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Difficult task ahead for Poroshenko

Petro Poroshenko is Ukraine's new president. Meanwhile separatists and government troops continue to fight in the east of the country. Can the pro-European oligarch bring peace?

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Friday, 25. July 2014

Yatsenyuk's resignation courageous if overdue

The Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigned on Thursday after Vitali Klitschko's party Udar and the nationalist Svoboda left the coalition in protest at the new budget. The left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau describes the resignation as a hazardous if overdue step: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 15. July 2014

Poroshenko turning into military commander

After a Ukrainian military jet was shot down in the region of Luhansk on Monday, the government in Kiev claims that the missile was fired from Russian territory. On his website Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accused Russia of direct participation in the skirmishes in the east of the country. Poroshenko is fuelling the violence with such rhetoric, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung fears: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Monday, 14. July 2014

Kiev must avoid civilian casualties

Air strikes and heavy artillery fire by the Ukrainian army are claiming an ever growing number of victims in the east of the country. Reports on the number of dead over the weekend vary widely, with some placing the figure as high as 1,000. Kiev wants a military victory, but it is putting the future of the country at stake in the process, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse complains: » more

Main focus of Monday, 7. July 2014

Success for the Ukrainian army

The Ukrainian army brought several pro-Russian separatist strongholds in the east of the country under its control on the weekend and announced plans to lay ... » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Monday, 7. July 2014

Moscow wants chaos in Ukraine

The Ukrainian army's weakening of the pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine suits Putin's strategy perfectly, the liberal daily Jutarnji List comments: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 7. July 2014

No alternative to Poroshenko's offensive

The military offensive was Kiev's only option and the right decision on the part of President Petro Poroshenko, the left-liberal daily Der Standard believes: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 6. July 2014

Putin on the defensive for first time

Russian President Vladimir Putin is weakened in the face of Poroshenko's success and can only hope that at least in Russia he will be regarded as a peacemaker, the conservative daily The Times writes: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Thursday, 3. July 2014

Peace in Ukraine impossible without Poland

The foreign ministers of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France met in Berlin on Wednesday to discuss a new ceasefire in Ukraine. Why Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski wasn't invited is a mystery to the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: » more

Právo - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 2. July 2014

Poroshenko caught in a dilemma

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko did not extend the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine on Monday evening. The country's army has now resumed its operations against pro-Russian separatists. This was a difficult decision for Poroshenko, the left-leaning daily Právo suspects: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 30. June 2014

Poroshenko could let Donbas go

The ceasefire proclaimed by President Petro Poroshenko in eastern Ukraine ends today, Monday. The head of state has announced negotiations with the separatists and a reform that strengthens local governments and regions. Poroshenko faces a difficult decision, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung comments: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Thursday, 26. June 2014

Poroshenko shouldn't put his hopes in Brussels

The Russian Federation Council on Wednesday lifted the mandate for sending troops to Ukraine, much to the regret of separatist leader Pavel Gubarev. At the same time the Nato foreign ministers called on Russia to support the peace plan of the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. In view of the unclear situation the left-leaning daily taz holds out little hope for a quick end to the fighting: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, 25. June 2014

Ukraine: anything but true détente

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called on parliament to cancel the mandate for sending troops to Ukraine. The shooting down of a military helicopter by separatists In eastern Ukraine meanwhile threatens to end the ceasefire agreed to by the rebels on Monday. Russia is sending contradictory signals, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung warns: » more

Postimees - Estonia | Tuesday, 17. June 2014

Ukraine: Now both sides are waging propaganda war

With the escalation of the situation in eastern Ukraine the information war has entered a new phase, comments Jüri Vendik, Moscow correspondent for the liberal daily Positmees, stressing that not only the Russian side is using propaganda: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 16. June 2014

Kiev can't cope with Moscow

Riots broke out in front of the Russian embassy in Kiev on Sunday after a Ukrainian military plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatists. The strategy of controlled instability with which Moscow is securing influence in Ukraine is paying off, the left-liberal daily Der Standard warns: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Wednesday, 11. June 2014

Polish government too lax on Russia

A meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, Germany and Poland in St. Petersburg to discuss the Ukraine crisis ended without results on Tuesday. The conservative daily Rzeczpospolita criticises the representatives of the EU states for their naive approach to the conflict: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 10. June 2014

Poroshenko sends right signal to east Ukraine

In his inaugural address on Sunday Petro Poroshenko said that a ceasefire must be achieved in eastern Ukraine by the end of this week. Even if the new Ukrainian president can't guarantee the ceasefire because of the ongoing fighting he has sent the right signals to the eastern Ukrainians, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung comments: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 5. June 2014

G7 takes Russia to task

The G7 states agreed on Wednesday in Brussels to stiffen the economic sanctions against Russia if it fails to do more to defuse the tensions ... » more

Le Figaro - France | Thursday, 5. June 2014

D-Day can be Diplomacy Day

A ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Allies landing in occupied France will take place in Normandy on Friday, attended by 19 heads of state and government. For the conservative daily Le Figaro this is a good opportunity to seek a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Thursday, 5. June 2014

Obama draws Tin Curtain on Ukraine

With his speech in Warsaw US President Barack Obama has set clear limits on his country's commitment to Ukraine, the daily Tages-Anzeiger writes: » more

Berliner Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 30. May 2014

France's clever D-Day invitation to Ukraine

French President François Hollande has invited Ukraine's new president, Petro Poroshenko, to attend the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6 in Normandy. The left-liberal daily Berliner Zeitung sees this as a clever move: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 28. May 2014

Poroshenko must renounce violence

In view of the violent unrest in eastern Ukraine, EU leaders on Wednesday jointly called on Russia to cooperate with the country's new president. They should also demand that Petro Poroshenko renounce violent actions, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera comments: » more

Público - Portugal | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Poroshenko will be tough in talks with Moscow

Ukraine's new president Petro Poroshenko held out the prospect of dialogue with Russia on Monday. But the chocolate manufacturer won't be doing any sweet-talking in this case, the liberal daily Público predicts: » more

Turun Sanomat - Finland | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Ukraine now needs parliamentary elections

After Petro Poroshenko's victory in the presidential election in Ukraine, parliamentary elections must be held as soon as possible, the liberal daily Turun Sanomat writes: » more

Contributors - Romania | Monday, 26. May 2014

Herculean task for Poroshenko

According to the preliminary results, the billionaire chocolate manufacturer Petro Poroshenko is the victor of the Ukrainian presidential elections on Sunday. He faces a Herculean task in view of the profound crisis in his country, political scientist Valentin Naumescu writes in the blog portal Contributors: » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Thursday, 22. May 2014

There's no getting around the oligarchs

The chocolate manufacturer Petro Poroshenko could become the new president of Ukraine, the businessman Rinat Akhmetov has called for protests against the separatists, and other influential entrepreneurs are currently sitting at the round table with the OSCE. The fact that the oligarchs are now looking like beacons of hope in Ukraine is worrying for the liberal business paper Handelsblatt: » more


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