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Oct 23, 2014

Ukrainian PM warns Russia may try to disrupt Sunday’s election

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s prime minister warned on Thursday of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt an election in Ukraine at the weekend, a vote being held against a background of Russian support for separatists and an unresolved row over gas.

Sunday’s poll is the first parliamentary election since street protests last winter drove Moscow-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich from office and ushered in a pro-Western leadership.

Oct 22, 2014

Ukraine leader’s bloc holds election lead, Tymoshenko threatened: poll

KIEV (Reuters) – President Petro Poroshenko’s bloc holds a big lead ahead of Ukraine’s election on Sunday while a rising populist party looks set to take second place, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday.

A surge in support for the Radical Party of populist Oleh Lyashko, the champion of government troops and scourge of super-wealthy oligarchs, threatens former prime minister Julia Tymoshenko’s chances of winning a seat in the new parliament, according to the survey by the Democratic Initiative Foundation.

Oct 21, 2014

War heroes and activists to shape new-look Ukraine parliament

KIEV (Reuters) – Out will go the bodyguards and mistresses, in are likely to come the street activists and war veterans: Ukraine’s next parliament will be pro-Western and strongly nationalist, and it won’t be to Russia’s liking.

Candidate lists for the Oct. 26 elections show how personal favorites backed by old school powerbrokers in the outgoing parliament are set to make way for people who made their names in Kiev’s “Maidan” revolution last winter, or in resisting Russian encroachment in eastern Ukraine.

Oct 19, 2014

Ukraine’s ‘pitchfork’ populist could be wild card in new line-up

KIEV (Reuters) – He’s not averse to taking a dizzying punch to the head if he can score a point. Rights groups accuse him of using armed squads to abduct suspected separatists. His party’s program, somewhat improbably, calls for nuclear rearmament of Ukraine.

But no matter how outrageous his antics and program seem, firebrand politician Oleh Lyashko strikes a chord among many in a population pushed to extremes by war. Polls suggest he will be a political wild card whose support President Petro Poroshenko may reluctantly have to seek after next Sunday’s election

Oct 14, 2014

Ukraine acts against corruption, protests mar election run-up

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine on Tuesday voted sweeping laws to stamp out corruption and curb Soviet-era state surveillance of political life as its pro-Western leaders acted to meet the demands of its future European partners before an election.

But a demonstration by protesters who clashed with police in the first real anti-government demonstration since the “Euromaidan” upheaval last winter spelled potential for disorder in the run-up to the election on Oct. 26.

Oct 12, 2014

Ukraine president accepts embattled defense minister’s resignation

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accepted on Sunday the resignation of his defense minister who has been under fire over a rout of government forces in the east which led to Kiev calling a ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists.

Poroshenko’s website said the president had accepted the offer of resignation from Valery Heletey, 47, whom he appointed only in July. It said Poroshenko hoped to present a new candidate to parliament on Monday to replace Heletey.

Oct 10, 2014

Ukraine to launch ‘full clean-out’ of corrupt officials

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine will soon begin mass firings of state officials who served under disgraced Moscow-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich and feathered their nests through corruption, the government said on Friday.

Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, with an eye to a Oct. 26 parliamentary election that Ukraine’s pro-Western leaders hope will turn a new page in the country’s murky post-independence history, unveiled plans for a “full clean-out” of government, law enforcement, the courts and state security.

Oct 7, 2014

Ukraine acts to push through anti-corruption laws before election

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s pro-Western government pressed ahead to secure new laws to tackle top-level government corruption on Tuesday, hoping to ease public discontent before an election from which it wants backing for its plan to end a separatist rebellion.

The proposed laws – presented by Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk ahead of an Oct. 26 parliamentary election – will oblige high-level officials in government, the judiciary and law-enforcement to declare their own and their families’ assets and financial transactions.

Sep 28, 2014

Ukraine leader clings to European goal despite Putin

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has secured a temporary peace in the troubled east which he says gives him a chance to move Ukraine towards its dream of a place in Europe – but Russia’s Vladimir Putin still holds cards that could thwart him.

And, a month away from a parliamentary election which he hopes will bring a strong coalition of support for sweeping reforms, Poroshenko’s peace plan is coming under greater criticism at home – even from some of his erstwhile allies.

Sep 28, 2014

Analysis – Ukraine leader clings to European goal despite Putin

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has secured a temporary peace in the troubled east which he says gives him a chance to move Ukraine towards its dream of a place in Europe – but Russia’s Vladimir Putin still holds cards that could thwart him.

And, a month away from a parliamentary election which he hopes will bring a strong coalition of support for sweeping reforms, Poroshenko’s peace plan is coming under greater criticism at home – even from some of his erstwhile allies.