Whether President Volodymyr Zelensky can deliver may set the tone for relations with the Biden administration. Ukraine’s gambit has added urgency as it tries to reset its standing in Washington after being center stage in the GOP’s unsuccessful dirt-digging efforts against then-candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
On June 20, leaders of European Union member states declared their readiness not to recognize Russian passports issued to Ukrainians in Russia-occupied Donbas. The European Commission and the European External Action Service have this week sent EU member states and non-EU Schengen countries guidance on how to handle visa applications lodged by residents of the non-Government controlled areas of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Former Head of Zakarpattia Regional State Administration Hennadiy Moskal has said Ukraine should allow its citizens to have a second passport when it comes to citizenship of any of the EU countries, but not Russia. In his opinion, dual citizenship is “new opportunities for Ukraine,” he told the Ukrainian online news outlet Obozrevatel on October 1.
The National Bank of Ukraine, or NBU, is now to allow foreign legal entities such as stakeholder companies and investment funds to open accounts directly in Ukrainian banks, the NBU said in a statement issued on April 3. This change is part of Ukraine’s move towards broader currency liberalization and the free flow of capital across its borders.
For foreigners seeking to work long-term in Ukraine, the dreaded visa run could soon be a thing of the past. Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers on March 6 said it would allow foreigners to submit applications for long-term visas from within Ukraine, meaning they won’t have to leave the country when they need to get a residency permit or a work visa.