Politics of Ukraine http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26738/all en Ukraine's Tymoshenko said to be "critical" as trial adjourned http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/ukraines-tymoshenko-said-be-critical-trial-adjourned <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Defence counsel says ex-PM so ill she did not recognise him</p> <p>* Tymoshenko is under prison guard in hospital</p> <p>* West says her trial for abuse-of-office was political</p> <p>KHARKIV, Ukraine, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko's trial for tax evasion was adjourned again on Friday as her defence counsel warned that her declining health had slumped to a "critical" level.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/ukraines-tymoshenko-said-be-critical-trial-adjourned" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Politics of Ukraine Ukrainian studies Yulia Tymoshenko Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:15:49 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736205 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Ukraine prosecutor accuses Tymoshenko of murder http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/update-1-ukraine-prosecutor-accuses-tymoshenko-murder <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Ex-PM accused over 1996 contract killing of businessman</p> <p>* Tymoshenko under prison guard in hospital on other charge</p> <p>* Defence counsel says she is critically ill</p> <p>* West says Tymoshenko victim of political persecution (Releads with accusation of murder against Tymoshenko)</p> <p>By Richard Balmforth</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/update-1-ukraine-prosecutor-accuses-tymoshenko-murder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics of Ukraine Ukraine Ukrainian studies War Yulia Tymoshenko Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 19:15:33 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736325 at http://www.globalpost.com Clinton sends jailed Ukrainian ex-PM message of support http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/clinton-sends-jailed-ukrainian-ex-pm-message-support <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KIEV, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The United States sent a message of support on Tuesday to jailed Ukrainian ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, ignoring more accusations against her by Ukrainian authorities relating to the killing of a business rival 16 years ago.</p> <p>Tymoshenko is already serving a seven-year jail sentence for abuse-of-office handed down in October 2011 after a trial which the West said smacked of selective justice by the leadership of President Viktor Yanukovich.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/clinton-sends-jailed-ukrainian-ex-pm-message-support" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics of Ukraine Ukraine Ukrainian studies Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:45:55 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737825 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Clinton sends jailed Ukrainian ex-PM message of support http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/update-1-clinton-sends-jailed-ukrainian-ex-pm-message-support <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds background, details)</p> <p>* West says Tymoshenko is victim of political vendetta</p> <p>* Tymoshenko's daughter says her health is worsening</p> <p>By Richard Balmforth</p> <p>KIEV, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday sent a message of support to jailed Ukrainian ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, ignoring new accusations against her by Ukrainian authorities relating to the killing of a business rival 16 years ago.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/update-1-clinton-sends-jailed-ukrainian-ex-pm-message-support" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics of Ukraine Ukraine Ukrainian studies Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:00:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737830 at http://www.globalpost.com Ukraine industrialist and Yanukovich backer buys top TV station http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/ukraine-industrialist-and-yanukovich-backer-buys-top-tv-station <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KIEV, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Ukrainian industrialist Dmytro Firtash, a supporter of President Viktor Yanukovich, has bought leading TV station Inter for $2.5 billion, the station said on Friday.</p> <p>Firtash's Group DF bought Inter and other media outlets from a company owned by Valery Khoroshkovsky, who quit as first deputy prime minister in December after criticising Prime Minister Mykola Azarov for slow reforms.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/ukraine-industrialist-and-yanukovich-backer-buys-top-tv-station" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Ukraine Politics of Ukraine Technology Ukraine Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:46:00 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5743174 at http://www.globalpost.com Opposition blocks Ukraine parliament over proxy voting row http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/opposition-blocks-ukraine-parliament-over-proxy-voting-row <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Opposition says ruling party allies vote despite absence</p> <p>* Ruling party denies proxy voting</p> <p>* Rancour could delay legislation, disrupt EU visit</p> <p>By Olzhas Auyezov</p> <p>KIEV, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Opposition lawmakers surrounded the speaker's rostrum in Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday in protest at what they say is proxy voting by the pro-government majority, stopping the work of the legislature.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/opposition-blocks-ukraine-parliament-over-proxy-voting-row" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Politics Politics of Ukraine Sports Ukrainian studies Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Feb 2013 16:45:16 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5746591 at http://www.globalpost.com Ukraine must curb corruption, says EBRD http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/ukraine-must-curb-corruption-says-ebrd <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Ukraine must work harder on fighting rampant corruption that is hindering investment, the chief of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Suma Chakrabarti, said Tuesday. </p> <p>"We want to see much more action to tackle corruption at all levels," Chakrabarti told journalists after meeting Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in Kiev.</p> <p>"It is not enough to pass laws. They have to be fairly implemented to ensure a level playing field," Chakrabarti said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/ukraine-must-curb-corruption-says-ebrd" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics of Ukraine Technology Ukraine Ukrainian studies AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:30:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746649 at http://www.globalpost.com EU-Ukraine trade deal under threat: Lithuania http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/eu-ukraine-trade-deal-under-threat-lithuania <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A free-trade deal between Ukraine and the European Union set for signature later this year could be delayed over Kiev's jailing of opposition leaders, Lithuania warned on Wednesday.</p> <p>"The jailing of political opposition creates a very negative backdrop for any future EU and Ukraine relations," the Baltic state's president Dalia Grybauskaite said after meeting her Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych.</p> <p>The former EU budget commissioner helms the ex-Soviet state, which is set to take over the 27-member bloc's six-month rotating presidency in July.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/eu-ukraine-trade-deal-under-threat-lithuania" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe European Union Politics of Ukraine Ukrainian studies AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:17:13 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747827 at http://www.globalpost.com Ukraine complains no help from Europe in Russia gas rows http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/ukraine-complains-no-help-europe-russia-gas-rows <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Yanukovich says Europe gave no support over $7 bln Russia bill</p> <p>* Ukraine's ties with EU are strained over Tymoshenko affair</p> <p>By Andrius and Sytas</p> <p>VILNIUS, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Ukraine complained on Wednesday that it had received little or no support from European countries in its face-off with Russia over the price of its gas imports and a $7 billion Russian bill.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/ukraine-complains-no-help-europe-russia-gas-rows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Politics of Ukraine Ukrainian studies Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:45:36 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5747871 at http://www.globalpost.com Reform quickly or lose deals, EU tells Ukraine http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/reform-quickly-or-lose-deals-eu-tells-ukraine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* EU ready to revive landmark deals with Ukraine</p> <p>* But lays out conditions to be met by November</p> <p>* Warns Kiev against joining Russia-led trade bloc</p> <p>By Olzhas Auyezov</p> <p>KIEV, Feb 7 (Reuters) - The European Union warned Ukraine on Thursday time was running out to revive shelved deals on free trade and political association by meeting the bloc's concerns over the jailing of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and bringing in reforms.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/reform-quickly-or-lose-deals-eu-tells-ukraine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe European Union Politics of Ukraine Social Issues Ukrainian studies Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Feb 2013 16:31:27 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5749050 at http://www.globalpost.com Denmark grants asylum to Ukrainian ally of jailed Tymoshenko-source http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/denmark-grants-asylum-ukrainian-ally-jailed-tymoshenko-source <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Ivashchenko is latest ally of jailed former PM to flee</p> <p>* Tymoshenko's case has damaged Ukraine's ties with West</p> <p>COPENHAGEN, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Denmark has granted political asylum to a Ukrainian former acting defence minister who served under jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko, a Danish government source said on Monday.</p> <p>Valery Ivashchenko, who served in Tymoshenko's second cabinet in 2009 and 2010, is the latest of her allies to flee Ukraine since President Viktor Yanukovich came to power three years ago.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/denmark-grants-asylum-ukrainian-ally-jailed-tymoshenko-source" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics of Ukraine Ukraine Ukrainian studies Yulia Tymoshenko Thomson Reuters Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:15:10 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5758899 at http://www.globalpost.com Ukrainian tycoon pledges half fortune for charity http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/ukrainian-tycoon-pledges-half-fortune-charity <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Viktor Pinchuk, the Ukrainian metals and media tycoon who is the country's second-richest man, said on Tuesday that he would give at least half of his estimated $3.7 billion (2.7-billion-euro) fortune to charity.</p> <p>Pinchuk, 52, becomes the first national from ex-Soviet Ukraine to join the effort by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage the world's richest people to share their wealth.</p> <p>Pinchuk said he felt it was his duty to invest at least half of his fortune in education, healthcare and the arts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/ukrainian-tycoon-pledges-half-fortune-charity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Human Interest Labor Political families of Ukraine Politics of Ukraine Social Issues Ukrainian studies Viktor Pinchuk AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:16:40 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5759880 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian, Ukrainian tycoons pledge half fortune to charity http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/russian-ukrainian-tycoons-pledge-half-fortune-charity <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Russia's Vladimir Potanin and Ukraine's Victor Pinchuk pledged Tuesday to give half of their fortunes to charity, becoming the first tycoons from ex-Soviet Union to join a global drive by the world's richest people to share their wealth.</p> <p>Russian industrial magnate Potanin, 52, and Pinchuk, the Ukrainian metals and media tycoon, also 52, said that by joining the Giving Pledge initiative led by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett they hoped to inspire other rich people to share their wealth.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/russian-ukrainian-tycoons-pledge-half-fortune-charity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Human Interest Nationality Political families of Ukraine Politics of Ukraine Technology AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:02:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5760079 at http://www.globalpost.com Ukraine ex-leader rejects new claims over journalist murder http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/ukraine-ex-leader-rejects-new-claims-over-journalist-murder <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Ukraine's former president Leonid Kuchma on Thursday described as a "provocation" new claims by prosecutors they had evidence implicating him in the murder of critical journalist Georgy Gongadze.</p> <p>Kuchma compared the Ukrainian deputy prosecutor who made the claims to the Soviet prosecutor Andrei Vyshinsky who was behind the arbitrary justice of Stalin's murderous 1930s purges.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/ukraine-ex-leader-rejects-new-claims-over-journalist-murder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Interest Politics of Ukraine Ukraine Ukrainian studies AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:00:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5762280 at http://www.globalpost.com Jailed Tymoshenko fit to leave hospital: ministry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/jailed-tymoshenko-fit-leave-hospital-ministry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Ukraine's jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is now fit to leave the civilian hospital where she has spent the last nine months with back problems, the health ministry said Friday, paving the way for her return to prison.</p> <p>A medical commission "has concluded that the patient Y. Tymoshenko no longer needs further treatment or rehabilitation in hospital," the ministry said in a statement.</p> <p>Tymoshenko, 52, has been in prison since August 2011 but was moved in May last year from her Kharkiv prison to hospital because she was in acute pain from a herniated disc.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/jailed-tymoshenko-fit-leave-hospital-ministry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Ukraine Politics of Ukraine Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko AFP Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:01:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5763521 at http://www.globalpost.com