Photo: Catarina Axelsson/MFA
Sweden is by far the largest donor to gender equality initiatives in Ukraine where change is underway, slowly but surely.
Ukraine has not ratified the Istanbul Convention but legislative proposals in the spirit of the Convention were recently presented to the parliament. These legislative proposals make clear that domestic violence is a criminal act.
At midnight last Sunday, Ukrainian citizens could for the first time ever travel to the 30 countries of the Schengen Zone without a visa. This is a forceful reminder of one of the most poignant slogans of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity, namely that “Ukraine is Europe”.
This week, Margot Wallström is making her first visit to Ukraine as Minister for Foreign Affairs. At the same time, the Riksdag is ratifying the uniquely comprehensive EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. These two events send a clear message: Sweden’s commitment to Ukraine continues and is being deepened.
In roughly half of the electoral districts in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk the elections could not be held because of the separatists. Due to Russia’s illegal annexation, no voting took place in Crimea either.
I ungefär hälften av valdistrikten i Donetsks och Luhansks län kunde valet inte genomföras på grund av separatisterna. På Krim kunde valet inte heller genomföras, detta på grund av den olagliga ryska annekteringen.