Week’s milestones. Aggravation by Turchynov, officials standing surety for Martynenko, and farmland sales as battering-ram
NSDC Secretary does not exclude Russia’s full-scale invasion into Ukraine. After the detention by NABU detectives, former MP Mykola Martynenko was bailed out in court by a number of parliamentarians and ministers. The issue of the sale of agricultural land is predictably shifting away from the economic plane toward political PR.
Ukrainian interest. Poroshenko in London, precedent in The Hague, and Erdogan’s new powers
Petro Poroshenko during his London visit voiced his tough assessments of the situation in Donbas. For the first time in a few months, the Normandy Four leaders held phone talks. The presidential campaign in France ends with a massive finish of candidates. The International Court of Justice in The Hague has recognized its jurisdiction over Ukraine's lawsuits against Russia. Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to strengthen his personal powers in Turkey.
Week’s balance: growth against all odds, pension-related "unprofessionalism" and snow-covered harvest
Experts forecast growth of Ukrainian economy despite the blockade of the occupied territories of Donbas; the authorities continue their hot discussions with "terribly unprofessional" IMF officials; while the agriculture ministry calculates losses from cyclones – these are the main economic news of the outgoing week.
Ukraine vs Russia in ICJ: importance of preventive decisions
Even with the eye to the fact that the International Court of Justice in The Hague has not taken into account all of Ukraine’s arguments regarding Russian violations of the two international Conventions, the Court’s order of April 19 is seen as Ukraine’s win anyway, and the Kremlin can’t roll things back.
Week’s milestones. Festive Groysman, stable Parubiy, and Gontareva set to leave
Volodymyr Groysman was emphatically modest in marking his fisrt year in prime minister’s office. Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy keeps repeating like a mantra the message that his parliament is stable and effective. Nadiia Savchenko decided to create a "Party of last resort." NBU chief Valeria Gontareva personally confirmed the rumors on her upcoming resignation.