Week’s milestones. Anniversary with aftertaste, thirst for strategy, and parliamentary pirouettes
The events dedicated to the Heavenly Hundred heroes this year were both filled with political overtones and stretched in time. Dmytro Firtash is unlikely to return to Ukraine anytime soon and neither is he in a hurry to be sent to the United States or Spain. The demand for the strategy of the return of uncontrolled territories to Ukraine is becoming increasingly apparent. MPs last week made great efforts in individual performances and team work.
Ukrainian interest. Requiem for Churkin, intriguing Firtash, and Dutch breakthrough
Death of the Russian permanent representative to the UN was cynically used by Russian MFA in its attempts to manipulate the UNSC. Moscow has once again let Ukraine’s disgraced president Viktor Yanukovych speak up in media. Ukrainian tycoon Dmytro Firtash has become a game in big hunt of the U.S. and Spanish law enforcers. Lower House of the Dutch Parliament has supported the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement.
Week’s balance: Blockade causing losses, NBU’s anti-crisis measures, and increased industrial output
The Ukrainian Cabinet reports the negative consequences of the blockade of the occupied territories in Donbas, while the National Bank is even preparing, just in case, a package of anti-crisis measures in this regard; however the State Statistics Service shone some light this week reporting on a January growth of industrial output - these are the main economic news of the outgoing week.
Ukraine is included in the list of countries that fall under the U.S. General System of Preferences, which allows duty-free imports to the United States of 3,500 kinds of products. But Ukraine has used less than half of this advantage. UNIAN tried to understand the reasons.
Week’s milestones. Top level skirmish, blockade expansion, and prosecutor’s tags
The latest public row between Volodymyr Groysman and Yulia Tymoshenko predict an exciting political spring. The blockade of coal supplies in Donbas somehow took a stretch toward the corner of Instytutska and Bankova streets near the presidential administration headquarters downtown Kyiv. Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has showered his subordinates with criticism and vowed problems to people’s servants.