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Ze (I love that nickname from a country where three and four-syllable names are common) does have a strong mandate, a la Merkel’s statement. Let’s just pray his advisors are worth a darn and not political hacks.

By the way, the tracked vehicle accompanying the SP artillery piece is an MT-LB.  Yes, it is a tiny lightly armored vehicle. I remember being thrown off by the presence of the tracks 30 years ago, no, it’s not a BTR from a quick glance.

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Agency reorients to nation-state threats. Lavrov produces another remarkable outburst – Harding’s commentary is appropriate. Kaliningrad FLANKERs. DPRK and Russia summit. Four reports on Russia’s ever steepening descent. Belarus halts POL exports to EU and Ukraine following Russian supply of contaminated crude oil feedstock forcing a major refinery overhaul – another escalation in Russia’s economic war on Belarus that is a major POL supplier across Europe. Users of Belarusian POL must now isolate the poisoned POL product and clean up the mess.

POTUS congratulations to Ze – it appears Ze has impressed POTUS that bodes well for the future. Amb Volker on talks with Putin, who has for many months refused to talk to Poroshenko likely as he is distressed by being repeatedly outmaneuvered. More foreign leader congratulations – notable how Russian proxies waited for Muscovy to comment first. LtGen Romanenko’s comments propagate through Ukrainian media. Donbas update – Canada to expand training program. Kyiv responds to Belarusian POL problem – Russia has removed yet another lever to pressure Kyiv with. AFU upgrades 152mm 2S19 Msta-S SP-guns. A new Izdeliye 502EM AGS launched in Kyiv. New Cyclone 1M ELV detailed – another R-36 / SATAN derivative.

Lots of political reports, as politics resumes after the election.

Many reports on Poroshenko, including his excellent concession speech. Khandurin reiterates the earlier observation that Poroshenko suffered the same fate as Churchill, and it turns out Poroshenko is a big admirer of Churchill and quotes him twice in his speech.

Ze opens a presidential Twitter account well worth visiting. Two dozen reports, mostly analyses, and mostly looking at Ze’s challenges, especially his ability to deal with the toxic Vozhd. Notable items include: Bershidsky, always eager to beat up Ukraine, correctly observes that “Ukrainians are loath to accept any kind of authority” – Ukrainians fought more rebellions and uprisings against Russia than any other subdued nation in the Empire, Motyl summarises the great many accomplishments of Poroshenko, and a number of commentators call for greater assistance to Ukraine. In Israel, Ze remains a major media topic, and PM Netanyahu has invited him for a visit.

A very incisive analysis of Russia’s pathological obsession with Ukraine by Shevtsova @ Chatham – Russia may not get over an obsession that runs as far back as Dolgorukiy sacking Kyiv in 1149AD, attacking Ukraine seems to have been a Russian national pastime for 870 years so we should not get our hopes up it will vanish any time soon. A collection of reports on the official and propaganda machine reactions to the election, including the Vozhd’s refusal to send congratulations. ABC top Google rankings by misunderstanding Medvedev’s baiting of Ze. ROC joins the seduction offensive.

Finally an update on the injunction against the renaming of the ROC in Ukraine.


CIA shifts focus from terrorism to ‘hard targets’ such as Russia and Iran

CIA Director Gina Haspel is reorienting the nation’s top intelligence agency, shifting its emphasis from counterterrorism to combating nation-state rivals such as Russia and Iran. Increasing investment into “hard targets” is the top priority under her watch, Haspel told Auburn University’s national security forum last week. “Our Russia and Iran investment has been strengthened after years of falling behind our justifiably heavy emphasis on counterterrorism in the wake of 9/11,” Haspel said in her speech. “Groups like ISIS and al Qaeda remain squarely in our sights, but we’re honing our focus and resources on nation-state rivals.” Prior to concentrating on the threat from global terrorism after al Qaeda’s attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the CIA spent decades focusing on the Soviet Union and nation-state adversaries. It’s returning to that mindset in an effort to counter Iran and Russia. The CIA’s shift follows a broader national reorientation outlined in the Trump administration’s 2017 national security strategy. Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former Middle East specialist at the CIA’s directorate of operations, told the Washington Examiner that Haspel’s remarks may be more indicative of a desire to draw bipartisan support from Congress than of an actual reallocation of resources on the ground. “They have reached maximum saturation with counterterrorism; they surely have too many resources devoted to the target,” said Gerecht, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “It makes perfect sense to swing back toward traditional hard targets even though the actual manpower, especially on the DO [directorate of operations] side, that can, certainly should, be devoted to these targets is limited.”

UAWire – Lavrov: Russia will no longer listen to the United States lectures

The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, in an interview with the program Main subjects with Olga Belova on the TV channel Star, announced that Russia no longer intends to attend Russia-NATO Council meetings, and will participate only at the military level. He noted that “if Washington wants serious talks, it is necessary to assemble a Russia-NATO Council at the military level”. According to Sergey Lavrov, this is decision is based on the fact that Moscow is no longer going to “listen to the United States lectures” regarding Ukraine and other issues. “Russia leads normal individual conversations with each European country, but it experiences problems in a dialogue with NATO. The United States has adopted a model of convening Russia-NATO Council meetings solely to give us lectures on Ukraine and some other issues, to criticize us for alleged violation and disintegration of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. We will no longer attend such meetings.”

Lavrov: Russia will no longer listen to the United States lectures – To Inform is to Influence

Russian FM Lavrov’s statement elicits several questions. If Russia will no longer participate in Russia-NATO Council meetings, what constitutes “military level” talks it says it will participate in? Does this mean that diplomacy is no longer an option for Russia? If this is the case, does the Open-Skies program still function? Does this mean that Russia will return Ukrainian sailors held hostage, since Russia no longer is considering diplomatic negotiations? What document, policy, or law is Russia citing that differentiates between military, diplomatic, economic, or information meetings? A separate question: Is Lavrov just woofing? Russia is performing their classic spaghetti maneuver, trying to find a policy or doctrine that sticks? </end editorial>

Meet Russia’s Su-27 Provocateurs In Kaliningrad – To Inform is to Influence

Want to start an international incident, as Russia often does? Fly too close to another country’s airplane. There is close and then there is danger close, which is viewed as dangerous, provocative, and deliberate. Russia’s Su-27 fighters that are stationed in Kaliningrad are based right on the Baltic Sea, so they are most likely to intercept NATO aircraft flying in those international airspace. These Russian fighters, however, do not merely intercept NATO aircraft, they often fly dangerously close, where one minor error could immediately result in a catastrophic disaster and an international incident. If there was an equal and opposite reaction to a show of force it would be a “force of show”, where Russian aircraft forcibly fly dangerously close to NATO planes. Russian Su-27s deliberately fly within 30 feet of NATO aircraft, increasing tension not only for the crews of both aircraft but also increasing tension for multiple NATO countries. For Russia, where pilots and soldiers are expendable, this is a calculated risk and the loss of a pilot would probably be viewed as a price to pay for keeping ‘NATO honest’ and aware that Russia still is a ‘major player’. Russia is not capable of strategic military actions, so they are forced to use tactical assets in what they perceive as a strategic “force of show”. These actions are not appreciated by the West. They are bothersome and viewed as juvenile – that of a spoiled adolescent. </end editorial>

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to meet Putin in Russia on Thursday: Kremlin – Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Thursday in the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok to discuss the international standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear program, a Kremlin official said.

North Korea Confirms Kim To Meet Putin In Russia ‘Soon’

North Korea has confirmed that leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia “soon.”

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Tanks and Guns Replacing Lenin Statues in Russia, Thereby Promoting Militarism

Paul Goble Staunton, April 22 – In ever more cities and towns beyond the ring road around Moscow, tanks and guns occupy places of honor where statues of Lenin and other Soviet heroes stood, a change that underscores the ways in which militarism is the new ideology of the Putin regime, Iskander Yasaveyev says. The Higher School of Economics sociologist focuses on how this has occurred in Tatarstan where he serves as coordinator of the City without Borders initiative group. Over the past year alone, he says, local officials have competed with each other to install military equipment in their main public squares (delreal.org/a/29892209.html). The militarization of Russia is manifested not only in the president’s rhetoric, the budget of ‘the military state,’ the programs of patriotic education of citizens with their accent on the defense of the state and the establishment of the Young Army but in the way in which cities, settlements and villages look,” Yasaveyev begins. What is worrisome, he continues, is that often these military objects are being installed in ways that destroy various historical monuments and not just survivals from the Soviet period. Tanks, artillery pieces, APCs, and even planes are destroying the traditional image of the places where Russians live and children are growing up. Many residents of the places where these monuments have gone up have complained most often on social media, noting that they had no voice in the decision to put tanks and guns at the center of their cities and towns and do not like what these weapons say about them and their country. Such machines of war cannot fail to have an impact on the way in which children growing up near them will think. And for that reason if for no other, there should be a serious public discussion of this new militarist architecture which Yaseveyev clearly hopes will lead to this trend being stopped and possibly reversed.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russians Increasingly Walling Themselves Off from Others

Paul Goble Staunton, April 22 – Russians are erecting ever more and ever higher walls around where they live, where they work and even where they are buried, Vadim Zhartun says, a reflection of the sacred character they give to such fencing off of themselves from others and of the fences and walls they have in their minds. Other nations have erected fences and walls, but they have done so to block a particular threat, the Russian blogger says; but Russians view them as a universal necessity and even status symbol, suggesting both a distinction from others and a danger to Russians themselves (zhartun.me/2019/04/fence.html reposted at newizv.ru/article/general/22-04-2019/vadim-zhartun-vlast-v-strane-olitsetvoryaet-zabor). People put them up around their houses and dachas, ministries and firms put them around industrial zones even if there is nothing behind the walls but rusting metal, and military units have them around them both where they might be useful and, in many places, where it is difficult or impossible to imagine that they are, Zhartun continues. The barriers are “an indicator of status. The higher the position of an individual, the higher will be the fence or wall separating him from others. Remember the 9-meter fence surrounding Medvedev’s dacha? That is true happiness Russian style. “All our lives, we live behind walls, go to work along fences, work behind walls, but even after death walls continue to follow us: I was horrified by a cemetery where each grave was separated by boundaries. The dead aren’t going to be running off anywhere,” the commentator continues. “The fences around us are only a reflection of the fences we have in our heads and whatever we do and whatever we are involved with, in the final analysis, we always end up doing one and the same thing – putting up fences and walls,” Zhartun says. According to him, “the Berlin Wall became the symbol of the Soviet era;” but a true wall supports something and so it would be better to call that “grandiose” construction the Berlin “fence.” Unfortunately, then there existed “fences in several dimensions at once – political, economic, social and cultural.” And although some came down, many more are going up. Indeed, he continues, “now we are again at shock rates putting up fences and walls” for the country as a whole so far “virtual” against the Internet. But there is one difference now: in Soviet times, the fences and walls restricted everyone. Now, they restrict the population but not those who want to put their money in the West. But however that may be, one thing is clear: walls are the symbol or even the embodiment of Russia. The Kremlin after all is “a fortress” surrounded by a high stone wall with little towers.” And both Russians and those who deal with them often suggest that the Kremlin does this or that, something other nations typically do not do about themselves. In short, walls now are taking the place of people and institutions, a development that must be reversed if Russia is to have a future.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: ‘The Ice Will Melt and We Will All Die’ – Global Warming Seen Sparking Epidemics in Russia

Paul Goble Staunton, April 22 – Most discussions of the impact of global warming on the Russian Federation have focused either on the ways in which the melting of permafrost will damage infrastructure in the northern part of that country, imposing severe economic costs, or extend the growing season in many places, giving Russia some economic advantages. But Boris Zhukov, a Russian biologist, suggests that the greatest impact and greatest danger from global warming on his country may not be on infrastructure or growing seasons but rather in the release of bacteria during the melting of the permafrost that could lead to the spread of diseases no one has the ability to fight (newtimes.ru/articles/detail/179696). In an article in the New Times provocatively entitled “The Ice will Melt and We will All Die,” the Russian scholar says that global warming almost certainly will mean “the spread of new and old diseases,” many of which risk becoming epidemics in Russia and even spreading beyond the borders of that country. Many Russians like to talk about the benefits global warming will bring their country, he says; but overall, that change is not going to bring us “anything good.” It isn’t so much that the melting of the permafrost will release diseases medical science is familiar with, although that will happen. Instead, with the melting of the ice, “certain pathogens with which we are not acquainted, certain strains or even types” will come back into the atmosphere. Because they are unknown to science, these could easily cause epidemics that could kill large number of people in Rusisa and elsewhere. That is a longterm and by definition impossible to evaluate risk, but there is a real and immediate risk of epidemics connected with climate change, the biologist says. “Changes in average annual temperatures can cause some species of insects and other arthropods to move northward,” spreading diseases from the south that northerners have no immunity to. One of these – and it is no joke, Zhukov says – is malaria. “That is far from the only such infection capable of shifting to the North” and causing catastrophe. And there is an additional reason for worry: an increasing number of Russians apparently is not being vaccinated for ordinary diseases, either because of cost or the lack of availability of medications; and as a result, an article in Vzglyad warns, Russia may soon face epidemics of diseases it and others assume have been overcome (vz.ru/society/2019/4/21/973551.html).

UAWire – Russian Federation Council disconnected from the internet on the day of voting on the sovereign Internet law

The Russian Federation Council members were left without access to the internet on the day they were supposed to vote on the law “on sovereign internet (Runet)”, which provides for the possibility of isolating Russia from the worldwide network and tightening control over internet traffic within the country. According to TASS, at about 9.30am the Federation Council, due to technical problems, lost electricity in several rooms of the upper house of parliament. Although after 10 minutes the electricity supply was restored, a number of systems malfunctioned, and the start of the plenary session had to be delayed by 20 minutes. As the senators themselves said, after a power outage, the server did not start up immediately, and the equipment in the meeting room did not work. In addition, the internet still does not work. According to Senator Oleg Morozov, monitors and microphones did not work in the meeting room either. “Neither the majority of the staff of the apparatus nor many senators have the Internet. Until it was restored, “Kommersant quoted Morozov. The law on the sovereign Internet, introduced late last year by senators Andrei Klishas and Lyudmila Bokova, and the deputy Andrey Lugovoy, was approved by the Russian State Duma on April 16. It requires for an autonomous root domain name server (DNS) system be created in Russia by 2021, allowing, if necessary, to transfer the country to a fully autonomous, internal Internet, which is an analogue of North Korean system. At the end of 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to develop such a system stressing the need to protect Russian users from “targeted attacks”. The key provisions of the law, however, will come into force earlier, from November 1, 2019. Telecom operators will be required to create conditions to minimize the transfer of Russian users’ data abroad, as well as install the equipment of the Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, on their networks that will allow the agency to monitor the internet traffic and block prohibited resources. In addition, operators and owners of the networks will be required to provide Roskomnadzor with a complete map of lines crossing the Russian Federation borders. For state and municipal information systems operators as well as company’s information systems making purchases in accordance with the relevant federal law, the government introduced a “ban on the use of databases and technical equipment

Belarus halts benzene exports after receiving low-quality petroleum from Russia – To Inform is to Influence

Interfax 09:48, 23 April 2019 Belarus has temporarily stopped exporting benzene and diesel to the Baltic states, Poland, and Ukraine because it has received unsatisfactory source petroleum from Russia, said Deputy Director of the Belarusian Oil Company Sergey Grib. He added that exports of dark petroleum products remain at their typical levels. On April 22,…

Belarus halts shipments of light oil products to Ukraine, Poland, Baltic countries – news economics | UNIAN

Deputy Director General at the Belarusian Oil Company Sergei Grib says Belarus has halted shipments of light oil products to Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic countries over poor-quality oil delivered from Russia. The quality of Russian export oil mixture Urals delivered in transit via the oil trunk pipeline of JSC Gomeltransneft Druzhba has deteriorated drastically in the last few days.

Belarus suspends exports of light oil products to Ukraine, Poland, Baltic states – BelOil

Belarus has been forced to suspend exports of light oil products to Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic states due to its receipt of low-quality Russian oil, the deputy head of BelOil, Sergei Grib, told journalists in Minsk on Tuesday.

Belarus suspends exports of light oil products to Ukraine, Poland, Baltic states

Belarus has been forced to suspend exports of light oil products to Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic states due to its receipt of low-quality Russian oil, the deputy head of BelOil, Sergei Grib, told journalists in Minsk on Tuesday.

Polluted Russian oil delivered to Ukraine, Europe

Polluted Russian oil was delivered to Ukraine and Europe

Belarus, Transneft agree on pumping ‘clean’ oil for Naftan through northern branch of Druzhba

The Belarusian side has reached an agreement with PJSC Transneft to increase the pumping of “clean” oil through the northern branch of the Druzhba pipeline (Surgut-Polotsk), Vasily Drobotov, the head of OJSC Polotsktransneft Druzhba told Interfax.

Belarus suspends export of light oil products to Ukraine

Belarus has suspended the export of light petroleum products to Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic countries due to the supply of poor-quality oil from Russia. — Ukrinform. Deputy Director General of the Belarusian Oil Company Sergei Grib said this at the seminar-conference “Export of Belneftekhim products to the EU”, BelTA reported. “We have suspended the export of light oil products, gasoline and diesel fuel to Ukraine, the Baltic countries and Poland. At the moment, the contractual obligations are put on hold until we resolve the issue with Russian oil,” he said. The decision to suspend the export is aimed at meeting the domestic demand in full. According to him, Belarus is working to ensure that the decision to suspend the export of light oil products does not entail sanctions under contracts. As it was reported, the quality of Russian export oil mixture Urals delivered in transit via the main oil pipeline of OAO Gomeltransneft Druzhba has dropped drastically in the last few days. Substandard oil has damaged the expensive equipment at the Mozyr Oil Refinery.

Trump congratulates Ukraine’s new president, offers US support

President Trump congratulated ​​​Volodymyr Zelenskyy ​on his presidential victory in Ukraine, calling the election “an important moment in Ukraine’s history,” the White House said.

Trump calls comedian Zelenskiy’s win an ‘important moment’ in Ukraine’s history: White House | TheHill

President Trump spoke to newly elected Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy Sunday night, according to the White House, and described the comedian’s win as an “important moment” in the nation’s history.

Ukrainian Presidential Elections 

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 22, 2019 The United States congratulates President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskyy on his victory in the Ukrainian presidential elections. We also congratulate the Ukrainian people on holding elections that reflect Ukraine’s vibrant democracy five years after the 2014 Revolution of Dignity and after five years of unrelenting Russian aggression. The elections were peaceful, competitive, and the outcome represented the will of the people. We welcome the OSCE’s preliminary report on the elections. The United States maintains steadfast support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its international borders and will continue to stand with Ukraine as it undertakes essential reforms. We look forward to working with President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskyy to advance our two nations’ shared goal of a secure, prosperous, democratic, and free Ukraine.

U.S. State Department looks forward to working with Zelensky – official statement – news politics | UNIAN

The United States Department of State says that the U.S. looks forward to working with Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky. The U.S. welcomed the OSCE’s preliminary report on the elections in Ukraine.

U.S. envoy Volker supports Zelensky-Putin direct dialogue – news politics | UNIAN

United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said he supports a direct dialogue between Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Volker says it is necessary for Ukraine and Russia to have direct discussions. United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said he supports a direct dialogue between Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Well, I think what he [Zelensky] has said about the conflict and about his approach is exactly right so far. He strongly supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He wants to get the land back. He’s not going to be giving that way,” Volker told The PBS NewsHour, a U.S. hour-long evening news broadcast. “It is necessary for Ukraine and Russia to have direct discussions, and so I think his desire to speak to Putin is a good thing, not a bad thing,” he said. According to Volker, Putin’s relationship with Poroshenko got so bad, maybe Zelensky represents an opportunity. “One hopes that this is, because it’s a new president, just an opportunity for a fresh start at dialogue, although it’s Russia’s position of invading and occupying territory that’s really what’s needed to change,” he added. As UNIAN reported earlier, on April 7, Volodymyr Zelensky declared his readiness to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but noted he did not intend to sacrifice the integrity of Ukrainian territory at these negotiations. Earlier, Volker said there was a personal enmity between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Volker appreciates possible dialogue between Zelenskyi and Putin

23.04.19 14:46 – Volker appreciates possible dialogue between Zelenskyi and Putin US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker supports dialogue between newly elected president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi and Russian president Putin. View news.

May congratulates Zelensky: Ukraine’s stability is essential for Europe’s security

British Prime Minister Theresa May has congratulated Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky on his victory and said the United Kingdom supports Ukrainian sovereignty.

G7 states ready to cooperate with President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky

Ambassadors of the Group of Seven (G7) in Ukraine congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning Ukraine’s presidential election and expressed hope for close cooperation. — Ukrinform.

Much Yet to Do: EU Urges New Ukraine Leader to Push Reforms

European Union delivers formal congratulations to Ukraine’s novice president-elect but makes clear it expects TV comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy to pursue halting reforms, including fighting corruption

Ukraine’s elections show power of civil society – Czech foreign minister

Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning Ukraine’s presidential election. — Ukrinform.

PM Trudeau: Canada unwavering in its support of Ukraine’s sovereignty

Canada remains unwavering in its support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and the rule of law in the country. — Ukrinform.

Polish defense minister hopes Zelensky to bring Ukraine closer to NATO

“The president-elect [Zelensky] received a very strong mandate. I hope that this support will be used to bring Ukraine closer to the European Union and NATO. It is very good that such declarations are voiced. We are very glad that such statements have been made by the newly elected president,” Błaszczak said this in an interview with the Polish Radio. Earlier, representatives of different Polish parties congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning Ukraine’s presidential election. As reported, the second round of Ukraine’s presidential elections was held on Sunday, April 21. According to the National Exit Poll, Volodymyr Zelensky won 73% of the vote, and Petro Poroshenko got 25.5%. A total of 199 territorial electoral districts and one overseas electoral district, as well as about 30,000 precinct election commissions, were formed. 101 polling stations operated abroad. The voter turnout was 62.07%.

Serbian president congratulates Zelensky on victory

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning Ukraine’s presidential election and thanked Ukraine for supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia. — Ukrinform.

Hungary’s PM Orbán congratulates President-elect Zelensky on victory in runoff – news politics | UNIAN

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has congratulated Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky. The Hungarian government will continue to work for the development of Ukrainian-Hungarian relations.

Call us: West scrambles to talk to Ukraine’s new leader – Reuters

The European Union scrambled to get a call with Ukraine’s president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday as Western powers wondered whether the TV comic would heed their urgings to stick with reforms that they hope can anchor the country beyond the grip of Russia.

World Leaders Congratulate Ukraine’s Zelenskiy With Election Victory

Leaders of France, the U.K., the U.S., Germany, Canada and Poland, among others, have all expressed their joy and readiness to cooperate with the

UWC to cooperate with Zelensky to protect Ukraine’s interests

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning Ukraine’s presidential election and expressed readiness for active cooperation on protecting Ukraine’s interests in the world. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Ukrainian general proposes to seize part of Russia in the event of its collapse

The former deputy chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant-General Ihor Romanenko, in response to a reader’s question on the Glavred news website, stated that Russia could lose some of its territories, and Kyiv “should seize” this opportunity. Romanenko was asked if, in his opinion, Russia could lose some of its territories, in particular, Siberia. “This is a real and very serious threat. Russia not only could lose Siberia, but it can also collapse altogether, “ answered Romanenko. According to him, for this to happen, there must be certain conditions. Romanenko noted that sooner or later “all empires collapse,” and this fate is also waiting for Russia. The general stressed that Kyiv “will need to use this moment like Russia did in 2014 in relation to Ukraine.” In June 2018, Romanenko called on Ukraine to begin the production of missiles capable of reaching “Moscow and St. Petersburg.” According to him, Ukrainian missiles Harpoon and Thunder-2 could withstand Russian weapons, but their range is not able to cover the European part of Russia. Romanenko stressed that for this reason, Kyiv needs to start improving its missiles.

UAWire – Sailors of Russian Black Sea Fleet sue commanders for failure to pay daily allowance for work in Syria

Sailors from three Black Sea Fleet ships filed a lawsuit in response to failure to pay of daily subsistence allowance for military operation participation in Syria, Kommersant newspaper reported, citing lawyer Alexander Fedorchenko. The daily allowance for officers is $62, for privates and sergeants – $43, but 70% of the total goes to food, the lawyer said. According to him, 27 sailors who filed a collective action, on average, expected to receive 200-300 thousand rubles ($3,134-$4,700). The lawyer insisted that they were entitled to per diems as they “performed special tasks” in Syria from 2016-2018. The defendants, represented by deputies of the military unit and financial service commander of the Black Sea Fleet, said in court that “performing tasks as part of a crew does not fall into the category of a business trip.” Thus, the sailors are entitled to a monthly premium, not to a daily allowance, which, the respondents stressed, they were paid. The Sevastopol Garrison Military Court concluded that a travel allowance is paid on the basis of an “authorized person ordering a soldier on a business trip.” Payment procedures were stipulated in a decree signed by the Minister of Defense in 2011 from which it follows that the military does not receive daily subsistence allowances during sea voyages.

One Ukrainian soldier killed, three wounded in Donbas amid 14 enemy attacks in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces in the past 24 hours mounted 14 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action, and another three as wounded in action. Three invaders were killed and another seven were wounded on Monday, intelligence reports say.

Ukrainian sniper eliminated Russian terrorist near Donetsk airport. VIDEO

23.04.19 14:35 – Ukrainian sniper eliminated Russian terrorist near Donetsk airport. VIDEO Ukrainian snipers killed Russian terrorist near the Donetsk airport. Warning: it does include some strong language View video news.

Number of IDPs from occupied Crimea and Donbas growing – Social Policy Ministry

The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from occupied Crimea and Donbas has reached 1.377 million people in Ukraine, according to the Social Policy Ministry of Ukraine. — Ukrinform.

Over 50 civilians killed from mines in Donbas for past two years – OSCE chief monitor

Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Ertugrul Apakan today paid tribute to SMM medic Joseph Stone, who was tragically killed in a non-government controlled area near Pryshyb in Luhansk region two years ago. — Ukrinform.

U.S. Embassy calls on Russia to promote mine clearance in Donbas

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine calls on Russia to fulfill its Minsk commitments and promote mine clearance of territories in the zone of armed conflict in Donbas. — Ukrinform.

Ukraine holds military drills in Lviv Region (VIDEO)

the 72nd Mechanized Brigade named for Chornykh Zaporozhtsiv successfully executed the task

Canada wants to expand training of Ukrainian military personnel

“Six rotations ago, we started from group training, and now we are trying to achieve a more institutional and lasting effect. Thus, the involvement of the senior commanders of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be the next step,” Vincent Gagnon, the Sergeant Major of the Canadian training mission in Ukraine, Operation UNIFIER, said in an interview with Ukrinform. Ukrainians, he noted, are always glad to meet Canadian instructors, wherever they come. “We have travelled across the country openly, wearing a military uniform and we have been welcomed very positively everywhere: in western Ukraine, in Kyiv, or in other regions,” the Canadian Sergeant Major said. As part of the Operation UNIFIER, about 200 Canadian servicepersons have conducted training for Ukrainian military personnel and law enforcement officials since 2015. Over four past years, more than 10,000 Ukrainian defenders have undergone Canadian training. In parallel with UNIFIER, Canada gives advice to Ukraine on the reform of the Ministry of Defense.

Bus driver from Vinnytsa imprisoned in Russia because he’s Ukrainian – Human Rights in Ukraine

A Ukrainian bus driver has been sentenced to 3.8 years’ imprisonment in Russia on bizarre charges in the latest of many suspect prosecutions since Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea’ –

In Ukraine, movie of the raid of paratroopers in 2014 will be produced| MIL.IN.UA

Posted by: Editorial April 23, 2019 News 0 Comments The process of discussing the plot of the historic drama about the legendary raid of units of the 95th separate assault and assault brigade in the summer of 2014 in the Donbass is ongoing. This was stated in an interview with Ukrinforma correspondent by Ukrainian director of Crimean Tatar origin Akhtem Seitablayev. Like the Kiborgs, the 95-brigade raid movie will be shot at the memories of the real participants in those events. “I generally thought that I would no longer shoot films about the theme of modern warfare. But we talked for a long time and told us that we can not remove this tape. This is really a legendary story, which, to my knowledge, has no analogues in military history: 1500 km behind the enemy’s rear with victories in order to save their fighters, their people. Life itself has written such a story – the history of victory, victory, courage and dignity. How not to shoot a movie about such a story ?! “- he said. According to the director, this will not be “merely a fighter, a raid as such”: “First of all, the picture should be human, male history. By genre it will be a military drama “. “And now we are just working to find the core around which we will build. We will have to meet with the fighters of the 95th Brigade, commander of the Airborne Assault Military Mikhail Zabrodsky, many other people. We again want to build a movie on the real memories of real people. But all this needs to be done in drama, which will have all the features of dramatic architectonics with its beginning, zany, development, culmination and, in fact, with the solution, “Seitlabayev emphasized. In 2015, a documentary about those events was made and available for free viewing:

Groysman on Russia’s ban on oil exports to Ukraine: We will find solution for situation with minimal losses

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman has stated that there will be found a solution for the situation with minimal losses due to the ban imposed by the Russian Federation on exports of oil and petroleum products to Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Government already making steps in response to ban on oil exports from Russia

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman has stated that the Russian Federation’s ban on the export of oil and petroleum products to Ukraine is part of the economic war, and the Government is taking certain steps to minimize the negative impact of this ban. — Ukrinform. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman has stated that the Russian Federation’s ban on the export of oil and petroleum products to Ukraine is part of the economic war, and the Government is taking certain steps to minimize the negative impact of this ban. “As for petroleum products, Russia continues its economic war against Ukraine… We expected such a scenario and now we are taking certain steps to minimize the negative impact of these developments,” Groysman told journalists at a briefing in Kyiv region where he inspects the road repair works, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. Ukraine is increasingly moving away from any relationship with Russia, he added. “Even if we are talking about petroleum products, we have the whole world where we can buy quality products,” Groysman noted. As reported, the Russian Federation banned the export of oil and petroleum products to Ukraine last week. A few days ago, the Belarusian Oil Company temporarily restricted the export of petroleum products due to the deterioration of oil quality.

PM Groysman: Government to try to diversify market of petroleum products

The Government of Ukraine will look for a solution to further diversify the market of petroleum products and reduce dependence on Belarus and Russia in this field. — Ukrinform. “Our market is quite diversified, but we, of course, still somewhat depend on Belarus, for example. We will find a solution that will allow us to get out of the situation with minimal losses. It is not an easy task, but we will solve it,” Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said at the TV program “Freedom of Speech” on ICTV channel, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. As reported, the Russian Federation banned the export of oil and petroleum products to Ukraine last week. A few days ago, the Belarusian Oil Company temporarily restricted the export of petroleum products due to the deterioration of oil quality.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine independently upgrade the MSTA-S SP Gun

As part of the repair and modernization of self-propelled artillery units of the type “MSTA-S” 152-mm caliber, in addition to the restoration, the newest domestic electron-optical systems of the “Oko” type are installed. This is reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine The repair departments have already mastered the restoration of blocks of units and assemblies of artillery units, gearboxes and engines of vehicles on which they are located. Also, major repairs of armored chassis have been introduced here, which in the complex allows to restore such equipment in full. In addition to repairing and upgrading armored vehicles at the 732nd Central Artillery Base, for the first time in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, individual and group sets of spare parts, tools, and accessories intended for the operation and repair of equipment are manufactured. It also manufactures overalls, tank gloves, covers for military equipment of all calibers and systems. vRecently, at the artillery base, for the first time in the Armed Forces of Ukraine , the modernization of a complex of self-propelled artillery fire control vehicles was started . According to the specified tasks, it is envisaged to re-equip the software and hardware complex of combat vehicles, which will allow to take into account all aspects of the preparation and management of martial arts and provide departmental management in an automated mode.

The next stage of the Neptune test in May

Neptune cruise missiles should be one of the main strike systems to ensure the protection of the Black Sea and Azov coasts. The next stage of the test of the Neptun mobile anti-ship cruise missile system is scheduled for May this year, informed the general designer of the Luch design bureau. This was reported by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. Secretary of the NSDC Oleksandr Turchynov held a working meeting with developer of the mobile cruise missile system, general designer of the “Luch” design bureau Oleh Korostylov. During the meeting, the issue of preparing the mobile cruise missile system for new tests and the measures necessary to prepare them for serial production were discussed. “The mobile system of “Neptune” cruise missiles, which can destroy naval and land targets, should be one of the main strike systems to ensure the protection of the Black Sea and Azov coasts after all tests are completed and the system put on armament”, – the NSDC Secretary emphasized.

In Kiev, a new ship for the Navy launches on the water

April 23, 19 Today, April 23, at the Kiev shipyard “Smith on Rybalsky” a new average reconnaissance ship is launched for the Naval Forces of Ukraine. This is reported by Channel 5. The baptismal mother of the ship and the guardian of his crew was Director of the Charity Fund for Marine Transport (Mortrans), Shkamerda Antonina Ivanovna. Recall that a reconnaissance ship is re-equipped with one of the factory-made ready-made ships of the project 502 EM. In general, on the plant’s pits there were five buildings of the 502EM project (average fishing freezer trawler) of varying degrees of readiness. The water’s wateriness of the vessel (full) according to the basic project is 1220 tons, the largest length is 54.8 meters, the width is 9.8 meters, the height of the board is 5 meters, the speed is 11.6 knots, the range is more than 7000 miles. Also at the ceremony, the Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said that the design of a new missile boat, which will be armed with the NPC “Nouthn” and very much needed by the Military Forces of Ukraine, has already been completed, its construction work should begin shortly.

New middle-sized reconnaissance ship deployed by Ukraine’s Naval Forces in Kyiv. PHOTOS

23.04.19 15:56 – New middle-sized reconnaissance ship deployed by Ukraine’s Naval Forces in Kyiv. PHOTOS April 23, first middle-sized spy ship, built for the needs of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by order of the defense department lauched in Kyiv shipbuilding enterprise OAO Zavod Kuznitsa na Rybalskomu.

SE PLANT 410 CA: ONE MORE STEP INTO THE FUTURE

Well-developed manufacturing infrastructure, present-generation equipment, advanced aviation technologies as well as the experience and expertise gained by engineering and technical staff allow the State Enterprise Plant 410 Civil Aviation (SE Plant 410 CA) to perform high-quality Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of aircraft and maintain leadership in Ukraine’s aviation MRO market. Our aircraft MRO services portfolio includes: life extension overhaul of Antonov-series airplanes; CRW1, CRW2, CRW3 on Antonov An-72 airplanes at the in-house flight testing facility; reconfiguration of airplanes for high comfort travel; high-quality aircraft painting to Customer specifications using modern painting materials; sale of aircraft components and replacement parts. 2 A Boeing airplane in the Painting Hangar / Foto: SE Plant 410 CA In 2019, SE Plant 410 CA has expanded its services portfolio by being certified to do repair and maintenance of the propeller system AV-681 Series 4 on the An-12 airplane. The Company has been actively working to launch an MRO service for individual components and subsystems of Boeing and Airbus airplanes – auxiliary power systems, wheels, braking systems, as well as batteries, and has begun learning C-check process for these airplane brands. It provides high quality services for painting Antonov-series airplanes and Boeing-brand business jets according to the requirements of today. SE Plant 410 CA is a reliable partner in MRO servicing of aircraft and related systems in response to the needs of military and civilian operators. We are open to cooperation with our business partners. Welcome to cooperation! For more information, please visit our official website at http//www.arp410.kiev.ua. SE Plant 410 CA is a certified MRO provider for the airplanes Antonov An-24, An-26, An-30, An-32, An-72, and An-74, the helicopter Mi-8MSB, the engine D-36 as well as the auxiliary power system RU 19A-300.

Prospective Cyclone-1M light-class space launch system – Yuzhnoe

The trends at the world’s space services market demonstrate that within the short possible time it is expected the high growth of demand to place the small and medium-weight spacecrafts into the low Earth orbits in commercial purposes. Even today, in the whole world, the works are initiated by lots of companies on developing the spacecrafts and launch vehicles of light-class and ultralight class for commercial customers. Yuzhnoye State Design Office follows the change in the launch service market and intensively conducts prospective scientific-technical developments that must ensure stable future of the company, competitiveness, up-to-dateness and full realization of its scientific-technical potential. Today, creation of a space launch system based on light-class Cyclone-1M launch vehicle is one of the most promising project developed in Yuzhnoye. Development of the Cyclone-1M LV is based on a number of high-tech and systematic solutions and design concepts, as well as diversification of industrial cooperation, widespread involvement of new enterprises including the private sector, and the own highly sophisticated industrial and research production. The main features of developed Cyclone-1M LV are as follows: · Rational combination of the new technologies with highly-reliable series-produced assemblies and units; · Use of composite materials for the main case elements of the stages, including the tanks for cryogenic propellant components; · Use of stage 2 main engine of new development with electric pump-feed system, which is manufactured with maximum using of additive technologies. · Use of the orbital stage with the propulsion system of new development on environmentally friendly propellant components. The Cyclone-1M is a three-staged launch vehicle, it will ensure launching spacecrafts with mass up to 750 kg into sun-synchronous orbit (height – 600 km). The Cyclone-1M launch vehicle approximate launch mass – 63 tons, stage diameter – 2.25 m, launch vehicle approximate length – 29 m. But the main purpose is that due to this ambitious project implementation, Ukraine will have the own universal launch complex dedicated for light-class launch vehicles. Kherson region, Bugskyi and Dniprovskyi shores are being considered as potential locations of the space launch system deployment.  The expertise carried out by International Center for Space Law under V.M. Koretskyi Institute of State and Law of the NAS of Ukraine on request of Yuzhnoye SDO, has approved the possibility in principle to perform the space launches at the territory of Ukraine.

Lifting immunity of Ukraine’s MPs, law on impeachment: First political steps of Zelensky

Ukraine’s presidential elections 2019 are finally over. April 21, the second round of balloting took place. Currently, the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) has processed almost all the electronic protocols, and, according to the results, actor and showman Volodymyr Zelensky is an undisputed leader. His political program was available long before the elections. Zelensky’s program was partly elaborated by the ordinary Ukrainians, who offered their ideas on the candidate’s Facebook page. However, many are curious about Zelensky’s first steps as a president. In his recent interview, he has already promised to continue communication with Ukrainians via social media. Zelensky believes that the president should not show up on the TV, on talk shows, and other programs too often. Uniting people with his appearance is part of his information policy. “That’s what I was counting for, for the very beginning. Rare appearances bring people together. I want them to see me. You know, like in the old days, back in the Soviet times, everyone asked: “What do we have today? ‘Seventeen Moments of Spring’ (1973 Soviet twelve-part television series, -ed.) or ‘Servant of the People’ (Zelensky’s political comedy about ordinary school teacher becoming the President of Ukraine, – ed.)? The series is broadcast on at a certain time, and everyone knows it. Where can you watch it? On TV. And it doesn’t matter whether you have a TV set at home or not. Previously, people sat in the yard and watched it. You know, uniting people,” Ukraine’s future president noted. According to Volodymyr Zelensky’s election program, his first bill should be the law “On government by the people.” Its aims to consolidate the mechanism by which “the people of Ukraine would form the main tasks for the government through referendums and other forms of direct democracy.” Zelensky and representatives of his headquarters have repeatedly noted the need to lift immunity from all Ukrainian officials, starting from the president and the judges.

Alex Kokcharov on Twitter: “#Ukraine’s PM Volodymyr Groisman announced plans to leave Poroshenko Bloc ahead of the new parliamentary #election and run for election with a new party: https://t.co/D94Y2dbEIB”

 

Zelensky launches Facebook poll on parliament’s early dissolution

President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky has launched a poll on the Volodymyr Zelensky – Servant of the People page on Facebook to survey users’ opinion on the early dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament. A question asking “Do you support the early dissolution of the Rada?” was posted on that page a few hours ago. This post has now received about 2,000 comments with different options.

Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigation conducting raid at NABU – news politics | UNIAN

Officers of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) are now conducting a raid at the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). The chief prosecutor’s press secretary, Larysa Sargan, says the raid is part of an investigation into possible bribery in the defense sector.

NABU completes investigation in Ukroboronprom case

The official investigation into the facts set forth in the investigation of Bihus.info journalists concerning employees of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has been completed, the NABU’s press service has reported. — Ukrinform.

UAWire – Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs is not letting Saakashvili into the country

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UAWire – Ukrainian oligarch Kolomoyskyi plans to return to Ukraine

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Savchenko returns to parliament, says she remains in politics – news politics | UNIAN

Non-factional MP Nadiia Savchenko, who has been charged with plotting a terrorist act and a coup and who was released from custody on April 15, returned to the Ukrainian parliament on April 23, having announced she remains in politics. According to Savchenko, she will work with her political party, “The Community-Political Platform of Nadiia Savchenko.”

Savchenko Back In Parliament After Release From Jail

Ukrainian lawmaker Nadia Savchenko returned to work in parliament on April 23, after release from pretrial detention the previous week.

Back In Parliament After Abrupt Release From Jail, Savchenko Praises Zelenskiy

Ukrainian lawmaker Nadia Savchenko has returned to parliament a week after she was unexpectedly released from jail, where she had been held for more than a year over allegations that she plotted a …

Orban’s mendacity: Syrian migrants are wrong, while Ukrainian ones are panacea

Open source Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is perhaps the most ardent opponent of migrants from the Middle East to the EU. And when his country has faced a need for labor power, he decided to use migrants. However, not from the Mideast, but from Ukraine. Hungarian Prime Minister’s negative attitude to refugees from the Mideast is already matters of common knowledge. After a wave of migrants, mainly Syrians, swept Europe in 2015, Orban refused to comply with EU quotas for the placement of refugees in his state and built a wall at the southern border to hold back their flow. Despite Brussels condemned this position, the Hungarian government continues to stick to colors. However, later it turned out that the hate of migrants does not apply to migrant workers from neighboring states, the main flow of which comes from Ukraine. In recent years, a relatively small in terms of population, Hungary (about 10 million) began to experience a demographic crisis. Many able-bodied Hungarians choose the path of labor migration and move to economically developed EU countries (UK, Germany). Realizing that this trend leads to an economic downturn, Orban decides to host migrants from neighboring countries, primarily from Ukraine. However, this required a number of problems to be solved. A few years ago, the average salary in Hungary was only 400 EUR, in the Czech Republic it amounted to 700 EUR, and 750 EUR in Poland. Realizing that in the country would have to compete for the Ukrainian migrant workers with Poland and the Czech Republic, the Hungarian government tackled the problem. To raise wages in the country, it began attracting foreign investments, aimed at creating new jobs. Daimler, BMW, and several dozen other companies have invested billions of euros in the creation of new and expansion of existing facilities in Hungary. This, in turn, led to competition for human resources and prompted employers not only to raise wages but also to introduce a bunch of other bonuses to lure workers to their factory. The average fee is 200,000 forints (700 USD), free accommodation, meal tickets or money for food, regular homeward journeys at the expense of the employer. And after Ukraine obtained a visa-free regime, the Hungarian employers began to officially employ workers directly during their stay in the country. And these are just the key conditions, offered by the employers. The latter does not grant indigenous Hungarians any privileges, as is the case with the other European countries. On the contrary, individual employers give preference to Ukrainian workers, because they mostly work more conscientiously, are ready for overtime, and practically do not require protection of their labor rights. No participation in trade unions, collective bargaining, and the like. And if you remember that housing is paid for by employers or intermediary firms and food costs are partially compensated, then it turns out that working conditions are more disadvantageous for the local population. After all, they have to pay for housing or at least utility payments. And they earn on some 70 USD more than the foreign workers. Many Hungarians got out of the situation, also living in hostels from the companies. However, according to the workers themselves, recently, some enterprises have begun to evict Hungarian workers from such hostels in order to make room for the migrant workers. The information is not advertised, and to mitigate the situation, local people are offered temporary monetary compensation for rental housing. However, its size will fluctuate around 350 USD, which would be paid in equal shares for six months. And it is too little compared to rental prices. Of course, all this does not please the Hungarians themselves. Especially those who actually lost their jobs or working housing due to the priority of the workers in the mines, such as at the Flex plant in Sarvar. So far, relations between the Hungarian and Ukrainian workers, according to the latter, are ordinary. But would they change if the Ukrainians oust the locals from the local enterprises? Hungarian media reported that Orban was seeking to attract about 100,000 labor migrants to Hungary. The real picture is far from these figures, but there is a tendency to boost. According to Eurostat, in 2017, the influx of Ukrainians to Hungary amounted to more than 70% or 5,600 people. And this is the highest rate among migrants from other countries. Almost 7,700 people of them indicated the purpose of the visit – employment. And it is also the largest group among the 17,700 official labor migrants in the country. It is important to understand that counting on the Ukrainian labor migrants, the Hungarian government does not rely on the ethnic Hungarians of Transcarpathia, but on the contrary, on the rest of the Ukrainians. For Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party, it is extremely important to maintain the presence of so-called “foreign Hungarians” in the Transcarpathian region due to a number of both domestic and foreign policy advantages. First of all, ethnic Hungarians, including citizens of Ukraine, who made a significant contribution to the Fidesz victory in last year’s parliamentary elections in Hungary. By the most conservative estimate, more than 30,000 residents of Zakarpattia took part in them. That is almost 2.5% of all residents of the region or 25% of the “foreign Hungarians” of the region. Secondly, the Hungarian government pursues a policy of financial and public support for the latter. Favorable loans, subsidies to teachers and doctors, opening of the new universities, simplified naturalization procedure to Hungarians, etc. And still, under the guise of Hungarian unity policy of the nation, Orban began a conflict with Ukraine because of an alleged infringement of the language rights of the Hungarian national minority. The fact that Orban is not interested in the labor migration of Hungarians from Ukraine’s Zakarpattia is also indicated by the introduction of free Hungarian language courses in the region. National minorities don’t need it, because they already know the language since childhood. Employers in Hungary themselves no longer require the obligatory knowledge of the language for the recruitment of the foreigners. They simply pay extra 100 USD to those workers who speak both Russian and Hungarian so that they can act as interpreters if necessary. Employment campaign in Hungary, launched at public expense, also had wide geography. From Uzhhorod to Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa, and Kryvy Rih. And if frankly, if the “foreign Hungarians” of Zakarpattia had a desire to go to work in Europe, they would hardly have chosen Hungary for this. Most of them have dual citizenship, and with a Hungarian passport in their pocket, they can go to any country in the European Union. Thus, the Ukrainian labor migrants go to Hungary without knowledge of the language and culture, not even suspecting that, perhaps, they claim to take the place of some locals. But the latter are well aware of this. And the stiff anti-Ukrainian rhetoric of Fidesz in the local media can add fuel to the controversy. And here comes the question to the Hungarian authorities. If you are counting on Ukrainian labor migrants in order to save your own economy, then perhaps you should not sharpen the diplomatic scandal with Kyiv and block our Euro-Atlantic aspirations? At least in order not to demonize the Ukrainians in the eyes of Hungarian citizens who work with them side by side.

Ukraine’s Rada proposes cancelling parliamentary immunity on April 25 – news politics | UNIAN

First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko has proposed that amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the abolition of parliamentary immunity be considered on Thursday, April 25. “I insist that we help the new team [of Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky], who have just announced they are going to remove parliamentary immunity, and vote on this on Thursday,” she said during a Conciliation Council meeting on April 22.

PrivatBank’s nationalization: Judges of Kyiv’s District Administrative Court under pressure

Judges of Kyiv’s District Administrative Court, who issued a ruling in the case on the nationalization of PrivatBank, have appealed to the High Council of Justice (HCJ), the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) and the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) with statements regarding interference in their activities, the court’s press service has reported. — Ukrinform.

Judges who made decision on PrivatBank asking to open case against president, justice minister, NBU head

Judges of a panel, which made a decision on declaring unlawful the nationalization of PrivatBank, has appealed to Chairman of the High Council of Justice claiming that there is interference in fulfilling their duties. They also appealed to heads of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine and the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) regarding a crime committed, the press service of Kyiv’s district administrative court has reported. Judges of a panel, which made a decision on declaring unlawful the nationalization of PrivatBank, has appealed to Chairman of the High Council of Justice claiming that there is interference in fulfilling their duties. They also appealed to heads of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine and the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) regarding a crime committed, the press service of Kyiv’s district administrative court has reported. “The judges ask to start a pretrial investigation against the head of state, the minister of justice and the governor of the NBU [the National Bank of Ukraine], by entering relevant information into the unified register of pretrial investigations, according to the results of which the guilty persons will be brought to criminal responsibility. According to the judges, in their statements, the leadership of the state commenting illegal the nationalization of PrivatBank, made statements that are a direct threat to the judicial system of Ukraine, an encroachment on its independence and impartiality,” the judges said. The judges believe that such actions of the president, the heads of the National Bank and the Ministry of Justice were made to pressure the composition of the court and have signs of a crime under Part 2 of Article 376 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (interference with activity of judicial authorities for the purpose of preventing them from performance of their official duties or obtaining an unlawful judgment through abuse of office). In addition, the judges of the panel are convinced that the actions of the authorities are related to the crime under Part 1 of Article 109 of the Criminal Code, “because in fact they are aimed at usurping the judicial branch of power, establishing total control over it in order to subordinate one’s own will, which directly contradicts principles enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine.” The judges believe that the statements of top officials were aimed at , in particular, appealing to the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine without proper legal grounds, since they do not have such powers by law. The judges believe that these actions contain elements of a crime under Part 2 of Article 364 of the Criminal Code, in particular, interference with activity of judicial authorities for the purpose of preventing them from performance of their official duties or obtaining an unlawful judgment through abuse of office. The judges also believe that in commenting on the decision of the judges, the executive and legislative authorities “should avoid criticism that could undermine the independence of the judiciary or public trust in it.” “They should also avoid actions that could cast doubt on their desire to comply with the decision of the judges, unless they intend to appeal,” the judges said. In their statements to the High Council of Justice, the judges are asking to take real measures to protect them from the actions of the state leadership and to avoid repeating such cases in the future by applying to the SBI with a statement about the crime committed by President Petro Poroshenko, Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko and Governor of the National Bank Yakiv Smolii, and asking the parliament to initiate the impeachment procedure of the incumbent president. In addition, the judges asked the High Council of Justice to appeal to the High Qualification Commission of Judges about the inadmissibility of assessing the judges of the district administrative court of Kyiv in the presence of a conflict of interest “in connection with the direct criminal instruction of President Petro Poroshenko to reload this court,” the press service of Kyiv’s district administrative court reported.

Cabinet, Naftogaz agree lower price of gas for households – LB.ua news portal

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Window on Eurasia — New Series: Poroshenko has Suffered Fate of Winston Churchill, Khandurin Says

Paul Goble Staunton, April 22 – Just as British voters rejected Winston Churchill after he had led the country to victory in World War II because they wanted a new leadership for peacetime, so too Ukrainian voters have rejected Petro Poroshenko after he led his country in standing up to Russian aggression over the last five years, Dmitry Khandurin says. The Ukrainian commentator says that he has “no doubt” that “after a certain time, “the overwhelming majority of Ukrainians will be grateful and the people will be ashamed of their criticism of him just as was the case in Great Britain nearly 75 years ago and allow him to return (replyua.net/blog/144489-handurin-poroshenko-povtoril-put-legendarnogo-uinstona-cherchillya.html). This analogy is not exact, of course. Poroshenko did not defeat the aggressor and win the war as Churchill did; but he did so something that few thought possible at the start of his term: he rallied Ukrainian forces and kept Moscow from following through on its aggression in Crimea and the Donbass with further and deeper attacks into Ukrainian territory. Moreover, the just defeated president played a major role in the development of a military now far more capable of resisting any Russian attacks and thus giving pause to anyone thinking about attacking Ukraine – it would be extremely costly in lives and treasure – and allowing Ukrainians a chance to focus more on domestic affairs. Poroshenko only strengthened his reputation by the dignified way he conceded defeat – see the complete text of his concession speech at belaruspartisan.by/politic/461448/ — and by the way he has behaved since the vote, with a manner that sets him apart from many others who try to hold on no matter what. President Poroshenko did not do everything right: he can be justly criticized on many grounds. But his role in strengthening Ukraine both militarily and culturally, especially by his successful effort to achieve autocephaly for Orthodoxy, is something that made the rise of someone like Vladimir Zelensky possible. Many in these days will see that as his ultimate failure, but in fact, it was Poroshenko’s successes that allowed Ukrainians to believe that they could and should now focus more on domestic affairs. Moscow could act in ways that will lead them to change their minds and soon, but Poroshenko must get credit for having created a situation where they have a choice.

The speech of President Petro Poroshenko after the defeat. Full text

Dear my team! Dear compatriots! Dear Ukraine! Dear Ukrainians around the world! Dear friends! Dear media representatives, “Never give up … Never, never, never … Do not give up in big things, do not give up in small, neither significant, nor small … Never give up, if it does not contradict the honor and common sense.” It was these words of the great Briton Winston Churchill that I was always guided by. “Never give up,” I heard in 2014, when I received from Yanukovych a robbed and disarmed country into which Putin had thrust. When foreign leaders called NOT to congratulate with the elections, but to express sincere condolences. They directly said that no country in the world stands, did not face such challenges as they were before Ukraine. I want to stress that then, by the way, there were much fewer people willing to become President. The queue was not exactly. “Never give up,” I heard when I made the decision to run for president again in 2019. It was clear how fierce the expected struggle was against the background of the dirty information war that my political opponents fought against me from within. And from the outside – Russian fake news and powerful propaganda machine of hybrid war. “Never give up,” I hear even now when I see the results of exit polls. And they are obvious. And they give grounds to call my opponent now and congratulate him. To do so, as is customary in civilized European democratic countries. Today is April 21, I always mean that tomorrow will come on April 22, and we need, each of us, each of our team members, we need to unite and protect Ukraine. We need joint efforts. Dear Ukrainians! Next month I will leave the post of head of state. So most Ukrainians decided, and I accept this decision. I’ll leave the office. But I want to firmly emphasize – I am not leaving politics. I remain in politics and will fight for Ukraine. And I want to separately explain why. Our team will defend the achievements that we, together with the Ukrainian people, have won in extremely difficult conditions during these 5 years – will defend the European and Euro-Atlantic strategies, the principles, the goals, the obvious milestones, which we reached in these 5 years. And which now, unfortunately, put at risk. Our team will protect them. Our team will defend the course towards membership in the European Union and NATO. Our team, I emphasize, because only in this strong and powerful security organization in the world can we guarantee the security of Ukraine and the security of every citizen, can we get reliable protection from Russia as an aggressor country. Our team will protect the visa-free. Since some members of the Constitutional Court very quickly shifted to the new government and now they are planning to declare electronic declaration unconstitutional. Namely, it was a condition of visa-free. We will defend bezviz, because this is the right that has won my people and which we have achieved over the past 5 years. Our team will protect the Ukrainian army, the Ukrainian army from attacks inside the country, from any attempts to diminish the historical significance of its feat. Because some do not understand how far we have traveled over these 5 years in ensuring the defense of the state. Our team will defend the Ukrainian language. And it’s not just what we have already done – quotas, songs, movies, radio, books. But if next week the Verkhovna Rada adopts a law on language, then I will be happy and proud that, as President of Ukraine, I will be able to sign it. And just sign it. Today is Palm Sunday and the Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem. I met him and my family with a prayer in the Mikhailovsky Cathedral. And our team will protect the Orthodox Church of Ukraine from revenge. And we will not allow this revenge. Because when we removed the yoke of the Russian Church and Russia from the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, this is another solid foundation for our building of the state, our spirituality. And by the way, we are still awaiting an apology for the thermos. Our team will protect the stability of the financial and banking system, because it is obvious that they are planning to pay off Kolomoisky for electoral support by returning Privatbank. The abolition of its nationalization will create risks for the funds of tens of millions of depositors, Ukrainians. And we will defend tens of millions of Ukrainians. And besides, it will provoke a crisis in our relations with international financial organizations and, as a result, a hryvnia fall and a new economic crisis. We will not allow this to happen. Our team will defend the powerful global international coalition, which we carefully created these five years in support of Ukraine. And if the Minsk accords are not implemented, including by Ukraine, our team will defend the extension of the sanctions regime against Russia as a single mechanism for ensuring the assumed obligations of de-occupation of Donbass and the liberation of Crimea. Our team will oppose the Kremlin’s plans to form a loyal majority in parliamentary elections. And this is another reason why I should stay in politics and protect the state. And our team will defend decentralization. And our team will protect, Marina, inclusive education. And our team will defend the new Ukrainian school. And our team will defend the reform of rural medicine. And our team will protect e-procurement. And our team will defend contests when they are involved in public service. And our team will defend the energy independence of our state. And our team will protect energy efficiency. And our team will defend everything that we have done during these five years! And I am proud of what our team has done, because our team is all of Ukraine and your efforts have succeeded! Because if I did not have your support – you, all Ukrainians – nothing would have happened! Dear Ukrainians! I want to emphasize that the new president will have strong opposition. Very strong. But I want to say that the country is our best Ukraine in the world, it will only benefit from this. I know for sure. Because we can win only when the country will be dominated by democracy, the rule of law, the protection of human rights, the growth of prosperity and everything that is characterized by the name of the European direction of development. And at the same time, I want to emphasize that no one even doubts that personally, I and my entire team are ready to lend a head to the president in all his decisions that will meet the national interests of Ukraine and bring us closer to the European Union and NATO. And between the announcement of the election results and the inauguration, I am ready to spend any time in order to help the new President get up to speed in the most … Moreover, I am ready to give him the entire network of international support for Ukraine. The whole network that we have so carefully built over the years. And this is the real grid, and not where our opponents unreasonably blamed us. Another very important point: the elections were fair, the elections were transparent, the elections were held in full compliance with European standards. It would seem – well, what’s wrong with that? And I want to emphasize that in the conditions of the war, in the conditions of the Russian aggression, we have preserved democracy, preserved the right of Ukrainians to choose their power. And the two presidential campaigns that are immaculate right now, one parliamentary, local, and we remain the only democratic country in the post-Soviet space among all the peoples of the former Soviet Union and, dear Ukrainians, we are one, where there is a real, not a paper, right to change power when you Ukrainians, consider it necessary. This is our biggest achievement. This is a sign of a European democratic country, and I am proud that I, Petro Poroshenko, defended this right of Ukrainians. And I want to remind you that among the false rumors and dirty gossip that my opponents spread about the alleged that I was going to cancel the election. That we are trying to prevent them, that we will have an obstacle to the free will of citizens … Friends, I do not even expect an apology from opponents – the Lord will judge them. And today, 21, I would like to thank all Ukrainians. First, for working together for five years on solving problems of historical scale. Strategic tasks. The tasks that have appeared before Ukraine and together we have far advanced towards solving. This is an unprecedented amount of work. And it is pleasant that all our international partners clearly note that in the five years of Poroshenko’s presidency, much more has been done than a quarter of a century before. This is our victory with you. But I also want to say that we still have a lot of unsolved problems ahead. Many open wounds. But I emphasize – today the country is much stronger and much in better condition than five years ago. But, I emphasize, today the country is much stronger and in much better condition than five years ago. It is a fact. Obviously, people were counting on more, and they wanted more. And they took the decision they made. I want to say that I am grateful to every Ukrainian. Friends, I am grateful to you, regardless of whom you voted for on March 31. I am grateful for today’s active citizenship. I am grateful to my fantastic team. The strongest in Ukraine, patriotic, the most motivated. Friends, you are the best. I want to say that these years we have worked on complex reforms. The decision and the solution of the most complicated tasks. I want to thank separately those who joined us during the first round. I remain in politics and will definitely continue to do so that you are not ashamed of the voice that you gave for Petro Poroshenko and his team. Separately, I want to thank those who have found the strength to forgive me for my miscalculations and mistakes, and rushed to the attack side by side with our team, as part of our team, before the second round. Thanks a lot. We definitely need to keep this unity and this power. After all, it is your strong support, the support of millions of voters that do not allow me to be offended, withdraw into myself, wash my hands, stand aside. We should definitely protect Ukraine and precisely should lead it forward. Today we did not win the fight. But this does not mean that we lost the war. We have a lot of battles ahead. I want to emphasize to you – Ukraine will definitely win! And I also want to thank my family, because it is more tired than I was during the years of my presidency. Believe me, because it was not easy. Today we had a very thorough conversation and I want to thank that they are possible without joy, but with great understanding they reacted to my decision to remain in politics.Their support is very important to me. Friends, I’m just proud of my wife and not only because she is a fantastic wife, First Lady. But I will always have her image with the Ukrainian flag in the stadium, which goes to her husband. Marina, thank you children, I thank your father for always being there. I know that in the coming days – and they, I admit, will be psychologically difficult for me, I can definitely count on my family, my wife, my team. And we will definitely overcome everything! Dear Ukrainians! Today I will tell you one thing that I have never said in public. Because it is very pathetic, to be honest. I love Ukraine. I definitely love her very much. I love my native Ukrainian people. And this feeling I was guided by all the years of my difficult, believe, presidency. Over the years you have been told a lot of terrible lies about me. If I could believe in her, I would not have voted for myself. But time will pass, history will put everything in its place. I, too, would like to complete with Churchill’s words, which he said on July 26, 1945, when he resigned after the elections, could not win. He said: “It only remains for me to express to the people of my country, for the sake of which I worked all these complete adversities and dangers for years, my deep gratitude for the constant and comprehensive support that he provided me during my service. loyal servant. ” In the sense of Churchill, and not in the sense of the film … But, friends, I am an optimist. And I emphasize that everything will be fine. Ukraine will be a successful country. Great country. European country. This is the task of the authorities and this is the task of the opposition. We will definitely not disclaim responsibility. And I want to complete the words, I will pray in the current situation: “God save Ukraine.”

Ukrainians, you have right to change power when you consider it necessary, – Poroshenko

Author : Petro Poroshenko – Speech of Petro Poroshenko after the defeat in Ukrainian presidential elections. Friends, you are the best, thank you very much. My dear team, dear compatriots, dear Ukraine, dear Ukrainians around the world. Dear friends. Never give up! Never, never, never! Do not give up in large, do not give up in small, neither large nor small, never give up, if it does not contradict the honor and common sense. It was these words of the great Briton Winston Churchill that I was always guided by. Never give up, – I heard in 2014, when I received a robbed and disarmed country from Yanukovych. And I want to stress that, by the way, that time there were much fewer people willing to become president, there was definitely no queue. Never give up, – I heard when I made the decision again as a presidential candidate in 2019. And it was clear how fierce struggle was expected against the background of that dirty information war that my political opponents were waging against me from the inside, and outside there were Russian fake news and a powerful propaganda machine of hybrid war. Never give up, – I hear now, when I see these results of exit polls. And they are obvious and give reason to call my opponent now and congratulate him. To do so – this is the first time in practice – as is customary in civilized European democratic countries. Do this today, on April 21, because I always have to remember that tomorrow will come April 22, and we need – each of us, each of my team members, a fantastic team, friends – from April 22, we need to unite and protect Ukraine, and our joint efforts are needed. Dear Ukrainians! Next month I will leave the post of the head of state. Most of Ukrainians decided this, and I accept their decision. I will leave the office, but I want to emphasize firmly: I am not leaving politics. I remain in politics, I will fight for Ukraine and I want to separately explain why. Because our team must protect the achievements that we, together with the Ukrainian people, won in extremely difficult conditions during these 5 years. To defend the European and Euro-Atlantic strategy, those principles, those goals, those absolutely obvious frontiers that we have reached in these 5 years, and which are now, unfortunately, put at risk. Our team will protect them. Our team will defend the course towards EU and NATO membership. Our team stresses: only in this strongest and most powerful security organization in the world can we guarantee the security of Ukraine and the security of every citizen. We can get reliable protection from Russia as from the aggressor country. Our team will protect the visa-free regime. Because individual members of the Constitutional Court very quickly reoriented themselves to the new government and now they plan to declare electronic declaration unconstitutional, and that was the condition for visa-free regime. We will defend our goal, because this is the right that my people have won, which we have achieved in the last 5 years. Our team will defend the Ukrainian army from attacks from within the country and any attempts to diminish the historical significance of its feat. If the Verkhovna Rada will adopt a law on language next week, I will be happy and proud that I, as president of Ukraine, will be able to sign it. And I will sign it. Related: Let it be a year: Poroshenko promises to return to office Today is Palm Sunday, and I spent the morning with my family with a prayer in St. Michael’s Cathedral. And our team will protect the Orthodox Church of Ukraine from revenge. And we will not allow this revenge, because when we removed the yoke of the Russian Church and Russia from the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, this became another solid foundation of our state-making, our spirituality. And, by the way, we are still waiting for an apology for the “thermos” (Zelensky’s joke about Tomos – ed.). Our team will protect the stability of the financial and banking system, since it is already obvious that they are planning to pay off Kolomoisky for electoral support by returning PrivatBank. The abolition of its nationalization will create risks for the funds of tens of millions of investors, Ukrainians, and we will defend them. And besides, it will provoke a powerful crisis in our relations with international financial organizations and, as a result, the hryvnia will fall and a new economic crisis will occur. We must not allow this to happen. Our team will defend a powerful global international coalition, which we carefully created these 5 years to support Ukraine, and if Minsk agreements would not be implemented, our team will defend the continuation of the sanctions regime against Russia as a single mechanism to ensure fulfillment of their obligations to de-occupy Donbas and free Crimea. Our team will oppose the plans of the Kremlin to form a loyal majority during the parliamentary elections, and this is another reason why I should stay in politics and defend the state. And our team will defend decentralization, inclusive education, a new Ukrainian school, rural medicine reform, e-procurement, competitions in public service, energy independence of our state, energy efficiency. Our team will defend everything that we have done in these 5 years, and I am proud of what our team has done, because our team is all of Ukraine, and it became real through your efforts. Because if I did not have your support, you, all of Ukrainians, – then nothing would have happened. Dear Ukrainians, I want to emphasize that the new president will have a strong opposition, a very strong one. But I want to say that our country, our Ukraine will only benefit from this. I know this for sure, because we can win only when democracy, rule of law, protection of human rights, ensuring the growth of welfare and everything characterized by the name “European development direction” prevail in Ukraine. And at the same time, I want to emphasize that no one could even doubts that, me and my whole team are ready to help the President in all his decisions that will meet the national interests of Ukraine and will bring us closer to the EU and NATO. And between the official announcement of the election and the inauguration, I am ready to spend any time without any restrictions in order to help the new president get up to date in the smallest detail. Moreover, I am ready to hand over to him the entire network of international support for Ukraine, this network that we have so carefully built over the years. And one more very important, friends: the elections were fair. The elections were transparent, the elections were held in full compliance with European standards. And I want to emphasize that in the conditions of the war, in the conditions of the Russian aggression, we have preserved democracy, preserved the right of Ukrainians to vote and have already carried out two presidential campaigns (one parliamentary, local), and we remain the only democratic country in the post-Soviet space from all the peoples of the former Soviet Union. Dear Ukrainians, we are united where there is a real, not a paper, right to change power when you, Ukrainians, consider it necessary. This is our biggest achievement. This is a sign of a European democratic country, and I am proud that I, Petro Poroshenko, defended this right of Ukrainians. Today, April 21, I would like to thank all Ukrainians, firstly, for working together for 5 years on solving problems of historical scale, strategic tasks that stood before Ukraine and in the solution of which we have jointly advanced far, have made work. And it is nice that all our international partners have clearly stated that during the 5 years of Poroshenko’s presidency, much more has been done than in a quarter of a century before. This is our victory. Related: It is early for Putin to congratulate Zelensky with victory, – Kremlin But I also want to say that we still have a lot of unsolved problems ahead, a lot of open wounds, and I emphasize that today Ukraine is much stronger and in a much better condition than 5 years ago. It is a fact. And it is obvious that the people, the Ukrainian people were counting on something more, they wanted more and made the decision that they made. I want to say that I am grateful to every Ukrainian. Friends, I am grateful to you, regardless of whom you voted for on March 31. I am grateful for today’s active position. I emphasize once again: I am grateful to my fantastic team, the strongest in Ukraine, the most patriotic, the most professional, the most motivated. Friends, you are the best, and I want to say that these years we have been working on complex reforms, solutions to complex problems. And I want to thank separately those who joined us during the first round. I will definitely continue working; I remain in politics so that you are not ashamed of the vote that was given for Petro Poroshenko and his team. Separately, I want to thank those who have found the strength to forgive me for my miscalculations and mistakes and rushed to the attack side by side with our team before the second round. Thank you very much. We definitely need to keep this unity and this power, because it is your support and the support of millions of Ukrainian voters that do not allow me to be offended, to stand aside. We should definitely protect Ukraine and precisely should lead it to the future. Today we did not win the fight, but this does not mean that we lost the war. We have a lot of battles ahead, and I want to emphasize to you: Ukraine will definitely win. I also want to say thanks to my family, because they was tired more than me during these years of my presidency. Believe me, it was not easy. Today we had a very detailed conversation. I want to thank them. Perhaps without joy, but with great understanding they reacted to my decision to remain in politics. I have their support, and for me it is extremely important. Friends, I’m just proud of my wife, and not only because she is a fantastic wife, first lady. I will forever have her image with the Ukrainian flag in the stadium. Maryna, I thank you and thank my children, I thank my father that you are always on my side, and I know that the coming days will be difficult for me psychologically. I definitely have to count on my family, my wife and my team, and we will definitely overcome everything. You know, well, frankness for frankness. Friends, today I will say one thing that I have never said in public (it is, frankly, very pathetic), but this thing – listen, I love Ukraine. I definitely love it very much. I love my native Ukrainian people, and with this feeling I was guided by all my years of the difficult presidency. And over the years they have told a lot of terrible lies about me, and if I could believe in it, I would not have voted for myself. But time will pass, history will put everything in its place. And I would also like to complete with Churchill’s words, which he said on July 26, 1945, when he resigned after the elections, which he could not win. He said: “For me it remains only to express my deep gratitude to the people of my country for the constant and comprehensive support that they provided me during my service, as well as for the many manifestations of affection to your faithful servant. ” But, friends, I am an optimist and stress that everything will be fine, and Ukraine will be a successful country, a great country, a European country, and this is the task of the authorities, and this is the task of the opposition. We will definitely not relieve ourselves of responsibility. Well, I want to finish by saying that I will pray in the current situation. God save Ukraine. Thanks. Friends, thank you very much, thank you very much. Since there are a lot of English-speaking journalists here, I would like to say a few words. Dear ladies and gentlemen, friends of Ukraine, who are now in Kyiv or are watching us on TV all over the world. First of all, I would like to thank you for such attention to the electoral process in Ukraine, and I am very glad that we were able to ensure democratic, free, open elections. Undoubtedly, Ukraine was able to establish a new standard for the election campaign. And I am ready to listen to the will of people in Ukraine, and I am very grateful to foreign leaders for the constant support they have provided to Ukraine and me during my presidency. And every day, every minute during these 5 years, we felt your support. And as one of the key political leaders in Ukraine, I will continue to serve Ukraine and will continue to advance the agenda, which concerns accession to the EU, NATO, which concerns decentralization, the fight against corruption, etc. And under any circumstances, in any political position, I will do everything that will depend on me in order to ensure that Ukraine will not change its course. However, the result of the election leaves us in an incomprehensible situation that is difficult to foresee, and we see a very big question mark about the course of Ukraine as regards the EU and NATO. And we understand that the Kremlin can now rejoice at the results of the elections, because they can assume that when a new inexperienced president comes to power, Ukraine will fall under the sphere of influence of Russia. That is why I want to urge the international community to help Ukraine preserve the choice that Ukraine has made to adhere to the course in the EU and NATO. Please stay with Ukraine in spite of everything, support Ukrainians, our people. And we must be in solidarity, we must be united, we must continue to fight Russian aggression and strengthen the sanctions regime. We are halfway to the final destination, and we must continue to implement the reform agenda, which concerns microeconomic stabilization, the fight against corruption, the creation of a modern army, an association agreement with Europe, a visa-free regime, decentralization, and energy security. And with your help, the Ukrainian nation can achieve this. There are several key principles to keep. First: Ukraine is a fortress of democracy and the key to security on the continent. Second: nothing can be without Ukraine, as it is linked with Ukraine. Third, it is very important: Crimea is Ukraine, and this is not subject to any discussions. Fourth: Russia must stop its aggression against Ukraine and leave the Ukrainian Donbas. We must return the sovereignty of Ukraine to all regions. Next: Russia must return Ukrainian citizens, and most importantly: we will be stronger if we are together. Glory to Ukraine!

Петро Порошенко on Twitter: “You may just look at the celebrations in the Kremlin on the occasion of the elections. They believe that with a new inexperienced Ukrainian President Ukraine could be quickly returned to Russia’s orbit of influence.”

Outgoing President Poroshenko promises to return – news politics | UNIAN

Outgoing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has told his supporters he will return to the Presidential Administration on Bankova Street in Kyiv after the next presidential election. Some 24.46% (4,514,761 people) voted for Petro Poroshenko, who was running for a new term in 2019.

Poroshenko: we will return to office after next election – LB.ua news portal

Poroshenko: we will return to office after next election. “Together we are going to win the parliamentary election! Together we will return to Bankova Street!” Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Let it be a year: Poroshenko promises to return to office

President Petro Poroshenko met people, who came to the Administration of the President and promised to return to Bankova Street in a year. Poroshenko said to people, broadcasted by 112.Ukraine. “We unite in order to protect our common victories. We plan to win the parliamentary elections together very soon. Together we will return to Bankova Street after the next presidential elections. Together we will rescue and protect the country,” Poroshenko said. Afterward, the people started shouting “In a year”. The President answered “Fine, dear friends. Let it be a year”. Poroshenko pointed out that he intended to win the parliamentary elections. “The only thing I cannot let happen is despair. The only thing we cannot let happen is frustration. The only thing we cannot let happen is disbelief in our forces and disbelief in Ukraine. I am an optimist because you cannot be assured in your victory if you do not believe in it. Today’s meeting proves that we are not lost. We know what we are going to do. We know that we are united. We know that our main victories are ahead because we have to protect Ukraine together. And if we do not protect it, nobody will protect it. There are millions of us and it only will be more. We will not let mistakes happen anymore. We will be decisive and united people. We will stop the Russian aggression, will liberate the Ukrainian territories, we will increase the welfare of the Ukrainian citizens and will fight poverty. Most importantly, we will secure Ukraine to enter the NATO and the EU”, he outlined.

Our main victories are still ahead – Petro Poroshenko thanked Ukrainians who came to support him — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and his wife Maryna Poroshenko came out to the square in front of the Presidential Administration and thanked Ukrainians who came to thank and support him. The participants of the action met Petro Poroshenko with the words:

Crimean Tatars to be in constructive opposition to Zelenskyi, – Dzhemilev

23.04.19 13:42 – Crimean Tatars to be in constructive opposition to Zelenskyi, – Dzhemilev Mustafa Dzhemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people stated that the Crimean Tatars will be in the constructive opposition to Volodymyr Zelenskyi, who, preliminary, wins at the presidential elections in Ukraine View news.

Crimean Tatars to be in opposition to Zelenskyy – Dzhemilyev – LB.ua news portal

Crimean Tatars to be in opposition to Zelenskyy – Dzhemilyev. “We are Petro Poroshenko’s team.” Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Volodymyr Zelenskiy (@v_zelenskyi) | Twitter

Will this Ukrainian comedian be any match for Vladimir Putin? | PBS NewsHour

Zelenskiy, who played an accidental president in a hugely popular sitcom but has no real political background, has vowed to keep Ukraine on its pro-Western course. KIEV, Ukraine — Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election has thrust a comedian and political novice into the middle of the most dangerous flashpoint between Moscow and the West since the end of the Cold War. Whether Zelenskiy is any match at all for Vladimir Putin, a canny and ruthless KGB veteran who has led Russia for nearly 20 years, remains to be seen.

Will Ukrainian comedian be any match for Vladimir Putin?

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election has thrust a comedian and political novice into the middle of the most dangerous flashpoint between Moscow and the West since the end of the Cold War.

In Ukraine, could a comedian’s landslide victory help reset relations with Russia? | PBS NewsHour

Fed up with ongoing corruption, poverty and war, Ukrainians have elected a political newcomer to be their next president. Comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy defeated incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in a landslide. Can Zelenskiy’s unconventional background and fresh perspective reset a tense relationship with Russia? Nick Schifrin talks to the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Matthew Rojansky.

Zelenskiy faces battles with Ukraine’s hostile parliament – Reuters

Before Ukraine’s new president Volodymyr Zelenskiy was even elected, an opposition leader was plotting to curb his powers and make it easier for him to be impeached.

Leonid Bershidsky | Ukraine’s Comedian President Doesn’t Plan to Rule – Bloomberg

Volodymyr Zelenskiy won by promising always to ask the people first. The landslide victory of comedian and TV producer Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Sunday’s run-off presidential election in Ukraine poses a problem both for the country’s Western backers and those in the Kremlin who hope to exert control again. The Ukrainian people haven’t voted for a specific path, or even simply against politics as usual: They voted against being told what to do. Zelenskiy will be the country’s sixth president in almost 28 years of independence. That’s more heads of state than any other post-Soviet country has had. That in itself shows Ukrainians are hard to please. But Zelenskiy’s way of winning tells a more important truth about them: Ukrainians are loath to accept any kind of authority. That complicates Ukraine’s position as perhaps the world’s most important buffer nation, sitting between Fortress Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s European flank.

Alexander J. Motyl | Ukraine’s Pretend President Now Faces a Real Test – Foreign Policy

In his fight against corruption, Zelensky will face real challenges—not least from his own constituents. After a second-round vote this weekend, Ukrainians have selected Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian with no political experience, as their next president. In doing so, they’ve likely increased the chances of instability, but a dire outcome for Ukraine is not inevitable. To keep the country on track, the forces that made a Zelensky presidency inevitable should acknowledge responsibility and attempt to contain the damage he may well do to Ukraine’s sovereignty. For the last few years, Ukrainian writers, commentators, journalists, and analysts have had little good to say about outgoing President Petro Poroshenko. They rarely recognized his many real reforms, treated him and his administration with contempt, derided Poroshenko’s supporters as apologists who were on his payroll, and insisted that he was as corrupt as any of the country’s old bosses. “Nothing has changed” became a common mantra—one that was only abandoned when Zelensky won the first round of the election and his victory in the second appeared imminent. Suddenly, Poroshenko didn’t look quite so bad, and his achievements appeared to be not insubstantial. In reality, Poroshenko transformed the broken Ukraine he inherited after the 2014 Maidan Revolution: He made it more independent, more pro-Western, more pro-Ukrainian, more efficient, more secure, more market-oriented, and more democratic. However, while reducing systemic corruption, he failed to bring any individual corruptioneers to justice. Unwilling to view this failure in the context of Ukraine’s overall progress, however, Ukrainian opinion-makers and corruption fighters in the country and the West transformed it into the only thing that mattered in Ukrainian politics. Corruption was depicted as an even greater threat to Ukraine’s security than the thousands of Russian troops, tanks, and missiles amassed along the country’s frontiers. In demonizing Poroshenko, this narrative effectively made the incumbent’s polar opposite the strongest candidate for president. And that person could not have been a member of the country’s existing political elite, nor could he or she have had any political experience. The only person who fit the bill was not even real. It was the character Zelensky played on television: the teacher-turned-president Vasyl Holoborodko. In turn, Zelensky won the election without much campaigning. He let Holoborodko do the talking for him. Naturally, Poroshenko didn’t help his cause by failing to reach out to voters before the presidential campaign began. But, ultimately, it mattered little what Poroshenko did or did not do. He couldn’t win against his hyperidealized antipode. Sooner rather than later, Ukrainians will wake up from their infatuation with a virtual president and come to realize that Zelensky now faces the very real task of running a country beset with economic, social, and demographic problems that is fighting a war against a regional superpower. Disenchantment with the new president is inevitable. His landslide victory has raised expectations of immediate change to such dizzying heights that there is no way any president, least of all an inexperienced comedian, could possibly meet them. If Zelensky does pursue some internal reform, he will quickly encounter the same opposition of the bureaucrats and oligarchs that every other erstwhile reformer has confronted.

Paul R. Gregory | Peaceful Ukrainian election is a win for democracy | TheHill

Ukraine can be proud of its orderly transition.

Brian Bonner: Time for Ukraine to unite | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice

Ukraine’s immediate challenge will be to get over the bitterness of a hard-fought election in which the most vicious things have been said about the two candidates – and those who supported them. If the nation wants to go down the road to destruction, everyone can continue to attack each other. I’ve been condemned as pro-President Petro Poroshenko and pro-Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the same time. I have my opinions and try to see both sides. Importantly, however, the Kyiv Post on its editorial pages did not endorse either candidate. And on the news pages, we offered balanced and fair coverage of both candidates. I can understand why Ukrainians overwhelmingly voted for change on April 21 by the biggest landslide in Ukrainian presidential election history. The victory was huge – 73 percent in a democratic election, only four percentage points less than Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s 77 percent in his 2018 coronation. Ukrainians, who were given a choice, were fed up with Poroshenko, hypocrisy, corruption, Russia’s endless war – and they wanted someone else, anyone else. I can also understand why Ukrainians wanted to stay the course and keep Poroshenko in power for another five years. He offered effectiveness in foreign policy and a chance, his supporters argued, to complete the reforms he started. But now it’s over.

Three scenarios for President Zelenskyi and more – Weekly Update on Ukraine #13, 15 – 21 April | UACRISIS.ORG

Three scenarios for President Zelenskyi and more – Weekly Update on Ukraine #13, 15 – 21 April

Michael Carpenter | Enough Ukraine fatigue. The new president will need our help. – The Washington Post

The West must reengage. It’s a moment of truth for Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelensky has won a landslide victory in the second round of Ukraine’s presidential election, vanquishing the incumbent, Petro Poroshenko. Most Ukrainians know Zelensky as a fictional TV character on the hit show “Servant of the People,” where he plays an ordinary citizen fed up with Ukraine’s pay-to-play political system. On the show, Zelensky’s character miraculously gets elected president after one of his rants against corrupt politicians goes viral. Now fiction has become fact as Zelensky prepares for a real-life inauguration later this spring.

Ukraine: A Fresh Start?

Critics say it remains unclear how TV comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy will end war against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and fear the last laugh could be on Ukrainians for entrusting presidency to man without government experience

Smash Or Flop, Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Steps Into Role Of A Lifetime

The president-elect will take the reins of a country that requires reforms and is ensnared in a war with Russia-backed separatists. But for a day, at least, Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s victory is about U…

Can Zelensky Make Ukraine Great Again? | The National Interest

Is the ouster of Petro Poroshenko a turning point in Ukraine’s crisis or just another disappointment?

Zelenskiy’s victory in Ukraine was extraordinary. But now he faces a real test | Katya Gorchinskaya | Opinion | The Guardian

The new president’s promise to take on the establishment will lead to questions over the oligarch who backed him, says Ukrainian journalist Katya Gorchinskaya

Can Volodymyr Zelensky, the Actor Who Ruled Ukraine on TV, Do It in Real Life? | The New Yorker

Joshua Yaffa on the Ukrainian Presidential election and the victory of the actor Volodymyr Zelensky over the incumbent president, Petro Poroshenko.

Zelensky will struggle to find the funny in Ukraine’s geographical and political realities | The Independent

No joke, then. No policies either. The remarkable victory of a comedian in the Ukrainian presidential election was certainly historic, though his campaign offered few clues as to what kind of a leader he will turn out to be. His slogan, after all, was “No promises. No apologies”. It worked.

Comedy is a tool, a trick – Ukraine will soon see, running a country is no joke | Jack Bernhardt | Opinion | The Guardian

Volodymyr Zelenskiy is not interested in building a vision for the future, says comedy writer Jack Bernhardt

After winning Ukraine’s presidency, actor who played the part on TV faces reality  – The Washington Post

The politically untested Zelensky faces enormous challenges in a country weighed down by war with Russian-backed separatists and endemic corruption.

Ukraine’s new leader must set clear priorities – The Washington Post

Volodymyr Zelensky will need the support of the West — both financial and political — in order to succeed.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy: things get serious for Ukraine’s Servant of the People | World news | The Guardian

As many challenges await as for leader he played on TV but with no certainty of a happy ending

What’s next for Ukraine under comic-turned-president? | Ukraine News | Al Jazeera

Zelensky’s agenda is no joke and he must find a way fast to impress ‘notoriously fickle’ Ukrainians, analysts say.

Why Did Ukrainians Just Elect a Comedian President? | The New Republic

The appeal of an outsider—particularly in a country beset by corruption—can be strong. But outsiders can also be risky bets.

All the world’s a stage, but politics is no comedy for Ukraine – CGTN

Editor’s note: Cui Zheng is an associate professor at the Center for the Economies and Politics of Transitional Countries at Liaoning University in China. The article reflects the author’s opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. In the second round of the just-concluded Ukrainian presidential election, former comedian actor Volodymyr Zelensky won the majority of votes, defeating the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko to secure victory. The final results will be announced on May 1, and the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected president will be held no later than June 3. The two rounds of battles over Ukraine’s presidency have become the best window to observe Ukraine’s political situation and social dynamics in the five years since the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis. The results will certainly bring more uncertainty to the country’s already fragmented political landscape. It will also have an important and far-reaching impact on the complex and sensitive geopolitical relations in Europe.

Ukraine election: Comedian Volodymr Zelensky elected president in landslide win, humiliating incumbent Petro Poroshenko | The Independent

Reflecting on an extraordinary triumph that saw him sweep home with three times the votes of his opponent, comedian Volodymr Zelensky said his victory offered an example of democratic change to the rest of the former Soviet Union.  “I say to you, look at us,” he said. “Everything is possible.”

From Reagan to Zelensky, stars who went into politics

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, whom exit polls showed winning Sunday’s presidential election in Ukraine, follows several celebrities — from US actor Ronald Reagan to Liberian footballer George Weah — who nabbed top political jobs in their countries. – Actors and comedians –

Five things to know about Ukraine’s presidential vote winner | Ukraine News | Al Jazeera

A close look at comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelensky who defeated incumbent President Petro Poroshenko.

Zelensky’s landslide victory: Three times as many votes after 99.87% of protocols processed – news politics | UNIAN

The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Ukraine has already processed 99.87% of protocols from precinct election commissions on the results of the runoff vote. A total of 18,467,783 votes have been counted so far.

Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter: “I checked the videos, photos, and posts of my many friends who attended the “thank you, Petro” rally outside @TheBankova. I thought there will be continuation of quarrels and mutual offenses after the II round but Ukrainians showed so much dignity&respect! Makes me really proud!… https://t.co/SpZ8prrxCq”

Hromadske Int. on Twitter: “About a thousand people gathered near the Presidential Administration today. They came to thank the head of state Petro #Poroshenko for 5 years of work after he lost in the #UkraineElections, giving way to the showman Volodymyr #Zelenskiy. He came out & thanked his suppporters.… https://t.co/cU0ryCceF7”

President of Ukraine had a phone conversation with the Prime Minister of Israel — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. Benjamin Netanyahu commended the President’s contribution to the strengthening of Ukrainian-Israeli relations and noted the high level of democratic standards of the presidential elections. The Head of State thanked the Prime Minister of Israel for supporting Ukraine in the international arena. The parties noted the dynamic development of bilateral partnership, in particular the political dialogue at the highest level over the past five years. The interlocutors separately noted that an important indicator of the effectiveness of the Ukrainian-Israeli dialogue would be the expected launch of the Free Trade Agreement, which would open new business opportunities, stimulate job creation contributing to the welfare of both nations. Petro Poroshenko also congratulated Benjamin Netanyahu on the successful holding of the elections to the Knesset of the State of Israel.

Netanyahu congratulates new Ukraine president, invites him to Israel | The Times of Israel

PM also phones outgoing leader Petro Poroshenko to thank him for Israel support, ambassador says

Strong ties with Ukraine expected to get stronger under new president – World News – Jerusalem Post

Zelenskiy, who has performed in Israel on numerous occasions and has relatives and classmates living here, defeated Poroshenko on Sunday in the second round of balloting in Ukraine.

Israeli prime minister notes high level of democratic standards of Ukraine’s presidential election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commended the contribution of President Petro Poroshenko to the strengthening of Ukrainian-Israeli relations and noted the high level of democratic standards of the presidential election. — Ukrinform.

Jewish-Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky wins landslide victory in country’s presidential election – The Jewish Chronicle

Ukraine becomes the only country outside of Israel to have a Jewish president and Prime Minister serving simultaneously

In a landslide vote, Ukraine elects first Jewish president | JNS.org

Volodymyr Zelensky, 41, a professional comedian with no political experience, defeated incumbent Petro Poroshenko, 53, with 73 percent of the vote in the runoff election, according to national exit polls.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Ukraine has Gotten Over Russia but Russia hasn’t Gotten Over Ukraine, Shevtsova Says

Paul Goble Staunton, April 22 – Russians have been so obsessed with Ukraine for five years to the point of forgetting about their own country’s problems, Liliya Shevtsova says; and Moscow has done what it can to keep Russia at the center of Ukraine’s reality. But as the election of Vladimir Zelensky shows Ukraine has gotten over Russia. The question is: can Russia get over Ukraine? Russia’s obsession with Ukraine over the last five years says an awful lot about Russia, the political analyst says. It shows that Russia has no idea about how to consolidate itself, and it shows that hostility to Ukraine has become “an instrument for the legitimation of the authorities” (echo.msk.ru/blog/shevtsova/2412371-echo/). Moreover, she continues, the excessive focus on Ukraine to the exclusion of Russian realities highlights the cowardice of the Russian elites who would like to attack America but won’t because they fear the consequences and thus attack Ukraine. And it shows that the positions Russians take on Ukraine “has become a criterion of loyalty to the Russian elite.” The fixation Russians have about Ukraine “cries out about our complexes and inabilities” to cope with the current situation in and around Russia, Shevtsova says. “Having made Ukraine an internal (and in fact the key!) question of Russian politics, we admit that we have not been able to find out own stimuli of development and unity.” As a result, “Russia has turned out to be unprepared for Ukraine’s flight” from it. And now that Ukraine has made it clear that it intends to continue that flight, Russia suffers from “a phantom pain” just as someone who has lost a leg or arm but continues to feel pain from something that is no longer there. Russians are constantly trying to come up with something that will force Ukraine to turn back, but all of their ideas – be it giving passports to people in the Donbass or cutting off oil – only have the effect of reinforcing the desire of Ukraine’s to pursue their drive to separate themselves from Russia and join Europe. Russians don’t understand this in large measure because there has arisen “a class of politicians and experts whose profession is to get angry about Ukraine. Even liberally thinking people speak about Ukraine condescendingly, telling Ukrainians what they need to do because they “aren’t ready to say what Russia must do.” These people evaluate Ukraine in terms of Russian realities and thus do not understand what is going on. They can’t imagine a country in which “someone can throw challenges at the leader and the leader will respond by arguing with him as an equal.” That is unthinkable in Russia and so Ukraine must be a failure because it isn’t Russia. “Poroshenko’s defeat is described by Kremlin interpreters as a systemic failure,” Shevtsova says. They cannot understand that the exit of one leader and the entrance of another as a result of elections speaks to the vitality of the system: Ukrainians have won the right to choose leaders, they have the right to make errors and to correct them again through elections.” These Russian commentators can’t understand “how Ukrainians can live without a harsh ‘vertical’ telling them how to live” – just as Ukrainians can’t understand how Russians are willing to live under its diktat. Nonetheless, Ukraine works: its economy is growing and Europe will take it in. Despite all its problems, Shevtsova says, “Europe understand that its security requires the incorporation of Ukraine and not leaving it in a dead zone as a failed state and source of tension with Russia.” Russian experts want to convince everyone that Ukraine is on the world’s “periphery,” but “precisely this ‘periphery’ has called forth the confrontation of the West with Russia.” Ukraine has problems but it would be far more effective to help it solve them than try to exploit and exacerbate them to leave it ever more hostile at Russia. Today, Russian analysts are obsessed with what kind of president Vladimir Zelensky will be, forgetting that he “will not be the single center of power in Ukraine which has been able to establish a system of checks and balances. It is possible that more important than Zelensky will be the new balance of forces in the Rada and the new prime minister.” This is something Russians cannot understand, Shevtsova stresses. One curious aspect of the situation in Ukraine is that Ukrainians are beginning to have more positive feelings toward Russia, but Russians do not understand why this is so. “It isn’t because Ukrainians have suddenly felt sympathy for Russia but because Russia has ceased to be the main problem for them.” The Ukrainians “want to forget about us and think about their own worthy life. Without us!” Being rejected by someone is insulting, but “encountering indifference is still more offensive. But if Russia wants to return its dignity and vision of the future, it is going to have to get over Ukraine and occupy itself with its own affairs.”

Get over Ukraine — Блоги — Эхо Москвы, 22.04.2019

author Lilia Shevtsova political scientist Russia followed the presidential elections in Ukraine with more interest than the election of its own president. It is clear why: with our elections, everything is clear even before they start; and the Ukrainians fascinate us with their freedom to change their power. However, Ukraine has been the main Russian discourse for five years. Russia dissolved in Ukraine, forgetting about its problems. The Russian state seemed to have lost itself, confusing its national identity and geographical boundaries. What does the fact that we live in Ukraine for a year, write about it, argue about it, curse it, envy it, explain it? This fact says a lot about us. He says that Russia has no idea of ​​consolidation. The fact that hostility to the Ukrainians has become a tool to legitimize power. He speaks of the cowardice of our elite, who would like to challenge America, but fearing the consequences, prefers to beat the “Ukrainian pear”. He says that the position in Ukraine has become the criterion of loyalty of the Russian authorities. Our fixation in Ukraine shouts about our complexes and our inability to get out of the rusted vessel. Having made Ukraine an internal (and, moreover, key!) Issue of Russian politics, we recognize that we could not find our own incentives for development and unity. Russia was not ready to flee Ukraine. Now we have to seal the hole made by Ukrainians in the Russian state machine and lick the wounds of our pride and pride. Ukraine, which has escaped from the Russian embrace, continues to be a Russian phantom pain. If you lose your limbs, you start to limp. That is what is happening with the Russian state, which has lost one of the evidence of its statehood. Russian power is excelled in inventing how to take revenge on the fugitives. We will issue Russian passports to the Donbas! But, apparently, the warning did not frighten the stubborn Ukrainians. And now the Kremlin thought up to make it more painful by banning the export to Ukraine of Russian oil, petroleum products and coal. But the Russian attempt to strangle, most likely, will force Ukrainians to confirm their choice – away from Russia! Russia has formed a class of politicians and experts whose profession is to gloat over Ukraine. Even liberally-minded people talk about Ukraine with condescension, trying to advise Ukrainians what to do. At the same time, they are not ready to suggest what Russia needs to do. What do they say about Ukraine? This is a brain explosion. The most comical, is when Russian observers see in Ukraine a reflection of their own reality: “manipulative democracy”; “Complete failure of the ruling elite.” The debate between Poroshenko and Zelensky – a stupid show and clownery, a shame and a sign of the destruction of the state! It is clear that for a slave mentality it is impossible to imagine how anyone can challenge the leader, and the leader will argue with him on an equal footing! Horror – horror! The defeat of Poroshenko Kremlin interpreters describe how systemic failure. They cannot accept that the departure of one leader and the arrival of another as a result of the elections speaks about the viability of the system: the Ukrainians won the right to choose leaders; they have the right to make mistakes and correct them again through elections. We even have serious experts whining about the weaknesses of the Ukrainian parliamentary – presidential system. It is not clear to them how Ukrainians live in the absence of a rigid “vertical” indicating them how to live. And Ukrainians have no idea how we continue to tolerate the “vertical”, which dictates how we live. The Ukrainian project failed, say Russian experts. Ukraine is stuck and it has nowhere to move in a situation of crisis of the European Union. But first, despite all the problems, in Ukraine economic growth (in 2018, GDP growth in Ukraine reached 2.5%, and national production growth -3.6%). What is, say, the state of the economy in Russia? This is a state secret, if we bear in mind the manipulations of Rosstat. Secondly, the crisis of the European community reflects its search for new life forms. In any case, Europe understands that its security requires incorporating Ukraine, and not leaving it in the dead zone as a failed state and a source of tension with Russia. Ukraine is the global periphery, Russian wizards convince us. Hmm … But it was this “periphery” that caused the confrontation of the West with Russia. And without ensuring the stability of the Ukrainian state, there is nothing to think about the normalization of their relations. We will help Ukraine to overcome the crisis, our well-wishers do not let up. Isn’t it better to help yourself and finally get rid of obsession in Ukraine? They are ruled by oligarchs, they do not stop pique vests. Yes, oligarchic fuss is a Ukrainian problem. But after all, some of the local oligarchs (for example, Kolomoisky), Ukrainians, may erect a monument for their national orientation. And what memory will the Russian oligarchs make of themselves? The Russian party wonders what kind of president Vladimir Zelensky will become. Whatever he may be, he will defend Ukrainian national interests. Otherwise, the new Maidan will decide his fate. Moreover, Zelensky will not be the only center of power in Ukraine that has managed to create a system of balances. Perhaps more important will be the new balance of power in the Rada and who will become the new prime minister. This is an incomprehensible reality for us. We, accustomed to autocracy, get lost when we see a lot of opposing forces, considering it to be chaos. It is curious that, despite the war and sacrifices, Ukrainians are beginning to treat Russia better: in 2018, 48% of Ukrainian respondents treated Russia well (33% of Russians treated Ukraine well). Not because Ukrainians suddenly felt sympathy for Russia. And because Russia has ceased to be the main problem for them. They want to forget about us and think about their dignified life. Without us! Of course, to be rejected by the power offensively. Meet the indifference even more offensive. But if Russia wants to reclaim its dignity and vision of the future, it will have to get over Ukraine and go about its business.

As Ukraine Elects A Comedian, Russians Declare Its Election A Joke

Outgoing Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko has been a favorite bête noire for Russian state media. His defeat prompted celebration in Moscow’s TV studios and its corridors of power. MOSCOW — Ever since he clinched Ukraine’s presidency at the outset of its war with Russia-backed militants, Petro Poroshenko has been relentlessly attacked and trolled by Russia’s state-dominated media machine. Confronted by Russian reporters at international summits and other high-profile events, the 53-year-old billionaire businessman has at times succumbed to seeming provocations, serving up material that adversarial Russian media could exploit in reports mocking the state of Ukraine under his leadership and perceptions of rampant corruption that he’s failed to staunch. So when exit polls in Ukraine’s presidential runoff indicated a landslide victory for comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy late on April 21, many prominent Russians wasted no time in celebrating the resounding defeat of a politician Moscow had long sought to discredit and derail. “Poroshenko’s term ends in disgrace,” presenter Dmitry Kiselyov, one of Russia’s most powerful media figures and head of state media behemoth Rossia Segodnya, declared in his weekly TV news roundup. “The country has degraded economically and ecologically, demographically and culturally.”

Putin refuses to congratulate new Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky | The Independent

Vladimir Putin has refused to congratulate Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky on his landslide election. Speaking with journalists on Monday afternoon, nearly a day after the comedian romped home with 73 per cent of the vote, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said it was “too early” to talk about a phone call to Kiev.

Putin Offers No Warm Words as Russia Mulls New Ukraine President – Bloomberg

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a frosty response to comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s landslide election as Ukraine’s new president, with the Kremlin saying it was “premature” to offer congratulations on his victory.

Putin did not watch Zelensky-Poroshenko debates, – Press Secretary of Russian President

Russian President Vladimir Putin did not watch debates of Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko, as Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said, TASS reported. “As far as I understood, when they (debates) were held, he could not watch it, he was dealing with the issues of Zabaykalsky Krai. But he got the recorded video. I don’t know if he managed to watch it” the message reads.

Patriarch of Russian Orthodox Church Kirill congratulates Zelenskyi on election victory

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, has congratulated Volodymyr Zelenskyi on his election as president of Ukraine. Censor.NET reports citing official website of the Moscow Patriarchate. The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church stressed that the new president of Ukraine has a “historic chance to unite the nation and make his personal contribution to solving economic and social problems in the country and overcoming existing conflicts and splits.” In his letter of congratulations, Patriarch Kirill also expressed hope for “an end to the grieving period of oppression and discrimination against Ukrainian citizens belonging to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church [of the Moscow Patriarchate].” Source: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3123917

Ukraine’s New Comedian President Was ‘Obvious’ Choice, Says Russia

“It is too early to talk about President Putin’s offering his congratulations to Zelensky, as well as speaking about the possibilities of working together,” a Kremlin spokesperson said about

Zelenskiy victorious in Ukrainian election: How has Moscow reacted? | GME – YouTube

euronews (in English) Published on Apr 21, 2019 Vlodomyr Zelenskiy, the TV star turned politician, has won by a landslide in the Ukrainian elections in what was a spectacle between the showman and incumbent president Petro Poroshenko.

Russian officials welcome comedian’s win in Ukraine – ABC News

A man who plays a president on TV won the real presidential election in a landslide.

Nearly three in four voters just made Volodymyr Zelenskiy the next president of Ukraine. So what’s next? — Meduza

Since declaring independence in 1991, Ukraine has elected six presidents. This weekend, voters chose their most recent leader: actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Once taking office, he will have to figure out how to cooperate with Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, where he has neither a majority nor his own faction. His team is reportedly considering the dissolution of the parliament, but this would be very difficult, and disagreements about the Rada could damage Zelenskiy’s early popularity.

The view from headquarters: How Zelenskiy’s and Poroshenko’s teams reacted on election night — Meduza

On April 21, several days before the official results of Ukraine’s presidential election are set to be announced, incumbent Petro Poroshenko admitted defeat and congratulated his rival, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, on his victory. Now, the outgoing president is promising to build a powerful opposition for his successor while Zelenskiy’s supporters are divvying up cabinet posts to which they do not yet have a right. Meduza special correspondent Ilya Zhegulev reported from both campaigns’ headquarters on election day.

Law on renaming Ukrainian Orthodox Church still in effect despite court ruling

Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy has described a ruling by the Kyiv Administrative District Court which puts on hold the renaming of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) as absurd and insisted that the relevant law remain valid. Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy has described a ruling by the Kyiv Administrative District Court which puts on hold the renaming of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) as absurd and insisted that the relevant law remain valid. “The district court’s ruling today is indeed absurd,” Parubiy said on a TV program. “I stress that the law has not been invalidated; it remains valid,” he said. The Kyiv Administrative District Court ruled earlier to grant a motion by the Kyiv Metropolitanate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) on invalidating a directive by the Ukrainian Culture Ministry obliging the Kyiv Metropolitanate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) to adjust its name. Legislation passed by the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada on December 20, 2018 and signed by President Petro Poroshenko on December 22, 2018 obliges the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) to indicate its affiliation with the Russian Orthodox Church in its name. The document stipulates that a religious organization that is part of another religious organization whose center is located in a state that has committed military aggression against Ukraine and temporarily occupied its territory must indicate its affiliation with this center in its name. The statutory name of this religious organization would have to indicate the full name of the organization of which it is part and whose center is located outside of Ukraine. This statutory name may include the words “in Ukraine.” According to the law, if the Church with the center in Russia fails to submit amendments to its statute concerning its renaming to the relevant agency for re-registration within four months, its statute will become invalid in this respect. The Ukrainian Culture Ministry has carried out a theological review and publicized a list of religious organizations obliged to amend their names and statutes, among them the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). The ministry pointed out that these organizations have three months to amend their statutes regarding their names and submit these amendments to the relevant agency for re-registration. It warned that, if these organizations fail to comply with the legislation, courts could rule to terminate their operations. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) has argued that it is not subject to the legislation obliging religious organizations to mention a religious center located in the aggressor country in their name as its administrative center is in Kyiv rather than in Moscow and its connection with Moscow is solely spiritual.

Rename of Ukrainian Orthodox Church suspended, court rules

District Administrative Court of Kyiv granted the motion of Kyiv Metropole of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on cancellation of the order of Ministry of Culture according to which Kyiv Metropole has to change its official name and include the respective changes into its statute till April 26, 2019, as the website of the court reported. Therefore, the process of the rename is suspended. “Lack of such measures might hamper or make it impossible to restore violated or disputed rights or interests of the religious organization,” the court informed. According to the court, implementation of the disputed issue might lead to unreasonable interference of the state before the case is resolved. Measures are aimed at preservation of the current state of affairs up to the end of consideration of the case. 265 religious organizations were involved in the judicial process as third parties.