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VIENNA, Austria Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash was arrested in the Vienna Court of Appeal on Feb. 21 where its judge ruled that the billionaire businessman could be extradited to the United States to face bribery charges. As the judge of the Vienna Court of Appeal made his final comments after satisfying an appeal by U.S. prosecutors, Firtash, sitting at the defendant's table, was visibly shocked. The Austrian Ministry of Justice will make a final decision on the extradition of the Ukrainian oligarch, who had close ties to ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Firtash was arrested after the judge also ruled that an arrest warrant from the Spanish Anti-corruption Office be enforced Firtash is also wanted in Spain on money laundering charges. Now the exiled Ukrainian oligarch will go to Spain and then to the U.S. He was surrounded by police after he left the courtroom, detained under the Spanish arrest warrant, and then taken to another room in the court building.
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officials supported the violent overthrow of elected President Viktor Yanukovych, prompting Crimea to rejoin Russia and causing ethnic Russians in the east to rise up against the U.S.-backed coup regime in Kiev, which then sought to crush the rebellion. The Kiev regime later torpedoed a peace deal that had been hammered out by Russian, Ukrainian and European negotiators in Minsk.” But such a summary would not have the desired propaganda effect on the American people. It would not present the U.S.-backed side as the “white hats” and the pro-Russia side as the “black hats.” The simple truth is that the story of Ukraine is far more complex and multi-sided than The Washington Post, The New York Times and most mainstream U.S. news outlets want to admit. They simply start the clock at the point of Crimea’s rejection of the post-coup regime and distort those facts to present the situation simply as a “Russian invasion.
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BRUSSELS EU ambassadors are expected to agree to extend asset freezes imposed against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and 15 of his associates for another year according to EU sources. Read more here. The post RFE/RL: EU to renew asset freeze against Yanukovych appeared first on KyivPost .
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Hundreds came to central Kyiv on the morning of Feb.18 to attend events dedicated to the third anniversary of the killings of EuroMaidan activists, commonly known as the Heavenly Hundred. The series of mourning events will last until Feb. 21, and will honor the victims of the Revolution of Dignity, which took place during the winter of 2013-14. Three years ago on Feb. 1820, 2014, at least 125 people were killed during clashes between protesters and security forces in Kyiv, including 19 police officers. Overall, more than 600 people got injured. On Feb. 22, 2014 the Ukrainian Parliament impeached then-President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the country on the night of Feb. 22 to Russia, where he has been residing ever since. In Kyiv, events are being held on Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the ity's central square, near the memorial dedicated the Heavenly Hundred.
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Over 200,000 people are expected to take part in mass demonstrations that will take place starting on Saturday in central Kiev's Independence Square, or Maidan Nezalezhnosti, marking three years since the events that led to the toppling of the government of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.
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Ukrainian poet and novelist Serhiy Zhadan was detained on Feb. 11 by Belarusian police and ordered to leave the country within three days in Minsk. The writer blamed the action Russia, which in 2016 banned him “for involvement in terrorist activities.“Because Belarus and Kazakhstan follows common visa rules, the Russian ban automatically to Belarus and Kazakhstan,” he wrote on his Facebook page. Zhadan is a well-known Ukrainian author, whose work has been widely translated into English, German, Polish, Russian, French, and others. In his books, he often writes about inhabitants of eastern Ukraine, the territory where he came from. His native Luhansk is currently occupied by pro-Kremlin separatists. He was also an active supporter of the EuroMaidan Revolution that drove President Viktor Yanukovych from power. He was injured during a rally in the eastern city of Kharkiv in 2014.
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Yuliya Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s former prime minister and the country’s most skilled politician, has always taken her hairstyle seriously. Her tight blond braid was a symbol of the peaceful Orange Revolution in 2004. While spending two and half years in jail during the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych, a Russian-backed kleptocrat, she let her hair down. When she emerged from prison, following the Maidan revolution in 2014, many Ukrainians wrote her off as a spent force. But Ms Tymoshenko is back in fighting form. And on Feb. 3, as she flew to Washington in an uninvited effort to meet Donald Trump, America’s new president, she restored the braid. As the first Ukrainian politician to shake Mr Trump’s hand, she hoped to be recognised from the days when she was the televised face of the country’s politics. Read more here. The post The Economist: Ukraine tries to persuade Donald Trump not to give up on it appeared first on KyivPost .
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Tuka said that tycoon Rinat Akhmetov or allies of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych could be appointed to run these transition governments. They are seen as compromise figures, acceptable to both the Ukrainian and the Russian authorities. Western pressure Western diplomatsstatements also indicate that major concessions to the Kremlin are being discussed. Ernst Reichel, Germany’s ambassador to Ukraine, said on Feb. 7 that local elections in the occupied territories could be held even before Russia withdraws its troops from the area – an idea also voiced by Pinchuk. That would allow the Kremlin to hold sham elections and appear to legitimize its puppets. Balazs Jarabik, a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said that if Ukraine fails to implement the Minsk deal, the West could drop the Donbas-related sanctions against Russia this year, leaving just the “largely symbolicsanctions over the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea.
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m. with rebroadcasts on Mondays at 8 a. m. It can also be viewed on YouTube. Previously, he and Ukrainian Sergiy Velichansky co-hostedTea Time” for a year on First National Channel. Vedrine has made his home in Ukraine for the last four years, coming just before the EuroMaidan Revolution that drove President Viktor Yanukovych from power on Feb. 22, 2014. Vedrine thinks the West under Hollande and former U. S. President Barack Obama made key mistakes by not standing up to Russia from the start of its invasion of the Crimean peninsula. The time to act, he said, was when the Kremlin initially denied that the “little green men” deployed were actually invading Russian soldiers. Vedrine thinks that the West should have “sent troops to help Russia with the ‘little green men.’ Nobody did that. Why didnt the Ukrainian army fight? They didnt have the instruments to fight.
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Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said he is ready to cooperate with Ukrainian investigators and convinced that no obstacles currently exist for appropriate investigatory and procedural actions to be taken with his participation in Russia. At any time you like, you may personally arrive at the place of my residence, which you know, to receive my testimony, serve documents as may be necessary, and proceed with other procedural actions, Yanukovych said in a motion that his lawyer Vitali Serdyuk is expected to submit to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office on Jan. 30. In this case, I plead that you consider that I desire to cooperate with investigators and tell them about all actual circumstances of the case for the purpose of a comprehensive and unbiased investigation, Yanukovych said. The Aver Lex lawyer association highlighted the fact that Yanukovych has not yet been served the documents sent earlier by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office to Russia.
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