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Ukraine is a parliamentary-presidential republic located in Eastern Europe, bordering Russia.

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How might the impeachment process affect the US-Ukraine relationship and the US support of Ukraine in the war? [closed]

I am thinking about three possible outcomes of the impeachment process in the short term: Nothing happens eventually Trump is removed but Republicans keep the presidency Trump is removed and ...
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Why was VP Biden not required to obtain a waiver to continue his influence over Ukrainian government policy? [closed]

In cfr §2635.502, paragraph (a) states: (a) Consideration of appearances by the employee. Where an employee knows that a particular matter involving specific parties is likely to have a direct ...
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Why is Hunter Biden’s position in Burisma not considered a problem?

While I believe the current admin’s attempt to initiate an investigation into the Bidens’ Ukraine dealings was nothing but a political maneuver, what I’m more interested in is why most don’t consider ...
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Did the US embassy in Kyiv resist hanging Trump's picture while Yovanovitch was ambassador?

Trump charges that was the case. As the BBC reported yesterday: President Donald Trump has pilloried an envoy who testified in the impeachment inquiry, claiming she refused to hang his photo in the ...
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Have Congressional Democrats asked the DOJ to justify not investigating Trump over Ukraine?

In June 2016, when then-FBI Director James Comey announced his decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server, Congressional Republicans criticized ...
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Did the Obama administration make any statements on lethal aid for Ukraine?

In today's impeachment hearing, Republicans mentioned a number of times that the Obama administration did not provide lethal aid to Ukraine, even though officials (at least today's witness Ambassador ...
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How is the April Trump-Zelenskiy call related to the July call?

Today before the hearing (and read out loud by Nunes during the hearing), the Trump administration released notes about an April call between Trump and Zelenskiy The April call is pretty mundane and ...
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Why was ambassador Sondland involved in Ukraine?

Ambassador Sondland is ambassador to the EU. So why was he involved in Ukraine, a country that is not even in the EU? I understand that Ukraine is considering joining the EU but why was he so heavily ...
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Why has no one requested the tape of the Trump/Ukraine call?

Given that the transcript released is not word for word and that it contains a disclaimer explaining it's not a 'verbatim transcript', why has no one, whether Democrats seeking to impeach, or ...
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Connection Between July Phone Call and Recall of Ambassador Yovanovitch [duplicate]

As I was listening to the live impeachment hearings, I heard two things: a) The July phone call between Trump and Ukraine about investigating Biden's son and possible quid-pro-quo. b) The recall of ...
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Is the Ukraine Transcript word for word? [duplicate]

When I google "Ukraine transcript" first result that shows up is a PDF hosted on whitehouse.gov. Is this transcript a word-for-word replication of the phone call that took place between President ...
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Has the State Department IG released any info about Giuliani’s anti-Yovanovich campaign?

A month ago, Steve Linick, Inspector General (IG) for the US Department of State, briefed eight Congressional Committees behind closed doors concerning a campaign by President Trump’s lawyer Rudy ...
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Which act of Congress authorized the Ukrainian aid which was allegedly withheld?

According to multiple media sources, U.S. aid to Ukraine was authorized by Congress. I am having difficulty identifying precisely which act would have authorized the specific aid which the Trump ...
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Has Vindman commented on his conversations with Ukrainian officials?

On Monday, the New York Times published a story about the fact that Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a Ukraine expert serving on the National Security Council, was going to testify in the House’s ...
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Is there a Ukrainian transcript of Trump's controversial July 25 call to President Zelensky?

Trump released a memorandum of his controversial July 25 call to President Zelensky (see e.g. CNN, Fox News). There's some debate as to its accuracy (e.g. Missing words and a screaming match: Inside ...
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Why is the fact that Ukraine President Zelenskiy publicly stated that Trump didn't pressure him whatsoever being ignored?

People are up in arms about allegations that President Trump's pressured Ukraine to reopening an investigation into Joe Biden. My question is, why are the mainstream media and the people leading ...
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How unusual is Rudy Giuliani's involvement in government?

Recently Rudy Giuliani's name has been all over the news, and my understanding is that he has been deeply involved in negotiating US foreign policy in Ukraine. From Wikipedia's article on the Trump–...
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Are there ANY examples of corruption in Ukraine where the USA has an actual stake?

Assuming that the USA does not want to take on the role of being the world's policeman for any corruption where ever it might occur, The US might legitimately be concerned about corruption (occurring ...
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Why are the Ukraine related congressional hearings behind closed doors?

A series of high profile witnesses have recently testified in US congressional hearings about Ukraine, particularly including Marie Yovanovitch (Oct. 11, 2019) and Gordon Sondland (Oct. 17, 2019). As ...
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What are the political or business connections of Parnas and Fruman in the former USSR countries?

From breaking news in the Guardian: Two associates of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, have been charged with election finance violations for channeling foreign money into the ...
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Has Ukraine responded in any way to the 2018 letter sent by three Democratic senators?

Trump has raised the issue of a 2018 letter to Ukraine, sent by three US senators (all Democrats) . As CNN summarized this letter: it expressed concern about a New York Times article that said ...
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What has the State Department said about Giuliani's claim that the Department asked him to talk to Ukraine?

Unless he backtracked on this, Giuliani said (on or before Sep 25) that: "I never talked to a Ukrainian official until the State Department called and asked me to do it," Giuliani told Fox And in ...
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Has the recall of the US ambassador to Ukraine been tied with the efforts to have the Bidens investigated by Ukraine?

I've read that in the Zelensky-Trump phone call: Zelensky said he agreed with Trump "100 per cent" that the former US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, was "a bad ambassador." And as ...
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What is the reference/context of the statement in the whatsapp presentation? [closed]

In a recent whatsapp presentation from Volodymyr Zelensky at the 16th annual Yalta European Strategy which was a hilarious take on global state of affairs. The one which i wanted to understand is at ...
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Has President Trump stated why he sought Ukraine's cooperation on the Biden matter?

Has Trump given an explanation (himself or through a spokesperson) for asking Ukraine to cooperate with finding things about Biden's son? Given that the transcript of the phone call to the President ...
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Why does the Trump-Zelensky phone call matter?

I think that a simplified version of this question (which is put on hold because of too much opinion in the question) is an interesting one and I hope to learn something from this discussion. The ...
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Does the DOJ's declining to investigate the Trump-Zelensky call ruin the basis for impeachment?

Background 2019-07-25US President Donald Trump had a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that is central to the recent Trump–Ukraine controversy. 2019-09-24Nancy Pelosi, the ...
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What is the relationship between Ukraine and Crowdstrike?

The recently release Trump-Zelenskyy phone call transcript has the following snippet (emphasis mine): The President: I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through ...
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Why is the population of post-Soviet states declining?

After the fall of the Soviet Union, many modern European states gain independence: the Baltic republics, Ukraine, Belarus. But there is something common among nearly all of them: their populations ...
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If Russia intentionally shot down flight MH-17, what would be the benefit to Russia? [closed]

Four suspects, three Russians and one Ukrainian, have been charged with the shooting-down of flight MH-17. If Russia intentionally shot down this plane, in what way would this benefit Russia? That ...
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Has Ukraine implemented section 11 of the Minsk II agreement?

The Minsk II Agreement calls for (2) Pull-out of all heavy weapons by both sides to equal distance with the aim of creation of a security zone on minimum 50 kilometres (31 mi) apart for artillery ...
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How does Nord Stream II project fit with Ukraine-EU relationship?

A local TV short documentary argued that the Nord Stream II project should be finalized by 2019. I cannot find information to support this, but Wikipedia mentions that its construction has begun in ...
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Does Russia need to treat the captured Ukranian sailors as POWs?

Some of the Ukranian sailors that were captured/arrested on their way to the Sea of Azov in November 2018 have been shown on Russian state TV with recorded statements. Ukraine demands that they are ...
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What is the benefit of Ukraine declaring martial law after a naval attack by Russian forces?

So as of my writing of this question—November 26, 2018—Ukraine declared martial law after a Russian naval attack. And as per The New York Times: Ukraine’s Parliament voted Monday to declare martial ...
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Any backlash against Ukrainians working in Poland? What's the Polish public opinion on Ukrainian guest workers?

According to Eurostat, in 2016 the vast majority of new work permits for non-EU citizens were issued by Poland for Ukrainians, nearly half a million such permits. Bloomberg has a background article ...
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Did Ukraine lose half its GDP because of sanctions against Russia?

According to a Russian News Agency Ukrainian politician Evgeny Murayev said that Anti-Russian sanctions of the EU and the United States deprived the Ukraine from half of its gross domestic ...
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Why wouldn't EU recommend Baltic states and Ukraine to give Russian language the official status?

As known, Russian language is widely spoken in states of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, which are EU members, and Ukraine, which has signed the association with EU, being native up to 50% of citizens by ...
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Will stopping humanitarian aid and food by embargo to a captured territory be illegal?

In case of Ukraine, the pro-russian separatists have captured huge chunks of captured Ukrainian land to form Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republic . So will it be illegal if Ukrainian government ...
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What are the reasons Oliver Stone's documentary 'Ukraine On Fire' had trouble getting a US distributor?

In 2015 - Netflix released a documentary called Winter On Fire - on how a civil rights movement erupts in the Ukraine after a peaceful student protest quickly morphs into a violent revolution. Winter ...
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Was Russia really able to solve its 'Ukraine problem' by invasion?

As far as I knew, Russia invaded Ukraine because Ukraine wanted to join the West. Why was Ukraine joining NATO a problem? Because Russia wanted to maintain a buffer zone between NATO and its border (...
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Why did Ukraine give up nuclear weapons through Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances?

Through Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine gave up their nuclear weapons between 1994 and 1996. According to the same source: Before that, Ukraine had the ...
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Why don't Russia and Ukraine enter an official state of war?

It's clear since 2014 that Russian troops have invaded Ukrainian territory. Crimea was fully annexed and Donbass is in a state of perpetual conflict. However officially speaking Russia and Ukraine ...
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Why is visa-free travel such a big deal in politics?

There is currently a motion within the European Parliament to allow visa-free travel for Ukrainians. However for some reason I don't understand why it's such a big improvement - most Ukrainians who ...
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Why are the exemptions for travelling from Ukraine to Crimea so narrow?

Courtesy of this answer on Travel.SE, most foreigners aren't allowed to cross from mainland Ukraine into Crimea, with a few narrow exemptions, at least as of 2015. Procedure for entry to the ...
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Why would the Russian Annexation of Crimea be illegal?

Hillary Clinton answered a journalist's question about Trump appearing on the Larry King Show, a Russian State TV program. She called the annexation of Crimea was illegal. But, there was a legal ...
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Who caused the Ukraine crisis, according to Putin?

In reaction to Euromaidan, Putin claimed, that the whole Ukraine crisis was planned by USA and EU. Afterwards he argued that he invaded Ukraine to stop the authoritarian regime taking rule. But ...
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Does anyone want Ukraine to be called “the Ukraine”?

According to the Wikipedia article Name of Ukraine, Ukrainians prefer the English term to be "Ukraine" rather than "the Ukraine". Do any governments, such as Russia, or other political groups want ...
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Have the terrorists ever traded hostages for land? [closed]

On June 18, 2014, the "pro"-Russian terrorists in Ukraine have captured Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian pilot, and secretly transferred her across the state border to terrorist bases in Rostov, Russia and ...
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How necessary is it to destroy statues in Ukraine?

How necessary is it to destroy statues in Ukraine? They could have preserved them as a part of their history. At least they could become tourist attractions.
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Why don't signatories of Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances (except Russia) protect Ukraine with force?

The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances is a political agreement providing security assurances by its signatories relating to Ukraine's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of ...