Presidents of Ukraine

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Presidents aren’t immune to treason convictions. Just look to Ukraine.


Donald Trump has callously thrown around accusations of treason aimed toward his political rivals — others think the president’s actions are worthy of the charge. Treason is a high bar to prove in the US, but in Ukraine, a presidential treason conviction was announced earlier this year. And it has lessons for American democracy, experts say.

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As US focuses on impeachment, Ukraine worries about being left to Russia

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Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy listens to a translator as he and US President Donald Trump hold a bilateral meeting

Trump scandal threatens to derail Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts

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This Ukrainian presidential candidate is challenging language divisions with a message of unity

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People look through windows of the Mezhyhirya residence of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich as anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds in the village Novi Petrivtsi, outside Kiev.

How a team of Ukrainian journalists rescued documents from Yanukovych’s house

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A woman takes photos of a "Wanted" notice for fugitive Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich, plastered on the window of a car used as a barricade, near Kiev's Independent Square February 24, 2014.

Where did the downfall of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych begin?

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Ukrainians don’t know what comes next for their country, but they do know that the game is up for Viktor Yanukovych. The fugitive former president is now facing charges of committing “mass murder.” And blunders, selfishness, and bad choices marked his entire presidency.

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Ukrainian president calls in ‘sick’ leaving historic crisis in the balance

Conflict & Justice

Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, has gone on ‘sick leave’ but the political crisis continues. Some say Ukraine is at a historic crossroads, others fear how Russia might react.


Ukraine finds it hard to disentangle from its deep Russian ties

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Ukraine, a former Soviet Bloc country, is torn between its deep economic and cultural ties with Russia and its desire to modernize by becoming part of the European Union. When its president chose to draw closer to Russia over the EU, some Ukrainians applauded, while others took to the streets.

Ukrainian Sleeping Beauty art exhibit seeks to awaken political slumber

Ukraine is in turmoil as political opposition is silenced. One artist chose to illustrate that turmoil, or waiting, with a unique art exhibition that involves women serving in the role of Sleeping Beauties, waiting for the right man to kiss them. If they open their eyes, they agree to marry the man who kissed them.

Beyond Class Part III: Class in the Shadow of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution

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Revolutions, it is said, need the support of the middle class to be successful; In Ukraine, seven years after the Orange Revolution, a TV producer wonders whether it was worth it, as her nation slips back into its corrupt, pre-revolutionary past.