Ukrainian interest. Mutual understanding in Normandy, Trump’s appearance before Europe, and Dodon's maneuvers
Petro Poroshenko coordinated positions with Angela Merkel and held telephone talks with Emmanuel Macron. Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia and Israel, later leaving European allies dumbfounded during his Belgium and Italy stops. Moldova president Igor Dodon promised that the self-proclaimed Transnistria would never become independent.
Week’s balance: production decline, IMF advice, and agrarian minister’s farewell
The IMF mission completed its work in Kyiv, announcing priority tasks for the Ukrainian authorities to secure continued lending program; the country's industrial output expectedly shrank as a result of the trade blockade of Donbas and the confiscation of Ukrainian assets by the occupier forces; the National Bank relaxed some forex restrictions; while agrarian minister Taras Kutovyi stepped down from post. These are the main economic news of the outgoing week.
Prosecutor general's "justice zone"
UNIAN has summed up the most prominent messages from the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko’s annual address to the Ukrainian Parliament delivered on Wednesday, May 24.
Week’s milestones. President’s ban, Premier’s pensions, and Parliament’s swings
Sanctions against legal entities and individuals that affected Russian social networks and large internet players sparked an active debate in Ukrainian society. President Poroshenko personally attended the ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Crimean Tatars’ deportation. PM Groysman made a bid on the implementation of the pension reform. The Verkhovna Rada stripped MP Andriy Artemenko of his people’s deputy status and abolished the so-called "Savchenko Law", although failing to create the impression of a smoothly functioning mechanism.
Week’s balance: ban of Russian websites, IMF mission in Ukraine, and launch of pension reform
The President of Ukraine issued a decree on the blocking of Russian internet resources, another IMF mission arrived in Kyiv, while the government presented its draft pension reform - these are this week’s main economic news.