Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Kyiv must join the European Union and NATO to protect itself from Russia as he officially launched his reelection campaign. Poroshenko, who is seeking a second five year term in the March 31 vote, accused Moscow of planning to interfere in the election. Poroshenko also charged that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to destroy Ukrainian independence and described the nation's presidential election as a "general battle for Ukraine. " "Only full fledged membership in the European Union and NATO can decisively and irrevocably guarantee our independence, national security, freedom, and well being, " Poroshenko told supporters in the capital on February 9. The 53 year old Poroshenko, one of Ukraine s richest men, came to power in the aftermath of the pro European Maidan protests that pushed Moscow friendly President Viktor Yanukovych out in February 2014. He has vocally advocated closer integration with the West and criticized Russia following Moscow's seizure of Ukraine s Crimea region and amid a continuing war against Russia backed separatists in the eastern region known as the Donbas. Recent polls indicate former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and comedian Volodymyr Zelenskyy will be Poroshenko's closest rivals in the March 31 election. Ukrainian election officials said a record 44 candidates have registered to run in the election.
January 1 has now been set aside in the country to remember Stepan Bandera, the Jewish Telegraph Agency reported Thursday. Bandera was a Ukrainian nationalist who joined forces with the German Nazis during World War II because he believed that they would help his country gain independence from the now defunct Soviet Union. However, he was later also targeted and arrested by the Nazis.The Ukrainian city of Lviv, which was the nationalist s home city, also announced this month that next year would be Stepan Bandera Year, a move criticized by Israel.
But in truth, Russia s latest act of aggression is neither extraordinary nor unexpected. Since the beginning of its confrontation with Ukraine in 2014, Russia has consistently followed a strategy of multi dimensional coercion against Kyiv. This has entailed multiple attempts at subversion and destabilization via the informational, economic, and military domains.Even before the start of the current conflict, Ukraine has been a primary target of Russian disinformation. A targeted information campaign served as the pretext for Russia s invasion of Crimea, in which Moscow announced annexation as a measure to protect the rights of ethnic Russians in the region. Today, Russia continues to spread disinformation that paints Kyiv as an aggressor supported by fascists, and Moscow as simply responding to attack. In much the same vein, Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused President Poroshenko of provoking the recent Kerch Strait incident in an effort to boost his standing ahead of the 2019 Ukrainian elections.
In Ukraine since the beginning of the year 89% increase in the number of sales of cars with electric motors.In the period January October 2018 compared to the same period last year, sales of electric cars by 89% to 4214 pieces.
Russia has imposed sweeping financial sanctions on 322 members of the Ukrainian elite and 68 companies owned by prominent Ukrainian businessmen.
Making his first trip to Russia since taking office in June, Conte hailed the country as an essential global player and invited Putin to visit Italy in the near future. He said he hoped Moscow would participate in a conference on Libya taking place next month.The Italian premier said the split between the European Union and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis had lasted too long, adding that Italy hopes to convince its EU partners about the need for dialogue.
Ukraine in January September 2018 exported fruits and berries in the amount of $157 million, which is 40% more compared to the same period last year. According to the Ukrsadprom association, the main products in this group were walnuts, which were delivered for $69 million, frozen fruits and berries worth $61 million, apples and pears for $10 million. ;The growth in exports of walnuts (from 13,000 tonnes in the first nine months of 2017 to 20,000 tonnes in the same period of the current year), apples and pears (from 9,000 tonnes to 29,000 tonnes respectively) was the most notable in natural terms,; according to the website of the association. The main sales market remained the European Union, supplies to which bring about two thirds of all foreign exchange earnings. In January September 2018 the largest purchases of fruits were made by Poland ($32.3 million), France ($11.7 million), Belarus ($10.9 million), Turkey ($10.6 million), the Netherlands ($8.8 million), Germany ($7.4 million), and Italy ($7.2 million). ;If not to take into account imports of exotic fruits to Ukraine (mainly citrus fruits and bananas), for the three quarters of 2018 the surplus of foreign trade in fruits and berries reached $75 million,; the association said. Ukrainian apples are exported to more than 50 countries, while they are mainly purchased by Belarus (43%), Moldova (20%), and Sweden (10%). BERRY, EU, EXPORTS, FRUIT, MARKET, SALES
Russia's defense ministry claimed on Monday it had new evidence that the missile that downed Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in 2014 was fired by Ukrainian forces. The Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur flight was shot down by a soviet made missile over the rebel held eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 people on board, including 27 Australians, were killed.
Jakiw Palij, an ethnic Ukrainian, was deported to Germany on Aug. 21 for having lied and concealed his Nazi wartime past to enter the U.S. after the war. He was stripped of his citizenship in 2003.Palij is of interest to Poland, which is investigating the Trawniki concentration camp in German occupied Poland where he trained and served as a guard in 1943.
Over the last several years, Russian hackers have been attempting to intercept and use private information from Orthodox Christian leaders, including aides to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Associated Press reports, following its investigation into the matter. The hacking appears to be politically motivated and governed in part by relations between Russia and Ukraine.The patriarch is expected to make a decision soon on whether to separate the Ukrainian church from Russia, according to the AP. The move would limit the power and influence of the Moscow Patriarchate and would likely cause even more of a rift between Russia and the Ukraine.
KIEV Ukrainian police said they had detained 56 members of far right radical groups in Kiev yesterday after scuffles before the capital's gay pride march.Otherwise, the annual rally of several thousand supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights took place without serious incident.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is confident that Ukraine, along with its allies, will defeat the Russian aggressor and establish peace. quot;Eternal memory of the enormous victims of the Second World War, of thousands of ruined cities and tens of thousands of burnt villages once again warns the world against the danger of repeating such a catastrophe, quot; he said during the ceremony of taking military oath by the new replenishment of the 101st separate guard brigade of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Kyiv on Wednesday.
According to the man's lawyer, Oksana Zheleznyak, the prosecutor requested a probation period but the court went for a tougher sentence on her defendant. The lawyer now says she plans to file an appeal.The criminal case was launched in April 2017 over the comment published in the summer of 2016.
The proximity of the schools to the fighting leads to psychological trauma and places the children in danger due to unexploded ordnance, the organization said in a statement.UNICEF and its partners have identified at least eight cases when the Ukrainian military and Russia backed separatists positions are within 500 meters of a kindergarten or school. In two cases, school buildings are only a few meters from militarized sites.
OTTAWA: Canada went to court on Wednesday to defend its latest decision to take away the citizenship of a Ukrainian immigrant for alleged ties to a Nazi killing squad in World War II.
The primary registration of electric vehicles in Ukraine (new and used) in January February of this year increased by 60% compared to the same period last year, to 482 units, in particular registration of used cars rose by 82%, while that of new ones decreased by 19%, the Ukrautoprom association has reported. Traditionally, the leader of the primary market of electric cars in the two months was Nissan Leaf, whose sales increased by 32%, to 346 units, with the share of used cars standing at 96%. BMW i3 ranked second with a significant margin (by 316 units) with 30 registered cars (six times more), including 18 used vehicles. Tesla Model S ranked third among the top three most popular electric cars in the Ukrainian market with 20 cars registered, including 14 used vehicles. The association notes that in January February there were models of electric cars in the market that replenished the Ukrainian fleet with exclusively new cars, namely Hyundai Ioniq (7 cars), Tesla Model X (4 cars), and Chevrolet Volt (2 cars).