territory.
  • Ukraine accuses Russia of 'open aggression' as rebels advance

    09/01/2014 11:02:57 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 1, 2014 6:11am EDT | Pavel Polityuk and Polina Devitt
    (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and open aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffer major reverses in the war with pro-Moscow separatists. Ukraine's military said its forces had been ordered to pull back from a vital airport in the east of the country, near the city of Luhansk, where they had been battling a Russian tank battalion.
  • UKRAINE: See Pres Poroshenko face change when he met Putin in Minsk-[VIDEO]needs no translation

    08/26/2014 9:17:25 AM PDT · by · 46 replies
    Coub ^ | 8/26/2014
    This video is all over social network... President Poroshenko looks as if he can barely stand to look at "Li'l" putin:
  • Ukraine Will Destroy Itself w/o Russia

    08/08/2014 4:17:08 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | August 8, 2014 | James Stafford
    Ukraine doesn’t need Russia to take it down—Kiev is doing fine destroying itself, most recently with a new tax code that doubles taxes for private gas producers and promises to irreparably cripple new investment in the energy sector at a time when reform and outside investment were the country’s only hope. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on August 1 signed off on a new tax code that effectively doubles the tax private gas producers in Ukraine will have to pay, calling into question any new investment, as well as commitment from key producers already operating in the country. The stated goal...
  • Ukrainian President ousts Security Service Commander

    07/07/2014 10:40:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 7-8-2014 | VOR
    Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko has signed decrees of ousting General Vasily Krutov from the posts of first deputy head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) and head of the SBU anti-terrorist centre. Respective papers have been posted on the Ukrainian president's web site. Vasily Krutov was appointed to these positions in the middle of April this year. The Ukrainian president has replaced Krutov with Vasily Gritsak, a Ukrainian police general-lieutenant and deputy chairman of the Ukrainian State Migration Service since April 2013. Petr Poroshenko has also dismissed Vladislav Bukharev from the position of SBU first deputy head responsible for the...
  • Putin Adviser Calls Poroshenko Nazi Leader of 'Frankenstein' Country

    06/27/2014 10:20:51 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 72 replies
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | June 27, 2014 (Issue # 1817) | The St. Petersburg Times
    A senior economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has slammed Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko ahead of the country's signing of an EU deal on Friday, calling him an illegitimate president and a Nazi. In an interview with the BBC published on Friday, Sergei Glazyev said Ukraine had a "clear Nazi government," which was employing force against its own people in the country's east. "As for [Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseni] Yatsenyuk and Mr. Poroshenko, their coming to power is closely related to the government coup, which happened in Ukraine on the basis of Nazist slogans," he said. Glazyev added Moscow...
  • UKRAINE: Kiev waiting for Kremlin support for Poroshenko peace plan: "not in words but in deeds"

    The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko declares that the present negotiations with Russia aimed at achieving peace in Ukraine, but on the full normalization of relations with Russia so far has, in view of the situation with the Crimea. "Without the return of Crimea normalization of our relations is not possible. But we the people of the world. And why Ukrainian authorities, and I, as President, spoke with the peace plan, "he said at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (pace) in Strasbourg on Thursday. The Ukrainian President reminded that according to the results of...
  • Ukraine's Poroshenko declares week-long ceasefire, warns rebels

    06/21/2014 5:19:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:05pm EDT | Richard Balmforth
    (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday ordered a seven-day ceasefire in the fight against pro-Russian separatists, but also warned them they could face death if they did not use the time to put down their guns. In Moscow, the Kremlin, whose support Poroshenko needs for his plan to end the insurgency in the rebellious east, denounced the ceasefire as an ultimatum to separatists rather than a peace offering.
  • Ukraine Says it Reached an 'Understanding' with Russia

    06/09/2014 4:30:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/6/14
    Ukraine said on Monday it had reached a "mutual understanding" with Moscow on parts of a plan proposed by President Petro Poroshenko for ending violence in the east of the country. No further details ...
  • Poroshenko Promises to Raise Ukrainian Army Pay to $83 a Day

    05/28/2014 4:35:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 28, 2014
    At an unknown campaign stop before the presidential election, now President-elect Petro Poroshenko promised to make strengthening the Ukrainian army his top priority. Porohsenko said he could attract volunteers by upping the salary from $50 a month to $83 a day and providing each volunteer with $83,000 in life insurance. He pledged to make the change on May 26. EuroMaidan PR, the official public relations arm of the EuroMaidan Revolution, made the subtitles to the 1:17 video.
  • Ukraine’s Poroshenko says he wants direct U.S. military aid

    05/27/2014 2:50:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 43 replies
    WashPost ^ | 5-27-2014 | Jackson Diehl
    <p>Petro Poroshenko, the newly elected president of Ukraine, inherits a low-grade civil war against separatists backed by Russia, an economy rapidly descending into recession and a fragmented political system in which most power lies with a lame-duck, unrepresentative parliament. But as he sees it, he does have one thing going for him: For the moment, at least, a decisive majority of Ukrainians are behind him.</p>
  • Occupy Wall Street? Try Occupy Kiev: Maidan who ousted former leader won't leave Kiev Square

    05/27/2014 10:02:59 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    5/27/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    I was scrolling through the tele yesterday going from Fox News , then to MSNBC, then to FSTV, then AJAM (Aljazeera America), and the words "Occupy Kiev" were on TV. It was followed quickly by a reporter saying that the Maidan protesters won't do what the Kiev gov't told them yo do, and this was soon after Poroskenko was elected. They won't dismantle their large tent city, refuse to, and have drug out an old favorite - DRUMS - and on the TV....they were banging on them... McCain was there Dec. 2013 with them. Why not now, too? Same people,...
  • Poroshenko Pledges To Step Up Anti-Terrorism Operation, Bring Success Within 'Hours,' Not Months

    05/26/2014 5:53:27 AM PDT · by Fennie · 24 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 26, 2014
    With most votes counted, presumptive President-elect Petro Porshenko gave his first post-election press conference on May 26 - with Kyiv Mayor-elect Vitali Klitschko at his side - and talked about the need to intensify Ukraine's anti-terrorist operation against seperatists in the east while talking peace with Russia at the same time. The billionaire oligarch who has taken all political sides since Ukraine's independence outlined two priorities: restoring peace after months of Kremlin-backed war and restoring economic growth after months of recession. Despite expressing a willingness to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin and seek a peaceful resolution to the Kremlin-instigated...
  • Poroshenko vows to retain east Ukraine

    05/26/2014 11:16:58 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 56 replies
    AFP ^ | May 27, 2014
    Billionaire oligarch Petro Poroshenko says he would not let rebel-held east Ukraine become another Somalia as he prepared to take over the presidency with a clear signal from Moscow that it is ready to work with his government. Poroshenko has moved swiftly to stamp his authority as Ukraine's new leader after claiming victory in Sunday's presidential election, with partial results showing he trounced his rivals in the first round. He said Ukraine would press on with an offensive to crush the pro-Russian separatists waging an insurgency in the eastern industrial belt, despite Moscow warning it would be a "colossal mistake"....
  • Poroshenko Elected Ukraine President; Putin Dodges Promise To 'Respect' Results

    Two days before the election, Vladimir Putin publicly backtracked on his pledge to honor the results of the election. In the days and weeks that follow, it will become evident that he never meant to recognize the results of the Ukraine presidential election. [....] Putin’s assertions of “no control over separatists” have become even more unbelievable as pro-Russian separatists openly flaunt their Russian citizenship, contract fighting in Chechnya (with possible war crimes), their Russian military-intelligence backgrounds, and their common ties to a mysterious Russian oligarch. (For examples, see; Radio Liberty May 23, MKRU May 16, Fontanka May 21). I suppose...
  • Poroshenko wins in landslide, vows to 'bring peace' to Ukraine (VIDEO)

    05/25/2014 9:40:42 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 26, 2014, 6:01 a.m. | Katya Gorchinskaya
    Ukrainians elected Petro Poroshenko to be their fifth president in a vote that was dubbed "the second independence referendum," because of voters' determination to cast their ballots despite a Russian-backed war against the nation.
  • Poroshenko wins in landslide, vows to 'bring peace' to Ukraine (UPDATES)

    05/25/2014 11:17:20 AM PDT · by WildSnail · 179 replies
    Kiev Post ^ | 05/25/2014 | Katya Gorchinskaya
    Petro Poroshenko wins Ukraine's presidency in the first round, according to the results of two national exit polls, with approximately 56 percent of the vote. Ukrainians elected Petro Poroshenko to be their fifth president in a vote that was dubbed "the second independence referendum." Poroshenko won his presidency in the first round, according to two exit polls. The poll conducted by four TV channels showed that he received 57.8 percent of the vote. The national exit poll, conducted by a consortium of reputable survey takers, put Poroshenko at slightly less -- 55.9 percent of the votes, but still a clear...
  • Poroshenko favored to win elections in Ukraine, says he will negotiate with Russia

    05/23/2014 3:41:56 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    WashPost ^ | 5-23-2014 | Michael Birnbaum
    As Ukraine heads to the polls Sunday, one man is a strong favorite to win: candy tycoon Petro Poroshenko, who has vaulted to the top of his nation’s political scene on the hope that he can unite a deeply divided electorate. Ukraine was already suffering from economic troubles when pro-Western street protests forced Kremlin-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych to flee the country Feb. 22. Soon thereafter, Russian ­forces ­seized the Crimean Peninsula. And as an insurgency has grown in Ukraine’s east, the question ahead of the election was less about the eventual winner and more about what challenges the new president...
  • Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Twitter blocks Ukrainian radical group's account in Russia

    05/19/2014 7:31:30 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 6 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | 5/19/2014 (5:58 AM, E.T.) | Radi Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty
    Twitter blocked the account of Ukraine's ultranationalist Right Sector group in Russia. ...
  • Putin orders Ukraine border pullout (again)

    05/19/2014 2:11:54 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 38 replies ^ | 19 May 2014 | BBC
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops near Ukraine's border to withdraw, the Kremlin says.
  • Political rivalries threaten Ukraine's reforms

    07/04/2005 10:30:02 AM PDT · by jb6 · 2 replies · 185+ views
    Financial Times ^ | July 4 2005 | Tom Warner
    Six months after Ukraine's Orange Revolution, growing rivalries among its leaders are threatening planned political and economic reforms. ADVERTISEMENT Allies of Viktor Yushchenko, the mild-mannered president, and Yulia Tymoshenko, the firebrand prime minister, are splitting into competing camps. Mr Yushchenko himself has tried to stay above the fray and assert his authority over both factions. But he is struggling to hold together a disparate alliance that united to overthrow former president Leonid Kuchma but is now starting to come apart. Mr Yushchenko said this week: "I'm happy to have the dialogue [with my colleagues]. But if somebody questions a decision...