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    Obama nominates new ambassador to Ukraine
    May20

    Obama nominates new ambassador to Ukraine

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on May 18 announced his nomination of Marie L. Yovanovitch as ambassador to Ukraine, replacing Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt, whom he nominated to serve as envoy to Greece. Ms. Yovanovitch, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of minister-counselor, currently serves as dean of the School of Language...

    Moscow using occupied Crimea as testing lab  for repressive measures to be applied elsewhere
    May20

    Moscow using occupied Crimea as testing lab for repressive measures to be applied elsewhere

    Moscow’s illegal occupation of Crimea is an even greater threat to the world and to Russia itself than many imagine because, as political commentator Sergey Stelmakh points out, the Kremlin has been using the Ukrainian peninsula as a laboratory for repressive measures it then employs elsewhere. In Radio Liberty’s Krymr.com portal,...

    Jamala’s win at Eurovision
    May20

    Jamala’s win at Eurovision

    Dear Editor: Any bit of good news means a lot for Ukraine currently as its soldiers continue to die in the war against Russia, the pace of reforms moves at a glacial pace, and no significant criminal or corrupt businessman/politician/bureaucrat has been jailed (despite repeated urging from Vice-President Joe Biden). So it’s wonderful that a...

    Verkhovna Rada approves Lutsenko as Ukraine’s procurator general
    May13

    Verkhovna Rada approves Lutsenko as Ukraine’s procurator general

    KYIV – Ukraine’s Parliament voted on May 12 to approve the president’s nomination of Yuriy Lutsenko as procurator general. He will be expected to accomplish what his three post-Euro-Maidan predecessors failed to do: prosecute and convict corrupt key state officials, both past and present. Mr. Lutsenko’s election came after the...

    Roundtable discusses legacy and lessons of Chornobyl
    May13

    Roundtable discusses legacy and lessons of Chornobyl

    WASHINGTON – A roundtable discussion commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster was held at the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) on April 26. The panelists were Valeriy Chaly, Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.S.; Mykola Riabchuk, a prominent Ukrainian writer and literary critic; and Nadia McConnell, USUF president. Ms....

    Ukraine seeks armed police mission of OSCE in Donetsk-Luhansk
    May13

    Ukraine seeks armed police mission of OSCE in Donetsk-Luhansk

    Ukraine is asking for an international armed police mission under Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) auspices, to be deployed in the secessionist Donetsk-Luhansk territory. Russia and its local proxies hold the monopoly on military presence and policing in that part of Ukraine. And Russia holds veto power in the OSCE...

    Police mission in Ukraine’s east: An OSCE milestone?
    May13

    Police mission in Ukraine’s east: An OSCE milestone?

    Ukraine wants the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to consider deploying an international, armed police mission in the secessionist Donetsk-Luhansk territory. The declared rationale is to provide security for elections that might be staged in that territory under the Minsk armistice – elections that Ukraine deems...

    Ukraine’s new government  expected to continue reforms
    May06

    Ukraine’s new government expected to continue reforms

    On April 14, Ukraine’s Parliament replaced the Cabinet of unpopular Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk with one headed by Volodymyr Groysman, who had served as Parliament speaker since November 2014. A former mayor of President Petro Poroshenko’s electoral and business stronghold of Vinnytsia, Mr. Groysman has always been in Mr....

    Groysman acts to renew slipping Western support
    May06

    Groysman acts to renew slipping Western support

    KYIV – The new Cabinet of Ministers that emerged in Ukraine in mid-April drew swift skepticism from Western authorities as it was cleared of foreign-born reformers, among them Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, who was being considered to lead a technocratic government. Instead, insiders – many with shady pasts – took the reins. “If the elites […]...

    Bill links Russia sanctions relief to Crimea’s return to Ukraine
    May06

    Bill links Russia sanctions relief to Crimea’s return to Ukraine

    WASHINGTON – A new bill in the U.S. Congress would prevent the White House from lifting a raft of sanctions against Russia until Ukraine restores control over Crimea, which Moscow forcibly annexed in 2014, or settles the peninsula’s status to Kyiv’s satisfaction. The legislation, announced on April 29 by Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and...

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