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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

The Poroshenko Plan: 7 Ways To Truly Crush Russia's Economy

Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian businessman and politician, who served as the fifth president of Ukraine from 2014 to 2019, believes more can be done to defeat Putin, by truly crippling the Russian economy:

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Western countries have pummeled the Russian market and its richest oligarchs with sanctions after sanctions. Despite this, preliminary data from the World Bank shows Russia’s GDP only decreased by 3.5% last year.

Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian businessman and politician, who served as the fifth president of Ukraine from 2014 to 2019, believes more can be done. Here, he reveals his seven point plan to cripple Putin and the Russian economy:


KYIV — Ukraine can win a war it did not start and force Russia, the aggressor, to bear international responsibility.

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This will be our joint victory with all the democratic countries of the world.

Fierce battles continue, like those in Bakhmut, and Ukrainian heroes are dying. Civilians, too, continue to perish - from Bucha in March last year, to Dnipro in January.

Russia has begun a new offensive, preparing to avenge the failures of its military campaign which in just under a year has not achieved any (!) of the goals Russia laid out prior to the invasion.

Late last month, the Russian dictator made a number of statements regarding the Kremlin's plans.

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Ukraine Charges Its Former Leaders With The Ultimate Crime: Helping Russia

Ukraine's former president Petro Poroshenko has taken refuge in Poland after being accused of treason and cooperation with Russia. It’s a film we’ve seen before in Kyiv.

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Maidan, A Year Of Living Dangerously

Last December, amidst dramatic protests in Kiev, few imagined that the Maidan protests would lead to land grabs and open warfare. The symbols and substance of Ukraine's iconic square.

KIEV"Whenever it's not clear what's going on, gather at Maidan..."

That was a joke that started circulating last year, after protesters first began meeting up in Kiev's Maidan Square in the wake of the Ukrainian government's refusal to sign an important agreement with the European Union. A year later, willingness among Ukrainians to gather at the square to protect their interests through protests hasn't disappeared.

The Kiev International Sociology Institute reacted quickly when last year's Maidan protests began, surveying the protesters about their attitudes and motivation. The institute found that 70% of them were protesting the actions of the Ukrainian special police, who had forced the earliest protesters from the square on the night of Nov. 29.

The operation, meant to clear the square, only encouraged more demonstrations, and on Dec. 1, 2013, the largest protest since the 2004 Orange Revolution gathered in Maidan Square to express discontent with the government.

In the survey, the second most common reason given by respondents for protesting — cited by 53.5% of them — was then-President Viktor Yanukovych's refusal to sign the EU association agreement. In addition, 50% of respondents expressed a desire to improve life in Ukraine, while 39% said they would like to change the government and only 5% said they wanted to put the opposition (now in control of Ukraine's government) into power.

There is other interesting data to consider. According to Harvard public opinion research, only around 47% of Ukrainians supported the protesters, while in the United States and Britain 55% the population was behind the Maidan movement. In Russia, the overwhelming majority of respondents — 69% — were neutral about the protests, while the rest were divided evenly between those who supported the protesters and those who didn't.

"I trust the students," recalls singer Ruslana, who didn't leave Maidan for the first four months herself. "They were the first to go out to Maidan. They were the first to see the point of protesting on Maidan. They will always be the ones who protect Ukraine. A year ago, there were so many people protesting, and the people left, but the students stayed."

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Poroshenko's Dilemma: Total War Or Cede Donbas?

The new Ukrainian president's attempt at peace has failed. What now?


MUNICH — The intense pressure that Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko faces is visible in his body language. After the May election, he projected outward optimism, teddy bear charm — and he had a peace plan. Now he looks very tense during public appearances, grinding his teeth and balling his hands into fists.

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Lucia Sgueglia

In Donetsk, The Chechens Have Arrived

From a once-contested region in the Russian Federation, anti-Kiev forces are spotted in the battleground eastern region of Ukraine. They are "more Russian than the Russians," says one.

DONETSK — The pro-Russian residents of Donetsk woke up this morning to the sound of rumbling engines rolling into the center of the city. And they began to get nervous.

As the death count rises, rage has spread toward the newly elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the "Willie Wonka who launches rockets from Mi-8 helicopters."

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André Eichhofer and Julia Szyndzielorz

Living With War In Ukraine

DONETSK — When Ilya Pogorelov leaves his apartment, everything seems normal, at least in the neighborhood where he lives. The 21-year-old student lives with his parents in Kirowski, on the outskirts of Donetsk.

"You don't see any fighting here," he says by phone. In this residential area, parents are out walking with their kids, and the supermarkets are open. But Pogorelov says he did notice some fighter planes and helicopters flying over this morning.

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Valeri Kalnish

Inside Ukraine's Make-Or-Break Elections

Old battles are renewed in the May 25 vote to be Ukraine's next president. But the first order of business is to make sure the ballot takes place.

KIEV — The mood around Ukraine is tense, and some places are even seeing military battles. But in the capital, there is only one issue on the minds of the political elite: the Presidential elections, slated for May 25.

Ukraine has never been so eager to go to the polls. The country needs a new president in order to be able to interact with the rest of the world with a legitimate representative, whose mandate has been confirmed by the whole country. But is that simple goal achievable?

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New Ukraine President, Pope At Wailing Wall, In Federer's Shoes

Monday, May 26, 2014

As many observers expected, multibillionaire Petro Poroshenko will become Ukraine’s next president. The man dubbed “The Chocolate King” leads the race with 53.75% of the votes in the first round, with 70% of the votes counted, The Kyiv Post reports. He said during his victory speech that his first goal was to stop the war in eastern Ukraine, “to put an end to this chaos and bring peace to a united Ukraine.”

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