Week’s balance: Ukrzaliznytsia say goodbye to their rockstar CEO, NBU develops new forex regulations, while inflation sees growth
The Cabinet this week approved the resignation of Ukrzaliznytsia CEO Wojciech Balczun, gave a start to the introduction of 4G, and raised liquor prices; the National Bank unveiled t draft of new forex regulation; while inflation has accelerated - these are the key economic news of the outgoing week.
Ukrainian arms exports in 2016
After the suspension of Ukraine's arms sales in 2014, the Ukrainian defense industry is once again increasing its export potential. The country's leadership plans to make Ukraine one of the leaders of the global arms market, while representatives of the Ukrainian defense industry are calling for liberalization of the terms of military exports.
Dmitry Bykov: The initiators of the May 2 tragedy were those who wished to have Odesa join the "Novorossiya" project... That's what we need to remember
An acclaimed Russian poet and TV host Dmitry Bykov in an interview with UNIAN compared the events in Odesa on May 2, 2014, with the Beslan tragedy, told readers why he considered Odesa a city of tragic fate, and with whom of the Ukrainian poets he would sit down to have a talk.
Week’s milestones. Poroshenko’s Mig-29, Groysman’s barge, and Saakashvili’s passport
The flight of the head of state aboard a MiG-29 fighter jet stirred an ambiguous reaction in social networks. The prime minister focused on resuscitation of river transport. PG Yuriy Lutsenko used his chance to remind of himself during parliamentary holidays. Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili continues to promote his craving to defend his Ukrainian citizenship.
Ukrainian interest. White House split, EU whims, and Rogozin case
The signing by Donald Trump of the Russia Sanctions Act, which formalized the new "axis of evil," and the trip of Mike Pence to the U.S. allies have laid out Washington's foreign policy priorities. The European Union has pondered an asymmetric response to the U.S. move against Russia. Moldova announced the vice-premier of Russia persona non grata.
Iryna Gerashchenko: Many deputies come to Donbas. However, they make a couple of photos and get out of there (PART II)
Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, a Ukraine’s representative to the Trilateral Contact Group Iryna Gerashchenko in the second part of the interview with UNIAN has recalled how took a British Lord to the frontline village of Pisky, how limitations of immunity will cleanse the parliament of businessmen, and why visiting Donbas and doing something for Donbas are two different things.
Week’s balance: first payment to IMF, free trade with Canada, and rise in gas production
Ukraine paid back the first $450 million on the International Monetary Fund loan under the standby program, it also launched the free trade area with Canada, and significantly increased production and imports of natural gas - these are the main economic news of the outgoing week.
Iryna Gerashchenko: International partners would prefer to criticize Ukraine for corruption or anything else, rather than talk about their commitments (PART I)
Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s humanitarian envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement Iryna Gerashchenko sat down with UNIAN to talk about why Russia seeks to reformat the Ukrainian side to the Minsk negotiating group, how the talks on hostage release develop, and what precious gift from Roman Sushchenko she keeps at her office, and how a "souvenir" from the ATO zone almost got her arrested at the Boryspil Airport.
Wladimir Klitschko: 21 years of great victories
Thursday morning, Ukraine’s greatest boxer Wladimir Klitschko announced his retirement. His career will go down in history of boxing and professional sports in general. UNIAN recalls the most significant milestones on the path of the Ukrainian champion.
Week’s milestones. Losing Saakashvili, Groysman’s stance, and aftertaste of religious processions
The loss by Mikheil Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship became the main political news of the past week. Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman plans to combine pleasant news for the budget with some useful things for the country. The selection of the new judges of the Supreme Court has completed. The processions of the different Orthodox patriarchies reminded of the expediency of creating an independent local Orthodox church in Ukraine.
Ukrainian interest. Format’s devaluation, sanctions saga, and principled Moldova
Phone talks of the Normandy Four leaders confirmed that it would be very difficult to revive this format of negotiations. Donald Trump used Ukraine factor in the internal political struggle. The U.S. Congress came up with a new “axis of evil,” including Russia. The Moldovan authorities boosted their principled stance toward the Kremlin.
Week’s balance: Economy sees growth, Groysman vows privatization, and Gazprom fights off fines
The Ministry of Economic Development has reported growth of the national economy, Prime Minister Groysman promised to restart privatization despite the fact that a new State Property Fund chief has not yet been appointed, while Russian energy giant Gazprom easily refuted in Ukrainian courts earlier imposed obligations to pay UAH 80 million worth of fines for the violation of anti-trust legislation - these are the key economic news of the outgoing week.
Week’s milestones. Calculated escalation, overhaul by Groysman, and imitation of mobilization
Russia is prudently escalating the situation in Donbas, while trying to remain publicly beyond the conflict. Volodymyr Groysman spoke about the country’s overhaul by his government. Arseniy Yatsenyuk called for a balance in power, reminding of his own political ambitions. Yuriy Lutsenko publicly criticized his subordinates in Dnipro. Against the backdrop of the parliamentary holidays, several parties tried to show off their activity.
Ukrainian interest. Anniversaries with follow-up, revival of cooperation, and Lukashenko in Kyiv
Both the anniversary of the MH17 crash and the jubilee of the formal end of the conflict in Transnistria saw certain follow-ups this week . Ukraine and Georgia intend to boost cooperation, having declared strategic partnership. Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Kyiv did not go without incidents. Zakharchenko’s desire to establish "Malorossiya" looks both intoxicated chatter and part of the Kremlin's plan. Poland is looking into analogies between the current protests in Warsaw and the Ukrainian Maidan.
Week’s balance: IMF allows postponement of land reform, prime minister finds hub for low cost air carriers, Ukraine boosts trade
The EU Council has approved trade preferences for Ukraine. The IMF gave Kyiv a respite for land reform. The Cabinet reported on its work in the first half of the year. The prime minister instructs to equip the Hostomel Airport to receive aircraft of low-cost carriers. These are the main economic news of the outgoing week.
MH17 crash: Сhronicles of Russian lies
Three years ago, on Thursday, July 17, came the day that changed the attitude of Europe toward Russian aggression in Ukraine, from "we are concerned but the conflict has nothing to do with us" to "we are outraged, and the guilty will be punished." Today, in 2017, the punishment already seems inevitable.
Ukrainian interest. Tillerson's debut, Stoltenberg's optimism, and Ukraine-EU Summit
Rex Tillerson became the first high-ranking official from Donald Trump administration to visit Ukraine. Kurt Volker shaped his idea of Ukraine through a series of meetings in Kyiv. Jens Stoltenberg stressed that NATO's doors remain open to Ukraine. The Ukraine-EU summit was held without a final declaration. Russia showed its unscrupulousness to long-time partners from Siemens.
Week’s balance: EU completes ratification of Ukraine Association deal, Rada amends state budget before going on vacation
The Council of the European Union has approved the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. Ukrainian legislators passed a number of bills before leaving for summer vacation, supporting the Cabinet's proposal to increase revenues and expenditures of the state budget. The Boryspil Airport has at first said goodbye to, but then resumed negotiations with Ryanair. The hryvnia continued to strengthen. These are the main economic news of the outgoing week.
American "hawk" for Donbas
Freshly appointed U.S. Special Envoy on Ukraine settlement Kurt Volker wasted no time and took on a visit to Ukraine as part of the delegation led by State Secretary Rex Tillerson, to familiarize himself with the situation on the ground. Obviously the challenges he will be facing differ from those which his predecessor Victoria Nuland had to deal with.
Week’s milestones. PGO vs Rada Committee, London report, and fidgeting Yanukovych
The Verkhovna Rada Regulations Committee demonstrated that the cover-up in the Ukrainian parliament has no factional or political coloring. The prime minister and leading members of the government persuaded Ukraine’s partners in London that the reforms were continuing. Viktor Yanukovych recalled his defense team from his treason trial. Former drug enforcement chief Ilya Kiva declared himself a new leader of the Socialist Party of Ukraine.