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The Ukrainian front lines
  Overview of Events in Ukraine during 7-20 November, 2016

Algirdas Karijotas
2016 12 19

These two weeks have been very eventful. The International Criminal Court equating the annexation of Crimea to an international military conflict, and the Human Rights Committee under the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) adopting a resolution regarding human rights in Crimea, which refers to Russia as an occupying power and Crimea – a temporarily occupied territory, are bound to have profound geopolitical consequences.
  Overview of Events in Ukraine during September 26 – October 09, 2016

Algirdas Karijotas
2016 11 22

Foreign Policy

On September 26, the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee gave its consent to a visa-free regime with Ukraine by 38 votes to four against with one abstention. Before the final decision is announced, however, a so-called “clear position” will have to be forged between the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the European Parliament itself. In accordance with European Union procedures, the final decision will be made through voting in the European Parliament. In case the proposition is confirmed, the parliamentarians’ decision will have to be ratified by the foreign affairs ministers of the EU’s committee.

  Overviewof Current Issues in Ukraine during July 4 to July 17, 2016

Algirdas Karijotas
2016 09 19
Foreign Policy

During July 8 – 9, President Petro Poroshenko visited Warsaw where, during a NATO forum, he participated in a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission that took place at the same time, and took part in bilateral talks. Worthy of mention are talks with the Polish President Andrzej Duda, and prime ministers of the Netherlands, the UK and Italy Mark Rutte, David Cameron and Matteo Renzi, respectively. According to Poroshenko, the NATO-Ukraine Commission approved an ambitious, unprecedented complex package of aid to Ukraine. The package specifies about 40 sub-clusters of aid to the country. P. Poroshenko took part in a meeting of the G5+Ukraine Group, concerning the situation in Donbass and the implementation of the Minsk Protocol. President Poroshenko also awarded Alexander Vershbow, who’s nearing the end of his term as NATO’s Deputy Secretary-General, the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise.

  Overviewof Current Issues in Ukraine During April 26 to May 8, 2016

Algirdas Karijotas
2016 06 29

Foreign Policy

The US Assistant Secretary of State V. Nuland visited Kiev where she met with the highest government officials, deputies of the Rada, political party leaders, and public representatives. The main focus of the visit was Ukrainian reforms, especially those related to the socioeconomic system and energy policy, as well as efforts to reform courts and customs in order to fight back against corruption. Ms. Nuland claimed that elections in Donbass, which is no longer under Ukrainian rule, should take place in accordance with Ukrainian law, and meet all international standards, and that sanctions against Russia will remain in force until the Minsk agreements are implemented and Crimea is returned to Ukraine.

  Overviewof events in Ukraine for 2016 April 11–24

Algirdas Karijotas
2016 06 13

Foreign policy

On April 12, the official results of referendum on Ukraine’s Association Agreement with EU, which was held six days earlier, were announced. The turnout reached 32.28 %; 61% voted against, while only 38.21% supporting the agreement. The Dutch Government will present the evaluation of the results to the Parliament in September. This month, the European Commission will offer a visa free regime to Ukraine. According to Reuters, Jean-Claude Junker, Head of the European Commission has already promised that to Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko in March.

  Overview of events in Ukraine for 2016 March 29 –April 10

Algirdas Karijotas
2016 05 16

Foreign policy

The main topic for March 29 – April 10 was the advisory referendum held in the Netherlands which sought to identify the popular support for the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. According to the preliminary results, 38.1% of voters have approved association, while 61.1% spoke against. President of Ukraine P. Poroshenko qualified the referendum as an attack on European unity and stated that the results of the referendum will not disturb Ukraine’s path towards European integration.

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Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice for terrorism and racism (41)

2017 01 19

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine filed a lawsuit in the UN International Court of Justice against Russia within the framework of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, says the site of the Foreign Minister. This is done on the instructions of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, issued on 16 January.

National Armed Forces (NAF) of Latvia will deploy additional military units in three cities (67)

2017 01 18

For effective complex defence of Latvia, the establishment of a permanent division of the National Armed Forces has started in Latgale, reported the official website of the Ministry of Defence.


In Lithuania the amount of 110 thousand Euros was collected at a concert in support of the ATO fighters and residents of Donbass (23)

2017 01 17

On 13 January a concert "Together to the victory" was held in Lithuania, where the audience decided to support Ukraine's defence and donated 110 thousand Euros.


Belarus has established a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries (2)

2017 01 10

Alexander Lukashenko on 9 January signed a decree № 8 "On the establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign nationals." The document establishes visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days at the entrance through the checkpoint "National Airport Minsk" for citizens of 80 countries, - reported the press service of the President of Belarus.

The European Parliament approved the recall of visas for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia (3)

2016 12 19


The European Parliament approved the granting of a visa-free regime for short-term trips to the citizens of Ukraine and Georgia, RIA Novosti reported.


The US House of Representatives approved actions against the influence of Russia

2016 12 08

The US House of Representatives approved a bill on establishing an inter-departmental body, the purpose of which would be to resist Russian attempts of "influencing the people and the governments" of other countries, - reported the Associated Press.

Alexander Parkhomenko. The pro-Russian (not already) President of Moldova, who was seated by the Russian Federation, stated about the way towards the EU

2016 12 02

"I back up": networks got surprised with the unexpected statement of the pro-Russian President Dodon about the EU.

The newly elected president of Moldova Igor Dodon, known for his pro-Russian views, stated that his country is not going to refuse from the cooperation with the European Union.


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