Publications and interviews

Mayday! Donbas: the threat of an ecological catastrophe in the center of Europe

The ecological catastrophe in the Donbas, caused by the armed aggression of the Russian Federation, will be an environmental disaster for the whole of Europe In April 2018, the invaders stopped the pumps that had pumped out water from the mine "Yunkom" Many years ago in Kharkov I have worked for the Ukrainian Research Center for Water Protection (VNIIVO) and have been engaged with environmental problems. Today it is called the Ukrainian Research Institute of Environmental Problems and is the... more


The Ministry of Internal Affairs presented the Strategy of De-occupation of Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine. We widely published it in the mass media and continued to distribute it in the form of booklets to people living on both sides of the demarcation line.  This document started a wide public debate: it was supported and denied, praised and abused, and many comments and suggestions were made.  It is very good! Today I want to define the RED LINES - the... more

Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs presents Donbas ‘de-occupation’ strategy to G7 ambassadors  Saturday, July 7, 2018 12:00:00 PM Arsen Avakov, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine presented to the ambassadors and diplomats of the Group of Seven countries the Donbas "de-occupation" strategy named "Small Steps Mechanism" that was developed by the Interior Ministry, the Ministry's press service reports. According to Avakov, this strategy is "an instrument of interaction" of all services: the State Border Guard Service, the State Emergency Service, the National Guard and the National Police of Ukraine. "The... more

Collaborationism and amnesty. The need for public dialogue

"Ukrainian Pravda", 06.06.2018 In mid-April, the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov made public his vision of the return of Ukraine's sovereignty over the temporarily occupied Donbas. The minister's concept led to a heated discussion in the information space, having received the unofficial name "Avakov's plan". One of the sharpest points of the "plan" was the bill on collaborationists, the expediency of which had been discussed for several months. In March 2017, the Verkhovna Rada even registered a bill on the prohibition... more

Arsen Avakov: I have a plan. Let’s say, we can seize control of Horlivka for the starter

“We have a situation evolving outside the bounds of Ukraine, but owing to various temporary circumstances it within the range of our interests now,” the head of MIA Arsen Avakov turns to the substance of the matter at once without even waiting for us to ask the question. Before this, the UP journalists had kept waiting for the minister for about an hour and a half in the MIA building as Avakov had been unexpectedly “intercepted” by his Turkish counterpart... more