Contents tagged with Verkhovna Rada

  • Ukrainian Parliament approves resignation of Prime Minister Honcharuk

    Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has dismissed Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk. The decision was supported by 353 MPs during an extraordinary session of the Parliament.

    In his final statement, Honcharuk said that a lot of dirt has been poured recently on his team for their actions, but his government "did not steal and systematically fought against corruption from the beginning to the end".

    He also noted that during his work he did not receive any illegal orders from …

  • Ukraine offers water for Crimea in exchange for Russia’s concessions in Donbas

    Ukraine could resume the water supply to Crimea in exchange for concessions in the negotiations on the Donbas, said Servant of the People party leader Davyd Arakhamia to the Verkhovna Rada, as broadcast by the TV channel Pryamiy.

    “If we give water to Crimea, we will have a big advantage in the negotiations on the Donbas – that’s my personal position, I’d consider it an adequate compromise,” said the MP. He said that Kyiv could send water to the occupied peninsula if the Russians “withdraw to …

  • Ukrainian MPs form coalition to reclaim Russian Kuban region

    13 members of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, have created an interparty coalition called “Kuban”. The new group will work on the return of Ukrainian ethnic territories and ethnic Ukrainians to the cultural and social field, MP Oleksiy Honcharenko, elected head of the union, wrote on Facebook.

    “First and foremost, we will work on Kuban. But other regions that are densely inhabited by Ukrainians will also be under our close attention,” Honcharenko wrote.

    The MP also published a copy …

  • Ukraine abolishes parliamentary immunity

    Today, September 3, the Ukrainian Parliament approved the removal of parliamentary immunity provision from the Ukrainian Constitution.

    373 Ukrainian MPs voted in favor of the bill. The bill comes into force on January 1, 2020.

    The entire faction “Opposition Platform — For Life” refused to vote for the bill.

    Before the vote, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky spoke from the podium and called on the parliamentarians to complete the process of abolishing the parliamentary immunity. He …

  • Russia classifies all data on economic activity in Crimea

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told the Glavcom news agency that Russia has now classified all information on economic activity in Crimea.

    “[The Russian authorities in Crimea] have even classified all data on economic activity within Crimea. I understand that many people who held different positions there in 2014 have now realized that all the people who do something there are paratroopers from Russia,” the Ukrainian diplomat remarked.

    He believes that maintaining internal stability …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine will not invite PACE observers to parliamentary elections

    Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy canceled the invitation for members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to observe the early parliamentary elections in Ukraine, reports the head of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Vladimir Aryev.

    Earlier, Ukrainian Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs recommended the Verkhovna Rada to suspend the participation of permanent Ukrainian delegation in the PACE.

    Earlier, PACE removed all restrictions from the …

  • Russian Defense Ministry to shoot 'truthful film' on annexation of Crimea

    Russia’s Defense Ministry plans to create its own film studio in the “Patriot” park near Moscow, where it will shoot a “truthful film”, Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu told the Russian TV channel Zvezda in an interview.

    “We want there to be a good, truthful film, and that is why we have begun and, I think, will soon make that very film studio, film center, where we will shoot the film. Incidentally, it will be here, in the Patriot park, and in various areas in Moscow,” the minister said.

    Among …

  • President Zelensky dismisses 15 Ukrainian governors

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed 15 heads of the Local Government Administrations. The decrees on their dismissal have been posted on the President’s website.

    The heads of Kyiv, Kherson, Odesa, Lviv, and Khmelnytskyi, as well as other regions administrations, have been dismissed. The press service of the President also published decrees on the appointment of 13 people who will be working as governors.

    On June 10 Zelensky’s press Secretary Yuliya Mendel noted that Zelensky …

  • President Zelensky’s party publishes program to 'reset Ukraine's government'

    At a session on 9 June, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s “Servant of the People” party unveiled its program for the upcoming snap parliamentary elections. Its priorities include purging and renewing the country’s government system, eradicating corruption, establishing attractive conditions for business, reforming the social sector and building an innovative economy, the party wrote on Facebook.

    “Ukraine needs radical changes. This was confirmed by the voting for Volodymyr Zelensky in …

  • Poroshenko announces he is ready to assume office of Ukrainian Prime Minister

    The fifth president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, announced he is ready to assume the office of Prime Minister in the event that his European Solidarity party wins in the early parliamentary elections.

    “If we win the elections, then yes,” Poroshenko said in a comment to Hromadske, as reported by Radio Svoboda.

    On June 9, the European Solidarity Party presented the first ten of its list for the early parliamentary elections which are scheduled for July 21. It included, among others: Petro …