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Ukrainian President Names Saakashvili To Head Reform Council

KYIV — Ukraine’s president has named former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to head the executive committee of Ukraine’s National Reform Council. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy issued an order with the appointment on May 7. The council was created in 2014 to carry out strategic planning and coordinate reforms. Saakashvili, 52, served as Georgia’s president from 2004 […]

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Media Watchdog Condemns ‘Wave Of Violence’ Against Ukrainian Journalists

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is urging Ukrainian authorities to enforce legislation penalizing violence against journalists after a reporter was assaulted by officers in Kyiv last week while he was filming an anti-lockdown protest. In a statement on May 7, the Paris-based media-freedom watchdog says the incident came amid “many other cases of threats and acts […]

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Ukrainian Ex-Prosecutor Ryaboshapka Under Investigation

KYIV — Former Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Ruslan Ryaboshapka, who was forced out in a parliamentary vote of no confidence two months ago, is now under investigation. Ukraine’s Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office told RFE/RL on May 6 that it had opened “criminal proceedings” against Ryaboshapka for what the Criminal Code describes as “declaring false information” and “accepting […]

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Ukraine Offers Saakashvili Post Of Deputy Prime Minister

Ukraine’s government has offered former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili the post of deputy prime minister to supervise reforms. Saakashvili, an ex-governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region, wrote on Facebook on April 22 that he plans to submit to the Ukrainian parliament his proposals “for the urgent changes” needed in “this very difficult period” faced by Ukraine. […]

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Arrested Ukrainian Top Security Officer ‘Planned Interior Minister’s Assassination’

A top security official in Ukraine who was arrested for alleged collaboration with Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) is suspected in plotting the assassination of Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. Avakov’s deputy, Anton Herashchenko, said in a televised interview late on April 16 that Major General Valeriy Shaytanov of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) […]

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Top Ukrainian Security Official Detained For Alleged Collaboration With Russia’s FSB

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) says one of its top officials has been detained on suspicion of collaborating with Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). In an April 14 statement, the SBU said General Valeriy Shaytanov is suspected of high treason and terrorism and that it had gathered evidence, including audio and video recordings, to […]

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Strong Winds Fan Wildfires In Chernobyl Area; Radiation At ‘Permissible’ Levels

DYTYATKY, Ukraine — Wildfires continue to burn near the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant and emergency officials say it is impossible to predict when they will be extinguished. Viktoria Ruban, spokeswoman for the Kyiv regional directorate of the State Emergency Situations Service, told reporters at the Dytyatky checkpoint near the Chernobyl restricted zone on April […]

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Trump Suggests Intelligence Watchdog Was Fired For Sharing Whistleblower Complaint

U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters on April 4 that the inspector-general of the intelligence community he fired the previous day had taken “a fake report and took it to Congress with an emergency,” lending weight to accusations that the dismissal was retaliation connected to Trump’s congressional impeachment over pressure he put on Ukraine. Trump […]

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Ukraine Says Fire Extinguished Near Contaminated Site Of Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

Emergency authorities in Ukraine say there are no signs of any fire still burning in the uninhabited exclusion zone around the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear plant after firefighters mobilized to put out a blaze. The country’s State Emergency Service said early on April 5 that background radiation levels were “within normal limits.” More than 130 firefighters, […]

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Ukraine Says It Uncovered Spy Channel Between Naval Officer, Russia’s FSB

Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) says it has breached an espionage communication channel between a high-ranking Ukrainian naval officer and staff from Russia’s main spy agency, the FSB, in the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula.Procedures have begun to remove the officer’s access to confidential information and strip him of his rank, the SBU said in a statement on […]

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Ukraine’s Parliament To Hold Special Session On IMF Bills Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has scheduled an extraordinary session for the afternoon of March 30 to adopt legislation that would protect the eastern European country during the COVID-19 pandemic.Bills will be considered required by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to unlock a lending program worth up to $8 billion, which would further lead to […]

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