KYIV NOT KIEV, weekly videodigest by TRUMAN Agency team
#KyivNotKiev features most recent highlights from Ukraine including: updates on the Ukraine-U.S. relations, internal political developments, economy, foreign policy, culture and behind the scenes insights. For each of the news, #KyivNotKiev provides its short analysis and explains what that or another event means for Ukraine and for its international partners; and why it is important to follow the news from Ukraine. Watch the new episodes each Thursday at 10pm (Kyiv time). And remember – KYIV NOT KIEV!
Ukraine Digest From #KyivNotKiev | April 9 – April 16
- U-Turn From NATO?
Officially, there has been no changes in Ukraine’s aspirations to join NATO.
Ukraine’s aspirations to join NATO. But the practicalities of the integration process create room for confusion. The story started with the newly appointed Defense Minister Andriy Taran, who stated that adapting the Ukrainian military to NATO standards in the near future was an “ambitious but unachievable goal.”
Following his statement, the Defense Ministry Reform Office – whose main mission was to aid the modernization of the Ukrainian military – was liquidated.
Knowing that Ukraine doesn’t have a unified system of monitoring progress in implementing NATO standards, it creates the potential for political mischief.
- Chornobyl Fires
The forest fires in Chornobyl and through the restricted zone were extinguished after 10 days of non-stop firefighters’ work. Luckily, on April 14 the rain showered covering much of the area.
The fires in the area started because of burning grass. To combat the problem the Parliament of Ukraine increased penalties for the offence, and the fine for the unauthorized burning of vegetation grew up from $6.30-188 to $113-754.</P
- Building a Police State?
Ukraine’s parliament adopted changes to the national budget for 2020. Given the pandemics, the government spending is cut by almost $3billion. At the same time, the Verkhovna Rada is establishing a special anti-coronavirus fund in the amount of $2 billion.
The major victims are government agencies, law enforcement bodies, subsidiaries, regional development and education fundings. By contrast, medical budgets are expected to grow – so do the budget of the Ministry of Interior which got a fantastic record of funds. Are we building a police state?
- Online Easter
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchy was accused of being very irresponsible. Despite the quarantine situation, the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra – which is the main shrine of the church – and other churches of Moscow Patriarchy called on believers to ignore the state-imposed restrictions. Now, the Lavra is closed and the majority of clergy are tested positive for COVID-19. Nevertheless, they do continue calling on the believers to come to the churches at Easter – which is strictly prohibited.
Meanwhile, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine claimed its church services this Easter will be online.
#KyivNotKiev invites you to join the most patriotic challenge ever – #ProudUkrainian! The idea is simple, yet beautiful – to unite Ukrainians from all over the world.
The Ukrainian diaspora’s engagement in Ukraine’s social and political life is very strong. Their concern for the homeland’s welfare materializes in financial and political support. Their commitment to Ukrainian culture and traditions is tremendous. Despite years of leaving abroad and thousands of km to the country of their origin these people remain #ProudUkrainians.
If you are a foreigner of Ukrainian origin or Ukrainian living abroad, join the #ProudUkrainian Challenge! What you need to do is to record on your mobile camera and publish in your social networks a short video of three sentences where you say:
- What is your name and in which country / city you live.
- Where did you or your family come from.
- What it means to you to be #ProudUkrainian.
Next, put the #ProudUkrainian hashtag and nominate three of your friends to join the Challenge.
We are all now isolated within our countries and within our apartments. That is why it is so important to feel unity instead of alienation! Let’s unite under the hashtag #ProudUkrainian and remind ourselves how many of us are proud to be Ukrainian.
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