Ukrainian interest. Face to NATO, Baltic favorite, and British surprise
The Verkhovna Rada has defined Ukraine's entry into NATO as its strategic priority. Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin assured that his ministry is ready for the introduction of visa requirements with Russia. President Petro Poroshenko received his Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaite in Kharkiv. Bellingcat investigators showed more images of a deadly Buk missile launcher on the grounds of a Russian military base. Every second Russian citizen polled by Levada Center regards Ukraine their country’s foe.
Prospects of Ukraine’s privatization
During each year’s painful process of budget planning, Ukrainian deputies and ministers speculate on the topic of privatization of state property and voice potential sky-high sums Ukraine will allegedly get from selling off its assets. UNIAN conducted an “audit” to find out what has been left of the generally valuable and liquid companies under state control, and how it would be best to set up the sale of these assets.
Ukraine and NATO: New window of opportunity
On June 5, Montenegro officially joined NATO. On June 6, the Ukrainian parliament agreed to consider the need for legislative consolidation of Ukraine's path toward the Alliance during the current session. But this, in itself, is unlikely to help Ukraine become the Bloc’s 30th member.
Week’s milestones. Great loss, dialectical resignation, and Stockholm catalyst
Lubomyr Husar passed away. The announced resignation by minister of information policy Yuriy Stets is unlikely to solve problems in the sphere of his competence. The Verkhovna Rada crossed the equator of the eighth convocation without much prospects to boost its effectiveness. The decision handed down by the Stockholm arbitration tribunal catalyzed political activity. The attempt on Adam Osmayev reminded many that any hybrid war also includes a terrorism component.
Ukrainian interest. Success in Stockholm, finish in the Netherlands, and anti-corruption Hahn
The interim award issued by the Stockholm arbitration tribunal brought some really good news to the Ukrainian authorities. The Dutch Senate has ratified the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, thus offering a “piece of cake” for the bilateral summit to be held this summer. European Commissioner Johannes Khan is determined to fight Ukrainian corruption. Emmanuel Macron successfully passed the Putin test. Russian and American presidents continue to exchange resonant statements.
Week’s balance: Dutch green light, Gazprom’s failure in Stockholm, and updated macroeconomic forecast
The Netherlands approved the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, completing the long process of ratifying the document which is key for the country’s modernization; Naftogaz won a historic victory over Russia's Gazprom in Stockholm Arbitration; while the Cabinet revised its macroeconomic forecast for Ukraine - these are this week’s main economic news.
Slap in Gazprom’s face
The absolute victory for Ukraine – this is how the experts comment on yesterday's decision of the Stockholm Arbitration in the case involving mutual claims of Ukraine’s Naftogaz and Russian energy monopoly Gazprom, filed back in 2014.
Week’s milestones. President’s third anniversary, restless Lutsenko, and surprise for prime minister
Petro Poroshenko marked the triennium of his victory in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential elections. Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko intends to keep going after corrupt officials of different stripes, no matter what fate awaits them in courts. The Verkhovna Rada seemed to have finally awoken by passing language quotas for TV broadcasts but then again returned to a state of half-hibernation. Yulia Tymoshenko is desperate to remain in a public focus. Agrarian minister Taras Kutovyi’s resignation move became an unpleasant surprise for PM Volodymyr Groysman.
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.
Ukrainian interest. Presidential surprise, visa lib success, and thaw with Israel
The decision to block Russian social networks came as a surprise not only for many citizens of Ukraine, but also for the Kremlin. The European Union officially announced visa liberalization for Ukraine. PM Volodymyr Groysman “repaired bridges” with Israel. Ex-PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk flew overseas. Angela Merkel gave important tips to Emmanuel Macron.
Science helping military save lives
Many believe that Ukrainian science has long been dead. Most likely, it is often the case in certain fields. But despite that constant whining of national scientists claiming their work lacks demand, there are sectors where they not only should but must make greater efforts, to gain global recognition and finally profit from their work.
Headless Central Bank
Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine Valeria Gontareva went on a long leave, choosing not to wait until her successor is appointed. Meanwhile, the president seems not to be rushing with submitting his candidates for the post for Parliament’s consideration. UNIAN has tried to understand why this process is being delayed, and who might take up the post of the country’s chief banker and when this is likely to happen.
Week’s milestones. Presidential dialogue, celebration with provocations, and prime minister’s new big thing
Petro Poroshenko gave a big press conference. WWII Victory Day saw several provocations. Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko marked his first year in office. PM Volodymyr Groysman is ready to take up pension reform.
Ex-political prisoner Hennadiy Afanasyev: "Soviet Union was strangled by economic sanctions...The same will be with Russia"
Three years since Russia’s FSB security service invented the term “Crimean terrorists”, UNIAN met with former political prisoner Hennadiy Afanasyev, who had been arrested by Russian-occupation authorities in the annexed Crimea on trumped up charges, about propaganda that turns people into monsters and the knowledge achieved through suffering.
Ukrainian interest. Hard-won visa liberalization, thriller in Washington, and promising Macron
Several years of Ukraine’s struggle for the long-awaited EU visa liberalization is coming to a successful; completion. The negotiations in Washington became an indicator of the effectiveness of Ukrainian diplomacy. Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France’s presidential campaign has saved the Normandy Four, but it could hardly be a reason for any particular euphoria in Ukraine.
Week’s balance: economy sees growth, war for OPP unleashed, emergency measures in energy sector continue
Ukraine’s key creditors, the IMF and EBRD, have confirmed their forecasts of GDP growth for Ukraine in 2017, while the Cabinet saves Odesa Portside Chemical plant from bankruptcy and extends emergency measures in the energy sector - these are the main economic news of the past week.