• NATO Embassy to open in Ukraine

    NATO to open Embassy in Ukraine, according to Pavlo Klimkin, Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister.

    “We have agreed with the Secretary General to sign the agreement on the status of NATO representation in Ukraine during this September visit.  We are moving away from the concept of the NATO Liaison Office and will create, in fact, a real NATO’s Embassy in Ukraine,” Klimkin said.

    He also noted that more documents are to be signed during the NATO head's visit to Ukraine in September, such as a road …

  • Netflix "Winter on Fire" premiers October 9

    The trailer for Netflix's next original documentary has some harrowing — but important — images.

    Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom chronicles a 93-day period in 2013 and 2014.

    It features interviews with protestors, on-the-ground footage, and a "grand scale" look at the violent conflict.

    The documentary witnesses the formation of a new civil rights movement in Ukraine. What started as peaceful student demonstrations supporting European integration morphed into a full-fledged …

  • 'Power struggle' in Donetsk prompts flurry of speculation in Kyiv and beyond

    According to Euan MacDonald of Kyiv Post, 

    An apparent power struggle among Russia’s proxy authorities in separatist-controlled parts of Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast has left experts speculating about its causes, and what the Kremlin’s future intentions for the region now might be.

    Reports came on the evening of Sept. 4 that Denis Pushilin, the vice-speaker of the pseudo parliament in the part of Donetsk Oblast controlled by Russian-backed separatists, had ousted the body’s speaker, Andrey Purgin …

  • Russia is stepping up its military presence in Syria.

    Three Russian military cargo jets have landed in Syrian in the recent days.

    They have delivered mobile housing units and military equipment.

    American officials said that most likely Russian is trying to build its military base and also an air control center in Syria to aid an embattled President Bashar al-Assad.

    Previously Bulgaria refused to provide an air space corridor to Russian Syria-bound flights.

    Although today Russian officials have confirmed that the airspace has been provided by …

  • Ukrainian Finance Minister - In 25 years Ukrainian economy will reach the level of Switzerland.

    "The forecast of the International Monetary Fund for Ukrainian annual GDP is 4%. This will allow the Ukrainian economy to reach the level of Switzerland in 25 years." - stated Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko at the cabinet meeting.

    " At this growth rate (4% of real GDP growth) our GDP will rise from the current level of 84 billion dollars to 600 billion in 2040. This is the level of a country like Switzerland."

    The Finance minister said that the agreement reached with the creditors …

  • Antonov to produce aircrafts for Saudi Arabia

    Antonov to produce aircrafts for Saudi Arabia

    September 8, 2015

    According to Interfax-Ukraine, Antonov State Enterprise (Kyiv) has started manufacturing the first sample of its new multipurpose An-132 aircraft with a cargo capacity 9.2 tonnes under a contract signed with Saudi Arabia.

    Antonov State Enterprise Acting President Mykhailo Hvozdev told reporters on Monday that the test aircraft of the new An-132 aircraft is being manufactured under the contract signed in April with Saudi Arabian …

  • American hedge funds are betting against the Russian ruble

    As reported by the US Futures trading commission starting November 2014 American hedge funds and currency traders have placed a record number of short future contracts against the Russian ruble.

    The total number of short positions (betting on collapse of the Russian currency) has reached 6848 contracts (17.2 billion rubles).

    Overall the investors were net short 2857 contracts (7.14 billion rubles). This number takes into account long positions – bets on the increase of the value of the …

  • Putin won his war in Ukraine

    Marvin Kalb is senior adviser at the Pulitzer Center and a fellow at the Brookings Institution. His book “Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War” will be published this month.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/putin-won-in-ukraine/2015/09/07/02a0283c-5341-11e5-933e-7d06c647a395_story.html

  • Ukrainian war casualties: 8 thousand people killed since April 2014.

    At least 7962 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since mid-April 2014 according to the Report by Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

    As reported, in total, since the beginning of the hostilities in mid-April 2014 until 15 May 2015, at least 6,362 people (including at least 625 women and girls) were documented as killed and 15,775 as wounded in the conflict area of eastern Ukraine. Many people remain missing; bodies continue to be recovered. Serious human …

  • Former Ukrainian president Yanokovych has become richer over the summer

    According to the reports of Ukrainian financial Monitoring Agency the value of the assets of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and the former government officials has increased over the summer months.As of the end of August The value of the frozen assets of the former high rank Ukrainian officials from Yanukovych’s government amounted to 107.2 million US dollars, 15.9 million  Euros and 135 million  Swiss Francs. This is 13.1 million Swiss Francs more than it was in the end of May.  …