The U.S. Department of State will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss the upcoming Ukrainian elections on Friday, May 23, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. (EDT). U.S. Representative to the OSCE Ambassador Daniel Baer, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Danylo Lubkivsky, Ukrainian Representative to the United States Ambassador Olexander Motsyk, Head of ENEMO (European Network of Election Monitoring) Mission to Ukraine Peter Novotny, OPORA Election Observation Campaign Coordinator Olha Aivazovska, and Founder of the Chesno Movement for Fair Elections in Ukraine Svitlana Zalishchuk will be joined by the BBC’s Ian Pannell, who will moderate the discussion. The Hangout will be broadcast live on the U.S. Department of State’s YouTube channel and Google+ page.
On May 25, Ukraine will hold presidential elections, as well as mayoral elections in 38 cities, including Kyiv. The Ukrainian Government has prepared extensively for these elections, including by amending the electoral law to bring it in line with OSCE recommendations that will improve the transparency, inclusivity, and legitimacy of the voting process. This Hangout is an opportunity to hear directly from the Government of Ukraine and various monitoring organizations about efforts to ensure the elections are credible, transparent, and peaceful, as well as from the U.S. Representative to the OSCE about U.S. cooperation with the OSCE and the international community to support these elections.