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  • 06 Jul 2016 10:39 PM | Anonymous

    Local elections to be held under Ukrainian and OSCE control, with no Russia intruding - Klimkin. Ukraine will never let the current leaders of Russian-backed separatists rule the Donbas region, even in case they are officially elected. This is according to Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin who is currently holding a meeting with his Norwegian counterpart.   Ukraine Today.   Read More

  • 06 Jul 2016 10:36 PM | Anonymous

    Berlin promises to allocate EUR 6 million to help internally displaced people from Donbas.  Germany's Federal Government is set to increase support to Ukraine under a humanitarian program aimed at helping people affected by the war in Donbas. This is according to the German Embassy in Kyiv.   Ukraine Today.   Read More

  • 24 Jun 2016 10:29 PM | Anonymous

    Ukraine's MP says more personal sanctions against Russian top officials are needed. Providing Ukraine with lethal military aid can trigger a worldwide military conflict, according to Ukrainian MP and delegate to PACE Nadiya Savchenko.   Ukraine Today.   Read More

  • 24 Jun 2016 9:48 PM | Anonymous

    “People have forgotten that there’s a real humanitarian situation and a real need in a European country,” said Jock Mendoza-Wilson, director of international and investor relations at System Capital Management, during a recent Atlantic Council panel examining the crisis in Ukraine. In fact, he said, six hundred thousand people on Ukraine’s contact line live in “appalling conditions” without electricity and gas, have intermittent water, face shelling and small arms fire on a daily basis, and don’t have access to a food market.   Atlantic Council.   Read More

  • 24 Jun 2016 9:40 PM | Anonymous

    Ukrainian authorities have arrested four former officers of the "Berkut" riot police for their alleged role in the violent dispersal of pro-European protesters in Kyiv in early 2014. Larysa Sarhan, a spokeswoman for Ukraine's Prosecutor-General's Office, said on June 24 that the four suspects were serving on Ukraine's national police force at the time of their arrest on June 23.    RFE/RL.   Read More

  • 08 Jun 2016 5:55 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Bohdan Vitvitsky, Former U.S. prosecutor may help reform Ukraine PGO

    Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko will appoint Ukrainian-born Bohdan Vitvitsky, a former federal prosecutor and Assistant U.S. Attorney, as the chief of the competition committee to the General Inspectorate of the Prosecutor General's Office.

    Vitvitsky is expected to help cleanse the corrupt General Prosecutor's office, according to Lutsenko.  "The schedule and format of the General Inspectorate, which will reveal corrupt prosecutors, is agreed upon with our American partners. I am planning to appoint Mr. Vitvitsky as head of the competition committee," Lutsenko wrote on Facebook. 

    As was earlier reported, Bohdan Vitvitsky is the American lawyer of Ukrainian origin and social activist, an assistant U.S. Attorney of the U.S. Attorney's Economic Crimes Unit. In 2007-2009, he was a legal advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. He was considered as a candidate for the post of the chief of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine UNIAN

    Editor's Note: Bohdan Vitvitsky is a member of the Ukrainian American Bar Association


  • 25 May 2016 11:02 PM | Anonymous

    Following the Revolution of Dignity, Ukraine has taken big political and economic steps forward. Today, we need to assess what has been accomplished and what Ukraine should achieve in the next fifteen years. The nation needs to set ambitious goals, aiming for an average economic growth rate of 6-7 percent a year. That kind of growth is possible because Ukraine is lagging so far behind neighboring European countries.   Atlantic Council.   Read More

  • 25 May 2016 10:57 PM | Anonymous

    Zorro is known for defending the poor and the oppressed from corrupt villains, and the masked hero’s name is also part of the Ukrainian word for transparency. Ukraine hopes its new online procurement system, ProZorro, can achieve all these aims.    The Wall Street Journal.   Read More

  • 25 May 2016 10:39 PM | Anonymous

    “A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. . . . We must have patience till luck turns,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1798. Jefferson wrote this observation to a friend thirteen years after the Revolutionary War ended and twenty-five years after the Boston Tea Party. Revolutions require courage and sacrifice. Post-revolutionary transitions require patience and luck.   Atlantic Council.   Read More

  • 25 May 2016 10:30 PM | Anonymous

    U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), Nancy Izzo-Jackson and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator Robert Jenkins announced that the United States will provide more than $28 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to help the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people affected by Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea.    Embassy of the United States, Kyiv Ukraine.   Read More 

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