Posts tagged as Ukraine

‘A Good Career, if I Satisfied Him.’ Ukraine Fights Sexual Abuse, and a War

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

On her first day of service as a commissioned officer of the Ukrainian military, Lt. Valeria Sikal reported for duty at her base and received an unusual order. She said the commander, Col. Viktor Ivaniv, ordered her to accompany him in his personal car for a trip to a summerhouse to meet a friend, who turned out to be a local police chief. The colonel then “ordered me to sit…

Lithuanian president urges Ukraine’s new leader to ‘crush’ oligarchic system

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite called on Ukraine’s new leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, on Monday to “crush” the country’s deeply-rooted oligarchic system. “The new president wants a lot of new changes. People do place great hopes on him,” Grybauskaite said after meeting with Zelensky in Kiev following his inauguration, according to the audio recording released by her press service. “Therefore, these changes are possible if people support him, and, of course, if…

UN Security Council blocks meeting on Ukrainian language law

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The UN Security Council has blocked a Russian request to hold a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine’s new language law. A respective procedural decision was made at the beginning of the meeting on May 20, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. France’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Francois Delattre protested against this meeting and called on other members to vote against the adoption of its agenda. Delattre said that…

Lithuania welcomes appointment of new Constitutional Court head in Ukraine

Thursday, May 16, 2019

President of Lithuania’s Constitutional Court Dainius Žalimas has welcomed Natalia Shaptala’s appointment as Chairperson of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU). She was elected CCU head on May 14, following the dismissal of Stanislav Shevchuk from the position of a Judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, who had previously held the position of the Chairman. “I am pleased that the Constitutional Court of Ukraine has succeeded in resolving the…

New rotation of Lithuanian military instructors to leave for Ukraine

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A join team of instructors from the Lithuanian Land Force are leaving for a military training mission in Ukraine, the Defense Ministry said. The group of officers and non-commissioned officers from the Juozas Luksa Training Center, the General Jonas Zemaitis Military Academy and the Engineering Battalion were seen off in a ceremony in Kaunas on Friday. The new rotation will replace instructors from the Lithuanian Duke Vaidotas Mechanized Infantry Battalion.…

Hungary to block NATO Ukraine bid over language law

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Hungarian government will continue to block talks between NATO and Ukraine in anger at a newly-adopted Ukrainian law limiting the use of minority languages. Passed by Ukraine’s parliament on April 25, the law makes the use of the the Ukrainian language compulsory for all citizens, except for private conversations and religious ceremonies. Amongst others, the law is applicable to all public servants including those working in healthcare and education.…

Ukraine’s president-elect asks for continued support from Lithuania

Friday, April 26, 2019

Ukraine’s president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky has asked Lithuania to continue supporting Kiev. “Support at the international level would probably be helpful, which is what Lithuania has been doing for Ukraine. Lithuania is an advocate of Ukraine in EU and NATO matters,” he told a Delfi TV program on Thursday. Zelensky thanked Vilnius for helping troops in eastern Ukrainian and for providing medical treatment to injured soldiers in Lithuania. “If we continue…

Ukraine’s new language law seen as divisive by President-elect Zelenskiy

Friday, April 26, 2019

Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada has passed a law giving a special status to the Ukrainian language and making it mandatory for public sector workers. The measure has been charactarised as divisive both by President-elect Zelenskiy and Russia. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports that the law passed on Thursday, April 25, which obliges all citizens to have command of the Ukrainian language and makes it an obligatory requirement for civil servants, soldiers,…

Ukrainian presidential election won by Zelensky on hopes of change

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The run-off of the Ukrainian presidential election has been won by comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, who has promised change and better relations with Russia. According to results from 98% of polling stations as cited by AFP news agency on Monday, April 22, the Zelensky, whose previous political experience was playing the president on a TV show took 73 percent of the vote. Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko has conceded defeat and said…

New president of Ukraine should continue European way of country

Monday, April 22, 2019

Former prime minister of Lithuania, Seim deputy Andrius Kubilius has said that the new president of Ukraine should continue the European way of Ukraine and prepare for an examination from Russian President Vladimir Putin. “The most important thing for the new president is to continue the same European way, not to be tempted by the big internal battles with the former [government representatives]. Second, you need to be prepared that…