Europe By Jonah Fisher BBC Kiev correspondent 27 November 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46345853 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsUkraine conflict "This won't be another Crimea," the head of Ukraine's navy … [Read more...] about Why Ukraine-Russia sea clash is fraught with risk
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The announcements from the White House and the Kremlin hit inboxes at roughly the same time on Thursday: President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation will meet on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland. Under previous U.S. presidents, the timing would not have deserved a second glance. But under Trump, whose administration is repeatedly beaten to the punch by Putin aides and the Kremlin on the release of critical information, it could presage a more buttoned-up approach by national security adviser John Bolton ahead of the high-stakes meeting. A National Security Council official told POLITICO on Thursday that the countries had an agreement to simultaneously release the meeting announcements. Yet there remains cause for concern, given that Russia is often first to share news with the world. Even tidbits around Bolton’s recent trip to negotiate the bilateral meeting mostly trickled out of the Kremlin before officials in the White House or the NSC could … [Read more...] about Ahead of summit, US and Russia tussle to control the narrative
On June 7, Ukraine finally adopted a law on an Anti-Corruption Court (ACC). Credit should be given to Ukraine's civil society, the EU, the International Monetary Fund and Western governments which applied pressure on the Ukrainian government and parliament. But, the massive vote for an ACC could not have happened without the support of President Petro Poroshenko whose parliamentary coalition provided the bulk of the votes. The logic for the creation of an ACC is straightforward. Ukraine's courts are corrupt and have been proven to be unable to prosecute senior officials, politicians and oligarchs who are accused of abuse of office, corruption and other illegal acts. Progress in criminally charging those accused of crimes has been slow despite Ukraine having created new institutions such as the NABU (National Anti-Corruption Bureau). As a body independent of the old corrupt judicial system the ACC should therefore speed up the prosecution of Ukrainian ruling elites. At the same … [Read more...] about [Opinion] Will Europe help or hinder Ukraine in corruption fight?
Arkady Babchenko has no doubt walked into a number of press conferences in his journalism career, but few would have been like this. He was being presented by Ukrainian authorities, alive and well, a day after he had been reportedly assassinated outside his home. The head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Vasyl Hrytsak said that the Russian Mr Babchenko – a staunch critic of the Kremlin – had agreed to take part in a ruse to lure contract killers to arrest. The operation had helped prevent both Mr Babchenko’s own death and a wider, unspecified terrorist attack, Mr Hrytsak claimed. “I’m still alive,” Mr Babchenko told a startled room. “I’m sorry you had to go through this but there was no other way.” Read more Who is anti-Putin campaigner Bill Browder and why was he arrested? It had been widely reported that … [Read more...] about Why Arkady Babchenko’s strange resurrection is a PR gift for the Kremlin
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