Week's balance: New debt strategy, growth of industrial output, and turbulence in forex market
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a three-year strategy for managing public debt, aimed at its active reduction; the growth of industrial output has accelerated; while the foreign exchange market is still in fever - these are the key economic news of the outgoing week.
Ukraine's air shield: Taking off to 21st century
In recent years, the Ukrainian Air Force, together with the defense industry, was actively upgrading the fleet of combat and transport planes and helicopters, as well as air defense systems. Today, Ukraine's designers and manufacturers are ready to take the next step and move to the creation of new weapons.
Hundred days of hunger strike: "Sentsov case" timeline
Ukrainian political prisoner, film director Oleh Sentsov is on the brink of life and death. He was illegally imprisoned in the Russian colony in Labytnangi and has been starving for 100 days already.
Week's balance: Economic growth, hryvnia's fall, and "bears" to Moscow instead of trains
The hryvnia accelerated its seasonal decline, the State Statistics Service reported on the acceleration of the country's economic growth in the second quarter, while infrastructure minister Volodymyr Omelyan made new statements on the halt of passenger communication with the aggressor state Russia via railways - these are the week's main economic news.
Week's balance: inflation declining, railways waving good-bye to Russia, and agrarians determined on volumes of grain exports
Ukraine's infrastructure minister Volodymyr Omelyan, in response to the transport blockade by Putin's Russia, announced he was ready to close down passenger railway communication with an aggressive neighbor; the State Statistics Committee reported on the deflation in the consumer market; while agrarians and the Ministry of Agrarian Policy agreed on the volumes of Ukrainian wheat exports – such are the main economic news of the past week.
From prisoner to hero and back: Will Kostenko follow in Savchenko's steps
Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Kostenko, recently released from the Russian prison, is now at risk of repeating the fate of Nadiia Savchenko in the sense that his return to Ukraine, which is now being boasted in high offices as a win of Ukraine authorities may as well result in his further imprisonment, this time in Ukraine.
Week's balance: Empty treasury, Kyiv's struggle for hot water, and selection of privatization advisers
The balance of funds in the single account of Ukraine's State Treasury has dropped to its absolute low over the past four and a half years; Kyiv is looking for opportunities to negotiate with Naftogaz, while purchasing fuel from private entities; the State Property Fund has selected investment advisors to conduct large privatization - these are the main economic news of the outgoing week.
Suing Russia: New twists and turns in legal battle
Ukraine authorities plan to create an interdepartmental body to consolidate claims against Russia for compensation of damage over the Kremlin's aggression in Donbas and Crimea annexation. Experts consider the move to be timely, although warning that hearings in international courts will be lengthy, while Russia will not pay off its debts voluntarily, so Ukraine needs to be strategically prepared for foreclosures.
Kremlin's backdoor diplomacy
The latest meeting of the Normandy Four at the level of foreign ministers was held early June. It was announced that the Quartet's leaders would meet "in the near future." Now, almost two months since the top diplomats met, Russia is claiming there are no conditions for this. At the same time, Russia continues to discuss Ukraine behind its back, offering its own, peculiar vision of the Donbas "settlement."
Iryna Siedova: Ukraine needs to show that it can broadcast in the occupied territories in the language of people living there... Otherwise, the invaders will say Bandera followers want to destroy Russian language
Representative of the Crimean Human Rights Protection Group Iryna Siedova in an interview with UNIAN told whether broadcasting across Crimea from the TV tower in Chongar is effective, how the invaders block the signal of Ukrainian radio stations in Crimea, and what to do in order to gain confidence of a Crimean audience that still does not know whom to trust - Ukraine or Russia.
Hunt for activists
In recent months, it seems like a real hunt has been launched in Ukraine for civic activists. Some receive verbal threats, some get beaten up, stabbed, and lately even attacked with acid and killed.
Week's balance: delay with pensions, gas tariff freeze, and privatization restart
The pension fund for the first time in many years failed to ensure the timely payment of pensions, the government once again refused to raise gas prices for the households, while a long-awaited start was given to privatization of smaller-scale state companies - these are the main economic news of the outgoing week.
Sergei Loznitsa: War was looming over us like a sword. The city of Kryvyi Rih where we shot Donbas isn't so far from there... And while we were shooting, bodies of a few Ukrainian troops were brought to the city to be buried. This is all terrible.
In an exclusive interview with UNIAN, a highly-acclaimed film director Sergei Loznitsa shared his vision of developments in Ukraine's east, explained why art cannot be apolitical, and told about the challenges he faced while working on the "Donbass" movie.
Week's balance: gas talks in Berlin, offensive on smugglers, barriers in economy
Representatives of Ukraine and Russia governments met in Berlin in an attempt to determine positions in the future gas negotiations; the Cabinet continued its fight against smuggling and, in the framework of economic deregulation efforts, simplified rules for foreigners' employment - these are the main economic news of the outgoing week.
MH17: Four years after tragedy
Four years after the deadly shooting down by Russia of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing flight MH17, killing 298 people on board, the world is still far from punishing the perpetrators. Despite the fact that this year the Joint Investigation Group officially established that the passenger jet had been downed by the Buk anti-aircraft missile system owned by one of the Russian army units, Russia still has not admitted its guilt.
Week's balance: Premonition of default, scandals around energy minister, and victory of "EU-platers"
Ukraine's key business associations in order to avoid default and macro-financial destabilization called on the authorities and IMF to immediately unblock the allocation of $1.9 billion to Ukraine. Minister of energy and coal industry Ihor Nasalyk fought off accusations of cooperation with Russia. People's deputies adopted in the first reading the draft law on preferential customs clearance of cars with European registration – these are the main economic news outgoing week.
Ukrainian interest. Success in Brussels, Procrustean bed for Trump, and surprise in Greece
Brussels has hosted the Ukraine-EU and the NATO summit, and Ukraine can be quite pleased with the outcome of both. Donald Trump taught another lesson of attracting all media attention, but saw an unexpected "postcard greeting from Homeland." Greece is expelling two Russian diplomats.
Taking back Donbas: Will Columbia experience fit Ukraine
Armed conflict in Colombia between the government and militants of the paramilitary organization FARC lasted more than fifty years and ended only in 2016 with the signing of a peace treaty. UNIAN tried to figure out from the former head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Colombia how this experience could be useful to Ukraine.
Week's balance: Bill on exit capital tax, Groysman vs smuggling, and reform of state banks governance
President Poroshenko suggested that the Rada replace the profit tax with the tax on the capital withdrawn from businesses, the prime minister intimidated shadow importers with some radical methods of fighting them, while the parliament passed a bill on reforming corporate governance in state-owned banks – these are the main economic news of the outgoing week.
Ukrainian interest. Relapses of Stalinism, meetings in Belgrade, and Polish diversity
The Russian government cynically combines in its policy certain relapses of Stalinism and Putin's willingness to join the EU in countering cyber threats. Petro Poroshenko paid a visit to Serbia, the country traditionally looking up to Moscow. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew noted that the Russian Orthodox Church has no right to consider Ukraine its canonical territory. Representatives of the Polish government on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the Volyn tragedy sent a number of varying signals to Ukraine.