✅ Ukraine’s Concerns Growing as Trump Leans Towards Putin
It was expected to form a key part of the agenda of the July 16 meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. But the question of Ukraine was barely touched on in the briefings that followed the closed-door meeting of the two leaders. While the U.S. has maintained its position on Crimea’s annexation as illegal, experts in the field believe Trump’s chumminess with Putin and lack of understanding of foreign affairs means Ukraine has plenty to be concerned about. Hromadske spoke with Melinda Haring, editor of Atlantic Council’s UkraineAlert blog, about the outcome of the Trump-Putin summit. We also spoke to our correspondent, Nataliya Gumenyuk, who is in the U.S.
Editor of the UkraineAlert blog, Atlantic Council
✅ Two Years of Investigation Bring No Resolution to Sheremet Murder Case
Two years ago Belarusian-Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in a car bomb explosion in central Kyiv on his way to work. Despite promises from Ukrainian authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice, no charges have been made and no suspects publicly identified. Sheremet’s family, friends and former colleagues, as well as the Ukrainian public, have been left frustrated at the lack of progress. Hromadske spoke with Sevgil Musaieva, editor-in-chief of online publication Ukrainska Pravda, where Sheremet used to work, about the progress of the investigation into his death.
Editor-in-Chief, Ukrainska Pravda
✅ Why Is a Ukrainian Soldier Charged with Killing an Italian Journalist?
Last year Ukrainian soldier Vitaliy Markiv was detained by Italian authorities, who accused him of being complicit in the murder of Italian photographer Andrea Rocchelli. Rocchelli and his Russian translator Andrei Mironov were killed amid fighting between Ukrainian armed forces and Russia-led separatists in May 2014 in eastern Ukraine. At the time Markiv was serving in the Ukrainian National Guard. Markiv’s trial began in Italy this month. Hromadske spoke to Italian journalist Danilo Elia and Diana Markiv, the wife of the Ukrainian soldier, about the case and what can be expected from the trial.
✅ What’s Threatening European Democracy Today?
Russian aggression and the rise of populism are among the issues Germany currently has to contend with. But these issues span much further than Germany’s borders. They also influence the country’s relationship with Ukraine and democracy as a whole. Hromadske spoke with Marieluise Beck, former German MP, co-founder of Zentrum Liberale Moderne think tank, about the rise of populism and what it means for Europe.
former German MP, co-founder of Zentrum Liberale Moderne think tank
✅ New Armenian Government Promises Much-Awaited Democracy
After weeks of mass anti-government protests, which ousted Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, a new, interim government was formed in May. Led by Nikol Pashinyan, who headed the protests, the new leadership promised reform and democratic elections. Three months on from Pashinyan’s election, Hromadske traveled to the Armenian capital of Yerevan to see what has changed on the ground and whether Ukrainian-Armenian relations are likely to improve in the nearest future.