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Verkhovna Rada returns Ukrainian delegation to PACE

The Verkhovna Rada approved the resolution on the participation of the Ukrainian delegation in the January session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. It was announced by the head of delegation Elizaveta Yasko on her Facebook page. “We are going to Strasbourg to fight for Ukraine. Thank you to everyone who supported […]

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The Chancellor expressed condolences over the Ukrainian plane crash in Iran

President.gov: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Germany to support the effective investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the shooting down of an aircraft of Ukraine’s International Airlines in Iran. According to the press service of the President, this was discussed in a telephone conversation between Zelenskyy and Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, January 15. Volodymyr […]

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HRW report: one of the positive events in Ukraine in 2019 was the newly formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine and complete separation from the Russian Orthodox Church

The international human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its annual World Report 2020 on global human rights protection. It was launched on Tuesday, 14 January, in New York. In the section devoted to Ukraine, the main topics are armed conflict, rule of law, judicial reform, religious freedom, freedom of expression, attacks on journalists, […]

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The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture recommends Ukraine to improve the situation in psychoneurological residential institutions

CoE: The CoE Committee against Torture of the Council of Europe recommended that Ukraine accelerate the process of deinstitutionalization in social care, solve the lack of personnel and overcrowding. This was stated in the report of the CoE Committee on the results of inspections of three psychoneurological centers in two regions of Ukraine in 2019. […]

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“The human factor”: Iran admitted that it had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian UIA plane

Hromadske: This was stated in the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran, reports Iranian TV channel PressTV. According to the statement, the Iranian military “unintentionally” shot down the Ukrainian plane, killing 176 people. They named the reason as “human factor”, reports The Guardian. It was also mentioned that people responsible for the tragedy […]

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The Embassy of Ukraine in Germany was recognized as one of the most productive in representing and protecting Ukraine’s interests abroad according to foreign policy results 2019

MFA: The team of the Embassy of Ukraine in Germany was awarded by the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”. Based on the results of an expert survey, the Embassy was identified as one of the most productive in representing and defending Ukraine’s interests abroad on foreign policy results of 2019. The Embassy itself thanked the […]

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The first conclusions of the Iranian investigators: the Ukraine International Airlines aircraft was on fire in the air before it crashed

Ukrainian passenger aircraft Boeing 737 of Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA), which crashed on the morning of January 8 in Tehran, was on fire in the air before it crashed. The report by Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization into Wednesday’s crash noted that the crew of the Ukrainian plane tried to return the plane to Tehran airport, […]

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Holland no more: Dutch government officially changes nickname

Government of the Netherlands: The Dutch authorities have decided to rebrand their country’s international image, with a switch from calling it ‘Holland’ to ‘The Netherlands’. The Netherlands and the Kingdom of the Netherlands can be recognised internationally by a new logo. The logo is characterised by two symbols: NL and a stylised orange tulip. The […]

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Croatia’s EU Council presidency: What is mentioned in the Programme About Ukraine

Eurointergration: On January 1, 2020 started the Croatian Presidency of the EU Council, the leading institution of the European Union. This was reported by a correspondent of the European Truth. The Balkan state representative will chair the EU Council for 6 months, after which he will transfer the German presidency. The presiding state can influence […]

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Merkel noted in her New Year’s speech the German Chairmanship of the Council of the European Union and encouraged not to be afraid of change

Bundesregierung: Angela Merkel in her New Year’s Eve speech encouraged Germans not to be afraid of changes and noted that now more than ever, Germans need “the courage to think in a new way, the strength to leave behind well-known paths, the desire to decide on something new and the determination to act faster”. Merkel […]

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Happy New Year!

Dear our readers! Thank you for being with us in 2019. We are happy to meet friends and colleagues from Germany, Ukraine, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Scandinavia and the Baltic States. We wish everyone a good New Year holidays. Let’s be together! Together we create good things and with our information […]

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2019th: Results and Forecasts

The majority of citizens believe that in most sectors of life the situation in Ukraine has become worse this year, although less than last year. These are the results of a nationwide survey conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation together with the sociological service of the Razumkov Centre on 13-18 December. The most […]

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64% Ukrainians support integration into the EU, 51% – into NATO

More than 64% of Ukrainians believe that Ukraine should join the European Union and more than 51% support Ukraine’s membership in NATO. Based on the results of a national study conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation together with the sociological service of the Razumkov Center on 13-18 December in all regions of Ukraine […]

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Third Ukrainian Women’s Congress

coe: The Ukrainian Women’s Congress was held in Kyiv, bringing together about 90 speakers and about 700 participants. The annual event brings together activists, top politicians, think tanks and experts to discuss the current situation, challenges, and successes in promoting gender equality in Ukraine and beyond. During the two days of intense discussions, 9 debates […]

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A special event on the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was held in Berlin

mfa: A 28-th anniversary celebration of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was held in Berlin, attended by members of the German Bundestag, military attachés, the leadership of the German and Bundeswehr Ministries of Defence, foreign ambassadors and representatives of the diplomatic corps. The Chairman of the Headquarters of the German Defense Ministry, Dr. Niko Lange, […]

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Fighter for the freedom and independence of Ukraine, veteran of the anti-terrorist operation in Ukraine Olga Benda was awarded the International Human Rights Award

uinp.gov.ua: One of the heroines of the book “Girls cut their hair”, a veteran of ATU / OOS Olga Benda (Tarasevich), who lost her limb in the war, was awarded the medal named after Dr. Rainer Hildebrandt. Olga Benda was the first Ukrainian to receive this honorable award for the protection of human rights, thanks […]

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Germany contributes 1 million euros to the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2018-2021

kiew.diplo.de: At the beginning of December Germany confirmed a contribution of one million euros to the Council of Europe’s Action Plan for Ukraine. The Council of Europe Action Plan supports reforms in Ukraine to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law. To discuss the implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan for […]

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Germany has contributed 1,500,000 euros in modern medical equipment for the Ukrainian military

armyinform: The presentation of the modern medical equipment acquired by funds of the Federal Republic of Germany was held at the National Military Medical Clinical Center “Main Military Clinical Hospital”. According to the agreement signed between the Bundeswehr and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the German side provided a financial grant in the amount […]

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“The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders”, – OSCE PA President

mfa: On 18 December 2019, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko met with the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President George Tsereteli. Vadym Prystaiko reaffirmed the importance of parliamentary diplomacy in the OSCE and expressed his gratitude to Mr Tsereteli for his strong support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in face of Russian military […]

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EU report: Implementation of reforms continues to bring EU and Ukraine closer together

European Commission: According to the EU report published today Ukraine has adopted important legislation and strengthened institutions, as demanded by the Ukrainian citizens. The next step in the process is to improve the business and investment climate. “The Association Agreement continues to bring the European Union and Ukraine closer together. Thanks to this agreement, the […]

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EU extends sanctions on Russia over Ukraine crisis

EU sanctions targeting Moscow’s finance, energy and defense industries will stay in place until mid-2020. EU leaders extended sanctions in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilization of a neighboring sovereign country. The decision about the extension of the economic sanctions comes after the leaders of Russia and Ukraine met in […]

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430,000 children continue to bear the brunt of eastern Ukraine conflict – UNICEF

UNICEF: Despite recent developments intending to protect the rights of children affected by eastern Ukraine’s more than five-year long conflict, nearly half a million girls and boys continue to face grave risks to their physical health and psychological well-being, said UNICEF. “It is unconscionable that children in eastern Ukraine continue to go to schools with […]

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“Ukrainian Night” in Vienna

Ukrainian Institute: The Museum Quarter, the largest museum building in Vienna, hosted the “Ukrainian Night” festival dedicated to electronic music and visual arts held outdoor. The key event of the festival was the audiovisual show “Discover Ukraine: Bit by Bit” – an animated illuminated projection based on Ukrainian mosaics of 1960-70s. Ukrainian Institute. There are […]

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State Language Law of Ukraine fails to strike balance between strengthening Ukrainian and safeguarding minorities’ linguistic rights, says Venice Commission

CoE: To avoid the language issue becoming a source of inter-ethnic tensions within Ukraine, it is of crucial importance to achieve an appropriate balance in its language policy. The authorities have so far failed to do so, also in the recent State Language Law. This is the key conclusion of the new opinion adopted today […]

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The exhibition “Maria Primachenko – Ivan Primachenko from grandmother to grandson” was presented at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

mfa.gov.ua: The exhibition “Maria Primachenko – Ivan Primachenko from grandmother to grandson” took place in one of the best galleries of the capital of Thailand – Bangkok Art and Culture Centre from October 22 to November 3, 2019. The fantastic world of Ukrainian naive art through the dialogue of generations that lasted for 100 years”. […]

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Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Sweden to increase business presence in Ukraine

President.goiv.ua: Ukraine is interested in large-scale projects in alternative energy, energy security, agriculture, IT sector, infrastructure and environmental protection, as stated by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy following the negotiations with Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven. “I am very grateful to Sweden and personally to the Prime Minister for the continued support for Ukraine, for the […]

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Germany to continue further charitable activities in Ukraine: a further 850,000 euros for aid projects by ADRA

Deutsche Botschaft Kiew: Germany continues to spend more and more money on international aid. Especially in the years 2016 and 2017 the amount has increased and also in the coming year there will be humanitarian projects of the international aid organization ADRA in Ukraine and Germany will donate 850.000 EUR. The European Union and a […]

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Speech by Federica Mogherini at the European Parliament Plenary debate on eastern neighbourhood developments

EU Parliament: Federica Mogherini in her speech at European Parliament on 27th of November outlined the most important developments concerning eastern partnership:” We have become closer as the European Union to all six of our Eastern Partners, in different ways, and I believe we have managed to improve the situation of each and every one […]

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Ukrainian novel about conflict in East won EU Prize for Literature

ukurier: The Center for Fine Arts in Brussels, BOZAR, hosted the 2019 European Union Prize for Literature Ceremony. Among the winners was Behind the Back novel by the Ukrainian writer Haska Shyyan, who is originally from Lviv. Besides her, another 13 authors from European countries, including Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Greece, Italy, and others, became laureates […]

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Ukraine honours two Poles for presenting truth about The Great Famine

Polish film director Agnieszka Holland and the American-Polish journalist and publicist Anne Applebaum have been honoured with the Order of Princess Olga (3rd class)for their work on portraying the truth about The Great Famine of 1932-33. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelinsky handed the award on the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Great Famine. […]

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Germany hopes that Ukraine opens the land market for German farmers – Ambassador of Germany

The German ambassador to Ukraine, Anka Feldhusen, hoped that the new government would open the agricultural land market for German farmers. She said this in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine. The ambassador referred to the example countries where the purchase of land by foreigners was reasonably restricted and regulated. “I know that this is a very […]

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2019 Holodomor Remembrance Day: In Munich, Ukrainians honored the victims of the Genocide

In the heart of Munich, at the weekend, the Ukrainian community, activists, and passers-by took part in the commemoration of the victims of the Holodomor. The main purpose of the event was to honor the victims of the Holodomor and at the same time to demonstrate readiness to prevent such a situation and to unite […]

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What exactly are the Germans doing in Ukrainian Poltava?

Each year, the German involvement grows in the ancient Ukrainian city of Poltava. Here operates the Poltava center of German culture “Wiedergeburt”, German specialists develop and implement a number of municipal, cultural and social projects for the city residents. German companies function, being exemplary both in economic and socio-cultural terms. Ukrainian city becomes a favorite […]

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Economic Forum Ukraine-Bavaria “Ukraine In Transition”

More than two years have passed since the Association Agreement with the EU entered into force. So how is Ukraine doing economically? With remarks by former Minister of State Eberhard Sinner, President of the OWWF, and Yuriy Yarmilko, Ukrainian Consul General in Munich, the German-Ukrainian Economic Forum starts on 15 November 2019 in the Bavarian […]

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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière In Lyon Honored the Victims of the Holodomor

UGGC: On November 10, the Liturgy and the commemoration of the victims of the Holodomor took place at the Notre Dame de Fourier Basilica in Lyon, France. “Today we have gathered at this event to commemorate the victims of the Holodomor of 1932-1933, when millions of people were starved to death not because there was […]

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The International Court of Justice delivered a judgment in favour of Ukraine, recognising that it has jurisdiction in the case of Ukraine v. the Russian Federation

On 8 November 2019, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered an important judgment in the case of Ukraine v. the Russian Federation. The Court finally rejected Russia’s objections to jurisdiction and agreed with Ukraine that its demands were properly submitted to the Court. All claims made by Ukraine regarding the financing of terrorism in […]

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New guidelines for recruitment and training of prison and probation staff

CoE: The Council of Europe issued a new set of Guidelines aimed at assisting its 47 Member States in improving the recruitment, education, training and professional development of prison and probation staff. The guidelines have been developed as a way to share best practices taking into account the diversity of criteria used so far in […]

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Deputy Foreign Minister: Initiating Passport Liberalization to prevent losing Ukrainian citizens

NRCU: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the government initiates so-called passport liberalizationto prevent losing Ukrainian citizen. Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bondar said this in his interview to Ukrainian Radio. “As for the citizens leaving the country when they remain there permanently and slowly obtain citizenship of other countries. By obtaining such citizenship, they […]

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Ukrainians in the World: Why Polish President Duda granted a Polish citizenship to the Ukrainian family?

In June this year, the head of the Western Pomeranian Province, Olgerd Gebliewicz, addressed a letter to the President of Poland. He requested the head of state to grant the Polish citizenship to Andriy Syrovatsky. In the summer, Ukrainian migrant worker Andriy Syrovtsky was driving a truck to the city of Szczecin. He was a […]