Meanwhile EU’s member states voted in the European elections, Presidential elections were held in Ukraine. As it became clear that the victory will go to Petro Poroshenko, many Ukrainians felt relieved. No second round was then to be expected. (more…)

27 May, 2014
Thomas Gür, rådgivare åt Jarl Hjalmarson Stiftelsen och David Kramer, chef för Freedom House

Thomas Gür, Senior advisor to the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and David Kramer, President of Freedom House

Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a lunch seminar, May 27, on the developments in Ukraine with David J. Kramer, President of Freedom House.

Watch the seminar online

6 May, 2014

May 6, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a lunch seminar in Stockholm on the recent political developments in Ukraine.

Oleh Rybachuk, former vice prime minister and chairman of the Centre UA, gav together with Anastasia Krasnolsilska, a central personality during the Maidan-protests from Centre for Independet Political Research in Kyiv, his view on the recent developments in the country with the escalation of violence from the of Russia supported separatists. (more…)

Anna-Maria Corazza Bildt talar på torget

Anna-Maria Corazza Bildt speaking at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm

Around 100 people gathered at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm, Monday, March 3, for a manifestation in support of freedom and democracy in Ukraine. A number of Swedish politicians participated at the event, among the speakers: Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin, Swedish MP from the Moderate Party  and Chairman of the Swedish delegation to the Council of Europe, the two Swedish MEPs Christofer Fjellner and Anna-Maria Corazza Bildt as well as Alice Hallman, Fredrik Norberg and Hugo Selling from the Confederation of Swedish Conservative and Liberal Students.

The manifestation, arranged by the student organization, was inspired by the movement for freedom and independence in the Baltic states in the 1990s. The goal is now to continue the support for Ukraine and other post-Soviet states in their struggle for independence and free, democratic governments.


The Euromaidan protests against Viktor Yanukovych Photo: Nessa Gnatoush

February 21, the opposition in Ukraine met an agreement with President Viktor Yanukovych. The agreement ended up after mediation by the foreign ministers from France, Poland and Germany respectively into a resumption of the 2004 constitution and a promised promptly held re-election, in a try to avoid further escalation of violence between demonstrators and regime-friendly riot police. The opposition went into majority which also made the release of the former opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko possible after three years imprisonment. In the meantime the parliament of Ukraine, Verchovna Rada, voted down Viktor Yanukovych from his presidency through a declaration of no confidence.

The in the first sight successful revolution of the euro friendly opinion in the country was being looked at with disapproval from Russia, for whom the implementation of Ukraine in its own post-Soviet trade union together with Belarus and Kazakhstan has been seen as a natural step for its expansion, in disadvantage of the European Union and in directly counter to the will of the Ukrainian people. On February 28, the Russian Federation Council endorsed Vladimir Putin’s request on a military intervention in Ukraine and on March 1, Russian troops officially crossed the boarder with an occupation of the Crimea peninsula. The Russian threats against a free and democratic Ukraine with a closer European integration have been met for real.

Read more about the continuous developments in Ukraine with analyses and articles on out theme-site

It is important that the international community shows its clear support and stands up for all those who are taking a stand for freedom, openness and EU integration, says Christian Holm, Swedish MP and board member of the Jar Hjalmarson Foundation, commenting on the developments in Ukraine after the Vilnius summit. It is important to send clear signals to the President of Ukraine and the Government that we will not accept restrictions on freedom, human rights violations and a rolling back of democracy. (more…)

Here follows a regular update on the developments in the country

May 17, 2017
EU visa liberalization endorsed by the European Union member states
European Union member states have endorsed visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens entering the EU’s Schengen Area. The new visa regime is set to come into effect on June 11.

March 1, 2017
Ukraine closer to the EU visa liberalization
The EU and Ukraine began visa liberalization negotiations in 2008. Yesterday, Parliament and Council negotiators struck an informal deal that will allow Ukrainian citizens to travel to the EU visa free (except Ireland and the United Kingdom) for up to 90 days in any 180-day-period for business, tourism or family matters. The deal will have to go through formal approval by the Council of Ministers after the endorsement of the Civil Liberties Committee and the Parliament as a whole. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said earlier this month that visa liberalization between the EU and Ukraine is expected to come into force this summer.

August 25, 2016
Interview: Outgoing US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt on the developments in the country

August 24, 2016
“Ukraine celebrates 25 years of independence as tensions with Russia worsen” Read the RFE/RL article

August 2, 2016
Anders Åslund in Atlantic Council: What trade policy does Ukraine need now?

May 25, 2016
Ukrainian pilot Savchenko released
Captured Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko has been released in a dramatic prison swap between Russia and Ukraine. Savchenko got captured nearly two years ago by separatist fighters in southeast Ukraine during a battle close to the village of Metalist. In return, Ukraine freed two Russian intelligent officers. Read more at Washington Post or Time

April 14, 2016
Volodymyr Groysman becomes Ukraine’s new Prime Minister
Ukraine’s parliament elected its speaker, Volodymyr Groysman, to the post of prime minister on Thursday, state news agency Ukrinform reported. The parliament on Thursday also approved the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who stepped down amid widespread allegations of corruption in the government.Read more at DPA International here

April 11, 2016
Ukraine looks to new pro-EU government after Yatsenyuk quits
“Ukraine prepared Monday to usher in a stable new pro-Western government following the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk over public anger with his seeming inability to fight government graft. Yatsenyuk’s announcement on Sunday came barely two months after he survived a no-confidence vote in parliament that left the government paralysed and put the release of vital foreign aid on hold.” Read more at the Digital Journal here

March 15, 2016
Ukraine passes graft bill needed for visa-free travel to EU

March 14, 2016
Poroshenko sees finance minister as possible prime minister
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sees its Finance Minister Natalia Yarseko as a possible candidate to replace the government’s current Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk. Yatseniuk’s cabinet is on the brink of collapse despite surviving a no confidence vote in February, and Poroshenko has repeatedly urged the government to resign. Read more at Reuters

March 9, 2016
EU extends asset freezes over Crimea annexation
EU has extended its sanctions on 146 people and 37 entities that have benefited from Russia’s annexation of Crimea or been responsible for actions against Ukraine’s territorial integrity. The sanctions comprise visa bans and freezing of assets. The decision will come into force later this week. Read more at RFE/RL

March 8, 2016
EU lawmakers demand extended sanctions over Savchenko case
Members of the European Parliament have urged Federica Mogherini, policy chief of the EU, to impose personal sanctions against Vladimir Putin and 28 other individuals over the illegal treatment of Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko. Read more at RFE/RL

Atlantic Council: Will Ukraine’s intrepid female pilot be swapped for Russian officers held by Ukraine?

March 1, 2016
Yanukovych plans to return as president of Ukraine
According to former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych’s lawyer, Vitaly Sergyuk, his client did not relieve himself of his duties as president and opt out of ruling Ukraine. Yanukovych intends to return to Ukraine from his exile in Russia, and Sergyuk says that legal steps will be taken for this. Read more at RFE/RL

European Parliament vows its support for Ukraine
“’Cooperation with Ukraine is essential and our solidarity should not be questioned’, said European Parliament President Martin Schulz at the opening of ‘Ukraine week’ on Monday evening. This 3-day high-level conference is bringing together MEPs, national and Ukrainian MPs to share experience on good parliamentary practice, law-making and representation.” Read more at European Parliament News here

February 29, 2016
Interesting article in World Affairs by Alexander J. Motyl: Managing Kyiv’s government crisis

February 10, 2016
Four possible scenarios for the future of Ukraine
The ongoing political crisis in Ukraine offers the opportunity to analyse the current state of affairs and determine possible scenarios for the country’s political future. Tim Ash has sketched up four possible scenarios for Ukrainian politics in the near term. Read more at Atlantic Council here

February 3, 2016
Anders Åslund on Atlantic Council: Why do Ukraine’s reform ministers keep quitting?

February 1, 2016
Ways out of a blind alley in Ukraine
Almost one year after the Minsk agreement to resolve the Ukraine crisis, diplomats are working frantically behind the scenes but the two sides are entrenched.” Frank Hofmann gives a good report from Kyiv in Deutsche Welle on the recent developments in Ukraine and what to expect in the near future. Read the full article here

January 25, 2016
What the falling oil price means for Russia and Ukraine
Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes about what low oil prices have meant historically, the effect oil and gas wealth has on societies and how the falling oil price is good news for Ukraine. Read the article here

January 20, 2016
Seven key reforms for Ukraine in 2016
Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes that Ukraine accomplished many important economic reforms in 2015 and describes seven key reforms for the country in 2016, for example reform of the prosecution and courts and completing the energy reform. Read the article here

January 14, 2015
Poroshenko: Restoration of sovereignty top priority for 2016
Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko said during the first press conference of the year, that he expects territory in the east held by the Russian-backed rebels to return to Ukrainian control before the end of the year. Poroshenko said he would use all legal diplomatic means to resolve the simmering conflict in the eastern Ukraine, according to Voice of America. Read the article here

December 30, 2015
Useful analysis and summary on last year’s political development in Ukraine and what to expect in 2016 by OSW

Peace agreement extended into 2016 as wars continue
The International Business Times reports that leaders from Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany agreed to extend the Minsk II agreement into 2016 in the hope that the peace deal will lead to an end to the conflict that has left over 9,000 people dead. The Minsk agreement was signed in February and the terms were meant to be fully implemented by the end of 2015, giving Ukraine control over its border with Russia. Read more at IBT here

December 4, 2015
Ukraine Two Years After Euromaidan: What Has Been Accomplished?
Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes about what has happened since the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych and the many reforms that have been carried out. Thanks to these reforms, the economy seems to have stabilized and the inflation is falling. The critical hurdle is the adoption of a new tax system and budget for 2016, for which the government has failed to mobilize sufficient parliamentary support. Read the article here.

November 23, 2015
Vladimir Putin Transformed from Stubborn Holdout to Star at G20
Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes about the Russian proposal to restructure the $3 billion Eurobond lent to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych as well as how Putin has changed the G-20 agenda from being dominated by Ukraine to having been taken over by Syria. Read the article here.

October 27, 2015
Analysis of the local elections and Ukraine’s decentralization process from Atlantic Council

October 9, 2015
Report from Council on Foreign Relations by Steven Pifer on the recent developments in Ukraine

September 4, 2015
Anders Åslund writes about Ukraines need to privatize failing state-owned enterprises
Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes about Ukraines need to privatize failing state-owned enterprises and how it will reduce corruption and save money. Read the article here.

August 25, 2015
Poroshenko expects Russia to fulfil Minsk agreements
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said anew at the celebration dedicated to Ukrainian Independence Day in Kyiv, that Ukraine has fulfilled the key parts of the peace agreements on Donbas. He also said that “Ukraine, our European partners and the whole world expect the same from Russia (…) not to play with the agreements, but to fulfil them” as well as “the reaction of the international community should be resolute and uncompromising” otherwise. Read more at Interfax-Ukraine

Russia’s point of view should not we neglected, according to Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Berlin, that it would be necessary to listen to Russia’s perspective about the situation in the Donbas region. She said that the differences of the opinion about Ukraine between Russia and the West need to be settled and opened up for the possibility of a “four-party meeting”. Read more at International Business Times

August 22, 2015
Poroshenko: Military pressure on Ukraine will last decades
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said during a speech at a military rally in the region of Kharkiv, that military pressure on Ukraine from Russia and the separatists that Moscow supports is likely to last decades and that future generations will have to undergo military training. More than 6,500 Ukrainian soldiers, civilians and rebel forces have lost their lives in the conflict since Pro-Russian separatists took up arms after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014. Read more at Reuters

August 17, 2015
Brian Mefford: Ukraine’s elections matter more than you think
Atlantic Council’s Senior Fellow Brian Mefford: “With less than 80 days before election day in Ukraine, mayoral races are already heating up. Parliament approved a new election law that does two things: Ukraine will use an open-list system and the country will hold runoffs for mayors in larger cities. These two features combined with the potential decentralization reforms being debated by parliament make the October 25 local elections more important than previous ones.” Read the full analysis at Atlantic Council

June 29, 2015
Anders Åslund on the sanctions and Russia’s economy
In this Bertelsmann Foundation publication, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Anders Åslund argues that Western sanctions are having a significant impact on Russia’s economy.
Read the report here

June 17, 2015
Anders Åslund on the developments in Donbas
Read the article from Atlantic Council

May 29, 2015
Damon Wilson on Ukraine and Putin’s Propaganda
Read the article from Atlantic Council

May 20, 2015
Anders Åslund via Atlantic Council: Europe needs to help Ukraine now

May 3, 2015
Regular exchange of artillery fire to threaten uneasy truce
“Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists exchanged artillery fire in contested Eastern Ukraine this weekend in the most pronounced military escalation since the two sides reached a ceasefire agreement in February. The renewed clashes cast doubt over the truce’s long-term viability in a conflict that has killed more than 6,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians since it began in April 2014.” Read more at International Business Times

April 27, 2015
Eastern Ukraine sees intense shelling by Moscow-backed rebels
OSCE monitors report continuous shelling in the village of Shirokino, near Mariupol. According to them, at least 11 tanks were observed in the region, which has been under Ukrainian control since February. While most leaders condemn the annexation of Crimea, Russian president Vladimir Putin recently said in an interview that he did not regret his decision and that he believes he did the right thing. Read more at International Business Times

Statement from the European Commission in support for Ukraine

April 14, 2015
Four-way talks on Ukraine conflict start in Berlin
Foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France met in Berlin to discuss the future of the conflict in Ukraine. NASDAQ writes that “after a late-night meeting Monday in Berlin, the ministers released a statement saying the situation ‘remains tense because of numerous cease-fire violations.’ It called for the withdrawal of more tanks and heavy weapons by all sides, and more rigorous monitoring of the truce by international observers.” Read more at NASDAQ

March 3, 2015
OSCE to monitor truce violations
“Leaders of France, Germany and Russia have agreed with Ukraine on the dispatch of OSCE monitors to 10 flashpoint sites on the country’s eastern front line to shore up a shaky truce. (…)The intensified monitoring would start first and foremost with 10 flashpoints on the front line – Shchastya, Popasna, Stanitsa Luganska, Krymske, Avdiivka, Volnovakha, Granitne, Luganske, Shyrokine and the Donetsk airport area.” Read more at SBS

February 19, 2015
Poroshenko opens for UN peace mission
Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko opens the possibility for an international mission in eastern Ukraine during a meeting with the National Security Council in Kyiv, according to Die Zeit. Poroshenko said according to the newspaper that he “… encourages an invitation to the UN peace commission to discuss, what through a mandate in the Security Council is treated, the best for us format of a police mission by the European Union.” Read more at Die Zeit

RFE/RL anniversary infographics on Euromaidan’s bloodiest day on February 20, 2014

February 18, 2015
Statement by US-Sen. John McCain and Lindsey Graham on the fall of Debaltseve
“The fall of Debaltseve to Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists should be all the evidence we need to proclaim the failure of the recent ceasefire agreement in Ukraine. (…) Putin has achieved his military objectives in Debaltseve, and we fear that Western leaders, rather than facing the harsh reality of Russian actions, will allow Putin to claim that he is abiding by the terms of ceasefire.” Read the full statement

OSW analysis: ‘Hybrid’ truce in the Donbas
“The ceasefire took effect at midnight on 15 February in accordance with the truce agreements signed in Minsk on 12 February. It was preceded by two days of fierce fighting. A break in the exchange of fire lasted no longer than a few hours, after which the separatists resumed shelling Ukrainian positions in several regions simultaneously(…)” Read the full analysis

International Business Times: EU says ceasefire agreement not a failure

February 12, 2015
Statement by U.S.-Senator John McCain on Russia-Ukraine ceasefire agreement
U.S.-Senator John McCain criticises the ceasefire agreement and calling it a victory for Vladimir Putin. He says in his statement that Putin must be very satisfied with this deal and that “he succeeded in forcing a discussion of truce lines inside Ukraine’s territory, rather than the only line that truly matters – the Ukrainian border he violated.” Read the full statement here

Minsk 2 – a fragile truce by OSW
OSW’s latest analysis treats the second Minsk agreement’s provisions between Ukraine, Russia and the EU. The analysis states that the new truce is still fragile and that it’s difficult to expect that the new document will lead to a lasting stabilisation of the situation in eastern Ukraine. Read the full analysis here

IMF announces funding package to help Ukraine
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced that it offers Ukraine a $17.5 billion funding package to help the country’s struggling economy. The head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, says that it’s an ambitious aid package that “would support immediate economic stabilization in Ukraine as well as a set of bold policy reforms aimed at restoring robust growth over the medium term and improving living standards for the Ukrainian people.” Read the statement by IMF here

No good news yet, Poroshenko says during Minsk peace negotiations
The four-way marathon meeting with the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine has so far seemed to be fruitless and Ukrainian president Poroshenko says that Russia has set conditions that he consider unacceptable. However, he added that there was always a hope as talks were continuing. The meeting has been considered a final attempt to try stabilise the region and securing a cease-fire between Ukraine and Russian supported rebels. Read more at BBC

February 5, 2015
Kerry to Ukraine as U.S. considers sending arms
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has travelled to Ukraine as the Obama administration weighs sending arms to Kyiv to help battling Russian-supported separatists. The country’s leaders say they desperately need to defend themselves and turn back renewed rebel pushes in the east. Read more at Associated Press

February 3, 2015
Anders Åslund on the Ukraine crisis: Ukraine deserves the West’s support

January 28, 2015
Analysis from OSW: The Donbas conflict after the Mariupol shelling

January 22, 2015
Statement by US-Senator John McCain on the situation in Ukraine

January 21, 2015
Poroshenko demands Russian troops leave Ukraine
“Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accused Russia of sending more than 9,000 troops into Ukrainian territory and has demanded that they leave. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 21, Poroshenko demanded that Russia immediately implement all of its obligations under the Minsk peace plan, close Russia’s border with Ukraine, “and withdraw all the foreign troops from my territory.'” Read more at RFE/RL

January 14, 2015
The European Parliament to condemn Russia’s expansionist policy
The European Parliament will pass a resolution on Ukraine which strongly condemns Russia’s “aggressive and expansionist policy” and calls for the continuation or even strengthening of the current sanctions regime as long as Moscow does not deliver on the Minsk agreement. Read more at

December 11, 2014
Commentary by Anders Åslund: A new reformist offensive in Ukraine

October 24, 2014
Ukraine PM warns that Russia may try to disrupt election
Kyiv warns about potential attempts by Russia to disrupt Ukraine’s upcoming parliamentary election. Ukrainan Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk says that “they [Russia] had no success during the presidential election [in May]” but that “it’s absolutely clear that there are still provocations from the Russian side that will continue in the future.” Read more at Euronews here

23 oktober, 2014
George Soros in The Guardian: Russia poses existential threat to Europe
“Now Russia is presenting an alternative that poses a fundamental challenge to the values and principles on which the European Union was originally founded. It is based on the use of force that manifests itself in repression at home and aggression abroad, as opposed to the rule of law.” Read the article here

22 oktober, 2014
Anders Åslund in Financial Times: The west will have to co-operate to stop Putin and should do so now

21 oktober, 2014
IRI Election Watch on Ukraine 2014 Parliamentary Election

October 15, 2014
Putin and Poroshenko to discuss peace in east Ukraine
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko will together with his Russian equivalence Vladimir Putin meet to discuss the situation in east Ukraine later this week, Reuters reports. The both leaders will meet during a summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan, Italy, to talk about measures to restore peace in the country, and to solve the the long-running dispute over natural gas supplies. Read more at Reuters

October 3, 2014
Carnegie Europe on the upcoming presidential election in Ukraine

September 25, 2014
Reform package enables Ukraine to apply for EU membership by 2020
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has presented a broad plan of reforms called Strategy-2020. The reform plan includes over sixty reforms and programs which open up the opportunity of Ukraine to apply for an EU membership by 2020. As early as June 27 Poroshenko signed a key Association Agreement with the EU in Brussels for closer economic integration with the Union. Read more on RFE/RL

September 19, 2014
NDI pre-election report infuses hope into democratic parliamentary elections in Ukraine

Lilia Shevtsova analyses the “Minsk peace agreement”
Euromaidan Press interviewed Lilia Shevtsova, Russian political scientist and leading research associate at the Carnegi Endowment for International Peace, on the recent developments in Ukraine. She says among others that Putin “is looking for new ways to strangle Ukraine” and that “Ukraine, in leaving for the West, takes with it the legitimacy of the Russian state and we remain as Muscovy.” Read the full interview here

September 17, 2014
Analysis from OSW: Ukraine’s political parties at the start of the election campaign

September 4, 2014
US-Senator John McCain on the latest developments during his visit to Kyiv, Ukraine

September 1, 2014
John McCain’s latest statement on “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine”

August 1, 2014
Commentary from OSW: A bottomless pit – the costs of Crimea’s annexation by Russia

July 2, 2014
Deliberates on a truce path in Ukraine
The ministers for foreign affairs of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia made on July 2 a joint statement, where they put forth a package for the resumption of the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. Germany’s minister for foreign affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, described the package as a “first and an important step toward a bilateral cease-fire,” but cautioned that it is not “a magic formula to resolve everything overnight.” Read more at RFE/RL

June 25, 2014
”A fragile truce in Donbas” – OSW’s latest analysis on Poroshenko’s peace plan

May 28, 2014
Analysis from OSW on the recent elections in Ukraine and on its new president, Petro Poroshenko

May 25, 2014
Damon Wilson analyses the election in Ukraine

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May 23, 2014
Damon Wilson on Ukraine’s Election

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May 22, 2014
The anatomy of Russian information warfare, the Crimean operation, a case study by Jolanta Darczewska for OSW (PDF)

March 23, 2014
Carl Bildt on the developments in Ukraine
In an interview with Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, Swedish FM Carl Bildt comments on the developments in Ukraine, underlining the importance of supporting democracy and economic growth. Read the interview

March 21, 2014
Statement from the World Movement for Democracy on the political crisis in Ukraine Read the statement

March 5, 2014
Russian Forces in Crimea – Who are they and where did they come from?
Tim Ripley from “Jane’s Defence Weekly” is being interviewed by Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty in this deeper article on the Russian forces in Ukraine. He says among others that about 7,000 troops have been freshly deployed from the Russian mainland to Crimea since February 28 and that the normal troop level at the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea historically has been about 11,000. Read the full interview with Tim Ripley at RFE/RL here

March 4, 2014
OSW Special Note: Russia on the Ukrainian crisis

Putin, Flashing Disdain, Defends Actions in Crimea
The New York Times has an article with an analysis of Vladimir Putin’s press conference on the Russian intervention in Ukraine. The article says that “Mr. Putin defended Russia’s actions in Ukraine as a justified and measured response to an “orgy” of violence by nationalists, fascists, reactionaries and anti-Semites who are now in control of an illegitimate government. He described the former leader, President Viktor F. Yanukovych, as the legitimate president of Ukraine, despite the Parliament’s impeachment-like vote to strip him of his powers after he fled Kiev last month.” Read the full analysis of Putin’s press conference at New York Times

BBC review: Crimea as seen in Russia and Ukraine
“Official Russian and pro-Kremlin papers, including tabloids, take a firm stance reflecting Moscow’s defiant position that it needs to defend its citizens. Ukrainian papers convey a sense of apprehension and look to the West for a possible way out.” Read the article from BBC here

March 3, 2014
Commentary from Süddeutsche Zeitung: The West must put one’s foot down (German)

March 2, 2014
OSW Special Note: Russian intervention in Ukraine
OSW on Russia’s illigal intervention in Ukraine: “On 1 March the Russian Federation Council endorsed president Vladimir Putin’s request to use armed forces in Ukraine, in violation of the bilateral treaty on Friendship, Co-operation and Partnership concluded by Russia and Ukraine on 31 May 1997, which constitutes the basis of Russian-Ukrainian relations, and in breach of two bilateral agreements of 28 May 1997, which govern the status of the Black Sea Fleet and the terms on which it is stationed in Crimea.” Read the full note from OSW

BBC article with easy facts and historical analysis on Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and take-over of Crimea peninsula

The Atlantic article on the strategy behind Russia’s takeover of Crimea

New York Times: Putin Engages in Test of Will Over Ukraine
Article in NY Times on Russia’s reasons for Ukrainian intervention: “President Vladimir V. Putin has left little doubt he intends to cripple Ukraine’s new government, forcing it to make concessions or face the de facto partition of areas populated predominantly by ethnic Russians, from the Crimea to Odessa to the industrial heartland in the east.” Read the article at New York Times

Statement from the White House: G-7 leaders to cancel planned meeting in Sochi in June

March 1, 2014
YEPP on Russia’s intervention in Ukraine: NATO and EU must act now on Ukraine

Statement by US-Senator John McCain on Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine

February 28, 2014
See the full list of all members in the Ukrainian interim government with portraits at RFE/RL

February 27, 2014
Russian friendly gunmen seize government buildings in Crimean Region
Armed men have seized government buildings in Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine’s Crimean region, the New York Times writes. The occupants armed with automatic weapons barricaded themselves inside on Thursday as well as raised the Russian flag on the same buildings. Measures are now being taken to counter the extremists and to prevent an escalation of an armed conflict in the centre of the city, according to Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s acting interior minister. Read the article at the New York Times

Statement from Leonid Gozman from Union Of Right Forces

February 26, 2014
New government in Ukraine announced
An interim government has been announced in Ukraine which will be led by Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a veteran public official and member of the Batkivshchyna. Arseniy Yatsenyuk will serve as acting prime minister until the new presidential election which will be held in May later this year. Read more at New York Times

Ukraine disbands feared Berkut riot police
According to Ukraine’s acting interior minister has the feared Berkut riot police now been disband. Berkut had about 4,000 – 5,000 members across Ukraine and is responsible for more than hundred deaths among the peaceful Euromaidan-demonstrators at the Independance Square in central Kiev during last weeks developments. It is still unclear what will happen to the Berkut officers. Read more at BBC News

Read about Ukraine’s possibilities to fix its economy in this analysis from Financial Times

February 25, 2014
How Ukraine destroyed the myth of Russia’s great power
Carnegie Europe has an interesting analysis on the repercussions of the Ukrainian revolution and how it has sapped the Russia’s authority in the region as the great power. The future is still unsure; likewise the actions that will be taken by Russia. The truth is however that the people of Ukraine’s Euromaidan-protest movement together with the EU and U.S. diplomacy revealed Moscow’s real power status. Read the analysis at Carnegie Europe

The origin of the cancelled agreement between Ukraine and the EU
Steven Erlanger and David M. Herszenhorn from New York Times reflect about the possible scenario which preceded Viktor Yanukovych rapidly change-over in the question of a closer European cooperation. They are of the opinion that the EU has passively prioritised demands on Ukraine to satisfy the needs of the West rather than as an addition directly offer support for Ukraine to achieve the same. Read the article at New York Times here

February 24, 2014
Statement from US-Senator John McCain on the developments in Ukraine
“I am proud and overjoyed for the people of Ukraine. Their struggle for democracy, justice, and a European future is far from over, and it has come at a heavy price. But thanks to the sacrifice of many Ukrainian patriots, there is now new hope for Ukraine again.” Read the full statement here

Peterson Institute for International Economics’ Anders Åslund on “How to avoid the mistakes from the Orange Revolution”

OSW’s analysis on the end of the Yanukovych regime

February 23, 2014
Read an interview with Thorike Gordadze in Libération Monde on the situation for former Soviet states (French)

Der Spiegel’s Gregor Peter Schmitz commentary on West’s liability for the future of Ukraine (German)

Ulrich Speck’s opinion on the importance of future Western support

Senator John McCain comments the depose of Victor Yanukovych on CBS News

Read OSW’s latest briefing, ”After Revolution’s Victory”, on the last days developments

February 22, 2014
Atlantic Council’s Damon Wilson comments Ukraine’s crossroad-situation on NBC
Damon Wilson, vice president of the Atlantic Council, comments the past few days’ developments in Ukraine on NBC News. He states that “…this now former president Yanukovych, he became president after actually having stolen an election in 2004” and that “this is a man who has blood on his hands through the brutal crackdown he tried to orchestrate the past few days.” See the interview with Damon Wilson on NBC News here (06:20)

February 21, 2014
Agreement signed between president Victor Yanukovych and the opposition
An agreement between president Yanukovych and the leaders from the three biggest opposition parties, Arseniy Yatsenyuk (Batkivshchyna), Vitali Klitschko (UDAR) and Oleh Tiahnybok (Svoboda), has been sign to prevent further violence in the country, promptly preparing for re-election and a resumption of the 2004 constitution. The agreement was witnessed by the ministers for foreign affairs from Germany, France and Poland respectively. Read the agreement as PDF from the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs here

Analysis on the scenario of violence in Ukraine
OSW writes in its latest analysis on the trend of events in Ukraine among others that “the armed clashes which took place in Kyiv on 18 February have seriously weakened the Maidan’s strength, although it remains an important player in the political game. As a result of the use of force, the possible resumption of talks between representatives of the government, the opposition and the Maidan has become much more difficult, and the success of any such negotiations without external mediation seems almost impossible.” Read the analysis with a chronological summarise on last weeks developments here

Peterson Institute for International Economics’ Anders Åslund comments the last days developments

February 20, 2014
EPP Group calls on Foreign Ministers to exclude Yanukovych from club of democratic leaders
“At this very moment on the European continent, a leader is committing a massacre against his own people. These terrifying events remind us of the darkest moments of history, Budapest in 1956, Prague in 1968, Sarajevo in 1992. By ordering its police forces to attack the demonstrators on Maidan Square with live ammunition, water cannons, grenades and truncheons, Mr Yanukovich has decided to imitate figures like Jaruzelski, Ceaucescu and Milosevic.” Read the press release here

Joint statement by U.S. Ambassador Pyatt and EU Ambassador Tombinski on Ukraine

McCain and Murphy call for targeted sanctions against Ukrainian persons
“We have consistently made it clear, including during our joint visit to Kyiv in December 2013, that there must be consequences for the escalation of violence in Ukraine. Unfortunately, that time has now come.” Read Senator John McCains latest statement on Ukraine here

February 19, 2014
A dark day in Europe
“It is a dark day in Europe. On the streets of one of our capitals, people are being killed. Their demands were simple and natural: democracy, reforms and European cooperation. Their desire was, for a long time, the desire expressed by the entire Ukrainian nation. And this was why we in the European Union, through the Eastern Partnership, opened the door to cooperation, trade, reforms and integration.” Read Carl Bildt’s official statement on the latest development in the country

IDU Deplores Violence In Ukraine
“The violent actions by the riot police came within hours of a $2 billion transfer from Moscow. Russia has demanded that pro-European protests be crushed as part of its conditions for financial assistance. With the economy close to collapse funds are desperately needed.” Read IDU’s statement on the escalation of violence in Ukraine

Read EPP’s press release on the violence against the demonstrators

February 18, 2014
New violent clashes – follow the developments live!
According to AFP have today new clashes between riot police and demonstrators taken place. The clashes are the greatest in Ukraine since the beginning of the Maidan protests with the result of three dead and 150 injured among the demonstrators. Follow the escalation live at RFE/RL

February 12, 2014
Moscow to take a harsher line on Ukraine
OSW tells in its latest analysis on the situation in Ukraine that statements by representatives of the Russia authorities, in particular Vladimir Putin’s advisor Sergei Glazyev, show that Russia is taking a harsher line on Ukraine and by doing so urge Ukraine’s President Victor Yanukovych to end the protests with force and without any compromise with the opposition. Moscow has further indicated that the promised economic support is to vanish if the demands are not to be met. The West must furthermore take the Russia’s interests regarding the developments in Ukraine into account, OSW says. Read more

“Put pressure on the oligarchs”
Adrian Karatnycky, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, analyses the latest developments in Ukraine and argues that the EU and the U.S. must put pressure on the country’s oligarchs.

Read the analysis here

January 29, 2014
Crisis in Ukraine: the first step towards compromise
Analysis from OSW: After several days of clashes in the centre of Kyiv between protesters and officers of the Berkut and the Interior Ministry, on January 23 President Yanukovych agreed to hold direct talks with the leaders of the three political parties, Arseniy Yatsenyuk (Batkivshchyna), Vitali Klitschko (UDAR) and Oleh Tiahnybok (Svoboda). Read the analysis here

January 28, 2014
EPP Resolution on Ukraine: Stop Violence or Sanction

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigns
Ukrainan Prime Minister Mykola Azariv resigns as the parliament holds crisis debate; aimed at defusing two months of unrest and escalation of violence. According to RFE/RL, Azariva said in a statement that he resigns “with the aim of creating an additional possibility for a political compromise to peacefully resolve the conflict.” Read the article from RFE/RL here

January 22, 2014
Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) latest analysis on the escalation of the situation in Ukraine

January 21, 2014
EPP condemns new Ukrainian legislation, restricting democratic principles
Radosław Sikorski, Foreign Minister of Poland, and Elmar Brok, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, condemn the adoption of new laws restricting basic democratic principles in Ukraine. Read the EPP statement

January 17, 2014
Commentary with diagnosis and prospects for Ukrainian politics
OSW (Centre for Eastern Studies) comments on the developments in Ukraine and tries to explain in what way the Maidan protests stand out in proportion to former ones. The outbreak of the protests in Ukraine came as a surprise to both the government and the opposition and what particularly make the protests unique are their focus on citizenship and their apolitical nature as well as their clear attempt to dissociate the protests from Ukraine’s political opposition. In many ways, the protests can be seen as the first clear manifestation of a new generation of Ukrainians – raised in an independent Ukraine, well-educated and familiar with new social media. Read furthermore here

January 16, 2014
New legislation passed to decrease individual freedom
The Ukraine parliament, Verkhovna Rada, just passed new legislation likely to Russia that in the long term will choke opinions of dissidents and prevent criticism against the government ruled by Viktor Yanukovych. Officials say that the new legislation is “to improve public safety and fix holes in the law” but is more likely a cover to obstruct further protests. Read the article from KyivPost

Kyiv Court Bans Protest Rallies
A court decision from Kyiv bans all protest rallies in the Ukrainian capital in a ruling published on January 15. Read the article from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

January 11, 2014
Former Interior Minister Lutsenko hospitalised
Former Ukrainian Interior Minister of Yulia Tymoshenko’s post-orange revolution government and current opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko has been hospitalised in intensive care after being injured in a clash with riot police, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty reports. The clash occurred during a protest of the verdict that sentenced three activists to six years imprisonment. Read the article from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

January 8, 2014
Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) latest analysis on the situation in Ukraine

December 18, 2013
Freedom House makes clear in its latest press release on the developments in Ukraine why the Yanukovuch-Putin agreement fails to answer Ukraine’s real needs. Ukraine was rates Party Free in Freedom of the World 2013, Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2013, and Free in Freedom on the Net 2013 by Freedom House. Read the press release from Freedom House

December 11, 2013
Putin and his struggle to prevent a European Ukraine
Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) released its latest report, analysing the developments in Ukraine and Putin’s role trying to block a dialogue between Yakunovych and the West. Putin accuses the West of instigating the protests and the fact that Western politicians are coming to Kiev for an “unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign country”. The report tells further about Russia’s growing anxiety of a closer co-operation between Ukraine and the EU countries that might lead to an unfavourable development in Ukraine, from Russia’s point of view. Read the OSW report here

December 11, 2013
Anders Åslund, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, on the relationship between the country’s political and business elites

December 11, 2013
Anders Åslund, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, writes about corruption in Ukraine’s leadership

December 11, 2013
Carl Bildt comments on the Ukrainian regime’s future relationship with EU

December 11, 2013
John McCain condemns the violence against the EU-friendly demonstrators

December 6, 2013
Christian Holm, MP, comments the developments in Ukraine

December 4, 2013
Counter rallies in Kiev to prevent a closer European co-operation
Rallies organized by the Russian friendly Party of Regions (PR) are currently being held on Constitution Square in Kiev in support of President Yanukovych and to prevent Ukraine to advance towards western European co-operation. Over 50 buses have been spotted, most with Crimean license plates that brought large numbers of students to the counter rallies.

In the meantime, Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka has circulated a letter among the universities asking for lists of students being absent meanwhile last week’s ongoing demonstrations. As an effect of it, nine students are being reported arrested and sentenced to two-month pre-trial detention for their alleged involvement in the EU-friendly protests. Some of them were unable to stand in the courtroom due to their injuries which occurred during their deprivation of liberty. Recently reports tell further that new arrest warrants will be sent out to arrest more student leaders and civic activists.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, MP for the All-Ukrainian Union “Fatherland”, said that the opposition will block the parliament until the government is dismissed and all political repression stop.

December 3, 2013
David J. Kramer’s statement on the development in Ukraine
David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House, comments the development in Ukraine in Washington Post. Kramer says that Yanukovych and his family used the rise of power to enrich themselves and that their personal interests come first rather the interests of the country and the Ukrainian people. He puts the last years “family-ization” of Ukrainian politics and Ukrainian society as an example; his son, trained as a dentist, became one of Ukraine’s hundred richest people in 2011, one year after the beginning of Yanukovych’s presidency.

Read the official statement and article from David J. Kramer at Washington Post here

December 2, 2013
Anders Åslund’s analysis on the situation in Ukraine

John McCain’s statement on the situation in Ukraine

Opinion Poll from Ukraine

August 30th, 2013   Ukraine

International Republican Institute’s latest poll of Ukrainian public opinion shows that nearly 70 percent of respondents believe that Ukraine is moving in a wrong direction. The survey shows attitudes regarding the country’s economic, social and political landscape.

Read the poll

June 18, the American think-tank Freedom House released this year’s edition of the annual report Nations in Transit.

The desire for democratic change in Eurasia was met with increased repression in most authoritarian regimes during the last year. Increased corruption and censorship of critical media outlets as well as an increased pressure on civil society organisations characterize the developments in a majority of Eurasian countries, according to the report.

Read the report

Hryhoriy Nemyria, deputy head of Yulia Tymoshenko’s party Batkivshchyna and Sofia Arkelsten, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Swedish parliament met on Wednesday. They concluded that the Ukrainian government should release the imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko before the summit with EU’s Eastern Partnership in Vilnius this autumn. The meeting was held in conjunction with Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation’s conference on Political prisoners and the Council of Europe. (more…)