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This UABA Blog page provides information and commentary on issues that are relevant to the organization and its members. Although the blogs are public, comments can only be made by members. If yoiu wish to join the discussion, you are welcome to become a member.

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  • 20 Jul 2016 9:53 PM | Anonymous

    Twenty-five days ago, the eight Justices of the Supreme Court issued a one-sentence order which indicated that they were deadlocked four to four on the validity of the Obama administration’s deferred-action policy, which would allow undocumented immigrants who are the parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to apply to remain in the country without fear of deportation and work here legally. Because two lower courts had blocked the administration from implementing the policy before it could go into effect, it looked like the ruling could be the end of the administration’s immediate attempt to revive the policy prior to the end of all the litigation.  SCOTUS.  Read More

  • 20 Jul 2016 9:28 PM | Anonymous

    A prominent radio and television journalist in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, was killed in a car bombing on Wednesday, officials said, in one of the highest-profile assassinations of a reporter in the country in years. The journalist, Pavel Sheremet, 44, a Belarussian citizen who had worked for Russian state television before moving to Ukraine to host a morning radio news program five years ago, died when the car he was driving exploded near Kiev’s government quarter.  NYT.   Read More

  • 06 Jul 2016 10:57 PM | Anonymous

    The Minsk ceasefire agreement, signed February 15, 2015, by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France, along with representatives from the OSCE and from Russian-occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk (DNR and LNR, respectively), is simply not working. It is time to scrap it and make clear to Russia, through a declaration from Western nations, that sanctions will remain in place—and will be increased over time—unless Russia meets several key conditions.   Atlantic Council.   Read More

  • 06 Jul 2016 10:48 PM | Anonymous

    You could say that Serhiy Kvit is a man on a mission. The soft-spoken 50-year-old former journalist may no longer be Ukraine's minister of education and science, having stepped down from that post back in April as part of a governmental reshuffle that accompanied the resignation of controversial Prime Minister Arsenii Yatsenyuk. But he nonetheless remains at the forefront of the fight for the intellectual future of his country.   U.S. News.   Read More

  • 06 Jul 2016 10:39 PM | Anonymous

    Local elections to be held under Ukrainian and OSCE control, with no Russia intruding - Klimkin. Ukraine will never let the current leaders of Russian-backed separatists rule the Donbas region, even in case they are officially elected. This is according to Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin who is currently holding a meeting with his Norwegian counterpart.   Ukraine Today.   Read More

  • 06 Jul 2016 10:36 PM | Anonymous

    Berlin promises to allocate EUR 6 million to help internally displaced people from Donbas.  Germany's Federal Government is set to increase support to Ukraine under a humanitarian program aimed at helping people affected by the war in Donbas. This is according to the German Embassy in Kyiv.   Ukraine Today.   Read More

  • 24 Jun 2016 10:29 PM | Anonymous

    Ukraine's MP says more personal sanctions against Russian top officials are needed. Providing Ukraine with lethal military aid can trigger a worldwide military conflict, according to Ukrainian MP and delegate to PACE Nadiya Savchenko.   Ukraine Today.   Read More

  • 24 Jun 2016 9:48 PM | Anonymous

    “People have forgotten that there’s a real humanitarian situation and a real need in a European country,” said Jock Mendoza-Wilson, director of international and investor relations at System Capital Management, during a recent Atlantic Council panel examining the crisis in Ukraine. In fact, he said, six hundred thousand people on Ukraine’s contact line live in “appalling conditions” without electricity and gas, have intermittent water, face shelling and small arms fire on a daily basis, and don’t have access to a food market.   Atlantic Council.   Read More

  • 24 Jun 2016 9:40 PM | Anonymous

    Ukrainian authorities have arrested four former officers of the "Berkut" riot police for their alleged role in the violent dispersal of pro-European protesters in Kyiv in early 2014. Larysa Sarhan, a spokeswoman for Ukraine's Prosecutor-General's Office, said on June 24 that the four suspects were serving on Ukraine's national police force at the time of their arrest on June 23.    RFE/RL.   Read More

  • 08 Jun 2016 5:55 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Bohdan Vitvitsky, Former U.S. prosecutor may help reform Ukraine PGO

    Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko will appoint Ukrainian-born Bohdan Vitvitsky, a former federal prosecutor and Assistant U.S. Attorney, as the chief of the competition committee to the General Inspectorate of the Prosecutor General's Office.

    Vitvitsky is expected to help cleanse the corrupt General Prosecutor's office, according to Lutsenko.  "The schedule and format of the General Inspectorate, which will reveal corrupt prosecutors, is agreed upon with our American partners. I am planning to appoint Mr. Vitvitsky as head of the competition committee," Lutsenko wrote on Facebook. 

    As was earlier reported, Bohdan Vitvitsky is the American lawyer of Ukrainian origin and social activist, an assistant U.S. Attorney of the U.S. Attorney's Economic Crimes Unit. In 2007-2009, he was a legal advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. He was considered as a candidate for the post of the chief of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine UNIAN

    Editor's Note: Bohdan Vitvitsky is a member of the Ukrainian American Bar Association


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