There can be little doubt that the year 2017 has sent shockwaves through global politics — and these were felt particularly strongly in Ukraine. In January, Donald Trump became the President of the United States, an event greeted with trepidation in Kyiv. Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, had previously worked for the Party of Regions of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, seemingly linking the autocrat’s corrupt rule with the new American president.
Trump and the issues surrounding his election — Russian hacking, the far right, populism, Euro- and NATO-skepticism, and America’s relations with the Kremlin — were all recurrent subjects in Hromadske’s coverage this year. They joined a litany of critically important local stories: political prisoners in Ukraine’s Russia-occupied Donbas region, reform efforts, and the struggle against corruption, to name a few.
This year, we talked with experts and officials about Ukraine’s European path and U.S. foreign policy, learned from diplomats and MPs about prisoner exchanges with Ukraine’s Russia-occupied Donbas and the Paul Manafort corruption investigation, and asked the U.S. special representative in Ukraine how to restore peace to the country’s east.
Tune into Hromadske’s “The Best of 2017” for all this and more. Featuring:
US Special Representative for Ukrainian Negotiations;
Washington Post columnist;
Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges
Commanding General, United States Army Europe;
Canadian Defense Minister;
Ukrainian National Police Chief;
Levin Professor of History, Yale University;
Staff writer at The Atlantic;
Ukrainian MP, Petro Poroshenko's Bloc;
Deputy Secretary General of NATO (2012-2016);
Atlantic Council Information Defense Fellow;
Deputy chairmen of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis assembly;
Deputy head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis assembly;
American film director