Tag Archives: Poroshenko

Ukraine | Editor flees Ukraine after receiving death threats

Scandalous news comes from Ukraine as usual. On January 31 Igor Guzhva, editor-in-chief of the Kiev-based news website Strana  fled to Austria after receiving death threats, and amid unprecedented pressure from the Ukrainian authorities, according to a statement from the editor. Strana was founded two years ago and quickly became prominent opposition media in Ukraine.

USA | US expert threats Ukraine with new ‘colour revolution’

Diane Francis a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center has written an article with slightly hidden threats to Ukrainian president Poroshenko. If he doesn’t change his policy a new Maidan will take place. Maidan is a traditional Ukrainian name for mass street protests against ruling elite. Previous Maidans led to reactionary coups and took to power more and more corrupted nationalist politicians. But Diane Francis doesn’t mention extreme rightists in power, but is able to see corruption: “Unfortunately, 2018 is starting to shape up like 2013. President Petro Poroshenko consolidates his power by foot dragging on reforms promised to Western donors, then by harassing opponents. Like the Yanukovych era, there is no rule of law, no parliamentary accountability, and no effective pursuit of corrupt officials or even of Yanukovych who stole billions. Conditions resemble those that led to the 2004 and 2014 “street” revolutions”.

Ukraine | Ukraine: frustration for the Euromaidan coalition as Poroshenko regime endures another year

by Peter Mikhailenko

The situation in Ukraine four years after the Euromaidan overthrow of the Yanukovitch government could not be worse from the point of view of the masses. Brutal, IMF-inspired cuts in social spending, curtailment of freedom of expression and widespread corruption dominate the scene. So bad is the situation that even Western imperialists have started to openly voice criticism of the Poroshenko regime, which they backed and helped to install.

Ukraine | Saakashvili against Poroshenko: will there soon be a new Maidan in Ukraine?

Last week Ukrainian secret police arrested Michael Saakashvili after second attempt. Many observers thought would it lead to a new wave of protests in Ukraine or would they finish after their leader was jailed? But Saakashvili was quickly liberated and retuned to his previous activity like nothing happened with him. What is a future of new protest actions in the Ukrainian capital?

Ukraine | Georgian ex-president Saakashvili arrested in Ukraine

Ex-Georgian citizen, ex-president and ex-governor of Odessa region Michael Saakashvili was arrested by Ukrainian secret police on December 8. It was the second attempt. The first one was not fruitful. Firstly Saakashvili was arrested at the mid of the day while opposition protest took place in the capital of Ukraine. But supporters of a former Georgian politician encircled a car of secret police, broke inside and liberated their leader. It was humiliating for police so next time it prepared better and arrested Saakashvili at night in private flat. His supporters were unable to prevent arrest.