Also by Christopher Miller
June 03, 2020
Calls For Dismissal Of Ukraine's Powerful Interior Minister Grow Louder After Alleged Police Rape, Gangland Shooting
The alleged rape and torture of a woman by police officers and a shoot-out between criminal gangs follow a series of other cases in which police were accused of involvement or of botching the investigation. Critics of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, the only cabinet member in office since the aftermath of the 2014 Euromaidan uprising, say it's time for him to go.
April 25, 2020
Zelenskiy's First Year: He Promised Sweeping Changes. How's He Doing?
On his way to a landslide presidential election victory a year ago, Volodymyr Zelenskiy vowed to wipe out corruption, bring peace to Ukraine's war-torn east, and usher in a new political era that would "break the system." But those old problems persist, and new ones have surfaced.
April 17, 2020
No Official Tallies, But Separatist-Held Ukraine Faces 'Considerable' COVID-19 Threat
The parts of eastern Ukraine held by Russia-backed separatists -- ravaged by six years of armed conflict, and challenged with a weakened health-care system and a sizable elderly population -- may face a COVID-19 outbreak of considerable scale.
April 09, 2020
On The Front Line In Ukraine, Soldiers Brace To Fight A Silent, Deadly Enemy
Fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed militants has raged on, despite a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus and Western calls for a “global cease-fire” during the pandemic.
February 05, 2020
In Kyiv, Erdogan Said All The Right Things -- Unless You're A Turkish Dissident In Ukraine
In Kyiv this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to help him go after Turkish dissidents living in Ukraine. Zelenskiy's remarks suggested that he would oblige, deepening fears among a community that is wary of the warmth between two governments that see eye to eye on Crimea.
January 29, 2020
Taking It In Stride, Again: As Pompeo Visits, Ukraine Seems Set To Shrug Off Controversy
Days before a trip to Kyiv, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly questioned whether Americans care about Ukraine. But Ukrainian officials, fearful of straining relations with the country's most powerful supporter, aren't dwelling on it -- and ordinary citizens more concerned about big domestic challenges don't seem to care.
January 17, 2020
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Gave His Resignation To The President. But Will Zelenskiy Accept It?
Oleksiy Honcharuk tendered his resignation after an audio recording emerged of him allegedly questioning President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s understanding of economic issues. RFE/RL sources say the move was meant to express loyalty and the president won’t accept the offer.
October 02, 2019
Explainer: What Is The Steinmeier Formula -- And Did Zelenskiy Just Capitulate To Moscow?
Ukraine's president has thrown Kyiv's support behind the so-called Steinmeier Formula, saying agreement on the blueprint paves the way for top-level talks to end the war between Kyiv's forces and Russia-backed separatists in the Donbas. But what is the formula, and do Moscow and Kyiv really agree?
September 26, 2019
Former U.S. Soldier Who Fought With Ukrainian Far-Right Militia Wanted For U.S. Murder
A former U.S. Army soldier who fought for a far-right Ukrainian paramilitary group and who has been linked to a bomb plot in the United States has been detained in Ukraine on charges related to a double murder last year.
September 25, 2019
'We Were Dragged Into This': What Ukrainians Think About The Trump Scandal
As their country and president get sucked into a political firefight in Washington that has led to impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, some Ukrainians are questioning whether Americans know what’s at stake for their country.
September 24, 2019
Why Was Ukraine's Top Prosecutor Fired? The Issue At The Heart Of The Dispute Gripping Washington
U.S. President Donald Trump asserts that Joe Biden pushed for the ouster of Ukraine’s chief prosecutor to quash a probe into a Burisma, a gas company with Biden's son on its board. Officials and anti-corruption activists in Kyiv say Prosecutor-General Viktor Shokin had shelved the case long before and was fired for his failure to prosecute that case.
September 22, 2019
Amid Trump-Biden Tug-Of-War, Anxious Ukraine Ponders How To Proceed
Under mounting pressure from President Donald Trump and his allies to investigate the work of Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy must find a way to get out of a political battle raging in Washington without angering either side.
September 19, 2019
Influential Tycoon Kolomoyskiy Is Back In Ukraine. And He's Not Keeping A Low Profile
Billionaire Ihor Kolomoyskiy's recent meeting with the Ukrainian president and surprise public appearance at a high-profile Kyiv conference coincided with police raids and an attack on a key opponent, as well as reports of a deal with the country's government, sparking questions about his possible influence in the capital.
September 17, 2019
After Secret Raid, Amputated Leg, And Controversial Prisoner Swap, Ukrainian Officer Has Doubts
Dmytro Herzhan lost a leg, and a fellow soldier, during a secretive mission to capture the Ukrainian man linked to the 2014 downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet. The military intelligence officer has mixed feelings about how the mission to grab Volodymyr Tsemakh unfolded, and what followed.
September 16, 2019
In Ukraine, Foreign Minister And Others Fear Being 'Pushed' By West Into Bad Deal With Russia
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko tells RFE/RL he worries that France and Germany, which are mediating peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, may push Kyiv to make painful compromises.