Ukraine

KYIV BLOG: What’s to be done about those who are to blame in Ukraine?

Ben Aris in Berlin September 19, 2019

Attention has been dramatically refocused from the high hopes from Zelenskiy’s radically anti-corruption and reformist legislative agenda to a single question: what is his relationship with his oligarchic backer Ihor Kolomoisky?

Ukraine central bank brands attacks on former governor as 'terror' against reformers

bne IntelliNews September 18, 2019

The board of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has branded a series of attacks on its former governor Valeria Gontareva, her family and property as "no longer a series of incidents", but "terror".

Zelenskiy overtakes Putin in Russian popularity polls as Russians become increasingly vocal

Ben Aris in Berlin September 18, 2019

Stark contrast between Ukraine's two vibrant and hotly disputed elections this year and the turgid recent Moscow city government elections where most opposition candidates were barred have fuelled dissent in Russia.

KYIV BLOG: Zelenskiy's honeymoon with foreign investors is over as NBU ex-governor Gontareva's dacha burns

Ben Aris in Berlin September 17, 2019

The arson attack is the latest in a string of attacks on the former central banker, her family and the bank she nationalised, PrivatBank.

Zelenskiy looking for a breakthrough to end the Donbas conflict with Russia

Ben Aris in Kyiv September 16, 2019

Zelenskiy hopes to secure the withdrawal of Russian forces from the Donbas in the east of the country, where more than 13,000 Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in the conflict in the last five years.

Ukraine’s infrastructure ministry may pay compensation to Kolomoisky for Ukraine International Airlines' sanctions loses

Ben Aris in Kyiv September 16, 2019

Ministry says it is willing to pay a reported $216mn of compensation to Ukraine International Airlines that belongs to oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky for loses incurred because of a Russian overflight ban.

The majority of Ukrainians think the country is going in the right direction for the first time in five years

Ben Aris in Kyiv September 16, 2019

The moody amongst the public since Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy came to power has done an abrupt about face and deep pessimism has turned to growing optimism in the future of the country.

CONFERENCE CALL: YES in Ukraine fails to answer the key question

Ben Aris in Kyiv September 13, 2019

Investors and political celebrities made their way to Kyiv this week for the annual Yalta Economic Summit (YES) hosted by top Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk, but questions remain unanswered.

Ukraine passes presidential impeachment law, to cull Central Election Commission and pass a new illicit enrichment law

Ben Aris in Berlin September 11, 2019

Ukraine’s parliament continued its legislative tsumani by passing laws that allow the president to be removed by impeachment, cut the number of Supreme Court judges by a third and toughen the punishments for corrupt officials .

Ukraine reports 0.3% m/m deflation in August

bne IntelliNews September 11, 2019

Ukraine sees deflation in August. Annual inflation stood at 8.8% year-on-year in August following 9.1% y/y in July.

France calls for reset in relations with Russia

Ben Aris in Berlin September 10, 2019

It’s official: France is actively working for a reset in relations with Russia. “The time has come, the time is right, to work towards reducing the distrust between Russia and Europe," Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister says

Ukraine central bank urges law enforcers to protect former governor

bne IntelliNews September 9, 2019

The board of National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has urged the nation's law enforcement agencies to protect the life and health of its former governor Valeria Gontareva, current leadership, and staff.

Ukraine and Russia swap 70 prisoners of war

Ben Aris in Berlin September 7, 2019

Among those released in the first concrete move towards ending the conflict between the two countries were Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and the 24 sailors captured by Russia during a naval clash in the Kerch Strait in November.

Ukraine's long awaited anti-corruption court starts work

bne IntelliNews September 6, 2019

It took Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy three working days to do what former president Petro Poroshenko failed to do over several years. Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Court started work on September 5, as planned.

Ukraine government sees 40% GDP growth in five years, triggers worries over debt repayment

bne IntelliNews September 4, 2019

Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk expects that Ukraine's GDP will grow by 5% in 2020, and over the next five years the government will ensure that the economy grows by "at least 40%"

Ukraine’s new parliament sets itself a hectic legislative agenda

Ben Aris in Berlin September 3, 2019

The new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is in a hurry and he has set the new parliament a hectic and hugely ambitious legislative agenda for its first year in office.

New Ukraine government pledges to launch land market in 2020

bne IntelliNews September 3, 2019

Newly elected Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk has pledged to liberalise the nation's land market in Ukraine by the middle of the next year.

Back to school for Ukraine's new government

Zenon Zawada of Concorde Capital in Kyiv September 2, 2019

Ukraine’s newly elected parliament convened on August 29 and immediately approved a bill amending the Constitution to remove political immunity from members of parliament, writes Zenon Zawada of Concorde Capital in a note on the new government.

New Ukraine foreign minister seeks Donbas peace within six months

bne IntelliNews September 2, 2019

Ukraine's newly appointed Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko is going to secure " a new page in the peace process" over the Donbas crisis within the next six month.

Ukraine chief prosecutor Lutsenko resigns

bne IntelliNews August 29, 2019

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko signed a letter of resignation on August 29, as the nation's newly elected parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, meets for its first day of work.

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