Ukraine

Celebrating Diversity: 18 acts to participate in Ukraine's selection

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Names have been revealed of 18 acts that will participate in the national selection for Eurovision 2018 and compete for the right to represent Ukraine in Lisbon, Eurovision.tv reports.

UNIAN: State Property Fund starts preparations for privatization of 20 large SOEs

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The State Property Fund has launched preparatory work to set up auctions for the sale of 20 large state-owned enterprises, including 99.6 percent of the shares of Odesa Portside Chemical Plant, 99.99 percent shares of Sumykhimprom, a 68 percent stake in Zaporizhia Aluminum Smelter, as well as fiv...

112.ua: Ukraine joins international program on control over container shipping

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Ukraine joined the global system of the control over the illegal trafficking of drugs, weaponry and fake. The proper memorandum was signed on January 16 by Myroslav Prodan, the acting Chairman of the State Fiscal Service, Petro Tsygykal, the Head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine and J...

Klimkin invites Czech foreign minister to visit Ukraine

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has invited Czech counterpart Martin Stropnicky to visit Ukraine in the near future. “I have spoken with my Czech counterpart Stropnicky. As a former defense minister, Martin understands what a threat Russia currently poses to Europe, and invited him...

112.ua: Yanukovych’s defense demands to bring Ukrainian diplomats to justice due to Euromaidan

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The defense of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine demands from the prosecutor’s office and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) to bring the particular workers of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry to the justice due to their support of the opposition in February 2014. Vit...

Poroshenko: Everything Russia does in Ukraine aimed at destroying Ukrainian state

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Russia’s actions in Ukraine are aimed at destroying the Ukrainian state and returning it to its sphere of influence, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said. “Everything that Russia is currently doing in Ukraine has one single goal: to return us to its so-called sphere of influe...

UkrInform: Balukh sentenced to three years and seven months in prison for Ukraine’s flag in Crimea

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Kremlin-controlled Rozdolne District Court in Crimea has sentenced Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh, accused of storing ammunition, for three years and seven months of imprisonment and to a fine of 10 non-taxable minimum incomes, the Crimea.Realities media outlet has reported. A Russian prosec...

UNIAN: Another international gas trader receives license in Ukraine

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Ukraine’s National Energy and Utilities Regulations Commission has issued a license for the supply of natural gas to Trailstone Energy, a Ukrainian subsidiary of the U.S.-based energy trader TrailStone. Read more here. The post UNIAN: Another international gas trader receives license in Ukraine a...

Reuters: World Bank joins IMF in criticism of Ukraine’s anti-corruption draft law

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The World Bank has joined the International Monetary Fund in criticizing a Ukrainian draft law to create an anti-corruption court, the newspaper Ukrainska Pravda reported on January 15, citing a letter from the lender to the presidential administration. Read more here.  The post Reuters: World Ba...

Donbas status bill may be considered in final reading on January 18

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The Verkhovna Rada may pass the bill “On particularities of the state policy to ensure Ukrainian state sovereignty on temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions” on January 18, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy said.”We will be discussing every amendment...

Red Cross: Around 20 people hurt by tear gas in riots outside Ukrainian parliament

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Around 20 people were hurt by tear gas in the clashes between protesters and law enforcement officers outside the Verkhovna Rada, and the first aid is being extended to them on the scene, the Ukrainian Red Cross Society said. “It is unquiet in Kyiv, as clashes have broken out outside the Ve...

MP Friz says Russia uses unrecognized Transdniestria to avoid European sanctions

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Supporting separatism is a dangerous tendency that threatens Europe, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine deputy (Petro Poroshenko Bloc) Iryna Friz, who chairs the parliament’s subcommittee on state information system security, has said. Friz, a member of the Rada’s national security and defense...

UkrInform: Ukraine’s Armed Forces received 1,400 modernized units of arms and military equipment ...

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In 2017, the Armed Forces of Ukraine received 1,400 modernized units of weapons and military equipment. Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine on European Integration Lieutenant-General Anatoliy Petrenko said this at a briefing. Read more here.  The post UkrInform: Ukraine’s Armed Forces received 1,4...

UNIAN: Russian war pilots to practice landing on highway near Ukraine border

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The air task unit of the Fourth Air and Air Defense Forces Command has kicked off this year’s first training missions at the Kuban and Rostov regional airports where pilots will train to land on a Rostov Region highway, Southern Military District Spokesman Vadim Astafyev told TASS on January 12. ...

UkrInform: Freedom House again recognizes Ukraine as ‘partly free’ country

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Freedom House has again included Ukraine in the category of partly free countries, according to the organization’s new annual report “Freedom in the World 2018: Democracy in Crisis.” “Ukraine got three points out of a possible seven, where seven is the worst indicator for ...

Siemens JV appeals against ruling to refuse injunctions in Crimean turbines case

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LLC Siemens Gas Turbines Technologies (SGTT) has appealed against a ruling of the Moscow Arbitration Court to refuse injunctive relief in the case against LLC and OJSC VO Technopromexport, part of Rostec, court files said. The appeal has been filed at Moscow’s Ninth Arbitration Appeals Cour...

Russian war pilots to practice landing on highway near Ukraine border

UNIAN

The air task unit of the Fourth Air and Air Defense Forces Command has kicked off this year’s first training missions at the Kuban and Rostov regional airports where pilots will train to land on a Rostov Region highway, Southern Military District Spokesman Vadim Astafyev told TASS on Friday.

Associated Press: Protesters clash with police in Ukraine over new law

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At least one policeman has been injured and several protesters have been detained after scuffles outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv, the capital. Several hundred people were rallying on January 16 outside the Supreme Rada to protest a new law governing the areas in the country’s east under ...

Parliament debates controversial Donbas reintegration bill

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Parliament waded into some controversial legislation on Jan. 16, its first day back in session since the Christmas break, debating at second reading the bill on reintegrating the Russian-occupied part of the Donbas with the rest of Ukraine. But a final vote on the bill was still far off as the se...

World Bank speaks up against Ukraine’s current bill on anti-graft court: $800 mln at stake

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If Ukraine is interested in securing World Bank’s guarantees worth $800 million the authorities should reconsider the draft law on High Anti-Corruption Court and ensure it is in line with the recommendations provided by the Venice Commission, that’s according to a letter to Rada Speak...