Ukrainian PM Groysman to run in Rada elections with ‘new political forces’

KYIV – Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said he will take part in the October parliamentary elections with a party other than that of incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, who was defeated by comic and political newcomer Volodymyr Zelensky in the presidential election’s runoff on April 21.

Incoming Ukrainian president a wildcard, says former Canadian foreign affairs minister

Chief of Canada’s election observers says election was “free and fair”

OTTAWA – Despite Russian attempts to interfere with Ukraine’s presidential election, the two rounds of voting were held under a “free and fair” democratic process and resulted in Ukrainians choosing as their head of state political neophyte Volodymyr Zelensky, “a riddle wrapped up in an enigma,” according to the head of Canada’s election observation mission to Ukraine. 

Ukraine expands its missile capabilities

Ukraine’s military and political authorities continue to seek an adequate deterrent to contain and deter Russian aggression, particularly in light of the breakdown of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. In response to Washington’s and Moscow’s stated intention, earlier this year, to withdraw from the INF (see Eurasia Daily Monitor, February 4;, March 4), the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that Kyiv “reserves the right to develop weapons systems deemed necessary to defend itself, including, inter alia, missiles and associated launcher systems” ( 7).

Merkel, Macron plan meeting with Putin after Ukraine’s presidential election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron each conferred with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Berlin and Paris, respectively, on the same day, April 12, between the two rounds of Ukraine’s presidential election. With challenger Volodymyr Zelensky far ahead in the opinion polls, both Berlin and Paris are already planning for a post-Poroshenko Ukraine. Moreover, President Macron received Mr. Zelensky in Paris, also on April 12, separately from President Poroshenko.

UCC: Free and fair election confirms Ukraine’s commitment to democracy

OTTAWA – The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) on April 22 congratulated Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky on his victory in the presidential election. International observers recognized the election as free and fair, and the results of the election reflect the will of the Ukrainian people, the UCC noted.

Canadian PM congratulates Zelensky

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada on April 22 issued the following statement on the results of the Ukrainian presidential election.On behalf of the government of Canada, I congratulate Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy on his election victory.

U.S. sends congratulations to Ukraine

The following press statement was made by U.S. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus on April 22.The United States congratulates President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky on his victory in the Ukrainian presidential elections. We also congratulate the Ukrainian people on holding elections that reflect Ukraine’s vibrant democracy five years after the 2014 Revolution of Dignity and after five years of unrelenting Russian aggression. The elections were peaceful, competitive, and the outcome represented the will of the people. We welcome the OSCE’s preliminary report on the elections.

UNA CELEBRATES 125 YEARS: A snapshot from history, 2006

The UNA General Assembly elected at the 36th Regular Convention in May 2006 held its first meeting at Soyuzivka on Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17. Participating in the meeting were: (first row, from left) Advisors Eugene Serba and Olya Czerkas, Treasurer Roma Lisovich, Second Vice-President Michael Koziupa, President Stefan Kaczaraj, Advisor Gloria Horbaty, Auditor Slavko Tysiak, National Secretary Christine Kozak, Auditor Wasyl Szeremeta, (second row) Advisors Al Kachkowski, Bohdan Kukuruza, Nicholas Fil, Maya Lew and Eugene Oscislawski, Director for Canada Myron Groch and First Vice-President Zenon Holubec. The agenda was concise, as this was a special meeting of the General Assembly held during a convention year. At the conclusion of the meeting, President Kaczaraj commented: “We have a good group of advisors who can help us promote the UNA.” He and his fellow executive officers said they were impressed with the willingness of the new General Assembly to get together and work for the good of the UNA, while looking at creative new approaches to promote the 112-year-old fraternal organization. A photo archive of UNA history has been launched on the UNA website.

After the presidential election

It’s pretty incredible all right: a fictional teacher-turned-accidental president in a TV comedy becomes the president in real life. And with over 73 percent voter support. That, in a nutshell, is what happened in Ukraine on election day, April 21.