News Summaries

Ukraine’s former PM urges west to stand firm on Russian sanctions

ACEU Staff

Referring to pressure to ease sanctions, Mr Yatseniuk said: “This would be the betrayal of the bedrock of the EU and of the bedrock of the free world.”

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published 18 August 2016: News Summaries

Manafort tied to undisclosed foreign lobbying

ACEU Staff

Manafort lobbying included downplaying the necessity of a congressional resolution meant to pressure the Ukrainian leader to release an imprisoned political rival. Under federal law, U.S. lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties and provide detailed reports about their actions to the Justice Department. A violation is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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published 18 August 2016: News Summaries

US ambassador’s three priorities

ACEU Staff

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published 18 August 2016: News Summaries

While the world is distracted, Putin escalates his war in Ukraine

ACEU Staff

Why spark a new battle, now? The seizure of Crimea was hugely popular at home, and Mr. Putin may be hoping for a lift before the Sept. 18 parliamentary elections, perhaps distracting Russians from the economic troubles brought on in part by Western sanctions. Mr. Putin may also calculate that — with the United States distracted by a presidential campaign, Europe preoccupied with Brexit and the migration crisis, and the world watching the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio — this might be a window of opportunity to act without fear of a serious response.

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published 18 August 2016: News Summaries

Trump’s World Crashes Down As Secret Stash Of Putin Cash To Campaign Manager Uncovered

ACEU Staff

Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012.

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published 18 August 2016: News Summaries

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From the Editors

Congressman Brendan Boyle Urges President Obama to Visit Ukraine

The Editors

June 27, 2016
In The News

Congressman Brendan F. Boyle and the Ukraine Caucus Co-Chairs, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Congressman Sander Levin and Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick led a letter to President Obama urging him to visit Ukraine prior to the end of his term. Fifteen members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined in on signing the letter in support. This bipartisan effort underscores that a visit by President Obama to Ukraine would highlight and enhance the strategic partnership between the two countries, as well as enhance the strong cooperation needed to implement reforms in Ukraine.

“During President Obama’s term, the Ukrainian people have endured tumultuous times from the Maidan Revolution, the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the invasion of Eastern Ukraine,” said Congressman Boyle. “A visit by President Obama would represent an important symbol that the United States continues to stand with the people of Ukraine and lead the international community in support for the peace, security and freedom that they deserve.”

This letter expresses the commitment of the Congress to work with President Obama on continued support for Ukraine.

Carly Frame | Legislative Assistant
118 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Office: 202.225.6111
U.S. Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-13)

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published 28 June 2016: News Summaries

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Guest Articles

IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS

Guest Contributor

By Kirk Bennett

About two months after the Revolution of Dignity drove President Yanukovych out of office in February 2014, I received an e-mail from a fairly apolitical acquaintance in Kyiv. She assured me that, revolution notwithstanding, basically nothing had changed and the country was still being run by a bunch of crooks and scoundrels. I thought at the time that she was just being an understandably cynical Ukrainian, embittered by years of dashed hopes and expecting too much too soon in terms of reform or improvements in living conditions. It turned out she was being exceptionally perceptive, or possibly prescient.

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published 13 May 2016: News Summaries

Timothy Ash: UKRAINE ENTERING ‘SERIOUS POLITICAL CRISIS’: SPEAKER HROISMAN

Guest Contributor

One tip for politicians in places of power – don’t mention the “C” word when u are facing a tricky economic situation.

It reminds me of President Sezer in Turkey in 2001 when he famously (reportedly, but maybe urban legend) threw a copy of the constitution at then PM Ecevit and said “we have a crisis”. Within days the market had taken him at his word, and the crawling peg exchange rate regime had collapsed and the rest is history.

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published 4 February 2016: Economics, EU, Reform

Moscow’s Battle against Time

Guest Contributor

By Mykola Kapitonenko

Among many other things Russia is trying to achieve in Ukraine, it is desperately struggling to turn back time. Preferably to the good old days when supplies of natural gas to its neighbors energy inefficient economies were successfully converted into political control, or – even better – when military dominance secured regional hegemony.

Kremlin’s ultimate goal is restoring a part of its former greatness. Two years ago Russia was firmly seated among the regional powers. It ranked in the top ten of world economies, enjoyed rocketing prices for natural gas and oil – country’s main commodities, and had become the economic center of gravity for large part of its immediate neighborhood. Powerful Russian lobbies operated in former Soviet republics and took advantage of systemic corruption there. Extra revenues from exporting energy resources enabled Russian leadership to buy influence in those countries, to carry out large-scale military modernization and pump up its military budget, and even to launch projects of regional integration, such as Eurasian Economic Union, tailored to further cement Kremlin’s control over post-Soviet space.

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published 8 December 2015: Democracy, Economics, Energy, Europe, Reform, Russia

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