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Comments from a Ukrainian, Christina Kitova, researching the field:

Today’s results about Ukrainian elections. I translated this chart for you into English, if you want to put on your blog the polls are posted by International Ukrainian Institute of Sociology and the polls used 129 different regions within Ukraine to get the data of Ukrainian candidates. 

The main concerns are lowering tariffs on utilities 39.1%
Eliminate elected officials immunity 35.5%

Dialogue with Russia on neutrality 23.3%
Decrease of government officials salaries 18.4%
Open dialogue with EU and USA pertaining to Crimea and Donbass Region 16.4%
Change the system of parliamentary elections 8%
Arrest Russian actives in Ukraine 4.6%
Open discussions of joining EU 3.3 %

Source: PUBLIC-POLITICAL MOOD OF THE POPULATION OF UKRAINE ON THE EVE OF THE SECOND ROUND OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN UKRAINE: APRIL 2019

Her personal comments:

I think the issue is what I see on message boards. People are tired of the old leadership, Ukraine is not doing much better under Poroshenko and is almost considered one of the poorest countries in Europe. People of my age and younger seem to want a new younger leader with charisma and who is less political to a degree. Social media and from what I know, seems to be not interested in any more about maidan’ but more of a stability issue. Some believe a candidate without a strong stance on nationalism is a better pick at this time. Outside of maidan hardcore nationalism is not really an issue in younger demographics because their knowledge of the Soviet-era is limited to bookstores. 

The campaign is weird. Zelensky is not seen due to the fact as he is feared for his safety due to provocations. Of course, Russia will and continue to grandstand and play around (at the) Donbas border. It is not going to let up, at the same time Ukraine always been a buffer and I doubt there would be An actual full-blown war in that region. It will be games and more games.

As far as nukes it is always a concern, especially with the treaty being non-existent now in Russian eyes.
However, that being said because the current generation missed the Cold War and arms race scenario, they seem to be almost oblivious to the gravity of the situation. 

My thoughts: I am looking for a qualitative judgment – why Ukraine is supporting Zelensky, who I feel is a wholly unqualified candidate and not an experienced candidate – Poroshenko.  Additionally, Zelensky is doing NOTHING on behalf of Ukraine. He’s antagonistic, actively opposing allowing Ukrainians to get to know him.

From our anonymous expert, below: 

Overall, politically adept and knowledgable Ukrainians are despairing over Zelenskiy’s expected landslide win – he does not appear to have any policies, and simply presents whatever the audience wants to hear, regardless of whether it makes sense or not. On the big policy issues, like Russia, NATO and EU, he appears to be completely ambivalent.

If Zelenskiy is not a Russian proxy, then he is certainly not a Ukrainian nationalist.

Any comments from readers?  

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Russian govt sponsored website declares MAD to be a myth: “It is possible that the myth about the fantastic power of nuclear war was needed by humanity which had suffered through two world wars. But now, when humanity has gained strength, this idea is beginning to shift into the category of doubtful myths. The essence of nuclear restraint is threat,” …. “But a threat can be real only when it seems large and horrific. The experience of the local application of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests do not confirm that. This means it remains only a virtual one. Russia must constantly support and perfect its nuclear arsenal,” … “so that it will be able in the course of necessity to respond to the US adequately.” This aligns with Pointkovsky’s recent assessment that Russia is preparing to fight a nuclear war under the delusion that it will not escalate into a full-scale exchange. Notably, the damage effects to Russia are being downplayed, despite the fact that most Russians no longer have the NBC protection Soviet citizens had, or the civil defense systems and training. No less curiously Russia was in a panic over the 2nd BW EX flown from Fairford. If this is a variation on the Madman Strategy, it is a foolish one. MT reports on a Levada poll now indicating that Stalin has a 70% approval rating, likely several times that during his brutal rule.

Updates on Turkish S-400 deal, hostages in Russia, and Nordstream 2 – EU has finally moved on limiting the program. Duma passes the Sovereign-Internet Bill intended to isolate Russia’s Internet – Ukrainians fear it will be used to cut Crimeans off from Ukraine.

US Congressional delegation in Ukraine. Donbas update – more Russian attacks, more KIA Russians. Reports of a Russian mobilization in Donbas. Pivdenmash to manufacture extended range replacements for existing BM-21 Grad and BM-30 Smerch MLRS warstock are claiming a new propellant will double the range of the projectiles.

Savchenko and Ruban, indicted for high treason and plotting an armed attack on the parliament with Russian help, released by a judge from pre-trial detention. AG Lutsenko is apoplectic. Political and economic news.

The election campaign is going from the bizarre, even by Ukraine’s standards, to the surreal. Reports the two campaign staffs have agreed finally to a real debate on the 19th, but are still negotiating the debate format and structure and moderation rules.

Zelenskiy has not appeared in public since last week’s visit to Paris, and has delegated all campaign statements to his staff, many of whom previously worked for Poroshenko and were fired.

A KIIS poll predicts a landslide for Zelenskiy, but fails to report what percentage of these voters were actually decided, making the numbers meaningless – the poll does not appear on the KIIS website. Other polling for the upcoming parliamentary election puts Zelenskiy’s support at only 26%.

A very reasonable statement on Crimea policy (virtually identical to Poroshenko’s) by Zelenskiy’s staff has the leader of the Crimean Tartars asking Zelenskiy to say it himself. Other cited policies by Zelenskiy staff all appear to be a grab-bag of popular wishlist items, suggesting the policies are simply reflections of ideas popular in the blue-collar voter base.

Portnikov eviscerates Zelenskiy over Russia policy, or rather ambivalence over Russia policy. Nationalist Biryukov, famous for organizing volunteer procurement of military equipment in 2014, blames Zelenskiy for Savchenko’s release and the failure of a bill to prohibit illegal enrichment.

Overall, politically adept and knowledgable Ukrainians are despairing over Zelenskiy’s expected landslide win – he does not appear to have any policies, and simply presents whatever the audience wants to hear, regardless of whether it makes sense or not. On the big policy issues, like Russia, NATO and EU, he appears to be completely ambivalent.

If Zelenskiy is not a Russian proxy, then he is certainly not a Ukrainian nationalist.


Window on Eurasia — New Series: Nuclear War isn’t So Horrific that Russians Need to Fear It, Influential Moscow Portal Says

Paul Goble Staunton, April 15 – The portal of the Russian Council for International Affairs, an organization created jointly by the foreign ministry, the Academy of Sciences and Interfax features an article saying that mutual assured destruction is a myth but that nuclear war is not necessarily so horrific that Russians need to fear. The article by political observer Valery Alekseyev argues, in the words of Moscow’s Novyye izvestiya which reports on it that “there is no special harm from the use of nuclear weapons and that “in comparison with conventional weapons, it even looks humane” (russiancouncil.ru/analytics-and-comments/columns/military-and-security/mif-yadernogo-sderzhivaniya as reported at newizv.ru/news/politics/15-04-2019/atomnaya-borba-ne-strashnaya-i-gumannaya-ili-k-chemu-privel-son-razuma). Alekseyev concludes his article in the following way: “It is possible that the myth about the fantastic power of nuclear war was needed by humanity which had suffered through two world wars. But now, when humanity has gained strength, this idea is beginning to shift into the category of doubtful myths. “The essence of nuclear restraint is threat,” Alekseyev says. “But a threat can be real only when it seems large and horrific. The experience of the local application of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests do not confirm that. This means it remains only a virtual one. “Russia must constantly support and perfect its nuclear arsenal,” he continues, “so that it will be able in the course of necessity to respond to the US adequately.” But the notion that any use will lead to a global conflagration and that nuclear weapons are thus not weapons remains “an open question.” Alekseyev may believe that a limited nuclear war is not the occasion for fear, but almost everyone else should view his words as precisely a reason for serious concern. Economist Yakov Mirkin, for example, says that this article is the product of the view that a limited nuclear war with the US is possible (facebook.com/yakov.mirkin/posts/2344041199166987 citing russiancouncil.ru/analytics-and-comments/analytics/vozmozhna-li-voyna-s-amerikoy/). The article Mirkin cites gives many examples of this such as conflicts over Belarus, the Baltic countries, and Japan. And he then asks what Novyye izvestiya says is “a reasonable question: whose point of view is this?” Is this the view of the Russian government or simply the musings of some “militarist” author or editor? Moscow commentator Yegor Sedov asks “who could think this way?” Only someone very old or very sick. And he says that such suggestions especially now force one to ask who is this “Alekseyev” and who if anyone is behind him? Such ideas are dangerous and risk making people more comfortable with the idea that Moscow could fight and win a nuclear war. Another commentator, Aleksandr Makhlayev tells Novyye izvestiya that “in fact, this [article] is not a strange episode and the opinion of one idiot. This is a more complex and larger situation.” Obviously, some in Moscow are thinking about the possibility of a nuclear war and have come to believe that they can win it rather than face destruction. And finally, yet another analyst, Yury Yakubovsky, says he believes he knows who stands behind what he says is “the pseudonym Valery Alekseyev.” It is Aleksey Fenenko, a specialist on international security at the Russian Academy of Sciences and an instructor on world politics at Moscow State University. Last fall, Yakubovsky says, Fenenko delivered a lecture entitled “The Bomb is Not as Terrible as People Portray It.” In reporting this, Novyye izvestiya concludes: this is what those working on international security are telling their students. “The country must know its heroes.”

Russian nightmare is over: US bombers return to home from Europe – Defence Blog

The U.S. Air Force has announced that more than 450 personnel and six B-52H Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, returned home following a short-term deployment to RAF Fairford, England. The U.S. Strategic Command’s Bomber Task Force deployment in Europe became an absolute, living nightmare for the Russian military and politicians. American bombers, able to carry nuclear cruise missiles, repeatedly approached the border with Russia and reached the range of St. Petersburg and Baltiysk. Russian military sources also claimed that five U.S. Air Force’s B-52H Stratofortress bombers conducted a mock nuclear strike against targets in Russia, include Moskov and St. Petersburg during training flights on 28 March. According to a statement released by the U.S. Air Force, the Bomber Task Force (BTF) deployment enabled theater integration and training with joint partners, allied nations and other U.S. Air Force units, to further enhance bomber interoperability in the theater. “There’s a lot of stuff we don’t get to do at home that we learned over here. The procedures are different, the airspaces are different and the things we do are honestly different when we train in the states,” said Lt. Col. Mike Esposito, BTF commander. While in the U.K., missions were flown over many different areas including Norway, Iceland, Hungary, Latvia and the Baltic Sea. “We have flown over 40 sorties over Europe and have integrated with many of our partners,” Esposito said. The combination of U.S. forces coming together with NATO allies not only provided a message of assurance to those global partners, but similarly communicated deterrence. “It also sends a message to possible adversaries that we are going to be comfortable operating in this area, and that we are always ready to deploy quickly should conflict ever arise,” said Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr., Eighth Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander. “Of course, we hope that never happens, but we have got to be able to show that we are able to do it in order to prevent a conflict from breaking out.” The BTF rotation enabled a joint training environment for the aircrew members, as well as the support Airmen, which is different than a typical bomber rotation. “It’s a modified wing structure that we brought in, not just a squadron. It’s different than what we’ve done at say, Al Udeid, where we just bring airplanes, aviators and maintainers on to a base that is fully built out,” Dawkins said. “Yes, there is a good support network here, but we are bringing that wing construct and bringing all the support organizations together and fighting as an entire unit at a much broader level.” “I think that is going to set the stage for future operations because we need to be lethal and agile,” Dawkins added. “And to be lethal right now we need to be agile – that’s agile combat support, agile deployability and that’s deploying in small units like a six-ship like we did here.” Success for the BTF came from Airmen from Barksdale, as well as members from the 501st Combat Support Wing at Fairford. “The 501st has just been a fantastic mission partner. Everything from standing up billeting for our people to bringing in specialized cooks to run the [dining facility] for us making the great food, to the [Petroleum, Oil and Lubrication] system that they have here to bring the fuel on for the bombers, it is a class act here and its growing in capability,” Dawkins said. “Make no mistake, what we have here is fantastic, it’s everything we need – actually a little bit more.” The deployment of strategic bombers to the United Kingdom helps exercise Fairford as U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s forward operating location for bombers. Dawkins and Esposito are grateful for the hospitality of the local community and the U.K. Working together with U.S. allies is a vital part to the success of BTF missions. “For us in the U.S., warfighting is an away game. We also do it as a coalition, we don’t do it alone,” Esposito said. “Coming out here and getting to integrate with so many different European partners and flying over so many different places is how we can really practice the way we will fight in the future.”

As Russia Touts Expanded Arctic Sea Routes, US Observers See Veiled Threat

At recent forum, Russian leaders downplayed military designs on the north pole — that’s a concern for some former Naval brass, analysts

Russia and NATO have cut off all active collaboration, Russian deputy internal affairs minister says — Meduza

In an interview with RIA Novosti, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Alexander Grushko said that all military and civilian collaboration between his government and the NATO alliance have ground to a halt. “NATO itself has refused to adopt a positive agenda for its relationship with Russia. It just doesn’t exist. And so far, there’s no sign that anyone in NATO knows how to get out of this impasse,” Grushko argued.

Stalin’s Approval Rating Among Russians Hits Record High – Poll

The Soviet leader is increasingly viewed as a “symbol of justice.” A record 70 percent of Russians approve of Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s role in Russian history, according to a poll published by the independent Levada Center pollster on Tuesday. Stalin’s image has been gradually rehabilitated in the 2000s from that of a bloody autocrat to an “outstanding leader.” President Vladimir Putin has revived the Soviet anthem, Soviet-style military parades and a Soviet-era medal for labor during his presidency. news Seventy percent of Russian respondents told the Levada Center in 2019 that Stalin played a positive role for Russia. Stalin’s previous record approval rating stood at 54 percent in 2016. A record low of 19 percent viewed Stalin’s role negatively, down from 32 percent in 2016. “Stalin begins to be perceived as a symbol of justice and an alternative to the current government, deemed unfair, cruel and not caring about people,” Academy of Sciences sociologist Leonty Byzov was quoted as saying by the RBC news website. “It’s purely a mythological image of Stalin, very far from the real historical figure,” Byzov added. The share of Russian respondents who said Stalin’s crimes were unjustified has decreased from 60 percent in 2008 to 45 percent this year, Levada said.

Ukrainian Updates on Twitter: “https://t.co/Mqmx7Q9xix https://t.co/axr913U9QA “We are the world, we are the children,” as the #NATO song goes. #Russia #Stalin #Сталин #history… https://t.co/o1UiZnzWDF”

Reuters: Turkey says buying Russian defense system should not trigger U.S. sanctions – news world | UNIAN

Turkey’s purchase of Russian air defense missile systems should not trigger U.S. sanctions because Ankara is not an adversary of Washington and remains committed to the NATO alliance, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday. The United States says it will not allow F-35s to operate alongside the Russian defense system. Turkey’s purchase of Russian air defense missile systems should not trigger U.S. sanctions because Ankara is not an adversary of Washington and remains committed to the NATO alliance, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday. Akar also said that Turkey expected to remain not just a buyer of F-35 stealth fighter jets but also a partner in its production, despite U.S. warnings that it would be shut out of the F-35 project if it buys the Russian S-400 defense system, Reuters said. “We firmly believe that linking the S-400 to the F-35 project is unfortunate,” he told a conference in Washington. “We expect the United States and other project partners to honor their commitments.” The United States says it will not allow F-35s to operate alongside the Russian defense system. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that Washington had told Ankara it could face retribution for buying the S-400s under a sanctions law known as CAATSA. Akar repeated Turkey’s offer to hold technical talks with the United States to address “technical concerns” over the S-400 purchase. Turkey is also assessing a renewed offer from the United States to buy Patriot missile defense systems, Akar added. “Recently we received the restated offer for the Patriots. This offer is now on the table, we are studying it carefully.”

 

Norwegian Jailed By Russia For 14 Years For Spying

A Russian court has convicted a Norwegian man of espionage and sentenced him to 14 years in a high-security prison.

Norwegian Jailed By Russia For 14 Years For Spying

Frode Berg, a retired border inspector, was detained in Moscow in December 2017 following a sting operation by Russia’s FSB security service

Michael R. Pompeo | Remarks at Texas A&M Wiley Lecture Series

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Texas A&M University College Station, Texas April 15, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. And thank you, Jerica, for that kind introduction. Now, as the Secretary of State, we do diplomacy, which means you have to get the protocol right. So, howdy.

Pompeo: Nord Stream 2 threatens U.S. energy security

The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline poses a threat to the energy security of both the European Union and the United States. — Ukrinform.

EU finally approves amendments to Gas Directive set to complicate Nord Stream 2 – news economics | UNIAN

The Council of the European Union has approved amendments to the EU Gas Directive, which will allow the European standards to be extended to the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, considerably complicating the project. The changes were voted on Monday, April 15.

UAWire – European Union adopts amendments to EU Gas Directive to control Nord Stream 2

The European Union finalized a draft amendment to the European Union Gas Directive, which controls the use of gas pipelines in the territory of …

Nord Stream 2 AG submits 3rd application to get permission for gas pipeline construction in Danish EEZ – news economics | UNIAN

Nord Stream 2 AG has submitted a third application regarding the route of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the waters south of Bornholm. The application was filed based on the decision made by the Danish Energy Agency on March 26, 2019.

Nord Stream 2 pipeline is new type of Russian hybrid weapon against EU countries – Groysman

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman considers the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as another type of Russian hybrid weapon against European countries. — Ukrinform. He stated this during a joint press conference with Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Peter Pellegrini in Bratislava today, the Government portal reported. “We are considering Nord Stream 2 not just as a gas transportation system project but as a new type of Russian hybrid weapon against European countries. Of course, Ukraine and Slovakia have the right and should maintain the status of transit countries, but with this status we guarantee safe gas supplies to European countries,” Groysman said. The prime minister reminded that Slovakia had been among the first countries to lend a helping hand to Ukraine in energy issues. “Russia will never pay efforts to secure the transit through the third route. Instead, Ukraine and Slovakia can provide it via Ukrainian GTS,” he noted. In turn, Peter Pellegrini stressed that Slovak companies were interested in participating in the work of the future consortium to manage the Ukrainian gas transit system and planned to participate in the reconstruction of GTS. “We reject Nord Stream-2 project. This will be a way to bypass Ukraine and Slovakia, and it will exert a negative impact on both countries. And our countries – Ukraine and Slovakia – want to continue the transit of gas. I am very pleased that Ukraine wants to create a consortium for GTS. Slovak companies want to participate in the reconstruction of GTS,” Pellegrini said.

 

Russia flexes its heavy-lift helo muscles with new Mi-26 test flights

Defense News was given access to the massive Mi-26 and elements of its production line at a Russian Helicopters plant.

Russian Duma Approves Sovereign-Internet Bill

Controversial initiative would create Russian domestic web; critics say it’s part of efforts by President Putin to expand government control

Russian Duma Approves Sovereign-Internet Bill

The lower chamber of Russia’s parliament has passed in the third and final vote a controversial bill that critics say is part of efforts by President Vladimir Putin to expand government control ove…

The cyber teams that helped stop Russian election interference

Cyber forces were given the mission to deter Russian attempts to influence the 2018 midterm election.

NATO launches cyber-defense drill simulating elections under attack

A team built around the alliance’s Communications and Information Agency, NCI, is the defending champion at this year’s

Spain vows to boost cybersecurity, fight disinformation

Spain’s April 28 general election is seen as a testing ground for new measures that the European Union is adopting to shield elections to the European Parliament a month later.

European elections: the EU isn’t ready to deal with outside influence

The European Parliament — the EU’s legislative arm — has launched a campaign to tackle online disinformation ahead of its elections in May.

Rep. Vern Buchanan meets with troops in Ukraine – News – Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Sarasota, FL

The Longboat Key Republican is promoting U.S. security interests in the region.

Gerashchenko meets with delegation of U.S. Congress to discuss threats from Russia

First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Iryna Gerashchenko met with a delegation of the United States Congress to discuss security threats from the Russian Federation, the release of hostages and political prisoners and Ukrainian elections. — Ukrinform.

New Russian law could cut Crimea off from Ukrainian and global Internet – Human Rights in Ukraine

Russian-occupied Crimea could find itself totally cut off from the global Internet according to a bill which was adopted in its second reading on 11 April and has every chance of coming into force this year –

12 attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: no losses among Ukrainian soldiers, six terrorists destroyed

16.04.19 07:15 – 12 attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: no losses among Ukrainian soldiers, six terrorists destroyed April 15, the Russian occupying forces attacked JFO positions 12times, four times using Minsk-proscribed weapons. View news.

Russian-led forces launch 12 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas

On April 15, Russian occupation forces launched 12 attacks, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements four times, on Ukrainian troops in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas. — Ukrinform.

JFO: Ukraine reports 12 enemy attacks in Donbas in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia-led forces mounted 12 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the past 24 hours. There were no casualties among Ukrainian troops.

Three joined the [Gruz-]200 Brigade, five – WIA – troops of the 54th OMBr destroyed the base of Russian invaders in the Donbass.

The fighters of the K-2 group 54 OMBr destroyed the base of Russian invaders in the Donbass. Warning! Video is not recommended for viewing by people with unstable psyche! According to Tsensor.NET, this is what the Ukrainian officer Anatoly Stefan wrote on his page in the social network. Stefan notes that the attack on the enemy’s OP was carried out in response to the constant provocative shelling of Ukrainian positions. “According to intelligence, the result of an adequate response was the destruction of the Russian occupation forces, KIA and WIA losses amount to 8 people, including 3 invaders in the 200th Brigade … Civilians were not affected, since only representatives of this position are in the region Russian-occupying troops “, writes Stefan and publishes a video of a successful attack.

Russia-led forces on Monday mount seven attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas, 120mm mortars used three times

Russia-led forces mounted seven attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, from 00:00 to 18:00 on Monday, April 15, using banned 120mm mortars in three instances, the press center of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has said.

Ukrainian troops repel enemy special forces group’s attack in Donbas

Ukraine’s Joint Forces on Monday evening repelled an attack by an enemy special forces group in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, the enemy’s casualties were two killed and two wounded. Ukraine’s Joint Forces on Monday evening repelled an attack by an enemy special forces group in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, the enemy’s casualties were two killed and two wounded. “At 20:39 Kyiv time [on April 25], soldiers on duty at a watch post spotted a moving enemy special forces group consisting of 12 people. The enemy was stopped by fire from small arms. The fight began … The enemy started to retreat, having lost two members killed and two wounded,” the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) said in an update on Facebook on Tuesday morning. Ukrainian troops on the watch post seized the weapons of the enemy troops and a map with highlighted facilities in Ukrainian–controlled territory that are probable targets of the enemy group, who planned to destroy the observation posts and later to go to the Joint Forces’ rear area. The JFO headquarters reported that the enemy special forces group began the advancement under the cover of fire at 20:00 Kyiv time on April 15, when Russia–led forces began massive shelling of the JFO’s positions in the Mariupol sector.

Ukraine army intel: Russia to mobilize locals in Donbas on the pretext of “territorial defense” drills – news war | UNIAN

Ukrainian Defense Ministry press secretary Maksym Prauta has said the command of the Russian occupation forces is planning to secretly hold another round of mobilization in the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions on the pretext of on “territorial defense” drills. The news reportedly caused outrage among the local population. Ukrainian Defense Ministry press secretary Maksym Prauta has said the command of the Russian occupation forces is planning to secretly hold another round of mobilization in the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions on the pretext of on “territorial defense” drills. Citing a report by the Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate, he said at a briefing that the deployment of “territorial defense” headquarters by the so-called “mobilization departments of the DPR/LPR [“Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic]” is scheduled for April 15-23.

Human rights NGO reports on 119 known hostages behind bars in occupied Donbas |Euromaidan Press |

More than a year has passed since the last prisoner exchange at the end of December 2017, and only one Ukrainian PoW returned home from the occupied Donbas while other prisoners and civilian hostages remain behind bars. Russia has stalled the exchange process and refuses to exchange even 19 out of more than a hundred known Ukrainian hostages. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian humanitarian envoy states that the actual number of hostages amounts to “hundreds.”

Five years since beginning of conflict in eastern Ukraine

It’s been five years since the first shots were fired in Donbas conflict. On April 15, 2014, Ukrainian special forces troops liberated Kramatorsk airfield, previously captured by pro-Russian occupants. That object in Donetsk region was of specific strategic importance, as it could host transport aircraft. The airfield also was a defensive point for shutting down the approaches to nearby towns of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk. The enemy used artillery and missile launchers to shell Ukrainian positions, but the government forces held out. The occupants tried to storm the Ukrainian emplacements multiple times, but the attempts failed. In summer 2014, Ukrainian forces liberated both Kramatorsk and Slovyansk.

In the National Guard for the first time delivery of supplies by plane

The National Guard of Ukraine optimized the delivery of real property to military units by attracting air transport. This is reported by the press service of NMU This saves the resources and time spent on using land transport for logistics. Recently, training aviation flights of the National Guard of Ukraine took place. During these trainings, for the first time, real estate was delivered in the volume of about 54 m3 to the military units of the Central Territorial Administration of the NMU, namely shoes, uniforms for the season, sleeping bags, transport bags and linen. Training and delivery of real estate was carried out by the military cargo aircraft AN-72. The National Guards specialists optimized and accelerated the delivery of real estate in order to reduce the time and expenses during training flights.

Ukrainian MLRS will receive long-range projectiles from CB “Pivdenne” | MIL.IN.UA

Posted by: Editorial April 16, 2019 Important, News 0 Comments The Design Bureau “Yuzhnoye” is working on the creation of domestic long-range missiles for rocket launchers BM-21 “Grad” and BM-30 “Smerch”.This was announced at a press conference by the Director General of the CB Alexander Dehtyarev. According to the General Designer, the range of ammunition of Ukrainian production will exceed the range of Russian ammunition twice.This information was already heard during the last year’s exhibition “Weapons and Security 2018″, then the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov”. Today, the order number one is the production of serial munitions for MLRS,” said Alexander DegtyarevThe development is carried out on working capital of CB “Pivdenne”, tests will also be conducted in the design bureau. “We will do the development of the engine case, the warhead,” said Kushnarev. At the end of December, a new production site was launched at KB “Pivdenne” for the manufacture of body parts made of metal materials using rotational rolling technology. On the machine for rotational rolling, specimens of cases with a diverse internal surface without welds and joints will be made. Significant advantages of such a method are simplification of structures, reduction of their weight, increase of reliability and durability, reduction of designing time and introduction into production, saving of materials and considerable reduction of cost of production process.The assemblage of missiles to the rocket propellant systems is planned to be deployed at the Pavlograd Mechanical Plant, which specializes in the manufacture of solid-propellant engines and their components.Information on the timing of project implementation is not known at this time. For example, from the statement of the President of Ukraine on the development of the missile complex “Vilkha” in January 2016 to the start of its mass production in 2018-year was less than two years.

New consignment of US Humvees arrives in Ukraine | Jane’s 360

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence announced on 13 April that it has received 35 Humvee vehicles gifted by the United States, saying 20 will be used by combat units, and 15 for medical purposes. “Recently, the level of military-technical assistance has increased significantly. This applies

Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter: “Savchenko and Ruban, both suspected in preparing to organize a coup d’état last year, were set free by #Kyiv court. (Like election drama/circus wasn’t enough for us)”

Ukrainian Lawmaker Savchenko Released From Jail

Ukrainian lawmaker Nadia Savchenko, who is accused of plotting a terrorist attack on parliament with grenades and automatic weapons, has been released from jail.

Both suspects in coup, terrorism case released from courtroom as judges fail to extend restrictive measure on time – news politics | UNIAN

The court released from custody MP Nadiia Savchenko and former hostage swap mediator Volodymyr Ruban as the term of their arrest expired on April 16 without being duly extended on time.   The case being re-forwarded multiple times was due to the courts satisfying the defense’s motions challenging boards of judges.

Savchenko intends to return to Rada session hall despite ongoing trial into coup, terrorist plot – news politics | UNIAN

Non-factional MP Nadiia Savchenko, who has been charged with plotting a terrorist act and a coup and who has been released from custody on Monday, April 15, has plans to return to her work in the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament. Savchenko entered the Verkhovna Rada as a member of the Batkivschyna party and later abandoned membership. She is now an independent MP.

Judicial system “seriously ill”: Top prosecutor on court ruling to release coup, terror suspects from custody – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has commented on a court decision to release from custody MP Nadiia Savchenko and former hostage swap mediator Volodymyr Ruban, who had been charged with a coup and terror plot. Charges won’t be dropped, Lutsenko assures.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor’s Office not to drop charges against Savchenko, Ruban

Ukraine’s Prosecutor’s Office still considers Savchenko, Ruban to be suspects

Poroshenko not satisfied with quality of investigation into deaths of Heavenly Hundred

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he is not satisfied with the investigation of crimes against protesters in 2013 and 2014.

Poroshenko says progress in Maidan killings probe disappointing – news politics | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the reason for the delay in the probe into the killings of protesters at Kyiv’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square during the Revolution of Dignity is the ineffective work of Chief of the Special Investigations Department at the General Prosecutor’s Office (PGO) of Ukraine, Serhiy Horbatiuk. In turn, chief of the investigation team Horbatiuk said he had repeatedly stated pressing problems in the case over the past years.

Prosecutor snaps back at Poroshenko following criticism, says president “created problems” in Maidan probe – news politics | UNIAN

Chief of the Special Investigations Department at the General Prosecutor’s Office (PGO) of Ukraine Serhiy Horbatiuk says Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko “created problems” in investigating the so-called Maidan cases. Horbatiuk says the president has signed laws that have been hindering the trial therefore he also bears responsibility for the dragging probe.

Kyiv court orders anti-corruption probe of Rada Speaker Parubiy – news politics | UNIAN

Kyiv’s Solomensky District Court has ordered that the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) launch an investigation against Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy. NABU shall open proceedings for misuse of funds and abuse of power.

Former Ukrainian MP charged with grand embezzlement extradited from Germany – news politics | UNIAN

A suspect in a major embezzlement case charged with inflicting damage to the state budget worth over $346 million, former People’s Deputy of Ukraine Dmytro Kriuchkov, has been extradited from Germany. NABU detectives arrested the deputy upon his arrival in the Boryspil Airport near Kyiv on Monday, April 15.

Pro-Russian vlogger Sharii removed from wanted list as prosecution launches additional probe

16.04.19 12:57 – Pro-Russian vlogger Sharii removed from wanted list as prosecution launches additional probe The Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Kyiv has refused to initiate extradition, removed from the wanted list and cancelled the in-absentia arrest of video blogger, Anatolii Sharii, and returned his case for additional investigation to the… View news.

Poroshenko: PrivatBank not to be returned to former owners

President Petro Poroshenko has stated that lawyers of oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky will not be able to return PrivatBank to its former owners.   — Ukrinform.

Ukraine, Slovakia ready to maintain status of main gas transit countries in EU

Ukraine and Slovakia express readiness to increase mutual trade turnover up to $1.5 billion per annum against the current figure of almost $1.4 billion and to maintain the status of the main countries providing gas transit to the European Union. — Ukrinform.

Viasat receives Russian channel ‘request’ in Ukraine

The Ukrainian regulator National Council has asked Viasat to limit access to Russian TV channels that violate Ukrainian legislation. In a statement, it says that monitoring of Viasat, which is owned by Vision TV, was initiated by Sergey Kostinsky, a member of the council, based on a post on Facebook regarding Russian channels whose distribution is forbidden in Ukraine. It was conducted from March 28 to April 3 on equipment supplied by Viasat. National Council adds that it turned out there were no Russian TV channels in Viasat’s programme package. Therefore, it did not violate any laws. However, it made open access to Russian channel, specifically TNT, CTC, RTR Planeta, Rossiya 24, NTV Mir, 8 TV and First Channel, through its equipment. These channels, which are distributed by Hot Bird 13S, include “war propaganda, denial of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, incitement to enmity and fake news”. The National Council has therefore asked Vision TV, along with other content providers, to restrict access to these prohibited channels.

Ukraine’s oligarch Kolomoysky’s real shot in turning his former bank

We have already talked about a chance of Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoysky to return his expropriated PrivatBank. After the first round of elections, these encroachments acquired clearer forms: the oligarch said that he did not claim the bank to be returned back, but was seeking compensation in the amount of 2 billion USD. However, we have three news and all of them are good. First: the re-nationalization of Privatbank is still impossible, so this option should not be even considered. Second, compensation is possible, but unlikely, because it carries too many risks. Third: rumors about “puppet” are somewhat exaggerated. Presidential hopeful Volodymyr Zelensky, often associated with his business partner Kolomoysky, comes to the conclusion that he needs to win parliamentary elections. So, Zelensky’s Servant of the People party should not cause a sharp idiosyncrasy in the society, whose leader puts his hands into the pockets of the ordinary taxpayers to satisfy oligarch. Related: Court delays consideration of Kolomoysky’s lawsuit on purchase of Privatbank by Ukraine’s govt The presidential candidates are preparing for the political debates, the most important debates of spring 2019 would be held in the court. The district administrative court of Kyiv, having heard the parties to the conflict, on April 18 will put an end to the consideration of the claim on recognition of the nationalization of PrivatBank as illegal. Back in 2016, PrivatBank, one of the largest banks in Ukraine was recognized as insolvent. The state bought its shares for 1 hryvnia, and the owner went to such a deal voluntarily. Subsequently, the National Bank of Ukraine has spent about 4,17 billion USD to stabilize the situation in a financial institution. Later on, the ex-owner of PrivatBank declared that the procedure was unlawful, it was violated, therefore, the value of the assets should be compensated. At the same time, Kolomoysky established the amount of compensation: 2 billion USD, motivating the figure by the fact that this amount of money was in the bank at the moment of its nationalization. Kateryna Rozhkova, National Bank deputy chairman, refutes it. “The decision to nationalize PrivatBank should have been made much earlier. At the time of making this decision, a bank had negative capital and virtually had no liquidity.” Related: Ukraine’s oligarch Kolomoysky demands to return him USD 2 bn from Privatbank Economist Oleksandr Okhrimenko notes that Ukraine does not have any legal framework for conducting renationalization. For example, in December 2017, the High Court of London first accepted a lawsuit against Kolomoysky, his partner oligarch Hennadiy Bogolyubov and companies affiliated with them, and even issued an order to arrest the assets of oligarchs in the amount of more than 2,5 billion USD, but then decided that it did not have enough jurisdiction to handle this claim. However, the matter did not leave the limits of the kingdom. Now the case to be considered by the Court of Appeal. As for Switzerland, local Themis is studying an episode related to debts on refinancing loans for 273 million USD. And in Ukraine, as already mentioned, the main intrigue revolves around the recognition or non-recognition of the nationalization of PrivatBank as illegal. However, in general, the Ukrainian courts are considering 150 lawsuits relating to the “PrivatBank issue.” So, for example, in March 2019, the Pechersk court of Kyiv seized the assets of companies associated with Kolomoysky’s and Bogolyubov’s Privat group.

Ukraine interested in cooperation with Canadian rolling stock manufacturers – Omelyan

Ukraine is interested in cooperating with Canadian rolling stock manufacturers so as to repeat the success of work with General Electric, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan has said. — Ukrinform.

Ukrainian food and beverage companies invited to take part in trade mission to Israel

The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine invites small and medium-sized entrepreneurs of the agricultural sector, food and beverage manufacturers to take part in the Trade Mission to Israel. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine ready to help restore Notre-Dame Cathedral

Ukraine is ready to help France restore Notre-Dame de Paris – one of the most famous historical monuments in the French capital – which suffered significant damage in a fire, Ukrainian Culture Minister Yevhen Nyschuk has said. — Ukrinform. “This is a huge blow to history and culture not only of Paris, but also of the whole of Europe and the world,” he wrote on his Facebook page. The task of the Ukrainian Culture Ministry is to preserve for future generations all cultural and historical monuments and heritage possessed by Ukraine, Nyschuk said. “We as a country that is losing its heritage in the occupied territories know as nobody else how painful it is to watch that live. We hope that firefighters will be able to save an extraordinary monument and not let it disappear from the cultural map of the world. I would like to stress from myself that we are ready to send as soon as possible our best specialists and restorers for the work on the restoration of the Cathedral!” the minister wrote. The Notre-Dame Cathedral caught fire on the evening of Monday, April 15. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but preliminary reports point to a possible connection with restoration work that was carried out at the cathedral.

Ukraine is at the forefront of struggle for democracy

Ukraine has determined that its future lies in the family of European countries and in recent years it has been at the forefront of the struggle for democracy and the protection of internationally-recognized values, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said in an interview with Slovak media.

Ukraine right-wing presence now a daily fact of life – CSMonitor.com

Ukraine’s right-wing groups like Right Sector and the National Corps pose a danger to the country’s still unstable democracy.

Amnesty Urges Ukraine Authorities To Protect Roma Minority, Provide Justice To Victims Of Violence

Amnesty International has urged Ukrainian authorities to provide better protection to the country’s Roma minority and to bring to justice to the perpetrators of last year’s attacks which resulted i…

Poroshenko and Zelensky signed an agreement on the debate

Teams of presidential candidates Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky signed a tripartite agreement with NSC “Olimpiyskiy” on renting the stadium on April 19. This was stated at a briefing on April 16 by the spokesman of the Poroshenko headquarters, Oleg Medvedev. “Today, in the morning, a trilateral agreement was signed by the NSC” Olympic “, representatives of the election headquarters of Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky, which is a tripartite agreement on the lease of the stadium on the evening of April 19,” he said. Also, according to him, in the evening of April 16, the headquarters of the candidates should continue negotiations on the time and format of the debate on April 19. “Our representatives are going to discuss the rules of this debate. So far, we have different visions: one side is set to show, we are – for a full discussion,” Medvedev said. The president’s team was assured that Poroshenko agrees to the debate at the stadium, in particular on April 19, but, according to Medvedev, this should be “a meaningful few-hour discussion, not an extraordinary show.” “The basis for discussion should be the format of the discussion, which is prescribed in the law, which is a debate on the basis of public television,” he added. At the same time, Medvedev added that Poroshenko would adhere to the legislation as part of the organization of the debate. He stressed that the responsibility for safety at the stadium rests with the National Guard and the National Police, because the “Olympic” will come tens of thousands of people. Regarding the leading debate, Medvedev also predicts difficult negotiations with Zelensky’s headquarters. “We are not offering anyone yet, but of course the leading must be objective and impartial,” he said. At the same time, in the headquarters of the president are inclined to the fact that the debate on the air “Public” will only Poroshenko. Recall: April 19 between the candidates is scheduled for debate, and the second round of elections will be held on April 21. There is a dispute between the headquarters of the candidates on the place of the debate. In particular, Zelensky calls Poroshenko to hold a debate at the stadium on April 19 at 7:00 pm, and Poroshenko wants to hold the official debate at the studio of “Public Television” the same evening at 8:00 pm, as stated in the decision of the CEC. Poroshenko also invited Zelensky to hold a debate on April 19 at the stadium from 16:00 to 18:00. On April 11, the first public conversation between Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky took place – in telephone mode and from the studio of the channel “1 + 1”. Poroshenko called for a serious discussion of the programs, and Zelensky, as before, called him to the stadium on April 19. On April 14, Petro Poroshenko arrived at the NSC “Olimpiyskiy” to debate with Volodymyr Zelensky, but he never appeared.

Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter: “This running from all debates and TV shows looks insane and humiliating to many people in Ukraine who want to know what #Ukraine should expect after April, 21. As one of journalists noted, “We are being sold a cat in a bag and Ze is the bag, not a cat”.”

 

Ukrainian Updates on Twitter: “Draft dodger #Zelensky now a debate dodger too. At least, in the first debate. #Ukraine #UkraineElections #Poroshenko #Zelenskiy… https://t.co/wvZq3NnqnH”

 

Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter: “One of the main talk shows in #Ukraine, both candidates were invited, only Poroshenko showed up. Ze’s team is represented by Oleksandr Danyliuk, former minister of finance and (as is speculated) future minister of MFA who has just told that NATO is a secondary thing for Ukraine🤦‍♀️… https://t.co/Gpisw6E1Qk”

 

Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter: “Zelenskiy recorder yet another video. This is already so ridiculous I don’t even want to comment. However, another interest issue that #Kyiv discusses these days is whether new president will dissolve the parliament after inauguration. If yes, this can be done only before May,27.”

 

Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter: “While I’m getting ready for the most probable results of the II round, ratings for the future parliamentary elections were published: 1. Ze’s “Servant of the people”(exists only on paper) 26% 2. Pro-russian former party of regions”Opposition block”15,7% 3. Porosheko’s party 13,9%”

 

Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter: “What immediate changes Ukrainians expect from a new president?: decrease utility tariffs. Have those people ever heard that it is not in president’s competence? https://t.co/TfU5xc1E8v… https://t.co/WUlEOL9V7q”

 

Christopher Miller on Twitter: “New Ukraine poll from Kyiv Int’l Institute of Sociology gives Zelenskiy a massive lead over Poroshenko with runoff election 5 days away. 72.2% for Zelenskiy 25.4% for Poroshenko https://t.co/PAftFTlgp3… https://t.co/77sLqLnMcC”

 

Vitaliy Portnikov | Putin, Zelensky, and the war in Ukraine |Euromaidan Press |

Putin will end the war in the Donbas only if Ukraine agrees to his terms.and gives up its autonomy and possibly its statehood. Can Vladimir Putin stop shooting and killing Ukrainians? Of course he can. He doesn’t need any agreements with anybody – not with Zelensky, not with Poroshenko, not even with Merkel. He simply has to want to do it. Presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky has said that the cessation of shelling along the so-called line of demarcation would be one of his main objectives as Ukraine’s head of state. The desire to stop the shelling and to save the lives of fellow citizens is a laudable goal. But it is not up to us to stop the shooting. It is up to Putin. I’d like to point out a few simple truths to Volodymyr Zelensky, which he must know even without me. It was not the 2014 Ukraine that attacked Russia, but Russia that attacked Ukraine. It was not Ukraine that sent saboteurs to Russia, but Russia that sent them to Ukraine. There are no Ukrainian troops on Russian soil but Russian troops and Kremlin’s mercenaries are occupying our lands. And, of course, they are continuing to maintain heightened tensions with the Ukrainian army along the entire line of demarcation because without these tensions the occupation of the Donbas would immediately lose all meaning. Can Volodymyr Zelensky come to an agreement with Vladimir Putin to stop this shelling? No, he cannot. Just as Petro Poroshenko cannot. Nor anyone else. Can Vladimir Putin stop shooting and killing Ukrainians? Of course he can. But to do that he doesn’t need any agreement with anyone — not with Zelensky, not with Poroshenko, not even with Merkel. He simply has to want to do it. It is obvious that Putin will not want to do so today. The shelling and killing is Moscow’s important contribution to the election campaign in our country because it proves that the current government cannot stop the war even though it had promised to do so. If Zelensky wins, will Putin want to stop the shelling? He probably will, and he will not need to negotiate with Zelensky. Furthermore, I think that the decision on the possible end to the shelling has already been approved. Russians and their hirelings will not shoot – at least not before the parliamentary elections in Ukraine. They will want to demonstrate that the “peace party” in Ukraine has replaced the “war party,” and they will not create obstacles to victory for this collective “peace party” during the parliamentary elections. The main question is what will come afterwards? What will Zelensky have to sacrifice to keep the shelling from resuming and to avoid being seen by a segment of Ukrainians as a representative of the “war party”? The incorporation of occupied Donbas by Ukraine on Russian terms? The abandonment of Crimea or at least the promise not to mention the annexation of the peninsula? The rejection of European integration? This will be the sacrifice. And does Volodymyr Zelensky understand — well perhaps not the showman himself but the people around him — that if we do not agree to Putin’s conditions the shelling will not cease at all or else it will inevitably start again and our soldiers will begin to die again? And that if we agree to Putin’s conditions, we can literally find ourselves in Rostov (Russia) – and this is in the best-case scenario. I understand, of course, that many of my compatriots, including politicians, are simply incapable of thinking that far ahead. But we must learn if we do not want to bring about another crisis in our country and lose more territory instead of returning what has already been torn off. Translated by: Anna Mostovych Source: Espreso TV

Presidential election in Ukraine: Five reasons Zelenskiy is likely to win the second ballot – New Eastern Europe – A bimonthly news magazine dedicated to Central and Eastern European affairs

The factor of ‘black swans’ Despite these facts, the final result of the presidential elections in Ukraine is still not completely predetermined. The political process in Ukraine is often quite unpredictable, and the very phenomenon of the candidate-comedian Zelenskiy, who in a few months became the best performing front-runner of the presidential run-off, might be the most obvious illustration for it. That is why, while providing the rational evaluation of the electoral chances for the two main contenders for presidency in Ukraine, it is also necessary to consider the possibility of the appearance of a kind of “black swan” capable of radically changing the course of the entire election campaign, as well as the final result of the second ballot. For example, serious and highly resonant revelations regarding Zelenskiy which might appear or simply be falsified by his opponents in the last days left before the election day, his refusal to participate or a clear defeat in the planned election debates on Friday (April, 19); a sharp aggravation of the armed conflict in the Donbas and the radical demobilisation of the Zelenskiy’s electorate could potentially become the factors of an unforeseen change of the final election result compared to the most probable forecast. Ruslan Kermach, a freelance political analyst and an associate expert at the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF) in Kyiv (Ukraine)

Zelensky ahead of Poroshenko in run-off – KIIS poll

If the second round of presidential elections in Ukraine took place in mid-April, 48.4% of respondents would vote for showman and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky and 17% for incumbent head of state Petro Poroshenko, according to a survey conducted by Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) on April 9-14, 2019. — Ukrinform.

Zelensky ahead of Poroshenko by 47% – poll

For the presidential candidate and showman, Vladimir Zelensky, 72.2% of the polled Ukrainians who are determined to vote and vote will vote in the second round of elections, and 25.4 %% of respondents will be in favor of the current president of Petro Poroshenko. This is evidenced by the results of a survey conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, conducted from April 9 to April 14, which was announced on Tuesday, reports Interfax-Ukraine . Of the total number of respondents who are going to vote and decide on the choice, 72.2% will vote for Zelensky and 25.4% – for Poroshenko, and 2.4% want to spoil the ballot.

15% of Ukrainians believe that the debate will affect their president’s choice, for 51.3%, they do not matter, – KIIS poll

For 14.9% of Ukrainians, the debate between presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko will be decisive for their decision on who to vote for in the second round of the presidential election. At the same time, 25.3% of the citizens indicate that they will take into account the results of the debate, but there are other important issues on the basis of which they will make a decision. Tsensor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine. According to a survey conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) on April 9-14, for 51.3% of respondents, the debate is not important for choosing who to vote for. Another 8.4% did not decide on the choice or refused to answer. At the same time, 41.9% of Ukrainians believe that the debate between presidential candidates must take place, while 26.7% consider them desirable, but not obligatory. 24,7% consider the debate unnecessary, and 6,6% have not determined their position or refused to answer. 50.6% of those polled believe that in the case of participation in the debate, Volodymyr Zelensky will be honest with them, 28.4% do not believe it, yet 21% have not been determined or refused to answer. As for Petro Poroshenko, 19.3% of Ukrainians believe that they will be sincere in the debate, 63.1% do not think so, 17.7% have not been identified or refused to answer. In 2004, respondents interviewed by method of personal interviewing, who reside in 129 settlements of all regions of Ukraine (except the Crimea), were polled by a three-stage stochastic sample with a quota selection at the last degree, representative for the population of Ukraine under the age of 18. In Luhansk and Donetsk regions, the poll was conducted only on the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. The statistical sampling error (with a probability of 0.95 and a design effect of 1.5) does not exceed: 3.3% for indicators close to 50%, 2.8% – for indicators close to 25%, 2.0% – for indicators close to 10%, 1.4% – for indicators close to 5%.

Zelensky to secure landslide win in Ukraine election runoff – poll – news politics | UNIAN

The latest poll by a Kyiv-based International Institute of Sociology says presidential candidate, showman Volodymyr Zelensky is set to win the second round of elections scheduled for April 21. Of those who intend to cast their ballots and have already made up their choice, 72.2% are ready to vote for Zelensky and 25.4% – for Poroshenko. The latest poll by a Kyiv-based International Institute of Sociology says presidential candidate, showman Volodymyr Zelensky is set to win the second round of elections scheduled for April 21. Some 72.2% of Ukrainians who intend to cast their ballots and have already made up their choice are ready to vote for Zelensky, while 25.4% of those are willing to support incumbent president Petro Poroshenko, an UNIAN correspondent reported citing the outcome of the survey voiced by the Institute’s deputy chief Anton Hrushetskiy. The poll says 2.4% of this category of voters would rather spoil their ballots than support a particular candidate among the two who had made it to the runoff. Among all survey respondents, 48.4% support Zelensky, 17% choose Poroshenko, 1.6% would spoil the ballot, 17.9% remain undecided, 8.8% refuse to name their favorite, and 6.3% do not intend to vote. The survey was conducted on April 9-14 among 2,004 respondents aged 18 and over. The statistical error margin is 3.3%, the report says.

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Ukrainians hope next president to reduce tariffs, lift parliamentary immunity, speed up probe into corruption crimes – KIIS poll – news politics | UNIAN

The latest poll by a Kyiv-based International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) says about a third of Ukrainians hope the country’s next president will reduce tariffs, lift immunity off lawmakers, judges and the president, as well as speed up the probe into high-profile corruption crimes. KIIS Deputy Chief Anton Hrushetskiy voiced the respondents’ answers to the question “Which of the following should the next president do in his first 100 days?” The latest poll by a Kyiv-based International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) says about a third of Ukrainians hope the country’s next president will reduce tariffs, lift immunity off lawmakers, judges and the president, as well as speed up the probe into high-profile corruption crimes. According to KIIS Deputy Chief Anton Hrushetskiy, to the question “Which of the following should the next president do in his first 100 days?,” the respondents’ answers were as follows: 39.1% of Ukrainians believe the president should reduce utility rates, 35.5 % say he must submit bills on lifting immunity off lawmakers, judges, president, 32.4% – to start or speed up investigation of corruption-related crimes, 23.3% – to start negotiations with Russia, 18.4% – to reduce the wages of top officials, 16.4% – to start negotiations with the European Union and the United States on Donbas and Crimea, 9.4% – to speed up the investigation of crimes against Maidan, 8% – to initiate a change in the system of parliamentary elections, i.e. the abolition of majority elections and the transition to a proportional system with open lists, 5.5% – to put up for sale premises, cars and other assets of the State Affairs Department, which is engaged in providing the president, 5.2% – to initiate the restart of anti-corruption bodies (the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine, the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office, 4.6% – to seize Russian assets in Ukraine, 4.2% – to submit a bill on the referendum, and 3.3% – to start accession negotiations with the EU, an UNIAN correspondent reports.

Team Zelensky: Crimea must return to Ukraine, Russia must pay compensation for damage done – news politics | UNIAN

Crimea, Ukraine’s peninsula occupied by Russia in 2014 must return to Ukraine, while Moscow must pay Ukraine compensation for the damage inflicted as a result of the occupation, team of Ukraine’s presidential hopeful Volodymyr Zelensky wrote in a Facebook posting in response to Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev’s appeal to Mr Zelensky to address the Crimea issue by answering five of his questions. Zelensky’s campaign headquarters notes that any talks about exchanging Crimea for peace in Donbas are off the table, under any circumstances. Crimea, Ukraine’s peninsula occupied by Russia in 2014 must return to Ukraine, while Moscow must pay Ukraine compensation for the damage inflicted as a result of the occupation, team of Ukraine’s presidential hopeful Volodymyr Zelensky wrote in a Facebook posting in response to Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev’s appeal to Mr Zelensky to address the Crimea issue by answering five of his questions. Team Zelensky responded that “Crimea, of course, is the occupied territory of Ukraine.” “As it is known and recognized throughout the civilized world, this occupation was completely illegal and violent. The so-called ‘referendum’ cannot be considered an act testifying to the free will of the inhabitants of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea because it was held at gunpoint of Russian troops and without the participation of a significant number of Crimean Tatar, Ukrainian, even Russian and other ethnic origins,” emphasized he statement. “Taking into account these factors, Crimea was, remains, and will be part of Ukraine, which should return along with compensation from Russia for the damage caused by the occupation, taking into account compensation to the victims and families of the victims of Russian repression. We are not ready to give, present, allow rent or use of the sovereign territory of Ukraine and its citizens – this cannot be the subject of negotiations and agreements! The position is unshakable and uncompromising. No agreement on de-escalation in Donbas can be sealed at the cost of Crimea and Ukrainian citizens who are forced to remain in the occupied Crimea,” stressed Team Zelensky. In this regard, it is noted that “in general, issues of Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity cannot be the subject of any international negotiations or agreements.” “That is, under no circumstances can we speak about exchanging Crimea for peace in Donbas. And neither can the separatization of certain areas or regions of Ukraine be a subject of negotiations. Moreover, as we have repeatedly stressed, had Crimea and certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions remained part of a free and independent Ukraine, they would have already had more freedoms and powers than they will ever have under the authority of the Russian Federation,” Team Zelensky said. “Of course, a military solution to the conflict with Russia is unacceptable, both from the point of view of the national interests of Ukraine and that of our Western allies. This means that our officials will eventually have to speak with Russian authorities. But this should take place with the participation of Ukraine’s Western partners, and under no circumstances must it take place in the occupied territories of our state,” said presidential candidate Zelensky’s campaign team. “We must maintain contacts with our citizens, who are now suffering under the occupying authorities. But these contacts should be exclusively cultural, informational, and humanitarian. Taking into account what the Russian Federation is doing in Donbas and Crimea, the issue of lifting the economic blockade off the temporarily occupied territories cannot be considered,” the statement says. “We do not separate and will not separate and consider separately the issues of Donbas, Crimea, or the Sea of ​​Azov. But the history and sacrifice of the Crimean Tatar people during Stalin’s, and now Putin’s repressions, and their contribution to the formation and development of an independent Ukraine are unconditional reasons to propose to the Crimean Tatars a separate prospect for national development and role after the liberation of Crimea,” said the statement. “We believe that this role and perspective should not be based on empty political promises. We are convinced that the Crimean Tatar people should receive a concrete plan of support and guarantees from the state and its western partners. We are confident that Crimean Tatars will have a clear prospect for a free life together with the independent Ukraine,” summed up Team Zelensky.

Crimea not negotiable, Crimean Tatars must receive perspective for national development, not promises

The presidential campaign team of Volodymyr Zelensky (Ze!Team) has said Crimea is the territory of Ukraine, as is well known and recognized throughout the civilized world and occupied illegally and violently by Russia. “The so-called ‘referendum’ cannot be considered an act testifying to the free will of the residents of Crimea, because it was held at the barrels of Russian machine guns and without the participation of Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians, even Russians and people of other ethnic origins,” Ze!Team said in response to an appeal by leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev, who called on Zelensky to answer five questions about the occupied Crimea. Ze!Team said “Crimea was, remains and will be part of Ukraine” and should be returned to Ukrainian sovereignty with compensation from Russia for damages, taking into account compensation to the injured and families of those killed by Russian repressions. “We are not ready to give away, lease or use the sovereign territories of Ukraine and its citizens. This cannot be a subject of negotiations and agreements! Our position is uncompromising. No agreement on de-escalation in Donbas can take place at the expense of Crimea and Ukrainian citizens forced to remain in the occupied Crimea,” the statement said. “…As we have repeatedly emphasized, if Crimea and certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions had remained part of a free and independent Ukraine, they would already have more freedoms and authority than they will ever have under Russian authority,” the statement said. Ze!Team believes there is no military solution to the conflict with Russia and must speak with Russian officials. “But this should happen with the participation of the western partners of Ukraine, and, under no circumstances, in the occupied territories of our state,” the statement says. The statement says Ze!Team believes the historical sacrifices of the Crimean Tatar people and their contribution to the establishment and development of an independent Ukraine are “unconditional grounds for proposing a separate perspective for the Crimean Tatars to national development and the role after the liberation of Crimea.” “We believe that this role and perspective should not be based on empty political promises. We are convinced that the Crimean Tatar people should receive a concrete plan of support and guarantees from the state and its western partners. We are confident that the Crimean Tatars will have a clear prospect of a free life together with independent Ukraine,” the statement said.

Dzhemilev: This is not Zelensky’s answer

The President’s Ombudsman on the Crimean Tatars Affairs Mustafa Dzhemilev wants the presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky to answer the questions about Crimea personally, as 5 TV channel reported. “This is not Zelensky’s answer, it’s his team – and tomorrow he might say: “I don’t know, I don’t have a team, I expelled it”. Therefore, I would like to hear Zelensky,” Dzhemilev said. He reminded that there were five questions which concerned not only Crimea. “You say you want to establish peaceful relationships with Russia. But as we have not attacked Russia, we have not occupied the part of Russia, we have not told Russia how to live and what path to follow, so what concessions are you going to make to appease Putin? Doesn’t it provide recognition of Crimea’s annexation and occupation of the parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions?” Dzhemilev said. Earlier, Mustafa Dzhemilev asked Zelensky five questions. In particular, he asked whether Crimea’s annexation was the result of popular will. Zelensky was also asked whether concessions in a form of recognition of legitimacy of Crimea’s annexation to set peace with Russia are possible. Dzhemilev is also curious if Zelensky would agree on a meeting with Putin on the territory of annexed peninsula and is his team planning to lift blockade of Crimea.

“I know Zelensky for 2 months … I want you to believe in the new President, and you have such an opportunity,” – Danylyuk. VIDEO

The member of the presidential candidate Vladimir Zelensky’s ex-minister of finance Oleksandr Danyliuk said that he knows Zelensky only 2 months According to Tsensor.NET with reference to ICTV, Danyliuk noted Zelensky’s responsibility and urged Ukrainians to believe this candidate for the post of the head of state. “I know him only two months at this moment, but these two months I saw the difference between his work and the work of Poroshenko, who is very responsible when he speaks his position and what steps will be taken … He will not say” Svinarchuk? ” That’s what he does, not me. Kononenko? That’s what he does, not me … “I do not want to see it. I do not want you to be faced with it as citizens. I want you to believe in the new President, and you have such an opportunity,” said Danyliuk .

Team Zelensky to sack today’s ministers, presidential administration officials: Danyliuk – news politics | UNIAN

Former Finance Minister, advisor to presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky, Oleksandr Danyliuk, has said the showman’s team will not include in their ranks today’s officials from the Presidential Administration and the Cabinet of Ministers if Zelensky wins the election. The most important thing that Zelensky’s voters stand for is the change of political elites, a campaign official said. Former Finance Minister, advisor to presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky, Oleksandr Danyliuk, has said the showman’s team will not include in their ranks today’s officials from the Presidential Administration and the Cabinet of Ministers if Zelensky wins the election. “Regarding the comment that the Volodymyr Zelensky’s new team will include old staff of the Presidential Administration, the Cabinet of Ministers… I’d like to say this is absolutely not true, this is one of the fake news and bogeyman stories that your [Petro Poroshenko’s] headquarters is spreading,” he told Ukrainian ICTV channel. The adviser said Zelensky would publish a list of candidates for the posts of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defense, as well as chiefs of the SBU Security Service and the Prosecutor General’s Office, before April 19. Danyliuk also denied the reports that he allegedly claims to become a foreign minister. “I do not confirm this, so some people in the government may relax, there is nothing to fear,” the adviser said. In addition, Danyliuk said Zelensky’s main achievement in the first round of presidential election was the fact that he had managed to unite the country.

Oleksandr Danylyuk – Wikipedia

Oleksandr (Alex) Danyliuk (Ukrainian: Олександр Олександрович Данилюк; born July 22, 1975, Grigoriopol, Moldavian SSR) is Ukrainian politician. He was the Ukraine’s finance minister in the government of Volodymyr Groysman (2016-2018). He was dismissed on 7 June 2018 after a conflict with Groysman. Oleksandr Danyliuk graduated from the National Technical University of Ukraine with a degree in electric engineering in 1998. He also studied at the Kyiv Institute of Investment Management (1995) and obtained MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 2001

Advisor Poroshenko Birukov accused Zelensky of abolishing the article on illegal enrichment and liberation of Savchenko and Ruban

Advisor to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko Yuriy Biryukov believes that the presidential candidate, Volodymyr Zelensky, is to blame for the abolition of the article on illegal enrichment and the release of the defendants in the past week Nadezhda Savchenko and Volodymyr Ruban. He wrote about this in his facebook, reports Tsensor.NET. “Revenge is about, they are already preparing for it. Hailing with joy. And the article on illegal enrichment was abolished. And Savchenko and Ruban released. Soon, probably, recognize the illegal nationalization of Privatbank. And there, and before the start of the courts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, to hand over the destruction of the Donetsk airport building, “Biryukov said. Read on “Tsensor.NET”: “I do not escape from Ukraine and prove my innocence in court”: Savchenko intends to return to the Council in the near future. As it was reported, on February 27, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine issued a decision to declare unconstitutional Article 368-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (illegal enrichment). The Constitutional Court came to the conclusion that Art. 368-2 does not meet the “requirements of clarity, accuracy and unambiguousness, and therefore contradicts legal certainty as an integral part of the rule of law principle enshrined in Article 8 of the Constitution of Ukraine.” It should be noted that the article on illegal enrichment was canceled after the appeal, among other things, of deputies from the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko. As it was reported, people’s deputy Nadiya Savchenko and ex-leader of the Center for the release of prisoners “Officers’ Corps” Volodymyr Ruban were released from custody in the hall of the Brovarsky district court of the Kyiv region, since midnight from 15 to 16 April, the term of their detention was not completed. extended. Attorney General Yuriy Lutsenko in turn noted that the release of custody of suspected terrorists Nadezhda Savchenko and Volodymyr Ruban testifies to the crisis of the judicial system in Ukraine.

There is not a single word about the European Union in the Zelensky program – Klimpush-Tsintsadze. VIDEO

There is no mention of the European Union in the electoral program of the candidate for President, Volodymyr Zelensky. Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klimpush-Tsintsadze told aired on ATR TV channel, Censor.NET reports. “In his program, Mr Zelensky’s program, I carefully read the program, there is not a single word about the European Union in his program. Therefore, what we are talking about now is the headquarters, not even Mr. Zelensky, we can perceive or disagree with,” – said the official. Klimpush-Tsintsadze noticed that mention of the free sky in the Zelensky program is the only thing that may be related to the EU. “There is one mention of the free sky, that is, the agreement of the free sky, everything, that is all that is connected with his presentation or the submission of at least those people who wrote the program that he probably had approved of the European Union,” – stressed the deputy prime minister. See also “Censor.NET”: “The course on the EU and NATO is a cemented course”, – adviser Zelensky. VIDEO As Klimpush-Tsintsadze added, the Zelensky’s program for moving to the North Atlantic Alliance involves the decision to be made on referendum membership and salaries for military personnel “in accordance with NATO standards”. “So, there is no NATO standard for a specific wage for servicemen. It’s an absolutely populist story that people supposedly liked,” said the official.

Ukrainian prosecutors refute reports on plotted attempt on presidential candidate Zelensky – News of Ukraine | UNIAN

According to preliminary reports, the perpetrators were preparing a hit job on a mob boss.

Police detain several armed men with explosives near Zelensky’s house outside Kyiv (Video) – News of Ukraine | UNIAN

Police have detained several armed men with explosives not far from the house of presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky in a villa community outside Kyiv. The operation was conducted by Ukraine’s special task police.

Ukraine election: President has bizarre TV debate with himself after opponent cancels | The Independent

The Ukrainian presidential race took a surreal turn on Sunday when what was supposed to be a debate between the two candidates featured President Petro Poroshenko discussing Ukraine’s future with an empty lectern bearing the name of his rival, a comedian. His rival, Volodymyr Zelensky, had made clear beforehand that he would not attend the debate because of a quarrel over

Ukraine’s president left to debate himself as comedian leading polls is a no-show

It was a one-man show for Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko Sunday as he showed up for a failed attempt to hold a presidential debate with top contender Volodymyr Zelenskiy at Kiev’s Olimpiyskiy Stadium ahead of next week’s runoff.

In One-Man ‘Debate,’ Ukraine President Makes Pitch and Mocks Rival – The New York Times

A race between a chocolate tycoon and a comedian who appears to be the front-runner took another unusual turn.

Ukraine presidential favorite Zelensky skips live TV debate

The favorite to win Ukraine’s presidential election this weekend caused a stir on Sunday by skipping a live televised debate.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy: Ukraine presidential candidate ‘to attend next debate’ after ‘missing’ first | World News | Sky News

Comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy indicates he will take part in a debate later this week after he was a no-show on Sunday.

CEC registers 2,700 foreign observers for second round of presidential elections in Ukraine

The Central Election Commission (CEC) has completed the process of registration of official observers for work in the second round of presidential elections in Ukraine, the commission’s media liaisons department has told Ukrinform. — Ukrinform.

Zelenskyy urges Poroshenko to take “meaningful action” – LB.ua news portal

Zelenskyy urges Poroshenko to take “meaningful action”. Ukrainians will elect the president on 21 April. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

UAWire – Zelensky insists on April 19 for debate with Poroshenko

Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky will be expecting incumbent President Petro Poroshenko to debate him at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv on 19 February at 19:00, his spokesperson Dmitry Razumkov told Interfax-Ukraine. “We said that we would be expecting Petro Oleksiyovych [Poroshenko] on 19 April at 19:00 at the Olimpiyskiy [Stadium]. We hope that he will still get a chance to go there. If not, it seems to us that it is simply Petro Oleksiyovych who really wants to get out of these debates. That Zelensky would not be there today was known in advance. And for some reason Poroshenko wanted to go there today. He did what he wanted. But the debates were not supposed to take place today,” the representative explained. Razumkov pointed out that Zelensky had wanted to hold the debates at the stadium itself so that the citizens of Ukraine could actually attend the debate, in addition to viewing it on TV. “Today Petro Oleksiyovych’s agitational rally was held at the stadium. We do not participate in the agitational rallies of the guarantor of the Constitution who is still in office,” he emphasized. The spokesperson also remarked that Ukrainian law does not stipulate that such debates must be held in a public TV studio, although a Central Election Commission regulation does require this. “With all due respect, the law is above such a regulation. Nowhere does the law stipulate that the debates must be held at a public studio at such-and-such an address – it is a free interpretation of the law, as is often the case with members of the current political elite. When it suits them, they try to adjust to law to their needs,” Razumkov explained. Zelensky’s representative also said that it is too early to talk about the Verkhovna Rada being disbanded if Zelensky is elected. Such a decision would have to be made exclusively in accordance with the law and in the public’s interest, he stressed. “Zelensky, when he becomes president, will stick to the letter of the law. He will not make laws as it suits him or try to manipulate them, as is happening today, he will act in accordance with the law. It’s actually hard for me to comment on this now, because Zelensky is not yet president,” he said.

Zelensky’s claim on 24 sailors is unfair to other Ukrainian POWs , – Representative of President

The claim of presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky concerning 24 POW sailors is not fair to the other Ukrainian prisoners in Kremlin. Representative of the President Iryna Lutsenko responded to Zelensky’s video to Poroshenko, broadcasted by Priamyi TV Channel. “Almost 3,000 prisoners have been released from the captivity of Russia and separatist groups in Luhansk and Donetsk for five years. President Petro Poroshenko raises the question of the hostages’ release at every international meeting and any negotiations. The issue with the return of Ukrainian sailors is included to the agenda in all the meeting every day. 3,000 returned POWs proves that the President is dealing with this problem; it is a top priority on all the international meetings. That is why, Zelensky’s claim concerning 24 sailors is at the very least unfair to those 70 Ukrainians, who are still being kept illegally,’ Iryna Lutsenko said.

The agency “News of Ukraine”, which recorded an exclusive interview with Zelensky in Paris, was founded by an ex-journalist “1 + 1” by Deineka, “Detector of the Media”

An exclusive interview in Paris with a presidential candidate, comedian Volodymyr Zelensky was recorded by unknown journalists and posted on the YouTube channel “Ukrainian News”. He is the founder of Oleg Deineka, a former leader of the Money program on the 1 + 1 channel. This is written by “Detector Media”, reports Tsensor.NET. Thus, in a video composed of two parts, authorship is stated – the news agency “News of Ukraine”. According to the register of legal entities, the agency “News of Ukraine” was founded by Oleg Deineka, a former leader of the “Money” program on the “1 + 1” channel, and then worked on “Thunder TB”. In addition, according to journalists, “the investigation” was recently published on the “Direct” channel, which had some features that was customary and related to the work of Yulia Tymoshenko’s staff. The authorship was not mentioned in the material, but Oleg Deineka appeared in the frame, and we can assume that the material about Tymoshenko was filmed for “Direct” by “News of Ukraine” “. Also see: There is no word about the European Union in the Zelensky program – Klimpush-Tsintsadze. VIDEO At this moment, Detector Media has appealed to Oleg Deineka’s comments.

Poroshenko: Presidential election runoff will not be disrupted

16.04.19 12:17 – Poroshenko: Presidential election runoff will not be disrupted Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said the second round of the presidential election, which is scheduled for April 21, would not be disrupted because of insufficient members of polling stations. View news.

UAWire – Poroshenko wants Zelensky to explain why Russian politicians support him

The presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky would do well to explain why he is being supported by Russian politicians and officials who served during Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency and fled Ukraine, said President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, reports “Interfax-Ukraine”. “I do not like it when we have everyone, from Zhirinovsky to Azarov, from Yanukovych to Zyuganov, lending support to my country’s president. I do not like it. But I am not blaming anyone – I believe that the candidate should explain the situation himself. But for some reason he does not. I do not think this is very good. It is not that his is disrespecting Poroshenko … He is disrespecting the people, the voters,” Poroshenko said. At the same time, he stressed that the participation of a “virtual candidate” in the elections puts the country in danger. “I do not like it when, instead of participating in debates, we have a virtual candidate… Because when the candidate just flashes off the screens, but says nothing, the majority just see the unfolding of a plotline from the show “Servant of the People”. But we are not choosing Goloborodko, we are choosing the president of Ukraine,” he added, specifying that he would like to know Zelensky’s views on key domestic and foreign policy issues.

UAWire – Poroshenko claims to have sold all businesses there were buyers for

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that over the last five years he has sold all of the businesses for which there were buyers. “Wherever there was a buyer, even if they didn’t have the money now or if it had to be paid off over many years, I sold my assets. This was the case with Kuznya na Rybalskomu. There is a new owner, the relevant decisions have been made,” Poroshenko told journalists in the press center of the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv at an event that was supposed to be a debate between the two remaining presidential candidates. The president explained that he transferred all of the unsold assets to fiduciary ownership, renouncing any active influence over them. He said that the blind trust that his businesses have been transferred to is “a wall separating President Poroshenko from his assets”. He emphasized that he is the first Ukrainian politician to take such a step. During Ukraine’s previous presidential elections, Poroshenko promised to sell all of his businesses after inauguration, except for the TV channel “Kanal 5”. The best-known company belonging to the Ukrainian president is the Roshen Confectionery Corporation, a subsidiary of LLC Central European Confectionery Company. Poroshenko also owns confectionery plants in Vinnytsia, Kyiv, Kremenchuk and Mariupol in Ukraine, Lipetsk in Russia, Klaipeda in Lithuania and the Bonbonbetti Choco plant in Hungary. Some of the Ukrainian president’s other assets include a bank called “International Investment Bank” and the “5th Element” sports club in Kyiv. Poroshenko also owned the Sevastopol Shipyard until it was expropriated by Russia after its annexation of Crimea.

UAWire – In the event of a victory Poroshenko will only keep 2 of his current ministers

The current president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that he does not intend to dismiss Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak or Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at the conclusion of the presidential election. “I am not planning to have either the Minister of Defense or the Minister of Foreign Affairs resign,” said Poroshenko who had come to face off in a debate against Zelensky at Olympiyskiy stadium. He emphasized that the country has a parliamentary-presidential form of government in which the head of state can only nominate candidates to be considered for the role by parliament. Poroshenko noted that the Cabinet of Ministers does not resign at the end of a presidential term, and that he does not intent to ask any of the ministers to resign. However, the president added that in the event of his victory, he would nominate candidates who he would like to see in parliament. Poroshenko also noted that according to the law, after a new president is elected, all Ukraine regional state administration heads will have to resign regardless of who wins.

Over 5,000 voters from occupied Crimea temporary changed polling place

Over 5,000 voters from occupied Crimea and the city of Sevastopol have already changed their voting place to participate in the second round of the Ukrainian presidential elections scheduled for April 21, 2019. — Ukrinform.

Oleksiy Rohovyk | Top five greatest threats of Ukraine’s presidential campaign 2019

Crumby holy wars between uninformed citizens who repeat the propaganda-like information, instead of knowing the arguments. Ukraine’s presidential elections 2019 have already broken several bad records. The desire to stay in power, or the aspiration to come to power, have encouraged Ukrainian politicians to use tools that are impressive in their perfidy and cynicism. Danger # 1: Separating society and deepening the crisis of confidence Ukrainian politicians have been always trying to divide the country for their own political purposes. Nearly all the presidential campaigns have been using the things that separate us; for example, remember the team of fugitive Viktor Yanukovych, who divided Ukrainians into “sorts” in 2004. All Ukrainian power regimes failed to reach success in reforms or foreign policy, and therefore they chose issues that could quickly divide the country. The political technologists used history issues, language, foreign policy, ideology, sexual orientation, and so on. The lack of political determination to introduce the necessary reforms, structural modernization of the economy force the politicians to focus on emotions and populism instead of rationality and responsibility, on constant cleavages instead of unity. Such politicians did not behave like statesmen. In this presidential campaign, we have faced a new wave of artificially stirring up hostility and division of society. It was provoked by the so-called “bot farms,” which institutionalized insults, contempt, and threats as a certain norm and rule. These “bots,” together with the propaganda from the oligarch-controlled TV channels, brought us closer to the worst Russian practices, where black is always spoken in white and vice versa. Unfortunately, the majority of Ukrainians have bought into these technologies. Crumby holywars between uninformed citizens who repeat the propaganda-like information, instead of knowing the arguments. Social violence and the social mutual rivalry became acceptable. This means that chances for new political leaders, for new projects are falling. People who do not trust each other are not capable of creating something in common. Danger # 2: Self-discredit of the authorities Having lost their own detachment and declared support for a particular candidate, the authorities have actually… ceased to be authorities! I mean church institutions, expert, and state institutions. Taking part in an administrative resource for them means undermining their reputation and trust. An anti-corruption activist who supports corrupt officials is like an environmental activist who supports an oil company. On the one hand, the fall of some authorities opens the way to the formation of the new ones, and on the other hand, society is doomed to focus on itself for the time of their search. Danger # 3: Emotions instead of thinking Presidential campaign 2019 can be called quite an intuitive one. The key arguments for voting for this or that candidate are “I like/dislike him,” “I trust/do not trust him,” “I know less / more about compromising information about him.” In order to make a conscious choice, voters have to read the election program, the main statements, evaluate candidate’s promises and his real deeds, learn his electronic declarations and financial reports of his party, etc. Many criticize one of the candidates for incompetence, although they themselves are very incompetent in assessing state and political processes. Others criticize one of the candidates for dishonesty, although they themselves cannot be called an example of a virtuous life. Many people have become more tolerant of corruption in the army, sabotage of reforms, lies, violation of the law, and aggression of the others. Danger # 4: Irresponsible manipulation of threats On the eve of the elections, it was clear that several campaign agendas are possible. The authorities wanted to focus on some abstract foreign policy issues, and the opposition emphasized the specific failures in reforms or the fight against corruption. Obviously, Donbas war, corruption, and poverty were the three key problems and threats to the state. This was especially clear after the introduction of martial law and the scandal with Ukroboronprom State Concern, which supervises defense industry production facilities. And instead of discussing the recipes for countering threats to the state, the electoral agenda has slipped into the manipulation of these threats. Instead of proposing plans to counter the Russian aggression, some candidates began to label their opponents as “Kremlin’s agents.” Danger # 5: Direct calls for the physical elimination of the opponents Disrespect and rejection of the choice of the majority of the Ukrainians entailed not only personal deep insults, but also some appeals in the face of Ayder Muzhdabayev (pro-Poroshenko “journalist,” who called to execute Zelensky’s electorate by shooting, – ed.). Is it normal to voice calls, hang billboards (Poroshenko used billboards, standing face-to-face with Putin, meaning that Ukrainians should not vote for Zelensky because Zelensky aequalis Putin, – ed.) or share video (Poroshenko’s team created video, where candidate Zelensky is killed by a truck, – ed.) with elements of violence. And this is after the deaths of Heaven’s Hundred Heroes and death of thousands of Ukrainians in Donbas. To unleash a civil war or any other scenario of forceful combat following the results of the presidential elections is the biggest dream and the greatest gift to the Russian aggressor. Chaos and destabilization are not beneficial for Ukraine. Only fair elections and respect for their results will be another step towards Ukraine’s European aspirations. Read the original text on Facebook.