The European Union gave Ukraine until a Nov. 28-29 summit to meet conditions for closer ties after the country’s lawmakers failed to vote on a bill to allow jailed ex-Premier Yulia Tymoshenko to get medical care abroad.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said he’ll allow jailed ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to leave the country for medical care as he seeks to clear the path to a delayed European integration accord.
Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko said his country may owe Russia no less than $2 billion to $2.2 billion by the end of the year for natural gas deliveries should supply accords not be revised, Delo reported.
Georgia’s outgoing President Mikheil Saakashvili said his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin wants him jailed or dead and urged the U.S. to help curb what he says is Russia’s rising influence over his country.
Yaroslav Rushchyshyn likes to call the antique clothing irons displayed at his Ukrainian factory the “backup line,” for when authorities punish him for criticizing government policies by shutting down the power.
Ukraine hoped the European soccer championships would showcase its progress since the Soviet Union collapsed. Instead, it’s shining the spotlight on accusations of political repression, graft and aging infrastructure.