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President Poroshenko warns of continuing Russian aggression

President Petro Poroshenko delivered his annual address to Ukraine’s parliament (Verkhovna Rada) yesterday. He pointed out that the country’s armed forces were better armed, better equipped and more professional than […]

Canada and Ukraine sign Free Trade Agreement

Canada and Ukraine signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA), yesterday. The text of the press release published on the Canadian prime minister’s website is […]

Parliament votes in a new Cabinet and Volodymyr Groysman as PM

After months of political battles, accusations of corruption and threats of fresh elections the Verkhovna Rada elected a new Prime Minister, Volodymyr Groysman, and Cabinet yesterday afternoon. A total of […]

Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigns as Prime Minister

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has submitted his resignation following a long period of uncertainty and political turmoil within the Ukrainian government. Below is the prime minister’s resignation speech as published […]

Full text of Economic Minister’s resignation statement

Ukraine’s Economic Development and Trade Minister, Aivaras Abromavicius, announced his resignation yesterday in dramatic circumstances. The minister claimed that his ministry was being taken over by people who were blocking […]

Government lays out 2016 goals as Infrastructure Minister resigns

Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure, Andriy Pyvovarsky, has tendered his resignation along with his deputy ministers. Pyvovarsky, who came from a well-paid job in the private sector, said that he could […]

Local elections results mixed bag

President Poroshenko is still waiting to see if he still has the support of the people or if it drifting away from him after a series of reform measures. What […]

Ukraine holds first local elections since 2010

For the first time since 2010, when the country was still being led by former President Viktor Yanukovych, the people of Ukraine will go to the polls today in local […]

Government goes into reform overdrive

The Ukrainian parliament is going into overdrive as the new pro-European government places a series of proposals before the Verkhovna Rada. The Ministry of Economic development and Trade has placed […]

Cabinet of Ukraine

Volodymyr Groysman Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development Volodymyr Kistion Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Emergencies, Technogenic Disasters and Industrial Development Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze […]

Full list of new Cabinet

Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, approved the new Cabinet yesterday which includes three foreign citizens to whom the President had to grant citizenship before they could take up their posts. […]

Arseniy Yatsenyuk reappointed Prime Minister

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada reappointed Arseniy Yatsenyuk as Prime Minister yesterday. The vote was 341 votes for Mr Yatseny in the first meeting of the new parliament following elections on 26th […]

Five parties sign up to coalition agreement

Five parties have agreed to form a coalition government following the general election which took place on 26th October. The People’s Front headed by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the Petro […]

Ukraine and Russia sign gas deal

Ukraine and the Russian federation have completed negotiations for a new gas deal with the Russian Federation on Thursday. Meanwhile President Petro Poroshenko has backed Arseniy Yatsenyuk to remain on […]

Pro-European parties gain majority in Ukrainian parliament elections

According to exit polls, the pro-European parties pretty much swept the board yesterday in Ukraine’s general election. President Petro Poroshenko’s party won the most votes in an election which saw […]

Parliamentary 2014

An election to the Supreme Council (Verkhovna Rada) took place on 26 October 2014. Constituency PR Total People’s Front 18 64 82 Petro Poroshenko Bloc 69 63 132 Self Reliance […]

All change in general election today

Ukraine will go to the polls today in an early general election brought on by the fall of the government earlier this year, the annexation of Crimea by the Russian […]

New Defence Minister appointed

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has nominated Stepan Poltorak as the new Minister of Defence after the resignation last Friday of Valeriy Heletey. Stepan Poltorak (49) has served in the military […]

Defence Minister resigns

Ukraine’s Minister of Defence, Valeriy Heletey resigned his portfolio on Friday; the Minister had been in post since 3rd July 2014. The formal response from President Petro Poroshenko as published […]

President Poroshenko presents Strategy of reforms 2020

President Petro Poroshenko has presented his “Strategy of reforms 2020” which lays out how the country will obtain membership of the European Union by 2020. The President made it clear […]

Association Agreement between Ukraine and European Union is ratified

The Ukrainian and European Parliaments have ratified an Association Agreement. The Association Agreement was due to be signed last year by the then President Viktor Yanukovych. However, at the last […]

President calls general election for 26th October

President Petro Poroshenko has announced that he has decided to dissolve the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) and to call fresh elections for 26th October 2014. Elections were due to be held […]