Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko commemorated the Ukrainian servicemen known as "cyborgs" who died defending Donetsk airport in 2015. He said that Donetsk airport will be restored and the Ukrainian flag will fly above its tower once again.
A rally in commemoration of the Euromaydan protesters was held in Kyiv's Independence Square on 19 January. Several dozen far-right activists took part in the event.
Authoritative analyst Volodymyr Horbulin anticipates Russia's "unprecedented" interference in the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine because "there is too much at stake". The scale of preparations means "Moscow is gradually getting ready for a possible war in which Ukraine can be not the only target", he said in an article for the Dzerkalo Tyzhnya weekly.
Over 100 parishes have left the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate to join the newly-established Orthodox Church of Ukraine. See the map of these parishes by TSN.ua here.
The Socialist Party nominated Illya Kiva as candidate for president ahead of the 31 March election.
Oleksandr Vilkul was nominated as candidate from the Opposition Bloc.
The Power of People party nominated ex-journalist Dmytro Hnap as candidate for president.
Ukraine does not have ambassadors in nine countries where it is represented by charges d'affaires ad interim, the Foreign Ministry has told Ukrainian News. These are Ethiopia, Cuba, Montenegro, Ireland, Latvia, Croatia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Russia.