Contents tagged with Yanukovych

  • Kyiv: NATO military forces arrived in Odessa to participate in Sea Breeze 2019 exercises

    Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported about the arrival of additional units of the North Atlantic Alliance in Odessa to participate in the Sea Breeze 2019 exercises. The first units arrived in Odessa on the American C-130J Hercules, and the UK special marine forces arrived on British A400 Atlas jet aircraft, reports the press service of the Ukrainian military department.

    The exercises Sea Breeze were initially conducted as part of the Partnership for Peace program. Since the 2000s, they were …

  • Former deputy head of Yanukovych administration returns to Ukraine

    Andriy Portnov, the former deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration under Viktor Yanukovych, claims to have returned to Ukraine, Radio Liberty reports.

    “Friends, for more than five years I have not been in my country. And today I want to give a strong signal to the thousands of people who have left Ukraine – it is time to return, to build and to restore. Hello, my dear Homeland!” Portnov wrote on Telegram, illustrating his message with a photo on the road with a minibus marked “ …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine one step away from reclaiming 'Yanukovych’s gold'

    The investigators from the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine are one step away from returning “Yanukovych’s gold”, said Deputy Prosecutor General Yevhen Yenin. He noted that, in addition to the former president’s funds, the department has also made progress in its search for former prime minister Pavlo Lazarenko’s money. Yenin believes that there will need to be political will for the funds to be ultimately reclaimed.

    Yenin reported on the investigation’s progress during a press …

  • Media: the European Union lifted sanctions against 9 Yanukovych's associates

    Because of the lack of evidence, the EU has removed nine persons close to the ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych from the sanctions list. These restrictions were initially imposed in 2014, reports Welt am Sonntag.

    170 people and 44 organizations associated with Yanukovych are presently under EU sanctions. They are accused of undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine. However, the newspaper does not specify who exactly is removed from the list.

    Meanwhile, Mykola Tochytskyi, the …

  • Ukrainian elections: One third of Ukrainians voted for Zelensky

    After announcing his candidacy on New Year’s Eve, Volodymyr Zelensky needed only three months to come first out of 40 other candidates in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential elections on 31 March. According to three authoritative sociological services, the results are unprecedented in Ukraine’s recent history. A comedian and political debutant, Zelensky received roughly 30.4% of the votes, whereas current president and candidate Petro Poroshenko came second with only 16.4%. Former prime …

  • Ukraine imposes new sanctions on Russia

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has enacted a decision by the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) from 19 March 2019 “On the use, revocation and introduction of amendments to the personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions)”.

    Sanctions have been placed on 294 legal and 848 physical entities, among them Oleksandr Yanukovych’s MAKO Holding, EN+ Group and a number of companies linked to Oleg Deripaska, and the companies Power Machines and Stroytransgaz.

    The …

  • Media: Yanukovych transferred $36 million out of Ukraine through Swedbank

    Swedish television SVT discovered in its investigation that former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych used Swedish bank Swedbank to get money out of Ukraine, DELFI reported.

    The information obtained by the investigation indicates that an offshore company associated with Yanukovych had a Swedbank account in Lithuania from 2004 to 2014. The bank deposits were registered in the bank documents as royalties which the Ukrainian president allegedly received for “doubtful” book publications. …

  • Kremlin: former Ukrainian president Yanukovych is guarded in Russia by Putin's order

    The Russian Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov stated that former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is being guarded by Russian government security. Peskov noted, “government security is provided based on the decision of the head of the state.”

    Peskov affirmatively answered the question about the existence of a presidential decree regarding Yanukovych’s protection saying: “Yes, yes, it (the decree) was given, when he (Yanukovych) left (to Russia) as the head of (the Ukrainian) government.” …

  • Interpol removes former Ukrainian President Yanukovych from the wanted list

    Interpol again removed the former President Viktor Yanukovych from the international wanted list, reports Ukrainski Novyny news agency with reference to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office. 

    "We request an arrest warrant, but they refuse. They consider it to be political persecution," said the press secretary of the Prosecutor General, Larisa Sargan. 

    According to her, after the sentence, the Prosecutor General’s Office will again turn to Interpol to resume the international search for …

  • Yanukovych says he is ready to discuss Ukrainian prisoners exchange with Putin

    During a press conference in Russia, Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych announced that he is ready to initiate a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the exchange of prisoners according to the “all for all” procedure. 

    “If necessary, if there is such initiative on the Ukrainian side, I am ready to talk with Putin and submit such proposal,” said Yanukovych. 

    According to him, for this to happen he needs some initiative from the President Petro Poroshenko, and the order …