Contents tagged with Verkhovna Rada

  • 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 …

  • President Zelensky’s representative announces plans to dismiss the heads of four government departments

    The representative of the Ukrainian President in the Verkhovna Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk, during an interview on 1+1 TV channel, said that the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky plans to propose to the Ukrainian Parliament to dismiss the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko next week. He will also offer to dismiss the Foreign, Defense, and Security Ministers.

    He also noted that negotiations on new candidates for the posts continue. However, the representative of the Ukrainian President refused …

  • Ukrainian parliament simplifies citizenship application process for foreign military volunteers in Donbas

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has simplified the process to apply for a Ukrainian citizenship for foreigners and stateless persons who defended Ukraine’s territorial integrity and inviolability.

    Two hundred thirty deputies voted to adopt draft law No. 3433. The minimum required to pass is 226.

    The law allows foreign volunteers to bypass the requirement that one must have legally resided in Ukraine for 5 years and know the Ukrainian language.

    A foreigner can attain proof of serving to protect …

  • President Zelensky submits to Ukrainian Parliament draft bill on 'illegal acquisition of wealth'

    The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky has submitted the bill on the punishment for unlawful acquisition of wealth by government officials to the Verkhovna Rada, reports the President’s press service.

    The bill of the Ukrainian President provids for confiscation of the illegally acquired assets and restoration of criminal punishment for illegal enrichment. The text of the document has not been published yet.

    In February, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine recognized the section of the …

  • Saakashvili will not participate in Ukrainian parliament elections but prepared to advise president’s team

    Former Georgian President and governor of Ukraine’s Odessa province Mikheil Saakashvili does not intend to take part in the snap parliamentary election in Ukraine, he told reporters after returning Ukraine, the Ukrainian News Agency reports.

    “I am not going to take part in the elections,” he said.

    Saakashvili said that he will “help Ukraine to become better, but in a different capacity”. He also said that he has not discussed any possible positions within President Volodymyr Zelensky’s team. …

  • President Zelensky submits draft law on impeachment to Ukrainian Parliament

    The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky submitted the bill on the impeachment of the Head of State to the Verkhovna Rada, reported Zelensky's representative in Parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk.

    "President Zelensky, as promised during the election campaign, today submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a draft law on a special procedure for removing the President from office (impeachment)," he said.

    Also, Stefanchuk reminded that the Parliament has received the bill on cancellation of parliamentary …

  • Ukrainian Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit against dissolution of parliament

    The Supreme Court of Ukraine has refused to consider a lawsuit that would seek to invalidate President Volodymyr Zelensky’s decree to dissolve Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, and hold snap parliamentary elections, the court posted on Facebook.

    The unnamed plaintiff claimed that the dissolution of the Rada was a violation of his rights as a voter who voted in the 2014 parliamentary elections. He also considered Zelensky’s decree an infringement of his right to nominate himself as a …

  • Ukrainian parliament rejects Zelensky’s proposal to change election system

    At an extraordinary session of Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, convened by President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday 22 May, the MPs voted against the president’s proposed change to the parliamentary election system. Zelensky’s bill proposed to transition from a plurality voting system to a proportional representation system with closed party lists and a lowering of the entry barrier from 5% to 3%.

    Experts expect that the old system will still be used for the Rada’s elections on 21 …

  • Zelensky calls on EU to strengthen sanctions against Russia

    During a meeting with the Vice-President of The European Commission Maroš Šefčovič on May 20, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky noted the importance of strengthening sanctions against Russia and called on the European Union to continue sanctions pressure, reports Press-service of the President, Radio Liberty reports.

    "The strengthening of sanctions against Russia as a reaction to their aggression is something we hope for. I hope that the pressure through the sanctions from the EU will …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin submits resignation to Zelensky

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin announced that we would submit his resignation and intends to become a deputy of the Ukrainian Parliament (the Verkhovna Rada).

    "As promised, I have submitted a resignation. On Monday, the day of the inauguration, I will send it to the Verkhovna Rada and the new President of Ukraine," said Klimkin in a video message posted on Facebook.

    Klimkin also said that he is ready to help the new government in the areas of "common principles and vision."

    He also …