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  • 25 May 2016 11:02 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Following the Revolution of Dignity, Ukraine has taken big political and economic steps forward. Today, we need to assess what has been accomplished and what Ukraine should achieve in the next fifteen years. The nation needs to set ambitious goals, aiming for an average economic growth rate of 6-7 percent a year. That kind of growth is possible because Ukraine is lagging so far behind neighboring European countries.   Atlantic Council.   Read More


  • 25 May 2016 10:57 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Zorro is known for defending the poor and the oppressed from corrupt villains, and the masked hero’s name is also part of the Ukrainian word for transparency. Ukraine hopes its new online procurement system, ProZorro, can achieve all these aims.    The Wall Street Journal.   Read More

  • 25 May 2016 10:39 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    “A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. . . . We must have patience till luck turns,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1798. Jefferson wrote this observation to a friend thirteen years after the Revolutionary War ended and twenty-five years after the Boston Tea Party. Revolutions require courage and sacrifice. Post-revolutionary transitions require patience and luck.   Atlantic Council.   Read More


  • 25 May 2016 10:30 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), Nancy Izzo-Jackson and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator Robert Jenkins announced that the United States will provide more than $28 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to help the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people affected by Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea.    Embassy of the United States, Kyiv Ukraine.   Read More 

  • 25 May 2016 10:15 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    708 days. That's how long the most-known Ukrainian prisoner spent in Russian captivity. May 25th was the last day Nadiya Savchenko had to endure in Russia. This Wednesday, she returned home - to Ukraine. Savchenko was released as part of the prisoner swap arranged between Kyiv and Moscow. The Ukrainian pilot and a Member of Parliament was exchanged for two Russian special forces agents detained in eastern Ukraine in May 2015.   Ukraine Today.   Read More

  • 22 May 2016 10:51 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    The Minsk arrangements that were supposed to resolve the conflict in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine have not been implemented. Ukrainians and others increasingly question whether it is time to abandon the Minsk process. The Ukrainian government, however, should not do so, as it would dangerously undermine Kyiv’s position.  KyivPost.  Read More

  • 22 May 2016 10:35 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Channel 5's Andriy Suslenko interviews Glen Grant, a former colonel in the British Army and lecturer at Riga Business School.   Channel 5.  Follow the link to watch the video

  • 07 May 2016 5:35 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Russia hears dark message in Ukraine's Eurovision song

    Though few would dispute that the Eurovision Song Contest is one of the continent's most politically charged annual events, actually singing about politics is verboten.

    But this year's submission from Ukraine is causing more controversy than usual ahead of this month's contest. Russia feels the song by the Crimean Tatar Jamala is a swipe at President Vladimir Putin, who annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. The singer denies the allegations. Stuff.co.nz    Read More      Video


  • 03 May 2016 7:39 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Food Theft in Italy May Not Be a Crime, Court Rules

    ROME — Stealing food from a supermarket may not be a crime in Italy if you are homeless and hungry, the nation’s highest appeals court has ruled.

    In a case that has drawn comparisons to “Les Misérables,” the Supreme Court of Cassation threw out the conviction of a homeless man from Ukraine, Roman Ostriakov, who was caught trying to take 4.07 euros — about $4.70 — worth of cheese and sausage from a store in Genoa without paying for it. A trial court sentenced him in February 2015 to six months in jail and a fine of €100. NY Times   Read More

  • 08 Apr 2016 8:22 AM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)
    NY Times Op
    The West Is Enabling Graft in Ukraine
    By OLIVER BULLOUGH

    If you've gone to the trouble of stealing millions of dollars, you want to keep them somewhere more secure than Panama.  Read 


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