Chaos in Ukraine Is Making Putin Stronger

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Aliaksandr Kudrytski, Volodymyr Verbyany – February 17, 2016) Two years after Ukrainians shed blood on the streets of Kiev to crush a Kremlin-backed kleptocracy, the country of more than 40 million people is back on the brink of failed-state status. The government’s long descent into chaos reached a new nadir this week, when amid reform delays […]

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Ukrainian Cabinet to keep working, fuss surrounding its work aimed at redistributing financial flows, seizing power – Yatsenyuk

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KYIV. Feb 3 (Interfax) – The Ukrainian Cabinet of ministers will continue working, and if some parliamentarians disagree with this, they are free to initiate a vote of no confidence in the government, says Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. “We, as a government, will keep doing our job, we will be fulfilling the government action program, we will pursue reform, and […]

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NEWSLINK Buzzfeed: Washington’s Man In Ukraine Can’t Stop His Country’s Corrupt Cronies. Ukraine’s Western allies backed Arseniy Yatsenyuk when he became prime minister and vowed to “wage a war” on graft. But as the country’s fight against corruption stalls, many in Kiev see his government as part of the problem

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NEWSWATCH Kyiv Post: Yatsenyuk fires back at Russia, oligarchs and those who thwart reform

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The Kiev Post covers Sept. 16 remarks by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk addressing multiple challenges facing Ukraine, including a goal of European integration in the face of Russian opposition. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk hardly left anyone out during a televised government meeting on Sept. 16. He charged at Russia, parliament, government coalition partners, local authorities and the customs […]

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Ukrainian premier Yatsenyuk’s party drops out of elections

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – bne IntelliNews – August 28, 2015) The People’s Front party founded by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk and allies has effectively thrown in the towel, annnouncing that it will not participate in local elections on October 25, 2015. The move follows a catastrophic drop in ratings to under 3%. “People’s Front party will not […]

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NEWSWATCH The Independent (UK): Vladimir Putin wants to ‘eliminate Ukraine – I have no doubt’, claims Ukrainian PM

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The Independent covers comments by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk about the Russo-Ukrainian War and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policies towards Ukraine. The Prime Minister of Ukraine has claimed that Vladimir Putin is trying to ‘eliminate Ukraine’ as conflict continues between government troops and rebels.   Russia has persistently denied supporting separatist fighters … but Arseniy Yatsenyuk said there was irrefutable evidence of […]

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NEWSLINK Ukrainian PM Blasts Separatists: ‘We Will Never Talk to Terrorists’

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk rejected criticisms from Russia on Wednesday that the embattled government in Kiev is failing to work toward reconciliation with separatist leaders in Donetsk and Luhansk.

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Interfax: Economic growth may resume in Ukraine in 2016 if reforms continue – PM Yatsenyuk

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KYIV. June 11 (Interfax) – Hopefully, the Ukrainian economy will resume growth in 2016 if reforms continue in the country, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said. “Any simple recipes or quick solutions do not exist. But, hopefully, if everything goes according to our plan, 2016 should become the first year of economic growth,” Yatsenyuk was quoted as saying by the […]

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Ukraine defending Europe, world order, says Yatsenyuk

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(Interfax – June 9, 2015) Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called for unity of the European Union and the United States needed “to defeat the aggressor.” He made the statement at a forum of the American Jewish Committee during a working visit to Washington DC, the Ukrainian government press service has reported. “We are positive that we can regain […]

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Ukraine May Leave Crimea’s Fate to Next Generation, Premier Says

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Volodymyr Verbyany and Kateryna Choursina – December 30, 2014) Ukraine may have to leave the fate of Crimea to future generations, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said, a day after the president said the country can’t afford to take back its rebel-held areas by force. The government in Kiev and its allies have condemned the March annexation […]

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Interfax: Some 540 Ukrainian officials fired in two stages of lustration – Yatsenyuk

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KYIV. Nov 26 (Interfax) – A total of 28,000 people have been let go as a result of the reduction in costs of keeping Ukrainian public officials, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said. Opening the government meeting on Wednesday, Yatsenyuk also said that some 500 officials had been fired based on the results of the second stage of lustration. “Some […]

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Ukraine President Tells Party to Back Yatsenyuk for PM

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Daryna Krasnolutska, Volodymyr Verbyany – October 31, 2014) Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko “suggested” his party support Arseniy Yatsenyuk for the post of prime minister. The president made the announcement on his Twitter account today, less than a week after Poroshenko’s and Yatsenyuk’s parties finished neck-and-neck as the top vote winners in Oct. 26 parliamentary elections. Pro-European […]

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Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk parties dispute victory in tight elections

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – October 30, 2014) The People’s Front party, founded and led by Ukraine’s prime minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, and President Petro Poroshenko’s eponymous Petro Poroshenko Bloc are disputing which of them won Ukraine’s landmark parliamentary elections held on October 26. At stake is the right to draw up a crucial programme of sweeping reforms on which […]

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Thirty-nine government heads roll after lustration law takes effect

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – October 17, 2014) Ukrainian PM Arseny Yatsenyuk has said that 39 top government officials have lost their jobs on the basis of a lustration law that entered into force on October 14, purging officials who served under former president Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted in February. “In accordance with the basic norm of the […]

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Business New Europe: Ukraine’s lustration law bans up to a million from holding office, Poroshenko escapes

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – October 15, 2014) Ukraine’s new law on lustration came into force on October 15 on being published in government announcer Holos Ukrainy. According to Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who backed the law, it bans up to 1m Ukrainians from holding office. The bill principally targets officials who served during the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych, […]

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RIA Novosti: Russian Envoy Slams Ukrainian Prime Minister’s Address to UN Assembly

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UNITED NATIONS, September 25 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin has criticized the speech delivered by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to the UN General Assembly. “It is strange that the Ukrainian prime minister, instead of resolving the numerous problems of his country, which is approaching an economic collapse, has headed to New York to […]

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RIA Novosti: Prime Minister Yatsenyuk: Ukraine to Become Independent From Russian Gas in Five Years

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MOSCOW, September 8 (RIA Novosti) – Kiev will stop being dependent on Russian gas in five years, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in an interview to Ukraine’s 1+1 television channel. The “victory” is achieved when Ukraine will not buy Russian gas at all, which could be accomplished in a five-year period, Yatsenyuk said in an interview released on Sunday. […]

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Interfax: Kyiv needs NATO help – Ukrainian PM

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KYIV. Aug 27 (Interfax) – The Ukrainian government plans to endorse a Ukraine-NATO action program for 2014 at its Wednesday session, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said. “The government will endorse a Ukraine-NATO annual action program today. The president of Ukraine will be present at the NATO summit. NATO is our partner, and we expect our western partners and the alliance […]

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Interfax: Post-war rebuilding of Donbas will cost billions of dollars – Yatsenyuk

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KYIV. Aug 20 (Interfax) – Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the damage done to Ukraine by the war in southeastern Ukraine is in the billions of dollars. “It is very difficult to have a working economy and a healthy financial sector in a situation when there is a war going on in the country,” Yatsenyuk said while opening a […]

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Ukrainian Ruling Coalition Breaks up, Early Elections Loom

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(Eurasia Daily Monitor: Volume 11, Issue 137 – Oleg Varfolomeyev – Jamestown Foundation – jamestown.org – July 28, 2014) The majority coalition in Ukraine’s unicameral parliament has formally dissolved. This should make it possible for President Petro Poroshenko, who was himself elected (on May 25) in early elections, to call early parliamentary elections. His party may win, according to opinion polls, while the […]

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RIA Novosti: Ukrainian Prime Minister Threatens to Reformat Parliament, Government

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KIEV, July 4 (RIA Novosti) – Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk during a parliament session Friday threatened to change the format of the country’s parliament, government and coalition, if the majority continues not to support the legislative initiatives of the Cabinet of Ministers. “I believe that it is very difficult for the government and parliament to work in this type […]

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Russia Bats Off Yatsenyuk’s Accusation of Gas Stealing

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Panin – May 28, 2014) Acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Tuesday that Russia should return the $1 billion worth of gas that he said it stole while annexing Crimea, and accused Moscow of not being trustworthy when it comes to negotiating. “We would like to hear an explanation from Russia, including the […]

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Ukraine prepared to settle gas debt within 10 days, if Gazprom agrees to return the price to $268 – Ukrainian Prime Minister

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(Interfax – May 8, 2014) Ukraine is prepared to complexly settle its debt for Russian gas within 10 days after Russian gas giant Gazprom agrees to return the price to $268 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas and sign the corresponding supplementary agreement, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said. “As soon as such a price is set and an additional […]

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RIA Novosti: Ukraine on Brink of Economic Bankruptcy – Acting PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk

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KIEV, March 27 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine is facing default if the country’s parliament fails to approve unpopular anti-crisis measures proposed by the government, Ukraine’s interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Thursday. “These decisions need to be approved, otherwise Ukraine will become bankrupt,” Yatsenyuk said in his address to the parliament on the economy which has slowed because of the […]

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