European Union

A Revolution of Dignity

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By

On Thursday, November 21, 2013, with only one week before the scheduled signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, the former’s head of its Cabinet of Ministers announced that there would be no signing, at least not within a week at the upcoming Vilnius summit. What ensued was a spontaneous people’s…

Who’s the Biggest Loser in the Ukraine-Russia Deal?

Dec 21st, 2013 | By

It’s not Putin, Yanukovych, or even the EU. It’s the Ukrainian people. BY Anders Aslund DECEMBER 20, 2013 Vladimir Putin’s Dec. 17 meeting in Moscow with Ukraine’s politically besieged president, Viktor Yanukovych, must be viewed as quite a victory for Putin. The Russian president’s first feat was to tie financially troubled Ukraine to the Kremlin…

SPECIAL REPORT-Why Ukraine spurned the EU and embraced Russia

Dec 19th, 2013 | By

By Elizabeth Piper KIEV Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:59am EST Dec 19 (Reuters) – On Sept. 4, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich called a meeting of his political party for the first time in three years, summoning members to an old Soviet-era cinema called Zoryany in Kiev. For three hours Yanukovich cajoled and bullied anyone who…

UWC raises awareness of international community of psychological pressure on EuroMaidan supporters

Dec 19th, 2013 | By

On 19 December 2013 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij issued a letter to the international community drawing attention to recent reports of undue psychological pressure being exerted by Ukraine’s authorities and security forces on EuroMaidan supporters. The UWC highlighted the very perturbing statement issued on 13 December 2013 by the Rectorate of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, which describes…

From the Diary of Euan MacDonald – Entry for July 8, 2034

Dec 18th, 2013 | By

by Euan MacDonald Kiev, Little Russia, July 8, 2034 Dear Diary, What a day it promises to be tomorrow, our Great Leader’s birthday! I’m arranging the bunting for our building, and have bullied the neighbors into stitching together about a dozen huge national flags. There’s another special reason to be happy – the chocolate ration…

Australian ambassador to Ukraine & AFUO President meet in Kyiv to discuss Euromaidan issues

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

Australia’s Ambassador with responsibility for Ukraine, Her Excellency Jean Dunn, today arrived in Kyiv and met with the President of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations (AFUO), Mr Stefan Romaniw OAM. The Ambassador, who is based in the Australian Embassy in Warsaw, will also be meeting with fellow diplomatic representatives in Ukraine tomorrow to obtain…

Ukrainian World Congress calls upon the President of Ukraine to not sign Customs Union agreement

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

On the eve of the trip of President Viktor Yanukovych to Moscow, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) urges him to not, under any circumstance, sign the Customs Union agreement, to cease all non-transparent negotiations with the President of Russia and to not enter into any agreements with Russia that would bring Ukraine closer to the Customs Union. “The…

Ukraine Protests Surge Before Yanukovych Meets Putin

Dec 16th, 2013 | By

By Daryna Krasnolutska, Kateryna Choursina and Olga Tanas Dec 16, 2013 4:59 AM ET Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych goes to Russia tomorrow for talks on a trade deal as anti-government protests over his decision to scupper a European Union cooperation pact show no sign of ending. Hundreds of thousands joined competing demonstrations of the anti-government…

Maidan recommends: On Ukraine, the EU has made too many misjudgments

Dec 15th, 2013 | By

Maidan recommends a highly characteristic interview with Gernot Erler, a German MP from SPD who is influential in the field of foreign affairs (“From 2005 until 2009 he served as the Minister of State in the Federal Foreign Office. From 1998 until 2005, he served as Deputy Chairman of the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag, responsible for foreign, defence, development policy and human rights.


Dec 14th, 2013 | By

Friday, December 13, 2013 WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Ranking Member on the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced a resolution to express the sense of the Senate…