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An opening ceremony for a memorial in honor of National Guard soldiers in Kherson on March 26

Summary

Final Summary For March 27

-- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed into law controversial amendments to the country's anticorruption legislation requiring representatives of nongovernmental organizations to file assets declarations.

-- A municipal court in the southern Russian town of Yessentuki has issued an arrest warrant for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

* NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Kyiv (GMT/UTC +2)

22:14 27.3.2017

We are now closing the live blog for today, but we'll be back again tomorrow morning to follow all the latest developments. Until then, you can keep up with all our other Ukraine coverage here.

22:13 27.3.2017

A new item from our news desk:

Poroshenko Signs Off On NGO Assets-Declaration Requirement

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (second from left) meets with representatives of anticorruption NGOs in Kyiv on March 27.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (second from left) meets with representatives of anticorruption NGOs in Kyiv on March 27.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed into law controversial amendments to the country's anticorruption legislation requiring representatives of nongovernmental organizations to file assets declarations.

Poroshenko on March 27 signed the amendments, which also relieve military officers of the obligation to file such declarations.

Poroshenko said the measure acknowledges "the necessity of taking into account the interests of hundreds of thousands of servicemen who currently defend Ukraine from Russian aggression."

Earlier, British Ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough described the reporting requirement for NGOs as "a serious step back" for Ukraine that could "limit NGOs' capacity" and "expose them to pressure."

The reporting requirement for NGOs takes effect in 2018, and Poroshenko agreed to create a working group with NGO representatives to discuss its implementation.

In a meeting with NGOs in Kyiv on March 27, Poroshenko expressed his support for their efforts to fight corruption and said any political pressure or restrictions on their activity was inadmissible.

Based on reporting by the Kyiv Post and UNIAN
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19:30 27.3.2017

Here's a new item from RFE/RL's news desk:

Russian Court Issues Warrant For Former Ukraine PM

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

A municipal court in the southern Russian town of Yessentuki has issued an arrest warrant for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

According to the court's March 27 statement, an international warrant for Yatsenyuk's arrest has been in effect since February 21.

Yatsenyuk is wanted for trial on charges of participating in an armed group in the Russian North Caucasus region of Chechnya in the mid-1990s and fighting against Russian troops.

Yatsenyuk confirmed that the Ukrainian government told him of the warrant against him in a post on Facebook on March 27.

In September 2015, Russian Investigative Committee head Aleksandr Bastrykin accused Yatsenyuk of fighting in Chechnya and of torturing and executing Russian soldiers.

Based on reporting by Izvestia, RBK, and Gazeta.ru
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