Peter Kenyon http://www.kunc.org en Former Boxer Steps Up As Kiev Mayor, Spars With Remaining Activists http://www.kunc.org/post/former-boxer-steps-kiev-mayor-spars-remaining-activists Former world heavyweight boxing champ Vitaly Klitchko is now set to become mayor of Kiev. In his first major move, Klitchko is asking activists in Independence Square to pack up their tents and allow the square to return to normal. Some activists are resisting, warning that one presidential election doesn't guarantee the success of their revolution — or do justice to the martyrs who were killed there. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 57473 at http://www.kunc.org Ukraine's Weakened Military Could Hinder Poroshenko's Objectives http://www.kunc.org/post/ukraines-weakened-military-could-hinder-poroshenkos-objectives Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The new president of Ukraine also faces the problem keeping order. Petro Poroshenko has won praise for his tough stance on the pro-Russian insurgency in the east of the country. But it can take force to back up words. And the Ukrainian military is considered relatively weak. NPR's Peter Kenyon just returned from Ukraine and has this report.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: The Ukrainian armed forces have struck some blows against militants in the East, mainly thanks to their airpower. But overall, the news from Sloviansk, Donetsk and Luhansk has been grim. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 57445 at http://www.kunc.org Rare Right-Wing Party Favors EU Integration, Joining Nato http://www.kunc.org/post/rare-right-wing-party-favors-eu-integration-joining-nato Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Europe's far-right parties did well, really well in last week's elections to the European Parliament. But their embrace of Russia and its annexation of Crimea is not exactly what the far-right counterparts in Ukraine were expecting. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports on a rare right-wing party that favors EU integration and joining NATO.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: The Svoboda, or the freedom party, is the most prominent nationalist party in Ukraine. Although it didn't fare well in Sunday's presidential election. Fri, 30 May 2014 11:21:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 57168 at http://www.kunc.org Ukrainians Choose Billionaire Businessman As Next President http://www.kunc.org/post/ukrainians-choose-billionaire-businessman-next-president Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. A billionaire chocolate-maker is the projected winner in Ukraine's weekend presidential election. This is a country, of course, where there has been a lot of tension with pro-Russian separatists. And in the eastern part of the country, violence kept some polls closed.<p>And yet Ukrainians went to vote, and they chose businessman and former cabinet minister Petro Poroshenko to run the country at this critical moment. Mon, 26 May 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 56986 at http://www.kunc.org Extremists Vow To Disrupt Ukraine's Presidential Election http://www.kunc.org/post/extremists-vow-disrupt-ukraines-presidential-election The elections could be a major step in bringing legitimacy to the Kiev government if it can navigate the pitfalls of pro-Russian extremists in the East and hardline Ukrainian nationalists in the West. Fri, 23 May 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 56881 at http://www.kunc.org