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Exit polls and live updates of Ukrainian election results see pro-European majority

Yesterday Ukrainians went to the polls to elect a new parliament. Exit polls showed seven parties entering parliament. With over 35% of the votes counted as this article was being written, President Petro Poroshenko’s bloc is going head to head with Arseniy Yatseniuk’s People’s Front, with at this point a slight lead for the latter of 0,16%.

Campagnetraining voor Oekraïnse jonge sociaaldemocraten

Dit weekend waren Lianne Raap en Lobke Zandstra in Kiev om een training te verzorgen aan onze partner New SD Platform. Oekraïne staat volop in de Nederlandse belangstelling. Helaas niet in goede zin: de Krim, een vliegtuigramp en een gewapend conflict. Als je in Kiev aankomt lijkt dat allemaal ver weg. Op het eerste oog gaat het gewone leven in de hoofdstad gewoon door: het is druk op straat, er staan enorm veel nieuwe gebouwen in de steigers en overal staan verkiezingsposters langs de weg.

Vier vragen na de Oorlogszomer


De zomer van 2014 gaat de geschiedenisboeken in als de Oorlogszomer. Het neerhalen van vlucht MH17, de verdere escalatie van de oorlog in Oost-Oekraïne , de oorlog rond Gaza, de doorbraak van IS in Irak en dan ook nog de uitbraak van Ebola in West-Afrika. We leven in een tijd met grote onzekerheden. Veel van onze democratische kernwaarden, humanitaire principes en internationale afspraken staan onder druk en we worden gedwongen na te denken over manieren om met de nieuwe situatie om te gaan. Welke waarden bieden nog houvast en wat moeten we doen om ze te verdedigen? Vier vragen om over na te denken.

EU and Ukraine adopt Association Agreement, with concession to Russia

Yesterday on September 16 the European Parliament (EP), as well as the Verkhovna Rada – the Ukrainian Parliament, - ratified the European Union (EU)-Ukraine Association Agreement (AA). Last year this issue triggered the outbreak of a political crisis in Ukraine that led to the overthrow of then President Viktor Yanukovych, Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, and a war with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine that has to date killed more than 2,600 people. As a concession to Moscow the AA’s trade rules will not enter into force on 1 November as originally planned, but will be delayed until 31 December 2015.

European sanctions against Russia enter into force

Today, on 12 September, a new wave of sanctions against Russia that the European Union (EU) agreed upon during a Council meeting on 8 September will enter into force. In light of the decisive role that Russia has played in intensifying the conflict in eastern Ukraine between the Ukrainian government and the pro-Russian, Kyiv-wary separatists, Brussels finds it necessary to impose additional sanctions on Moscow.

Movie night: "Age of Delirium", the collapse of the Soviet Union

On 21 September Blinibioscoop and Foundation Max van der Stoel are organising a screening of documentary film "Age of Delirium," which focusses on the fall of the Soviet Union, followed by a panel discussion. The film screening will begin at 15:00, the panel at 17:00, to be followed by the Bliniscoop traditional pancakes. Entrance fee is 5 Euros, and includes pancakes. The working language will be English.

Tensions escalate over Ukraine-Russia conflict as Russia opens new front in Ukraine

Yesterday Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of sending troops into Ukrainian territory and opening a new southern front in the Ukrainian army’s fight with pro-Russian separatists, capturing the strategic coastal town of Novoazovsk. The reports have been confirmed by NATO and the US, and other Western leaders also seem to have little doubt at this point of Russia’s military involvement in Ukraine.

Early elections scheduled in Ukraine as Kiev condemns Russian “invasion”

One day after the country’s independence day parade on 24 August, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko dissolved the Parliament and announced that early elections would be held on 26 October. The announcement is a strong signal on the eve of Poroshenko’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Minsk, and as Russian soldiers have been arrested on Ukrainian soil today. It raises concerns about a potential escalation of the conflict as the political and economic situation deteriorates in Ukraine.

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