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But Biden also had a more far-reaching message to deliver. “It’s not just about Ukraine,” he said. “It’s about the future we have long sought of a Europe whole, free, and at peace something that is in the vital national interest of both the United States and all Europeans.” Poroshenko, in turn, offered thanks for American support since the EuroMaidan Revolution which toppled Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovych. He also said he is looking forward to continuity from the new U.S. administration and stated his hope that “the Ukrainian question will unite the whole American political community and remain one of its top priorities.” Biden also sought to offer reassurance. “If you keep doing the hard work and making the difficult choices to put Ukraine first,” he said, “I promise you the American people will stand with you. This next year is going to be a very, very telling year-a very telling year.
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The club of top officials of fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych’s regime who have successfully avoided prosecution has a new member. Ex-Ecology Minister Mykola Zlochevsky was cleared of corruption charges and can now return to Ukraine after three years of exile. A Ukrainian court closed the case against him in November, but the public only heard of the development when the ex-minister’s oil-and-gas company, Burisma Group, announced it in January. The Prosecutor General’s Office sat on the case for two years. It finally changed the thrust of the investigation from illicit enrichment to tax evasion, and then settled. But prosecutors are now under fire from anti-corruption activists for intentionally botching the case and letting Zlochevsky off the hook. Sabotage claims Zlochevsky was among several top officials who fled Ukraine after the EuroMaidan Revolution that ousted Yanukovych on Feb.
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In 2013 Russia lent Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s then-president, $3 billion in the form of a bond structured under English law. Following his toppling, and the resulting war in eastern Ukraine, the money was never paid back. In a hearing expected to begin on Jan. 17 in London, Russia is trying to recover the debt. On moral grounds, Ukraine is in the clear: Russia has done its best to destabilise the Ukrainian economy, slapping on sanctions, turning off gas and supporting rebels. On legal grounds, however, things look more difficult. Read more here. The post The Economist: The other war Ukraine and Russia appeared first on KyivPost .
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The Ukrainian government’s legal representatives will begin a battle with Russia in London’s High Court on Jan. 17 over the status of a $3 billion Eurobond issued by Ukraine’s pre-revolutionary government. Ukraine argues that the bond was issued illegally in 2013 under former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, and should also be voided because of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and subsequent invasion of eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s defense say Russia cannot insist on repayment of the bond if it breached its obligations to Ukraine under international law. “The main is aim of Ukraine is to draw out the process as much as possible because the fact that the debt exists is not under dispute. The debt exists and they will have to pay it back. Therefore, the longer they draw it out, the better for them,” said Roman Marchenko, senior partner at Ilyashev & Partners, who are not involved in the case.
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If successful, he would win more support for the Ukrainian authorities in the region, and would also boost the popularity of President Petro Poroshenko, for whom Zhebrivsky is a long-term loyalist. But this might not be so easy, given that the region is split by war and some there still have strong pro-Russian sentiments. The oblast’s politics are also strongly influenced by former supporters of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, including billionaire oligarch Rinat Akhmetov, the region’s biggest employer. Still, Zhebrivsky has solid financial support for his causes, thanks to funds from the government in Kyiv, and cash from foreign donors. In September, Zhebrivsky’s administration took in to the regional development budget about $86.7 million in tax revenues from businesses working in separatist-held territories that re-registered their offices in the government-controlled zone.
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Little more than two weeks after first appearing on the news website Korrespondent, a blog purportedly written by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been deleted by the publication's editors. Maxim Minin, the editor-in-chief of Korrespondent.net, told RuNet Echo in an e-mail that the site's editors decided to delete the blog because its author provided no evidence verifying their identity. “He was never in direct contact with the editors to confirm his identity. Therefore, we considered the blog to be fake.” Read more here. The post Global Voices: Website that publishedYanukovych blog’ says it was fake appeared first on KyivPost .
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LONDON -A $3 billion dispute between two adversarial governments will come to a head in an English court on Jan. 17 when Russia and Ukraine meet for a first hearing in their legal battle over a politically charged eurobond. The debt at the heart of the dispute was sold in late December 2013 by then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to Russia, less than two months before his Moscow-backed government was ousted by street protests that the swept ex-Soviet republic. Read more here. The post Reuters: Moscow and Kyiv head for $3 billion debt showdown in English court appeared first on KyivPost .
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Biden has been U.S. President Barack Obama's point person on Ukraine policy. America and its European Union allies have applied economic sanctions against Russia for its illegal annexation of Crimea and its three-year war against the eastern Donbas, in which 10,000 people have been killed. Biden has also urged Poroshenko and other Ukrainian leaders to more vigorously combat corruption. This will be his fifth visit to Ukraine since President Viktor Yanukovych fled to Russia on Feb. 22, 2014, at the height of the EuroMaidan Revolution, in which more than 100 people were killed by police snipers. The post White House: Biden's final visit will underscore US support' for Ukraine appeared first on KyivPost .
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S. and Russia. “Now, it seems that a U.S. election may have been seen as a surrogate battle by those in Kiev and Moscow,” Merkel said. ••• The Ukrainian antipathy for Trump’s team — and alignment with Clinton’s — can be traced back to late 2013. That’s when the country’s president, Viktor Yanukovych, whom Manafort had been advising, abruptly backed out of a European Union pact linked to anti-corruption reforms. Instead, Yanukovych entered into a multibillion-dollar bailout agreement with Russia, sparking protests across Ukraine and prompting Yanukovych to flee the country to Russia under Putin’s protection. In the ensuing crisis, Russian troops moved into the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, and Manafort dropped off the radar. Manafort’s work for Yanukovych caught the attention of a veteran Democratic operative named Alexandra Chalupa, who had worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison during the Clinton administration.
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A blog claiming to be that of the disgraced former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has appeared on the well-known Ukrainian news site Korrespondent. Media analysts say the blog is just part of a new mass-media campaign aimed at spreading pro-Russian messages relating to reestablsing ties with the country. Yanukovych fled to Russia in February 2014 and is widely blamed by Ukrainians for ordering the killings of 100 protesters at the end of the EuroMaidan Revolution. The ousted president is wanted in connection with the killings, and an arrest warrant was also issued for him by a Kyiv court on Jan. 9 concerning the kidnapping of the late head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The blog first appeared on Dec. 29, 2016 and has since been posting daily. Social media accounts claiming to be the former president also appeared on the same day on Twitter and Facebook.
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But actually, America’s coup in Ukraine did a lot worse to Ukraine than just harm to Ukrainian agriculture. I headlined on 23 December 2015, “Gallup: Ukrainians Loathe the Government that Obama Imposed” , and reported that that day’s Gallup poll report showed that “17% approve of the job-performance of their President, Petro Poroshenko. While the pre-coup President, Viktor Yanukovych, was in office, 2010-2014, that figure had been averaging about 23%, and was never as low as Poroshenko’s is now.” Subsequently, polling by Ukraine’s Sofia Center for Social Studies (for example in November 2016 , and also in September 2016 ) showed similarly low approval-ratings for the Obama-stooge regime. And all of these pollsGallup’s and Sofia’s — excluded the two breakaway regions, one of which (Donbass) had voted 90% for Yanukovych, and the other of which (Crimea) had voted 75% for him, both of which knew the Obama-stooge regime only as bombing them, and so would have had 0% approval for its current leader Poroshenko.
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Materials of the pretrial investigation in a criminal case related to high treason of ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych will be sent to court in the first quarter of 2017, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said. Taking into account the fact that we have a lot of materials and witnesses I plan that in coming months Yanukovych would receive the materials of the pretrial investigation for studying them and then the court hearing will start. I plan that this will happen in the first quarter of next year, he told reporters in Kramatorsk on Dec. 27. Lutsenko said that the case is moving in the proper way. I look forward to the decision of Pechersky district court [of Kyiv] to permit to start the special investigation in absentia, he said. Earlier Lutsenko said that Prosecutor General's Office seeks to transfer the Yanukovych high treason case to court by the end of 2016. The post Lutsenko says Yanukovych case to be sent to court in Q1 2017 appeared first on KyivPost .
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