Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrives country to face treason charges

Ukraine’s former President Petro Poroshenko landed in Kyiv on Monday to face treason charges in a case he says was trumped up by allies of his successor, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. In a brief stand-off at border control after arriving on a flight from Warsaw, he accused the border guards of taking away his passport. He… Read More Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrives country to face treason charges

All vaccinated Ukrainians to receive 1,000 hryvnia

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday said in a video statement that all Ukrainians who were vaccinated against COVID-19 would receive a 1,000 hryvnia (an equivalent of $38) payment. Ukraine has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Europe and is grappling with its worst phrase of the pandemic, with deaths hitting a new daily… Read More All vaccinated Ukrainians to receive 1,000 hryvnia

Georgia’s ruling party wins local election

Georgia’s ruling party won a commanding lead in a municipal election held a day after the arrest of former president Mikheil Saakashvili, who had returned from exile to support the opposition. The ruling Georgian Dream party won 46.7% of votes to 30.7% for the United National Movement (UNM), founded by Saakashvili, according to results released… Read More Georgia’s ruling party wins local election

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says he will engage Georgia for release of former president Mikheil Saakashvili

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday he will personally engage in returning Georgia’s former president Mikheil Saakashvili back to Ukraine from a prison in Georgia as he holds a Ukrainian passport. Saakashvili was arrested in Georgia on Friday after the opposition politician returned to the country despite facing imprisonment and called for post-election street… Read More Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says he will engage Georgia for release of former president Mikheil Saakashvili

Ukrainian lawmakers pass law restricting oligarchs from participation in politics

Ukraine’s parliament passed a law on Thursday to order “oligarchs” to register and stay out of politics, a day after an attempt to kill a top aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which officials said could have been a response to the reform. The law provides a definition for an oligarch and gives a body headed… Read More Ukrainian lawmakers pass law restricting oligarchs from participation in politics

Shots fired at vehicle carrying Ukrainian presidential aide in assassination attempt

A volley of shots was fired at a car carrying Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s principal aide on Wednesday in what a senior official called an assassination attempt. More than 10 bullets hit the car near the village of Lesnyky, around 5 km (3 miles) outside the capital Kyiv, wounding the driver, a police statement said.… Read More Shots fired at vehicle carrying Ukrainian presidential aide in assassination attempt

Ukraine’s interior minister Arsen Avakov announces resignation

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has submitted a letter of resignation, his ministry said on Tuesday, without disclosing the reason for the move. Avakov had run the ministry since 2014 but he and Zelenskiy had been at odds in recent weeks over the investigation into the killing of an investigative journalist in a car bombing… Read More Ukraine’s interior minister Arsen Avakov announces resignation

Ukraine parliament approves bill to jail officials for false asset declarations

Ukrainian lawmakers approved a law on Thursday to impose jail sentences on officials who make false asset declarations. The legislation was a requirement for the government to secure more loans from the International Monetary Fund under a $5 billion programme. The IMF did not immediately comment on the approval. The legislation stipulates that officials who… Read More Ukraine parliament approves bill to jail officials for false asset declarations