More than 4,000 people have been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine between the army and pro-Russian separatists, the UN has said as the Ukrainian president took steps to 'unite' the country after elections.
The BBC headline tells it all: Russia-Ukraine gas deal secures EU winter supply (via Ukraine). European officials also confirmed the message of the headline. Commission President Manuel Barroso triumphantly declared: “There is now no reason for people in Europe to stay cold this winter,” and European Union energy chief, Guenther Oettinger, announced he was confident that Ukraine would be able to afford to pay for the gas it needed (Says who?). Where are Ukraine’s expressions of gratitude and relief? They are lacking for good reason.
Herein I try and piece together a summary of my latest views on Ukraine – it’s obviously a fast moving target so all this is something of a work in progress.
John J. Mearshimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, has written a controversial analysis of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, which neatly reveals why "realism" fails when applied dogmatically and without an adequate knowledge of the facts. The article, entitled "Why the Ukraine Crisis is the West's Fault," appeared in the September/October 2014 issue of Foreign Affairs .
The amount that Russia's addicts spend on drugs each year is 50 percent more than the nation's annual defense budget, the head of the Federal Drug Control Service has said.
There were ministers and presidents, and an audience full of people from around the world. But at the official opening of the beautiful Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw last week, there was one speech that stood out from all of the others.
Ukraine's Maidan movement, the choice of President Petro Poroshenko last spring, and this past Sunday's election of the most pro-European parliament in its history offers the West an historic opportunity. With Sunday's decisive outcome, the US and Europe need to offer Ukraine assistance through the IMF and other aid channels, a medium term fix for Ukrainian and European dependence on Russian energy imports, increased trade relations, support for deep reforms, and more closely coordinated security assistance. The EU bridge loan announced this week is a good start.
Russian billionaire Victor Kharitonin has bought a majority stake in the famous Nurburgring German Formula One race track after a local buyer failed to make good on his bid.
Concerns are rising among US businesses in Russia that Washington lawmakers could move to enshrine sanctions on Russia in new legislation, extending their impact and delaying their repeal.
It's been a busy week for some of the world's major central banks.
On Oct. 31, the Bank of Japan surprised financial markets by intensifying its purchases of government bonds and other assets to try to revive a faltering recovery. Across the Pacific, the Federal Reserve took the opposite step earlier in the week. Judging that the US economy was on strong enough footing, the Fed unwound a big stimulus program as it upgraded its assessment of the US job market.
WARSAW -- Prime Minister Viktor Orbanof Hungary said on Oct. 31 that his government would abandon, at least for now, a proposed tax on Internet usage that drew tens of thousands of demonstrators to the streets this week.
The Russian central bank's gambit worked for all of about two minutes today.
State-run Oschadbank of Ukraine received about Hr 20 billion in refinancing from the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) January through October 2014, Oschadbank Board Chairman Andriy Pyshny said.
In a single 24-hour period this week, Russia dispatched 19 combat aircraft - including "Bear" strategic bombers - to probe North Atlantic Treaty Organization air defences. It also test-launched a ballistic missile in the Barents Sea, north of Sweden, that hit a target in Kamchatka in Russia's Far East.
Naftogaz Ukrainy and Russia's OAO Gazprom in spring 2015 will start negotiating the price of Russian natural gas for Ukraine for summer, Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolev said.
Head of the State Border Service of Ukraine Viktor Nazarenko held a meeting with Acting Head of the Border Guard Service of the Russian Federation on Oct. 30, which resulted in the signing of a protocol on the joint control of Kuibyshevo-Diakove checkpoints, the Ukrainian president's press service reported.
The presidents of Ukraine, the Council of Europe and the European Commission issued a joint statement before the start of the provisional application of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement.
Rinat Akhmetov, Hennadiy Boholiubov and Ihor Kolomoisky top the list of 100 richest Ukrainians, with a net worth of $10.1 billion, $2.6 billion and $2.3 billion, respectively, according to the Novoye Vremya (New Times) magazine, which is publishing the list for first time.
The Cabinet has allocated about Hr 1.609 million for the State Emergency Service of Ukraine to urgently evacuate Ukrainian citizens from the Gaza Strip.