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A New Policy to Rescue Ukraine
A New Policy to Rescue Ukraine The sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and Europe for its interventions in Ukraine have worked much faster and inflicted much more damage on the Russian economy than anybody could have expected. The sanctions sought to deny Russian banks and companies access to the international capital markets. The increased damage is largely due to a sharp decline in the price of oil, without... Forward>>
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Ukraine eyes IMF credit lifeline in early 2015
Ukraine eyes IMF credit lifeline in early 2015 Ukraine expects the International Monetary Fund to disburse new and overdue loans after a visit next month and still hopes a $17 billion bailout program can be expanded, its central bank governor said on Tuesday. Valeria Gontareva declined to give a value for the payment, even when pressed by journalists, but it is likely to total more than $4 billion. With its economy pushed close to bankruptcy... Forward>>
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Ukraine's parliament approves 2015 budget
Ukraine's parliament approves 2015 budget Ukraine's parliament backed a budget for 2015 on Monday that it had been under pressure to approve to secure the next tranche of financial aid under a $17 billion International Monetary Fund loan package, the Interfax news agency reported. Before the budget vote in the early hours of the morning, deputies approved a series of austerity laws, including an amendment to impose additional duties... Forward>>
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Ukraine Needs New Security Guarantees
Ukraine Needs New Security Guarantees This year we witnessed two decades of genuine efforts to build a reliable post-Cold War security system shattered by the desire of one country, driven by its imperial ambitions, to reestablish the long-gone division lines of the previous century. Twenty years ago, in December 1994 in Budapest, Ukraine received security assurances against threats or use of force against its territorial integrity... Forward>>
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EU says Ukraine needs $15 billion, has limited ability to help
EU says Ukraine needs $15 billion, has limited ability to help The International Monetary Fund estimates Ukraine needs another $15 billion in financing to withstand an economic crisis but the European Union has only limited capacity to help, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk appealed to the EU in Brussels this week for urgent financial aid. He says Ukraine, facing a pro-Russian... Forward>>
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Ukraine ceasefire leaves frontline counting cost of war in uneasy calm
Ukraine ceasefire leaves frontline counting cost of war in uneasy calm Lull in fighting prompts some locals to fear Moscow is retooling its strategy, while others suspect it has abandoned them. It was mid-morning when the bombs began to fall on Artyomove, a crumbling mining town on the frontline in eastern Ukraine. One mortar landed in Nina Dmitrievna’s garden. It flattened her fence. Another hit next door, gouging a large raw hole in a black plot... Forward>>
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Ukraine forces, rebels largely suspend hostilities
Ukraine forces, rebels largely suspend hostilities DONETSK, Ukraine — Government troops and Russian-backed separatists largely suspended hostilities in east Ukraine on Tuesday, raising hopes of a lasting peaceful settlement in a conflict that has raged for seven months and claimed thousands of lives. The lull in fighting followed a proposal by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to hold a “day of silence” as a bid to revive a largely... Forward>>
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Opinion: Stop Talking about NATO Membership for Ukraine
Opinion: Stop Talking about NATO Membership for Ukraine NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (third from left) speaks at the start of a meeting of NATO ministers of foreign affairs on Tuesday. The president of Ukraine is talking up the idea of a national referendum to join NATO, an idea that the military alliance's chief has openly supported. But such a debate is dangerous - because it divides member states and provides Putin with powerful... Forward>>
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Could Ukraine Be The Next Silicon Valley?
Could Ukraine Be The Next Silicon Valley? Even among the sordid histories of Eastern Europe, Ukraine is particularly tragic. In just the 20th century, it was starved by Stalin, decimated by Hitler, subjected to seventy years of incompetent Soviet rule, looted by its own government and, most recently, invaded by Putin. Ukraine’s situation today remains desperate. The country is in dire financial straits, dependent on financial assistance... Forward>>
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Nearly 1,000 killed during Ukraine ceasefire, says UN
Nearly 1,000 killed during Ukraine ceasefire, says UN Human rights watchdog says 957 people have died since peace pact was signed in September, with abuses on both sides. Almost 1,000 people have been killed in Ukraine since a ceasefire in September, an average of 13 people a day, according to the UN. A report from the organisation’s human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine puts the death toll at 957 from 5 September, when the peace pact... Forward>>
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Naftogaz warns of gas cuts to Ukraine’s breakaway east
Naftogaz warns of gas cuts to Ukraine’s breakaway east Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state gas company, is warning about its ability to continue supplying the country’s rebellious eastern regions as losses mount from unpaid bills. Andriy Kobolyev, chief executive, said the company was suffering a “heavy financial burden” by keeping gas flows running to the breakaway cities of Donetsk and Lugansk and that the possibility of halting deliveries was “being discussed... Forward>>
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Russia urges Kiev to talk directly to separatists
Russia urges Kiev to talk directly to separatists (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday Ukraine's leaders must talk directly to separatists in the east of the country and should not treat Moscow as a party to the conflict. Kiev and the West accuse Russia of destabilizing Ukraine by providing the rebels with money, arms and reinforcements. The West has imposed sanctions on Moscow over the conflict in which... Forward>>
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'No reason for optimism' over Ukraine
'No reason for optimism' over Ukraine With tensions high between Russia and the West over Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was in Moscow for high-level talks. He is the first senior European minister to visit the Kremlin since July. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, whose nation is playing the lead role in mediating the crisis with Russia over Ukraine, said he sees no grounds for optimism over the... Forward>>
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The Chaos Republics: Stagnation and Infighting Take Hold in Eastern Ukraine
The Chaos Republics: Stagnation and Infighting Take Hold in Eastern Ukraine There was a time when it looked as though eastern Ukraine might become part of Russia. Now, though, rebels in the region have been fighting among themselves and Moscow is unsure how to proceed. Sunday's election changed nothing. The Monday before last, the Donetsk opera house filled every single one of its 1,000 seats. They had come to see famed Russian baritone Iosif Kobzon... Forward>>
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Russian tanks and troops crossing into Ukraine, says Nato commander
Russian tanks and troops crossing into Ukraine, says Nato commander General Philip Breedlove warns of renewed war as border between two countries becomes ‘completely porous’. Ukraine-Russian border completely wide open, warns Nato commander. Nato’s chief military commander has said that columns of Russian tanks, artillery and troops have been spotted crossing the border into Ukraine over the last two days, amid fears of a renewal of all-out conflict... Forward>>
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Ukraine rebels: a disunited front run by warlords
Ukraine rebels: a disunited front run by warlords PEREVALSK, Ukraine — They don’t call Nikolai Kozitsyn “Daddy” for nothing. In this rebel-held eastern Ukrainian town, the mustachioed Cossack lords it over the locals and pays little heed to the bosses of the breakaway movement. Patches of Ukraine’s depressed industrial basin in the east — in the throes of a pro-Russian separatist insurgency — have fallen under the control of such warlords, who... Forward>>
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War Continues In Eastern Ukraine And Makes It To Western Ukraine
War Continues In Eastern Ukraine And Makes It To Western Ukraine For weeks now, our country’s focus has been on every issue besides Ukraine. Ebola, ISIS and the midterm elections have taken over our newspapers and our television sets. And not without due cause – each of these issues certainly deserves our attention. But in the midst of all this, we have been ignoring the crisis in Ukraine, which continues to tear apart the country’s East and poses a serious... Forward>>
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Ukrainian president sends more troops to the east
Ukrainian president sends more troops to the east KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s president said Tuesday that additional troops are being deployed to the east, where fighting continues to rage between government forces and pro-Russian separatist fighters. Petro Poroshenko said the units would defend cities still under government control against possible incursions. His remarks came after Ukrainian security officials claimed over the weekend that Russia... Forward>>
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Ukraine crisis: Rebels say Poroshenko tore up peace
Ukraine crisis: Rebels say Poroshenko tore up peace Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have accused President Petro Poroshenko of scrapping a deal aimed at halting months of war. They were responding to Mr Poroshenko's call to cancel partial autonomy granted to two eastern regions as part of a ceasefire agreement. The Ukrainian president and Western countries say a rebel vote held in the east on Sunday violated the Minsk deal... Forward>>
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Ukraine president calls for disputed poll to be annulled
Ukraine president calls for disputed poll to be annulled President Petro Poroshenko said he would ask Ukraine’s parliament to cancel a law giving more autonomy to breakaway eastern regions after they held unrecognised elections that left a two-month-old ceasefire agreement hanging by a thread. His announcement came as Nato’s secretary-general warned that Russian troops were again moving closer to Ukraine’s border, and said Moscow continued... Forward>>
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Ukraine pro-Russia rebels hold elections in the east, fueling conflict
Ukraine pro-Russia rebels hold elections in the east, fueling conflict MOSCOW — Residents of rebel-held eastern Ukraine voted for leaders on Sunday, taking another step toward establishing an independent enclave and exacerbating tensions between Russia and the West. Thousands of residents across war-torn eastern Ukraine lined up Sunday to give their backing to the current rebel leadership, which has been working to establish a new pro-Russian state... Forward>>
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Russia-Ukraine gas deal secures EU winter supply
Russia-Ukraine gas deal secures EU winter supply Russia has agreed to resume gas supplies to Ukraine over the winter in a deal brokered by the European Union. The deal will also ensure gas supplies to EU countries via Ukraine are secure. "There is now no reason for people in Europe to stay cold this winter,'' said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. European Union energy chief Guenther Oettinger said he was confident... Forward>>
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Ukraine gas supplies in doubt as Russia seeks EU payment deal
Ukraine gas supplies in doubt as Russia seeks EU payment deal BRUSSELS, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Ukraine's efforts to unblock deliveries of Russian gas as winter sets in were deadlocked on Thursday as Moscow's negotiators were quoted demanding firmer commitments from the European Union to cover Kiev's pre-payments for energy. EU-hosted talks were adjourned after running late into the night, Energy Minister Alexander Novak and the head of Russian... Forward>>
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Ukraine's Election Wasn't Just a Win for Pro-Europeans. It Was a Win for Democracy Itself
Ukraine's Election Wasn't Just a Win for Pro-Europeans. It Was a Win for Democracy Itself As the results of Sunday's parliamentary election in Ukraine roll in, and with them ample speculation about what the new government will look like—coalition negotiations are already well underway—the fact of the election itself is the best reason for temperate hope for the country's future. Fifty-three percent of the electorate turned out for what was by and large a fair vote, despite shelling... Forward>>
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Ukraine crisis: Russia to recognise rebel vote in Donetsk and Luhansk
Ukraine crisis: Russia to recognise rebel vote in Donetsk and Luhansk Russia says it will recognise the results of controversial separatist elections in eastern Ukraine, which the rebels plan to hold on 2 November. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions "will be important to legitimise the authorities there". But Ukraine and Western governments say the elections should not go ahead. They accuse Russia... Forward>>
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