The Verkhovna Rada sped up the modernisation of the gas transportation system and the “death of the South Stream” 

The Verkhovna Rada speeds up the modernisation of the Ukrainian gas transportation system which may allow to suspend the construction of the “South Stream.”

246 members of the Parliament voted on the inclusion of the according bill prepared by the Cabinet of Ministers into the daily agenda.

According to Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, who reported on this bill in the Rada, Ukraine necessitates significant financial investments in its energy sphere. Continue reading

Cyberwar between Ukraine and Russia

Ukrainian IT specialists uncover and block the assets and accounts of the separatist leaders in Donetsk and Luhansk

The Anti-Terrorist operation continues not only in the east of Ukraine, and not only in the real world. Civil activists in other Ukrainian regions are trying to make their investment into the fight against separatists, including specialists in computer technologies.

The activists have created several online groups which engage in discovering and blocking electronic accounts of the leaders of the so-called “people’s republics” in Donbas and even blocking their cell phone numbers.  Continue reading

How Dnipropetrovsk citizens became Ukrainians

Russian-speaking Dnipropetrovsk has always been impartial in its opinion on the rest of Ukraine. None of the local politicians sparked anti-Ukrainian hysteria, but there has been no uprise of Ukrainian patriotism here either. Back in February thousands of Dnipropetrovsk citizens, akin to those in Donetsk and Kharkiv, gathered for Anti-Maidans.

Everything changed in March, when local industrial magnate Igor Kolomoyskiy became the governor of the oblast, and the co-owner of the biggest shopping mall in the city “Passage” Boris Filatov was appointed his deputy. By the way, during the last days of Yanukovich’s presidency, when Filatov was outside of Ukraine, the government quickly made up criminal charges against the businessman because the big screen inside “Passage” shopping mall, instead of traditional advertising, started broadcasting Channel 5 during the clashes in Maidan.  Continue reading

Russian journalists intend to de-mask Kremlin propaganda together with the Ukrainian media

Russian journalists have expressed their support for Ukrainian colleagues and stated their solidarity in monitoring the propagandist lies of Kremlin mass media.

This is said in a statement signed by 15 Russian journalists, reports “Yezhednevniy Zhurnal.”  Continue reading

Arseniy Yatseniuk: The gas Bacchanalia is part of Russia’s plan to eliminate Ukraine, but I will not go down without a fight.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk stated that the government intends to fight for a market price on Russian gas. 

Prime Ministers Arseniy Yatseniuk claims that the “gas Bacchanalia” is part of Russia’s plan to destroy Ukrainian sovereignty. He stated this on Tuesday, June 17th, from the Parliamentary booth, reports the website of the government.

“This is part of the plan which prescribes a whole number of means to destroy Ukrainian independence and sovereignty. It began with the annex of Crimea, destabilisation of the situation in Donbas and Luhansk, financing terrorists, sending bandits to Donbas territory, transit of weapons, equipment… Now gas pressure is being put on Ukrainian consumers, an economical blockade… This is Russia’s plan,” said Yatseniuk.

To his mind, all of this is happening because Russia cannot grasp the fact that Ukraine is an independent state. He emphasised that it is not a coincidence that the gas conflict arose on the even of the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.

“But it is not up to Russia to decide where we are to go. And we are headed towards the European Union,” said Yatseniuk.

He also stated that the Ukrainian government offered the Russian side to establish a gas price consisting of two components: during the so-called “low season” – $300 per thousand cubic metres, during central heating season – $385. But Russia refused this offer.

“I will not go down without a fight. We will fight for the price which is on the market, honest and fair,” emphasised the Ukrainian Prime Minister.

Source: Gordonua

Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina

Crimea today: “Artek” without children, armoured cars for sale and the Ukrainian flag over Simferopol 

Bohdan Lu, for “Fakty” 

The out-of-office correspondent of “FAKTY” shared his impressions about the trip from Kyiv to the occupied peninsula.

I hitchhiked from Kyiv to Crimea by car. Along the road, at traffic police posts there are reinforcements made out of sandbags. Frequently, people in army camouflage can be seen next to the traffic police.

Our old “Ford” was not stopped by anyone. It seems that luxury cars evoke more interest. The close to the south, the more frequently we see roadblocks with sandbags. Night falls. After Kirovohrad the armament at the roadblocks is more serious: we see armoured personnel carriers and missile systems. In Kherson oblast, there is a lonely roadblock on one of the empty parts of the road. The lights of our car spot two soldiers in the darkness. They are sleeping without a care in the world next to the bags.  Continue reading

Volodymyr Groysman: “In the nearest 5-10 years Ukraine will be the most interesting country in Europe” 

Volodymyr Groysman’s tenure as vice Prime Minister could have ended after the 100 days that he had worked in Arseniy Yatseniuk’s team. Immediately after the inauguration, President Petro Poroshenko asked him to lead his Administration. Groysman refused, motivating it with the necessity to finish what he started in the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Essentially, the reform of local government. 

“If we are to give power to the oblasts, we will get feudal principalities; no, the power should be delegated to territorial communities directly,” says Groysman. In “civilian life,” so before Maidan, the young mayor of Vinnytsya was considered one of the most successful mayors in the country. Mobilised to the government, today he works in the office he inherited from Olexandr Vilkil and Boris Kolesnikov.

Groysman has already prepared the theoretical basis of the reform, the realisation of which in practice is being halted by war. In addition, purely political circumstances are unfolding as well: the new Constitution, re-election, without which any means will be half-baked.

This interview is the dissolution of stereotypes. The stereotype that decentralisation is something extremely complex and complicated, that one cannot make sense of that. That it is not beneficial to regular citizens, but the local elites, which are simply fooling the regular citizens. That decentralisation and coherent budget policies are discordant. That Donbas is unique in its demands to be “heard in Kyiv.” 

“I remember the social investigations that were conducted from time to time in central Ukraine. In particular, in Vinnytsya. The measures of non-acceptance of the central government: the President, Prime Minister, its other representatives, is stably over 50%. Anti-ratings were simply off the scale,” says Groysman.  Continue reading

Crimea businessman complained to Moscow about the numerous problems

Business cannot seal deals in Crimea, the resort season is on the brink of disruption, and it is difficult to pay taxes

Russian governors and businessman are going to annexed Crimea, however real deals do not happen. The rest season may be disrupted because of bad logistics. It is difficult to pay taxes, as there are not enough banks, and re-registration using Russian rules is yet to come. These are the complains that the Crimea businessmen have directed to Business Russia.  Continue reading

“We will shoot you now and nobody will look for you!” – How “Berkut” veterans are living with Maidan veterans

This week I was supposed to be in the territorial defence battalion “Aidar” with the Ukrainian Defence Ministry. Instead of this, I am writing this blog in Somy.

I will try to avoid being emotional in describing our adventures to the maximum.  Continue reading