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Clinton: Ukraine Vote a ‘Step Backward’

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is adding her voice to the chorus of international observers criticizing Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Speaking to reporters in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, Tuesday, Clinton called the elections a “step backward” for Ukrainian democracy. Official results show the ruling party of President Viktor Yanukovych maintaining its legislative majority. […]

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Ruling Party Leads in Ukraine Parliament Vote

Posted October 29th, 2012 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s ruling party is on course to maintain a parliamentary majority after Sunday’s elections. The election commission said Monday, with about a third of the votes counted, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s ruling Party of the Regions had won more than 36 percent of the votes. The Communist Party of Ukraine, Mr. Yanukovych’s parliamentary ally, is […]

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Ruling Party Leads in Ukraine Exit Polls

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Early exit polls show that Ukraine’s ruling party, Regions Party of President Viktor Yanukovych, leading in Sunday’s elections for parliament with the largest share of votes – at least 28 percent. Voter surveys released after the polls closed indicated the opposition alliance of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko was running in second place with about […]

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Ukrainians Vote in Election Seen by West as Democracy Test

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Ukrainians have voted in a parliamentary election seen by the West as a test of democracy in a former Soviet nation maneuvering between relationships with the European Union and Russia. The ruling Regions Party of President Viktor Yanukovych is hoping to retain its parliamentary majority against a divided pro-Western opposition. Voters are choosing party lists […]

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Ukraine Parliamentary Election Under Way

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Polls are open in Ukraine in a parliamentary election that pits President Viktor Yanukovych’s ruling party against the country’s divided opposition. Mr. Yanukovych’s Party of Regions is expected to retain its majority. Groups within and outside Ukraine are questioning the fairness of the vote. More than 20 political parties are competing for 450 parliamentary seats, […]

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Ukraine Blames ‘Foreign’ Security Forces in Russian Activist’s Disappearance

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Ukrainian officials say foreign security agencies are responsible for the disappearance of a Russian opposition activist, who said he was kidnapped and forcibly taken to Moscow. An Interior Ministry spokesman said Thursday it is clear that criminal elements were not involved in last week’s disappearance of Leonid Razvozzhayev, an assistant deputy of the opposition Just […]

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EU Calls Ukraine Elections a ‘Litmus Test’ of Democratic Credentials

Posted October 12th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union says upcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine will be a “litmus test” of the country’s democratic credentials, and has called on Ukrainian officials to ensure that all parties and candidates are treated equally. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele made the statement Friday. They welcomed Ukraine’s stated […]

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Ukraine’s Ex-FM Gives Negative Assessment Election Campaign

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Ukrainian lawmaker and former foreign minister Borys Tarasyuk says the political environment in his country today is not conducive to free and fair parliamentary elections next month. Tarasyuk told VOA in an interview that the United States, international observers and local non-governmental groups have all given Ukraine’s election campaign negative assessments. He asserted that the […]

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Ukrainian Opposition Leader Says Radiation-Measuring Devices Seized

Posted September 13th, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko says officials have confiscated two dosimeters, or radiation-measuring devices, from her hospital room during a search. In a statement, Ms. Tymoshenko, a former prime minister, said Thursday that she had been using the devices to track her own radiation levels, saying she has recorded unusually high levels in the […]

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Ukraine High Court Denies Tymoshenko Appeal

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s high court has rejected former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s appeal against her conviction on charges of abuse of office. A judge said Wednesday the court could not approve the appeal. Ms. Tymoshenko is serving a seven-year sentence. Some supporters of Ms. Tymoshenko in the courtroom yelled “shame!” upon hearing the verdict. The European Union […]

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