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  • Russia continues to saturate Donbas with weapons

    19.09.2020

    Russia continues to saturate Donbas with weapons
    In September, Russia has delivered 1,200 tonnes of fuel, six wagons and more than ten trucks full of anti-tank mines and munitions to the occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, ukrinform.net reported. “Since the beginning of September, about 1,200 tonnes of fuel, six wagons and more than ten trucks full of anti-tank mines and munitions, including for artillery systems, have been delivered by rail and road transport from Russia to the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions through ...
  • Supreme Court suspends withdrawing of USD 350m from PrivatBank

    13.09.2020

    Supreme Court suspends withdrawing of USD 350m from PrivatBank
    Ukraine’s Supreme Court has frozen a lower court decision to force state-owned PrivatBank to pay USD 350m to Surkis brothers until the end of the cassation proceedings in the case. Brothers are considered to be ‘related parties’ to the previous owners who looted the bank until its nationalization in 2016. Last week, a lower court ruled the brothers’ six British companies can start withdrawing money from the bank. The ruling drew widespread condemnation and seemed to raise a red flag to continued ...
  • U.S. Treasury Department imposes sanctions on Ukrainian MP Derkach

    13.09.2020

    U.S. Treasury Department imposes sanctions on Ukrainian MP Derkach
    The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) has imposed sanctions on the Ukrainian MP Andriy Derkach, according to a press release posted on the agency’s website. He is one of four people against whom sanctions are imposed for interference in the U.S. election process. In addition to Derkach, sanctions were imposed against Russian citizens Artem Lifshits, Anton Andreyev and Darya Aslanova. Earlier, Derkach also released recordings of telephone conversations between persons with voices similar to those of Poroshenko and ...
  • Ukraine climbed four places in global economic freedom ranking

    13.09.2020

    Ukraine climbed four places in global economic freedom ranking
    Ukraine has climbed four spots in the global economic freedom ranking, but remains the only European country in the category of economically unfree countries, according to the Fraser Institute. Ukraine climbed four places in the ranking from 135th to 131th due to such indicators as the size of government, sound money and freedom to trade internationally. At the same time, Ukraine remains in the group of the most economically unfree countries and is the only European country there.
  • Capital investment in Ukraine’s economy shrank by 30%

    13.09.2020

    Capital investment in Ukraine’s economy shrank by 30%
    Capital investment in Ukraine’s economy shrank by 30% in the first half of the year, compared to January-June 2019, according to the State Statistics Service. In particular, UAH 63.26 billion was attracted to industry (down 37.2%); UAH 20.68 billion to construction (down 22.9%); UAH 14.54 billion to agriculture, forestry and fisheries (down 44.5%); UAH 13.31 billion to wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (down 32.5%); UAH 8.93 billion to transport, warehousing, postal and courier activities (down ...
  • US democrats want to sanction Russians over bounties for US troops

    11.09.2020

    US democrats want to sanction Russians over bounties for US troops
    Senate Democrats introduced a bill to that would require Trump to impose sanctions on Russian officials or entities that are involved in offering bounties for attacks on US troops to the Taliban. Senators said they introduce the legislation because of the “Trump administration’s failure” to respond to reports of possible Russian involvement in paying militants in Afghanistan for killing coalition troops there. The bill is supposed to oblige Trump to impose sanctions on Vlaidmir Putin or any other person who “offered, ordered, ...
  • Cryptocurrency is a global phenomenon and Ukraine is ahead of the curve

    10.09.2020

    Cryptocurrency is a global phenomenon and Ukraine is ahead of the curve
    Ukraine beats Russia, China, and others in adoption metrics according to new research from Chainalysis. The Global Crypto Adoption Index is made up of four metrics, which we’ll explain in detail below. We rank all 154 countries according to each of those four metrics, take the geometric mean of each country’s ranking in all four, and then normalize that final number on a scale of 0 to 1 to produce the overall rankings. The closer the country’s final score is to ...
  • Ukraine and Turkey to create “strategic alliance”

    06.09.2020

    Ukraine and Turkey to create "strategic alliance"
    Ukraine and Turkey have reached the level of partnership, which allows discussing the creation of a strategic alliance between the two countries in the defense industry. Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Strategic Industries Oleh Urusky said this in an exclusive comment to Ukrinform following a meeting with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on August 27. “We have reached such a level of strategic partnership that now we can talk about a strategic alliance of our defense and industrial sectors ...
  • Russian occupation forces set on fire steppes of Donbas

    06.09.2020

    Russian occupation forces set on fire steppes of Donbas
    InformNapalm, the international intelligence community, brought to the attention social media posts illustrating the subversive actions of the Russian occupation forces. Sveta SVETIKOVA, a local resident of Stanychno-Luhansky region writes on Facebook: So much for September 2! On September 2, 2014, Russia fired at us with all kinds of heavy fire from its territory, and today #2_September_2020, everything is on fire. It started yesterday in a gray zone behind a demolished school building (many “thanks” for the withdrawal of troops), and today there is ...
  • PayPal terminated accounts linked to Russian influence operations

    06.09.2020

    PayPal terminated accounts linked to Russian influence operations
    PayPal has terminated accounts linked to Russian influence operation that is said to have paid US and British writers for content aimed at sowing discord in the West. Earlier, Facebook has removed three networks of accounts, Pages and Groups. Two of them — from Russia and the US — targeted people outside of their country. Since 2017, Facebook claims to have removed over 100 networks worldwide for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior, including ahead of major democratic elections.
  • Fitch affirms Ukraine at B

    06.09.2020

    Fitch affirms Ukraine at B
    Fitch Ratings has affirmed Ukraine’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency (LTFC) Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘B’ with a Stable Outlook. It is noted that the ratings of Ukraine reflect its credible macroeconomic policy framework that had lowered inflation and narrowed fiscal deficits prior to the coronavirus shock, and a record of multilateral support. “The coronavirus shock has at least temporarily reversed Ukraine’s improvements made in recent years in terms of a declining debt burden, normalization of growth prospects after the 2014-2015 geopolitical and economic ...
  • Pompeo warned Zelensky of “malign” Chinese investment

    05.09.2020

    Pompeo warned Zelensky of "malign" Chinese investment
    The United States has raised with Ukraine the issue of “malign” Chinese investment in the country. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought up the issue as he spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky over the phone on August 26, the State Department’s spokesperson Morgan Ortagus reported. Read also Ukraine prepares to snub China in aerospace deal with U.S. help – Forbes “Secretary Pompeo raised U.S. concerns regarding malign PRC investment in Ukraine, including Beijing’s efforts to ...