Ukraine's government and business community should be closely following the financial collapse of Mriya Agro Holding. At stake, according to investors, creditors and industry players, is the ability of cash-starved Ukrainian companies to get financing in the future.
BRUSSELS - Most EU leaders on Oct. 23 criticised Russia’s non-compliance with peace accords on Ukraine, but Italy caused surprise by calling for re-engagement with Moscow.
Latest poll shows seven political parties will reach five percent threshold in Oct. 26 election
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As of Sept. 1, Ukraine had a net outflow of $600 million in foreign direct investment, according to local investment bank SP Advisors. Widespread corruption is the key deterrent, including raider attacks that often involve dubious court decisions and disrespect for property rights.
The plane carrying a top French oil executive and a crew of three was already in the air when it grazed a snowplow, just failing to avoid the fatal crash, Russian crash investigators said on Oct. 23.
The Opposition Bloc claims serious violations have been committed in preparations for early parliamentary elections in Ukraine and demands Dnipropetrovsk regional administration head Ihor Kolomoisky be fired for their organization.
SOCHI, KRASNAYA POLYANA - In the event of a failure to honor the Mistral contract Russia will seek compensatory damages, said Sergei Ivanov, the head of the Russian presidential administration.
With 312 incumbent lawmakers seeking re-election to the 450-seat parliament on major party lists and in single election districts, there is at least one political force whose candidate list is filled exclusively with fresh political blood.
The European Union must do more to counter Russia's interference in Ukraine, where incursions threaten the bloc's "very existence," billionaire financier George Soros said.
Washington - The U.S. Department of State issued a warning to American citizens on Thursday, Oct. 23 saying that staying in Russian regions near the border with Ukraine is unsafe.
Pro-Russian insurgents vowed to keep battling Ukrainian forces and retake eastern cities including the port of Mariupol as general elections near.
The burnt-out remains of dozens of tanks and armored vehicles in fields near this small village bear witness to the ferocity of a battle that turned the tide of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Only a few photographs of dead fighters and flowers in the centre of Kyiv recall the dramatic events that unfolded on Independence Square, or the Maidan, a year ago. The barricades and the encampment are long gone. The city feels subdued and traumatised as it awaits the parliamentary elections on Oct. 26th. The energy and hope of a new beginning that sustained the revolution have been drained by a war that has claimed 3,600 lives. Crimea is gone; large swathes of Donbas, the industrial region in the south-east, have been seized by separatists; the ceasefire is fragile.
Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk have announced the end of a cease-fire, ending a period of relative calm as the country braces for parliamentary polls.
Sergiy Tigipko, leader of the Strong Ukraine party who later supported ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, will need a strong turnout among his supporters to get into parliament. According to one recent poll, the former deputy prime minister’s party stands at 5.6 percent support, barely about the 5 percent threshold.
When multimillionaire Vyachelsav Konstantinovsky posted on Facebook that he wanted to sell his Rolls-Royce to buy equipment needed by the Ukrainian army he struck a chord with Ukrainians. The post received nearly 4,000 likes and nearly 1,400 shares.
The sight of public officials being thrown into trash cans all over Ukraine has become the visible expression of popular anger with corrupt bureaucrats, with lustration becoming a key demand by civil society.