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RFE/RL: Siemens cuts some Russia ties over Crimea turbines scandal.

The German industrial conglomerate Siemens says it is cutting some of its ties to Russia after receiving information that four gas turbines it sold to for use at a Russian power plant had been “illegally” diverted to the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. Siemens said in a July 21 statement that it will halt ...

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UNIAN: Ukraine asks Russia to extradite Donetsk militant who killed pro-Ukrainian teenager.

Ukrainian Deputy Prosecutor General Yevhen Enin has announced that the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine has sent a request to Russian prosecutors for the extradition of Vadim Pogodin, one of the leaders of the Russia-backed separatists, who violently murdered a male teenager in Donbas three years ago. The post UNIAN: ...

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Ukrainian, Belarusian companies could cooperate to export goods to third countries.

Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Ukraine's Trade Representative Natalia Mykolska has said that Ukrainian and Belarusian companies could cooperate to jointly produce goods and export them to third countries. “We always say that Ukraine and Belarus are neighbor countries which should trade – ...

- Kyiv Post - UA Passenger flow to occupied Crimea decrease by 13 percent in June.

The passenger flow to the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea continues to decrease, the press service of the State Border Guard Service informs. It was noted that for June 2017, the administrative border in both directions was crossed by citizens less than in the same period last year by 13 percent, and vehicles - ...

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NBU revokes PwC audit license, citing $5.6 billion PrivatBank failure.

Ukraine’s central bank took away big-four auditor PwC’s right to audit banks late yesterday, citing the firm’s failure to record a $5.6 billion hole in nationalized bank PrivatBank’s balance sheet. PwC had been PrivatBank’s auditor since the mid-1990s, but has recently come under attack from ...

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BBC: Five Ukrainian soldiers die in fierce clash with Russia-backed separatists.

The Ukrainian military says five of its soldiers died in heavy separatist shelling of Ukrainian army positions at Avdiivka just north of separatist-held Donetsk. Three Ukrainian militaries died earlier when a mine blew up, the military said. The post BBC: Five Ukrainian soldiers die in fierce clash with Russia-backed ...

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EU calls for speeding up verification process of e-declarations of Ukrainian politicians.

EU Ambassador to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli has said that the process of verifying electronic declarations of income and assets of politicians and high-ranking officials should be much faster and the National Agency for the Corruption Prevention should find a solution to this issue. “The process must be brought to a ...

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PGO issues notice of suspicion to ex deputy head of Yanukovych administration.

A notice of suspicion has been given to ex Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine and current deputy of Sumy regional council Yuriy Chmyr. The notice was signed by the head of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine's office in Sumy region, according to PGO spokeswoman Larysa Sarhan. “PGO chief ...

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The Telegraph: Russia wants to see your salary and social media accounts before letting you visit.

Russia has added a number of intrusive new questions to its already lengthy visa application forms, including requiring details of applicants’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, raising concerns that Britons will be deterred from visiting. As well as any social media accounts, the embassy now asks for information about ...

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Reuters: Ukraine bans local PwC unit from auditing banks after PrivatBank insolvency.

Ukraine's central bank said on July 20 it had withdrawn the right to formally audit the country's banks from the Ukrainian unit of the international accounting firm PwC. PwC Ukraine had audited the largest Ukrainian bank, PrivatBank, which Ukraine took over in December after risky lending practices left it with a capital ...

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More and More Foreigners Work on the Black Sea Coast.

Over 3000 permits for seasonal workers from other countries under the Labor Mobility and Labor Migration Regulations have been issued to date. 2900 are from Ukraine, with 1,000 people working in the Albena resort. This was announced by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in Rousse, DARIK writes. According to her, no ...

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US strategic drone conducts operational surveillance over Donbas

A strategic unmanned aerial vehicle of the U.S. Air Force RQ-4A Global Hawk with code number UAVGH000 made a long reconnaissance flight along the line of demarcation in Donbas on July 20, western sites, monitoring the movements of military aircraft, reported. During the flight, the U.S. long-distance drone was flying from ...

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Washington Post: Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation

Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the ...

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Reuters: Russia, Venezuela discuss Citgo collateral deal to avoid U.S. sanctions

Russia's top oil producer Rosneft is negotiating to swap its collateral in Venezuelan-owned, U.S.-based refiner Citgo for oilfield stakes and a fuel supply deal - a move to avoid complications from U.S. sanctions, two sources with knowledge of the negotiations told Reuters. State-owned Rosneft holds a 49.9 percent stake in ...

- Kyiv Post - UA Russian athletes reprimanded for wearing Soviet symbols in Budapest

Russian sport delegation violated the Hungarian law by showing up at a sport competition wearing clothes with the banned Soviet symbols. RIA Novosti news agency reported that on July 21. The incident took place during the world championship in water sports held in Budapest. The post Russian athletes reprimanded for ...

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Plenty of parks for family fun and days out in Kyiv

Kyiv is a green city. Apart from the acres of woodland on islands in its very center, the Ukrainian capital has 13 parks where one can escape the daily bustle. Here, one can play ping pong or chess, do yoga, dance salsa, feed ducks, or watch the sun set over the Dnipro River. Check out The post Plenty of parks for family ...

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Poroshenko signs buildings energy efficiency bill

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a bill on energy efficiency for buildings. “This is a separate law on energy efficiency for buildings. The mechanism of concrete responsibility, personification and stimulation of measures to increase energy efficiency of buildings,” the head of state said on July ...

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Volunteers building friendships with children in orphanages

Editor’s Note: This article is a part of the “Journalism of Tolerance” project by the Kyiv Post and its affiliated non-profit organization, the Media Development Foundation. The project covers challenges faced by sexual, ethnic and other minorities in Ukraine, as well as people with physical disabilities and ...

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Entertainment Guide July 21 - 28

Artist Talk with Christopher Makos The day after the opening of the “Christopher Makos: Andy Warhol’s Age” exhibition on July 21, the photographer’s fans will have an opportunity to attend an open meeting with the artist and ask him questions. Makos is a famous American photographer and artist, whose ...

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No ‘boom’ in travel to EU after one-month of visa-free regime

  In the one month since Ukraine’s visa-free regime with the European Union came into force, demand for travel to the bloc has increased only slightly, with experts saying they have yet to see anything resembling a “boom.” It’s estimated that the number of Ukrainians wanting to go to the borderless ...

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Poltorak: Zapad-2017 exercise could be used to start aggression against Ukraine

Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has reiterated his concerns over the Zapad -2017 Russian-Belarusian military exercise, due to be held in Belarus in September. “Ukraine and the world have a common vision on the possible prospects of the Russian Armed Forces' exercises. The upcoming Zapad-2017 drills are ...

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Siemens Cuts Some Russia Ties Over Crimea Turbines Scandal

The German industrial conglomerate Siemens says it is cutting some of its ties to Russia after receiving information that four gas turbines it sold to for use at a Russian power plant had been "illegally" diverted to the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Ukraine's Future Is Brighter Than You Think

Luke Coffey Politics, Europe Budget deficits have been reduced, budgetary discipline is being restored and there are finally signs of economic growth. Most of the attention Ukraine gets these days is about the war in the eastern part of the country—and rightly so. More than 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict ...

- The National Interest - US

BREAKING: ExxonMobil Fined for Violating Ukraine Sanctions, Greenpeace Response

GreenpeaceIn response to the United States Treasury Department's decision to fine ExxonMobil for violating Ukraine-related sanctions, Greenpeace USA Climate Director Kelly Mitchell said,

- Common Dreams - US

Caught in crossfire, Ukrainians prod their government for compensation

KRASNOHORIVKA, Ukraine — It was a loud day in Krasnohorivka on May 28. The Donetsk Oblast city of 15,000 people, 715 kilometers southeast of Kyiv, was shelled in a barrage that battered the hospital, a school and a local apartment building. Olga Valeryevna, the owner of an apartment that took a direct hit during the ...

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UkrInform: Ukrainian rescuers extinguishing fire in Montenegro

Aviation of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine dumped 72 tons of water on a forest fire in Montenegro over the past day. This is reported by the press service of the State Emergency Service. The post UkrInform: Ukrainian rescuers extinguishing fire in Montenegro appeared first on KyivPost.

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NBU removes PwC from bank auditors register for unreliable audit of PrivatBank

The National Bank of Ukraine has removed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC from the register of audit forms that have the right to conduct audit of banks, the central bank has said on its website. The decision was made by the NBU board on July 20 under an application of The post NBU removes PwC from bank auditors register for ...

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Associated Press: CIA director - Moscow loves to ‘stick it to America’

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said July 20 that Russia has no plans to leave Syria and will continue to try to meddle in U.S. affairs to “stick it to America.” He reiterated his belief that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election and described the U.S.-Russia relationship as “complicated.” The ...

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Associated Press: US condemns deadliest day of violence in Ukraine this year

The United States is condemning an outbreak of violence in eastern Ukraine, calling it the deadliest 24-hour period so far this year. Ukraine’s military says nine soldiers have died in the east where Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists have been fighting for more than three years. State Department ...

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Ukraine makes it easier, but pricier to employ foreigners

Turkish citizen Erdeniz Ünvan divides his time between Kyiv and Istanbul. Discouraged by political and economic calamities in Turkey, he and his partner recently decided to open an office of their IT training and consultancy firm in Kyiv and transfer some of their clients, mostly from Middle East, Europe, and Turkey, ...

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Ukrainian tech startup turns online time into digital cash

Newly founded Ukrainian tech company Nimses wants to turn all the time that people waste online into pure profit. The plan? A smartphone social media application that creates one unit of a privately developed currency for each minute that the user spends online. Nimses’ founders see the massive amount of time that ...

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No casualties among Ukrainians during earthquake in Greece and Turkey

The Department of Consular Service of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has said there is no information about casualties of Ukrainian citizens caught in the earthquake that shook Greece and Turkey. “Earthquake in Greece, Turkey. The consul says that as of 08:00 there is no information about victims,” the department ...

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Nature reclaims the tainted lands of the Chornobyl zone

CHORNOBYL EXCLUSION ZONE, Ukraine — Overnight on April 26, 1986, the world’s worst nuclear disaster happened some 90 kilometers north of Kyiv. Reactor No. 4 of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded during a failed reactor experimental test, causing a cloud of radioactive fallout to pollute vast swathes of ...

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Associated Press: Year after reporter killed in Ukraine, no progress in probe

After renowned journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in a car bombing in central Kyiv last year, Ukraine’s president promised all-out efforts to solve the case. But as of July 20’s anniversary of his death, there has been no visible progress. Instead, say Ukrainian journalists, the case is mired in either ...

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Ukraine reports 5 KIA's, 8 WIA's amid 29 attacks in Donbas in past 24 hours

Five Ukrainian soldiers were killed in action , another eight were wounded in action amid 29 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, from 06:00 on Thursday, July 20, until 06:00 on Friday, July 21, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation Headquarters.


FT: Ukraine pulls PwC bank audit licence over $5.5bn hole at top lender

PwC suffered the latest blow to its reputation late on Thursday as Ukraine’s central bank pulled its bank auditing rights in the country for failing to identify alleged improprieties that led to a $5.5bn balance-sheet hole at PrivatBank, the country’s largest lender, according to The Financial Times .


Manafort owed $17 million to 'pro-Russia interests' before joining Trump campaign for free

Earlier, the Wall Street Journal discovered that a small Chicago bank had loaned former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his companies about $16 million soon after Donald Trump had won the presidency—a number that aroused prosecutor suspicion because it represented about a quarter of the bank's available capital, ...

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I'm a Ukrainian journalist, tired of living in fear a year after the unsolved car-bomb assassination of reporter Pavel Sheremet

Maxim Eristavi / Washington Post: I'm a Ukrainian journalist, tired of living in fear a year after the unsolved car-bomb assassination of reporter Pavel Sheremet  —  People take part in a procession July 20 marking the one-year anniversary of the death of journalist Pavel Sheremet, who was killed by a car bomb, in ...

- Mediagazer - US

Aljazeera: Clashes kill six Ukraine soldiers in spike of violence

Clashes with Russian-backed separatists killed six Ukrainian soldiers on July 20, officials said, in the bloodiest surge in fighting along the volatile frontline in recent months. The violence flared several days after a top separatist leader announced a plan to form a new “state” that Kyiv warned could put a ...

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Ukraine Says 9 Soldiers Killed in East in Rebel Fighting

A spokesman for the Ukrainian military says nine soldiers died over the past day in the east where Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels have been fighting for more than three years. Although full-scale offensives in the war have ebbed, both sides report artillery fire or small clashes almost daily. The death toll ...

- Voice of America - US

Allies Worry Russian War Games May Be 'Trojan Horse,' US General Says

U.S. allies in Eastern Europe and Ukraine are worried that Russia's planned war games in September could be a "Trojan horse" aimed at leaving behind military equipment brought into Belarus, the U.S. Army's top general in Europe said Thursday. Russia has sought to reassure NATO that the military exercises will respect ...

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U.S. Fines Exxon For Violating Russia Sanctions Under Tillerson

The U.S. Department of the Treasury said on Thursday that it is imposing a US$2-million civil monetary penalty against ExxonMobil and some of its subsidiaries for having breached Ukraine-related sanctions on Russia in May 2014.   Between on or about May 14, 2014 and on or about May 23, 2014, ExxonMobil violated § ...

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Ukraine pulls PwC bank audit licence over $5.5bn hole at top lender

Decision follows firm's alleged failure to identify improprieties at PrivatBank

- Financial Times - US

If You Could Dig a Hole Through The Earth, Here's Where You'd Pop Out

Almost every child, shovel in hand, is struck by a tempting thought. What if I just kept digging and popped out on the other side of the world? The imagination conjures a muddy face emerging in the middle of a Shaolin temple or some such, China being the nominal "other side of the world" to Americans. That image is wrong, ...

- Discover - US

NATO at a crossroads: Next steps for the trans-Atlantic alliance

Russia's conflict with Ukraine stems in part from the Kremlin's concern that Kyiv is drawing too close to institutions such as the European Union and NATO. Throughout his campaign, President Donald Trump called into question the usefulness of today's NATO and spoke of building a better relationship with Moscow. Advocating ...

- Brookings - US

Russian 'Adhocracy' Helps Create Cushion Of Plausible Deniability For Putin

Informal connections are used to create a cushion of plausible deniability for Putin whether he's invading Ukraine, hacking an election or reaching out to a U.S. presidential candidate.

- NPR - US

Why Congress Should Pass the Russia Sanctions Bill

New sanctions legislation with teeth is direly needed—not least because of the dozens of Ukrainian political prisoners who continue to languish in Russian prisons.

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Shenanigans in Ukraine’s parliament to push through politicized Human Rights Ombudsman

Human rights activists are asking President Petro Poroshenko to veto a law passed with conscious fiddling and aimed at ensuring that the next Human Rights Ombudsman will be chosen according to political quotas

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Several Ukrainian troops killed in worst violence for months

Ukraine's military says nine soldiers have died in clashes with Russia-backed rebels in the east of the country. The violence follows a separatist announcement of a plan to form a new state called Little Russia.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Clashes kill six Ukraine soldiers in spike of violence

The latest surge in fighting with Russian-backed rebels along the volatile frontline is the bloodiest in recent months.

- Al Jazeera - QA