The Sunday Show on Donbas’ Illegal Elections and Activist Handziuk’s Death
11 November, 2018

It has been a week since Kherson-based activist and city council advisor Kateryna Handziuk lost her life as a result of injuries sustained in an acid attack in July. In response, a coalition of Ukrainian civil society groups came together this week to demand the resignation of Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko over the ineffectiveness of the investigation into not only Handziuk’s murder, but a host of other attacks aimed at Ukrainian civil society. Although Lutsenko offered his resignation, it was rejected by President Petro Poroshenko. On today’s Sunday Show we speak to lawyer and expert from Reanimation Package of Reforms Eugene Krapyvin to find out more about Ukraine’s reaction to Handziuk’s death.

We are also joined by journalist and editor-in-chief of Novosti Donbassa Oleksiy Matsuka to discuss the so-called elections taking place in the occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions today. We explore what it means to hold elections in these unrecognized and separatist-controlled territories and how this could affect both the war-torn regions and Ukraine as a whole.

And finally, we speak to Voice of America’s Bohdan Tsiupyn who is in Paris where US President Trump and Russia’s President Putin are set to meet this weekend, despite much speculation that it might not go ahead. We look at some of the topics that might arise between the two head of states.