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Dmytro Kuleba in Brussels announced five priorities for EU integration

mfa.gov.ua: Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmytro Kuleba opened the fifth meeting of the Ukraine-EU Association Committee. He reminded that the current government is the first in the history of Ukraine to include an ambitious goal – to reach the economic standards of Copenhagen’s necessary for EU accession over the next five […]

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“German Weeks in Ukraine” under the motto “30 years since fall of Berlin Wall”

Deutsche Botschaft: From 25 October to 9 November this year the “German Weeks in Ukraine” will be held for the seventh time. The motto of this year’s program is “30 years since fall of Berlin Wall.” The German Ambassador to Ukraine, Anka Feldhusen, in her opening speech emphasized: “When the Berlin Wall fell on November […]

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The Ukraine-EU Association Committee meeting will increase the bilateral cooperation with the European Union, – Dmytro Kuleba

mfa.gov.ua: The fifth meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Committee, which will be held in Brussels (Kingdom of Belgium) on November 5, is a very significant event that will enhance the dynamics of relations with the European Union. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmytro Kuleba in his statement to […]

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Statement of the NATO-Ukraine Commission

NATO: The NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC) met in Kyiv with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and members of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to discuss the security situation in and around Ukraine, the reform process within the country, as well as progress in the NATO-Ukraine partnership. The NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC) discussed the security situation in […]

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NATO Secretary General addresses Verkhovna Rada

NATO: Addressing the Verkhovna Rada on Thursday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg encouraged parliamentarians to advance Ukraine’s ambitious reforms. “You have the opportunity to work together across party lines, for the benefit of all citizens of Ukraine and to embrace the possibilities that come with a free, open and democratic society,” he said. In his […]

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President of Ukraine discussed with the Federal Chancellor of Germany the preparation for the meeting of the leaders of the Normandy format

Eurointegration: The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky discussed preparations for a meeting in the Normandy format in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, this is stated in a statement on the website of the president. “Angela Merkel expressed her support for Ukraine’s efforts to establish peace in Donbas and congratulated the progress achieved […]

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Oleksandr SIENKEVYCH: “Ensuring the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs)”

CoE: In Europe, more than 4 million people have been displaced inside their own countries in recent decades due to armed conflicts and violence.  The specific situation of internally displaced persons was debated by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe at its session in Strasbourg on 29 October 2019. The report […]

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Germany reacted to a military disengagement in Zolote

gazeta.ua: In Germany, the disengagement of forces in Zolote was called “an important indicator of hope”. The German Foreign Ministry reacted to the beginning of the disengagement in Zolote in Donbas. Germany believes that the disengagement is an “important signal of hope” and declared the need to continue it in other regions. This was announced […]

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B.C. proclaims Ukrainian Holodomor Memorial Day in November

Interfax: B.C. officially recognizes the annual day of remembrance for Ukraine’s Holodomor, thanks to a personal effort from B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver. “The Holodomor was specially planned and implemented by the Soviet regime to systematically destroy the desire of the Ukrainian people for a free and independent Ukraine,” the official website of the […]

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Why is it getting more difficult for Ukrainian drivers to visit Poland and travel on its territory?

The reason is that Poland aims to make it’s air clean and compliant with Polish and European air quality standards. This aim is achievable. However, the following changes need to be introduced and enforced. OUR COMMENT Many old used European cars recently became available in Ukraine. Almost all of them had a long exploitation life […]

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Auer Dult: A market with a centuries-old tradition

The Auer Dult, a traditional annual market in Munich finished this weekend. Auer Dult is taking place three times per year on the Mariahilfplatz, where the Neo-Gothic church of Mariahilfkirche rises in the Munich district of Au. The first fair of the year, the so-called Maidult (May fair) is held on the first weekend of […]

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German Parliament Rejects Bill Canceling Russia Sanctions

Bundestag: The AfD parliamentary group demands that the German government speak up in the European Council for the immediate abolition of all sanctions against Russia. According to a proposal (19/14349), EU sanctions policy has not only failed to achieve its goals, but also stands in the way of a political solution to the conflict in […]

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Why Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic starts talking about dual citizenship?

To begin with, there are some statistics: according to the latest UN report, there are 5.9 million migrants from Ukraine in the world. According to this indicator, the Ukrainian state is among the top ten countries from which people migrate the most. OUR COMMENTARY For each country, immigration is a negative trend. There is an […]

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European summit of Presidents of Parliament in Strasbourg

CoE: The Presidents of Parliament from the 47 Council of Europe member states and many partners, observers and neighboring countries, along with the Presidents of other international assemblies, meet in Strasbourg on 24 and 25 October 2019 for a European parliamentary summit. Some 60 Presidents, together with 300 other delegates, attend the conference, organized by […]

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with the Orthodox Church of Ukraine’s Metropolitan Epiphaniy

State.gov: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphany of Kyiv and All Ukraine, Primate of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Secretary Pompeo congratulated Metropolitan Epiphaniy on his receipt of the Athenagoras Human Rights Award for his defense of all Ukrainians’ ability to worship in accordance with their faith, free from external […]

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United Nations Day

Each year on 24 October, the UN celebrates its anniversary.  The Day marks the entry into force of the UN Charter and the founding of the Organization.  The Charter was signed on 26 June 1945 in San Francisco at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization and the Organization will celebrate its […]

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Why Airplane Tickets will be more Expensive in Europe

Cheap airline tickets are becoming unprofitable in European countries. And the reason for this is that low-cost airlines have to pay climate tax. OUR COMMENTARY In Germany, the climate tax will be implemented in April 2020. For domestic and European flights up to 2,500 kilometers away, the total tax for passengers will be doubled. The […]

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Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Frank-Walter Steinmeier

President.gov.ua: During his working visit to Japan, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The parties discussed the current situation in Donbas. “Achieving peace in Donbas and finishing the bloodshed is an absolute priority for me and my team. I am truly grateful to you for your efforts to find […]

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WHY UKRAINIAN AMBASSADOR RAISED A RED FLAG?

On 21 October, the Bundestag Petitions Committee considered a petition to recognize the 1932-33 Holodomor as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people. Why not? OUR COMMENTARY This spring, an active signature campaign was initiated to support the review of the petition to recognize the 1932-33 Holodomor as an act of genocide against the […]

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In Bundestag, a petition about the Holodomor was discussed

Ukr.lb: On 21 October, the Petitions Committee of the German Bundestag considered a petition to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as an act of genocide. This was reported by Ukrinform. For Ukraine, recognition of the Holodomor is to honor the victims of Stalinism According to the results of the discussion, the deputies came to the […]

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Lviv region reminds the world who succeeded in putting Moscow on its knees

Westnews: On the way to Zhovkva there were installed billboards with the image of the founder of this city, who conquered Moscow – Stanislav Zholkevsky Boards portraying the founder of the city and conqueror of Moscow Stanislav Zholkevsky were installed on the entrance to Zhovkva (Lviv region). This is reported by Depo. Lviv with reference […]

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UNESCO will continue to monitor the situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea

MFA: UNESCO insists on the need to continue monitoring the situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea within the Organization’s competence. This reflects in the resolution “Monitoring the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine)” adopted on 16 October 2019 within the framework of the 207th session of the UNESCO Executive Board in Paris. During […]

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Zelensky met with the Prime Minister of Japan

President.gov.ua: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the first day of his official visit to Japan. The head of state thanked for Japan’s consistent policy in supporting Ukraine and its refusal to recognize the attempt to illegally annex Crimea and to retain sanctions against Russia. “I would like to thank […]

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Merkel and Putin discussed Ukraine

Bundesregierung: German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone to discuss the situation in Ukraine, Syria, and Libya, Merkel’s spokesman said in a statement. The two leaders’ discussion centered on preparations for an imminent so-called Normandy Format meeting in a reference to talks on eastern Ukraine between Russia, Ukraine, France, and Germany. Merkel and Putin also discussed the situation in Syria, Libya and ongoing negotiations to resume gas transit through Ukraine

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Contemporary Ukrainian Writers Jurij Andruchowytsch And Serhij Zhadan as Guests In The Embassy

MFA: The meeting of representatives of the Ukrainian community with two contemporary Ukrainian writers – Yuriy Andrukhovych and Serhiy Zhadan – took place in a friendly atmosphere on 13 October 2019 at the Embassy of Ukraine in Germany. The event was hosted by the director of the publishing house Meridian Czernowitz Jewhenija Lopata. “The tour […]

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The Ukrainian Weeks in Bavaria 2019 started in Munich

MFA: In Munich’s Gasteig Philharmonic was held a concert of the band “Roof Doters” on the occasion of the opening of the Week of Ukraine in Bavaria. After a magnificent tour through three continents on October 10, freak cabaret “Dakh Daughters” came to Munich. With a spectacular program that combines politics and poetry, classics and […]

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Ukrainian Cinema Days In Munich

MFA: 5 modern Ukrainian films were presented to the visitors. The festival was opened with the movie “Hutsulka Ksenia”, which was presented by director Olena Demyanenko. With great pleasure, the audience watched Nariman Aliyev’s debut film “Home / EVGE”, which will compete for the award of the American Academy of Film “Oscar” next year. The […]

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Ivan Marchuk. The secrets of ingenuity

ARTAREA: On October 18, the ARTAREA art space presents the project of the contemporary Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk. The project will include 100 unknown works, including painting, graphics, and plastic. For the first time, ARTAREA digital gallery will present paintings of the artist as video art. Ivan Marchuk will show the visitors his works and […]

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Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the press conference following the Foreign Affairs Council

EUDelegationUkraine: According to High Representative Federica Mogherini, Foreign Minister Vadym Pristaiko provided a comprehensive and sufficient overview on the plans to solve the conflict in Donbas. “We received from him a very comprehensive and satisfactory picture of the plans that the government and the administration have on the reform agenda of the country, but also […]

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Germany to allocate EUR 1.5 mln to Ukraine’s defense ministry for medical equipment – Ambassador Melnyk

The German Defence Ministry will allocate 1,500,000 euros to purchase medical equipment for the Ukrainian Defence Ministry. This was announced on Twitter by Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk. “Nota bene is aimed for those who believe that Germany is not helping Ukraine in the military field: the Ukrainian and German defense ministries signed an […]

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International organizations call for more assistance to children affected by mines and explosive remnants of war

UNICEF: According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), more than 200,000 children live in a 20 km zone on both sides of the separation line, which is heavily contaminated by mines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW). Since 2014, at least 128 children have been injured by mines, ammunition and other explosive remnants […]

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Frankfurt Book Fair opens, presenting a new audio area. Ukraine – among attendees

Buchmesse: The Frankfurter Buchmesse is one of the oldest in the world. It is believed that the fair has a tradition spanning more than 500 years. In 1454, soon after Johannes Gutenberg, a jeweler and inventor had developed printing in movable letters in Mainz near Frankfurt, the first book fair was held by local booksellers. […]

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EU to take action against fake news and foreign electoral interference

European Parliament : Foreign electoral interference seriously threatens European democratic societies to the benefit of anti-EU, right-wing extremist and populist forces, warn MEPs. Attempts to influence decision-making in the EU put at risk European democratic societies, warn MEPs in the resolution adopted on Thursday with 469 votes for, 143 against and 47 abstentions. Obscure party […]

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A march on the occasion of the anniversary of the UPA took place in Kyiv

pravda.com.ua: A march of nationalists on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army took place in the center of Kyiv under the motto “Let’s protect the Ukrainian land”. The march began near the monument to Taras Shevchenko and then moved along Shevchenko Boulevard in the direction of Khreshchatyk. The final destination […]

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PACE requests Venice Commission to evaluate draft law on the recent amendments to the legal framework in Ukraine

Council of Europe: The PACE Monitoring Committee requested the Venice Commission to evaluate the draft law on the activities of the judiciary. “The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe requested the opinion of the Venice Commission on the recent amendments to the legal framework in Ukraine governing the Supreme Court […]

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The Istanbul Convention: a tool to advance in fighting violence against women and domestic violence in Ukraine

CoE: The Council of Europe urges the Verkhovna Rada to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention. Ukraine signed the Istanbul Convention in 2011, but has not yet ratified it. The Council of Europe in its Action Plan for Ukraine for […]

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International Festival “LyraFest”

RivneTravel: In Rivne from 12 to 14 October will be held the International Festival “LyraFest”, which is aimed to restore the traditions of lyra and kobza in Volyn. The festival will be attended by lyra and kobza players from different regions of Ukraine, as well as guests from Poland and Belarus. The festival is dedicated […]

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A film about UVO-OUN fighters will be shown in Kyiv

UINP: The film about UVO-OUN members “Indestructible” will be presented on October 16th at 19:00 at the information and exhibition center of the Maydan Museum in Kyiv. One of the authors of the film, Production Director Ulyana Gredil will participate in the presentation. The director of the film is Fr. Mykhailo Hredil. “Indestructible” is a […]

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Film director Serhiy Loznitsa to receive the Dovzhenko State Prize

Dergkino: The Ukrainian film director Serhiy Loznitsa to receive the Dovzhenko State Prize for his film Donbas. Volodymyr Borodyansky, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, presented the prize to the winner. “Serhiy Loznitsa produces films with powerful content – this is a great responsibility and a great gift. We will do our best to provide […]

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Sentsov met with Bundestag deputies in Berlin and discussed political prisoners

hromadske.radio: Ukrainian film director and former Kremlin prisoner Oleh Sentsov during a meeting with members of the German Bundestag and human rights activists on 26 September in Berlin stressed the importance of preserving pressure on Russia in order to release all political prisoners. “I am not making ambitious plans. I have goals. One of them […]

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Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Donald Trump discussed energy security, the return of the occupied territories and fight against corruption in Ukraine

President.gov.ua: President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of the United States Donald Trump discussed a wide range of issues during a meeting in New York. The Head of State informed this during a conversation with the Ukrainian media representatives following the negotiations. First of all, the parties discussed the situation in Donbas and the […]

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President of Ukraine met with the Federal Chancellor of Germany

President.gov.ua: President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. The parties discussed the preparation for the meeting of the leaders of the Normandy format aimed to agree on further steps to resolve the conflict in east Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskyy informed Angela […]

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Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with representatives of the Ukrainian community in the United States

President.gov.ua: President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with representatives of the Ukrainian community in New York. The Head of State thanked the community for supporting Ukraine. “You are our best diplomats, you are our lobbyists. You protect our sovereignty, territorial integrity here in the US and around the world. We are very grateful to you,” […]

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Ukraine urges Russia to stop mass violations of human rights in Crimea

MFA: During the general debate under agenda item 9 of the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council “Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action”, the delegation of Ukraine draws attention to the ongoing violations of human rights of Crimean Tatars […]

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Germany joins Powering Past Coal Alliance

BMU: Minister Schulze announced membership on fringes of New York Climate Action Summit. Members of the Alliance to date include 80 national governments, sub-national governments and businesses. By deciding to phase out coal power and join the Alliance, Germany, as the fourth largest economy in the world, is sending a strong signal for ambitious climate […]

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Oktoberfest 2019

Saturday marked the beginning of Munich’s 186th annual Oktoberfest celebrations in the heart of the city called Theresienwiesen.”O zapft is!” – traditional phrase, which is shouted at the beginning of the festival – means “it is tapped!” The annual event was kicked off on Saturday, 21st September by Mayor Dieter Reiter who inserted the tap in […]

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Steinmeier emphasized the importance of Zelenski’s peace initiatives – Ambassador Melnyk

Eurointegration: President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier in a conversation with the Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Andrij Melnyk pointed out the importance of the peace initiatives of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to stop the war in Donbas. ”While everybody is talking about Steinmeier’s formula”, I personally talked to the Federal President of Germany. […]

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Multinational Rapid Trident ’19 military exercises started in Ukraine

DVIDSHUB: The international Rapid Trident 2019 military drill started in Lviv region of Ukraine on Friday. More than 3,000 U.S. Soldiers and North Atlantic Treaty Organization partners and allies from 14 nations, taking part in the two-week exercises. Among the countries participating the drill are the U.S., the U.K., Turkey, Bulgaria, and Moldova. The U.S. […]

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For a torture-free world: Council reinforces EU policy towards third countries on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment

Council of EU: The Council today adopted the following conclusions on the revised Guidelines on EU policy towards third countries on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment: 1. The Council welcomes the Guidelines on EU Policy Towards Third Countries on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and […]

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Pope celebrates Russia-Ukraine exchange of prisoners and prays for peace

VaticanNews: At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis expresses his joy over the exchange of Russian and Ukrainian prisoners, and prays for lasting peace in eastern Ukraine “Last week,” said the Pope, “the long-awaited exchange of prisoners between the Russian Federation and Ukraine took place”. He told the faithful gathered that he rejoices “I am […]