Within the last two years, the president signed the Association Agreement with the EU, considerably increased funding of the military and almost introducing a visa-free regime. However, other changes promised by Poroshenko have just been started.
Ukrainian media have given very contrasting assessments of what has happened in Berlin at the Normandy Four meeting. They ranged from “the betrayal of the national interest” to “Poroshenko has outwitted everyone”. VoxUkraine has asked Mykola Mursky, a research assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he investigates the peacebuilding process in the Donbas, to provide an objective perspective on the Berlin meeting.
Since the Revolution of Dignity, the President’s Office, the National Bank of Ukraine, the Parliament, and the various administrative bodies have begun a wide-ranging program of reform. Which governmental actions have proven to be good for Ukraine’s economy, and which have taken Ukraine in the wrong direction? Tetyana Tyshchuk and Oleksiy Hrybanovsky closely studied the Index for Monitoring Reforms in order to find out which government agencies are true to their word.
Self-Censorship on TV: How Do the Most Viewed Ukrainian TV Channels Report Petro Poroshenko’s Activities
VoxUkraine has analysed the references to President Petro Poroshenko in the weekly TV news bulletins on Sunday and has reached a very surprising conclusion. Either the editorial policy of the four most popular TV channels is biased in relation to the president, or their editors or reporters are prone to the simultaneous self-censorship.
One of the issues that were raised rather unexpectedly in the process of discussing constitutional amendments in Ukraine in 2015 was the right to armed self-defence, initiated by an e-petition to President Poroshenko and supported by an NGO “The Ukrainian Gun Owners Association”. This led to a heated debate within the Human Rights Working Group of the Constitutional Commission, holding back the adoption of a human rights chapter. The discussion about liberalising rules for possession of weapons has additional emotional resonance in Ukraine because of the Russian aggression and military conflict in Eastern Ukraine which caused, inter alia, illegal turnover of firearms in Ukraine.
Using content analysis, we analyse speeches of President Poroshenko from March 2015 to May 2016. We present the visualised word cloud and find the semantic content of president foreign speeches are similar to the domestic ones. Further, we investigate audiences’ education level measured by the readability and complexity of the texts. We also analyse political spectrum for each speech, and the results show that the domestic speeches have a bias to left-wing politics, while foreign speeches are more right-wing.
Poroshenko`s political career began almost 20 years ago when he was elected to the Verkhovna Rada. Over the years, he was part of different political parties including The Party of Regions. Anton Marchuk provides an overviews of the President’s political life. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.
Two main articles caused the second wave of accusations against Petro Poroshenko over his links to offshore companies. The first one, by Dmytro Gnap and Anna Babinets, which appeared on May 18, voiced the suspicion that Petro Poroshenko transferred 4 million dollars abroad. The second one appeared on Deutsche Welle on May 19 and argued that Petro Poroshenko secretly owned a factory in Germany. Overall, the media coverage of this topic in May was much less intense than in April. For instance, on April 4, media generated 1607 messages, while the second wave translated into just 600 messages in four days (May 17-20). Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.
De-oligarchization, together with corruption and the rule of law, are 3 areas that are central to the success of the reforms and European integration after the Euromaidan revolution. At the same time, while Western governments, academic experts and journalists frequently advise Ukraine to ‘deal with its oligarchs’ they rarely provide clear-cut policy advice to Ukraine’s political leaders and government how to go about this.
On Sunday, documents, that are now known under the name `Panama Papers’, revealed that in 2014 Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko became a shareholder of Prime Asset Partners Ltd. incorporated in British Virgin Island, an international offshore destination.