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  • 27 Nov 2014 10:45 AM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Between Cambridge and Kiev

    After Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 people aboard, Svitlana Starosvit LL.M. ’13 and Volodymyr Shkilevych LL.M. ’12, lawyers with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, worked around the clock with lawyers from Malaysia, the Netherlands and Australia to draft treaties delineating responsibilities for investigating the tragedy. Ukraine had the right under international law to be lead investigator under the “situs” rule, Starosvit says, but agreed to transfer these powers to the Dutch to ensure an independent and impartial investigation. She and Shkilevych also worked on treaties regarding deployment of special civil forces from the three other nations to help Ukraine secure investigators’ access to the site. Harvard Law Bulletin

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  • 25 Nov 2014 8:25 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Taras Kuzio: Rule of Law

    In the old days it did not matter which incompetent person was put in charge of the prosecutor's office as well as the fact this office is useless because politicians were not accountable for their actions. The prosecutor's office continued to protect elites rather than make them accountable under the law.

    Poroshenko has continued to act in this vein relying on an overmanned (20, 000 prosecutors in Ukraine as opposed to Britain's 8, 000 3 regional CPS), corrupt and inefficient institution and appointing (as is typical) a prosecutor without Western training, criminal prosecution background or drive to fight corruption.

    Yarema is opposed to the lustration law. Speaker Turchynov commenting on the unpopularity among deputies for the lustration law said they could choose between "Lustration or castration." The law passed by one vote. 

    Today, with a different post-Euromaidan society demanding action, elite accountability and punishment for crimes for the murders on the Euromaidan, funding of separatism and massive graft under Yanukovych doing business as usual with the prosecutor-general pretending to investigate (as in the Yushchenko poisoning and Gongadze cases - still unresolved) will no longer suffice. Poroshenko witnessed this yesterday when he was heckled to cries of "Hanba!" by Heavenly  Hundred families who were angry nobody had been criminally charged.

    Will Poroshenko ever get it? Who will tell him that times have changed? Does he have the killer instinct to put his old oligarch and Party of Regions buddies in jail? He has to act on this front by the second Euromaidan anniversary. 

    November 22, 2014 Email from Taras Kuzio article in Ukrainian at Gazeta.ua

  • 21 Nov 2014 12:49 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Obama adviser: Arms for Ukraine ‘on the table’

    A top Obama adviser said Wednesday that the administration is considering lethal arms for Ukraine and said he believed it could deter Russia from further aggression against the Eastern European nation. Deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken acknowleged though that the administration has been reluctant to act, fearing that Russia could step up its support for armed separatists.

    "Part of the reason has been that in our judgment, as much as we're able to throw at the Ukrainians in terms of lethal support, unfortunately if the Russians choose to, they will outmatch that easily," Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing on his nomination for the No. 2 post at the State Department.  "That said, what we've seen in recent days and in recent weeks, including the blatant violation by Russia of the very agreement it's signed, the Minsk accords, [defensive lethal assistance] remains on the table. It's something that we're looking at," he added. 

    Republican lawmakers are urging the president to consider providing Ukraine with lethal arms, over fears of a new build-up of Russian military forces along its border.   The Hill  


  • 18 Nov 2014 8:56 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     The sticking plaster Russia-Ukraine gas payment deal will unpeel in March with the intensity of the likely next row dependent on a judgement from a legal panel in Sweden. The potential is there for a far more tangled dispute next year as unresolved issues resurface on the question of payment which determines gas supply for Ukraine and onward to Europe. Last week, talks between Russia and Ukraine brokered by the European Commission led to a temporary agreement on a gas price, a debt repayment schedule and a resumption of gas supplies until the end of March - a fix to the disagreement over a 2009 bilateral supply contract.   REUTERS.   Read More


  • 18 Nov 2014 8:52 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko says his country is "prepared for total war" as fighting continues around the pro-Russian rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Fresh volleys of artillery fire were heard across many parts of Donetsk overnight, fuelling fears of a military build-up amongst rebel forces.   ABC News.   Read More


  • 18 Nov 2014 8:45 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     President Obama edged closer to describing Russia’s military incursions in Ukraine as an invasion, saying on Sunday that the Western campaign to isolate Moscow would continue, though additional sanctions were unnecessary for now. Speaking to reporters at the end of the annual meeting of the Group of 20, an organization of 19 industrial and emerging-market countries along with the European Union, Mr. Obama said the Russians were supplying heavy arms to separatists in Ukraine in violation of an agreement Russia signed with Ukraine a few weeks ago.   The New York Times. Read More 

  • 18 Nov 2014 8:42 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     If someone had told you last fall that Russia would soon invade a neighboring country, annex part of it and occupy another chunk, you might have been skeptical. You certainly would not have believed that, in the face of this shattering of the accepted world order, the Obama administration would generally consider its Russia policy to be a success.   Washington Post.   Read More


  • 18 Nov 2014 8:40 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 today by a vote of 18 to 0. The legislation was introduced by Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) and it imposes broad sanctions on Russia’s defense, energy, and financial sectors, as well as increasing military and non-military assistance for Ukraine.    Read More

  • 18 Nov 2014 8:36 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     The Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), the Washington public-affairs bureau of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), is sponsoring the "Ukrainian Days" advocacy event in cooperation with the Ad Hoc Committee for Ukraine.  For more information, you can go to the UCCA website site:  Read More

  • 18 Nov 2014 8:32 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     On Oct. 26, Ukraine held snap elections to Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament. A key reason for the snap elections was to restore the legitimacy of the parliament after members of the outgoing parliament voted for the so-called dictatorial laws on Jan. 16. The legitimacy of the newly elected parliament hinges on whether elections were fair.  While a number of reputable organizations such as OSCE reported that elections were not fraught with fraud, rumors of fraudulent elections continue to circulate in the media. In this post, we use statistical tools to assess whether such rumors have any foundation.   Washington Post.   Read More


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