ZELENSKIY’S SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE PARTY VOWS ‘RADICAL CHANGES’

11th June 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland The party of Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has kept a strong lead ahead of a parliamentary election due on 21 July, an opinion poll showed on Monday [10 June]. The survey by KIIS research body showed the former television comedian’s equally new party, Servant of the People, on 34.4 percent, below…

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TV ENTERTAINER EMERGES AS FRONTRUNNER IN UKRAINE ELECTIONS

3rd April 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland (with contribution by Mike Burnard) Ukrainians awoke on April Fools’ Day to the reality of a comedian on the verge of taking over as commander in chief.  The first-round victory for Volodymyr Zelensky, a 41-year-old entertainer who plays the president in a popular sitcom, served as a breath-taking rebuke by about 5…

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RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH SPLITS WITH ORTHODOXY’S LEADER IN SEISMIC RIFT OVER UKRAINE

17th October 2018 . by incontext_adm

16 OCTOBER 2018 (SOURCE: ABC NEWS) – Russian Orthodox Church leaders have announced that the church is severing relations with the historical seat of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, opening a major rift in the global Orthodox Church. At a synod in Belarus on Monday, Russian Orthodox Church leaders said the church was cutting…

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UKRAINE’S DONETSK SEPARATISTS APPOINT NEW LEADER

12th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland Denis Pushilin, the chairman of the “people’s council” of the Russia-backed separatist formation called the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) in eastern Ukraine, has been selected as the acting head of the DNR. Russian media reported on 7 September that Pushilin, 37, had been selected for the post, which was vacated when Donetsk…

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ISSUE 177 | 3 AUGUST 2017

3rd August 2017 . by incontext_adm

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RUSSIA ALARMS KIEV AND WEST WITH UKRAINE ID RECOGNITION

20th February 2017 . by incontext_adm

20 February 2017 – A move by Russia to recognise identity documents issued in separatist-held areas of eastern Ukraine has raised concern in Kiev and western governments over Moscow’s intentions, even as efforts were under way to reinforce a shaky ceasefire in the region. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, has ordered the government to temporarily recognise…

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