Igor Guzhva, the owner of the Strana.ua Russian-language news portal, said that the searches were conducted over a fabricated case


The Moscow-based Memorial Human Rights Center has deemed Ahtem Chiygoz [pictured] a political prisoner. 


Visa-free travel and a new trade accord strengthen Ukraine’s bonds to Europe.

Analyst: “Rather than striving for genuine rule of law and equality before the law, Poroshenko and his team are maintaining a system of selective prosecution and intimidation, particularly of rivals.”

A Belarus state-owned enterprise subsidiary has reportedly won a contract to provide repairs of a section of the H-16 motorway Zolotonosha-Cherkasy-Smila-Uman.


Analyst: “Of the four items mentioned by the IMF, Ukraine has had the most success in demonstrating its anti-corruption efforts.”


Ash: “Likely this was staged to enable the Trump administration to roll out these sanctions in a show of support for Ukraine and also to try and show a hawkish side to Russia in front of its critics at home.”

Hours before Petro Poroshenko’s arrival, details of the meeting had still not been confirmed with the apparently reluctant US president. Poroshenko’s treatment is likely to be seen in Ukraine, the rest of Europe and by many in Washington as a partial snub.

Reports that Donald Trump will receive Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ahead of his first meeting with Vladimir Putin are causing a sensation in Kyiv. Could the move signal a new policy for the US in Ukraine?


EUAM: “…the criminal investigation system in Ukraine lacks effectiveness when compared to other European countries, due to outdated, post-Soviet criminal investigation structures and a complicated Criminal Procedure Code.”


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