The Sunday Show: Martial Law in Ukraine, Orthodox Autocephaly and Armenian Elections
9 December, 2018

This week we’ll be following up on what happened after Russia’s attack on Ukrainian vessels near the Kerch Strait, which led to the imposition of martial law in the at-risk regions of Ukraine. In particular, we’ll be discussing the economic effects of martial law in Ukraine and how it has affected the civil liberties of the Ukrainian people.

We also speak to Loyola Marymount University Professor Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun for the latest on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s progress towards autocephaly ahead of the meeting of the bishops council on December 15. This is where representatives from each of Ukraine’s Orthodox churches will elect a head of the united local Orthodox Church, which will be created.

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We’ll also cover the latest from Armenia where citizens go to the polls today to vote in the parliamentary elections. This follows the country’s 2018 Velvet Revolution which saw opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan come to office as Prime Minister. On October 16, Pashinyan resigned explaining it as a calculated step to elect a new parliament in snap elections. Pashinyan is hoping to and is expected to be reelected today.

Michael Bociurkiw
Global affairs analyst, former OSCE SMM to Ukraine spokesperson

Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun
professor at Loyola Marymount University

James Brooke
Editor-in-chief, Ukraine Business News

Armenak Minasyants
Board Member/Secretary at Article 3 Human Rights Center​