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Reuters: Gontareva eyes anti-crisis steps due to rail blockade.

The Ukrainian central bank will take “anti-crisis measures” if a rail blockade in Ukraine's war-torn east continues, resulting in lost foreign exchange earnings, the head of the regulator told Reuters. The post Reuters: Gontareva eyes anti-crisis steps due to rail blockade appeared first on KyivPost.

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Wall Street Journal: Yanukovych pushes peace proposal.

MOSCOW - Ukraine’s former president, living in self-imposed exile in Russia, has sent President Donald Trump a peace plan on ending the conflict in Ukraine, in the newest freelance effort by a Ukrainian politician to reach out to the White House. The post Wall Street Journal: Yanukovych pushes peace proposal appeared ...

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Deutsche Welle: Ukrainian oligarch no stranger to intrigue during Vienna trial.

Dmytro Firtash and his lawyers were visibly shocked when the judge of Vienna’s Upper State Court announced the ruling on Feb. 21 afternoon. After three years of legal back and forth on the case, the judge declared that the Ukrainian businessman can be extradited to the United States. The FBI has accused Firtash of ...

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Kozatskyi Stan has lighted a new star.

The Ukrainian segment of 4-star hotels has a new member, the Kozatskyi Stan Hotel and Restaurant, which has already become a noticeable player in the Ukrainian hospitality industry. By rising in the new level of classification of hotel infrastructure, it has proven that it deserves its new “star status.” ...

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RFE/RL: In Syria and Ukraine, Russia positions itself as solution to problems it created.

The world is becoming ever more tumultuous. But amid the general storm one country can be relied upon to maintain a sanguine - and sanguinary - course: Vladimir Putin's Russia. The post RFE/RL: In Syria and Ukraine, Russia positions itself as solution to problems it created appeared first on KyivPost.

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New York Times: NASA says seven newly discovered Earth-size planets could host life.

Not just one, but seven Earth-size planets that could potentially harbor life have been identified orbiting a tiny star not too far away, offering the first realistic opportunity to search for signs of alien life outside the solar system. The post New York Times: NASA says seven newly discovered Earth-size planets could ...

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RFE/RL: Poroshenko says satisfied he has 'built bridges' with Trump administration.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was satisfied he has established a dialogue with U.S. President Donald Trump's administration despite concerns in Kyiv that Trump might sacrifice ties with Ukraine in favor of a closer relationship with Russia. The post RFE/RL: Poroshenko says satisfied he has 'built bridges' ...

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Spiegel: Yanukovych says 'Ukraine has become a wild country'.

Three years after the Maidan insurgency, Viktor Yanukovych has re-emerged to express his views on the Ukraine conflict in a letter addressed to Trump, Putin, Merkel and others. DER SPIEGEL correspondent Christian Neef met with the former president. The post Spiegel: Yanukovych says 'Ukraine has become a wild country' ...

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UNIAN: Ukraine reports one soldier wounded after 54 attacks in Donbas.

Russia-backed separatists attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 54 times in the past 24 hours with one Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action , according to the press service of the Ukraine military. The post UNIAN: Ukraine reports one soldier wounded after 54 attacks in Donbas appeared first on KyivPost.

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Politico: GOP to bury House resolution on Trump conflicts.

House Republicans next week plan to derail a Democratic resolution that would have forced disclosure of President Donald Trump's potential ties with Russia and any possible business conflicts of interest, according to multiple House sources. The post Politico: GOP to bury House resolution on Trump conflicts appeared first ...

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NBU strengthens official exchange rate to UAH 26.97 to dollar.

The National Bank of Ukraine on Wednesday evening strengthened the official hryvnia exchange rate by seven kopiykas, bringing the national currency to UAH 26.97 to the dollar.

- UNIAN - UA

Court blasts Ukraine’s Migration Service, orders it to grant Russian Maidan activist asylum

Sergei Anisiforov’s battle for asylum in Ukraine has ended in victory three years after he was injured on Maidan and even honoured for his part in Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity. In a hearing on February 22, the Odesa District Court of Appeal addressed blistering criticism at the Odesa branch of Ukraine’s ...

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Sports round-up

Tennis: Top seed Kei Nishikori crashed out of the Rio de Janeiro Open yesterday after suffering a 6-4 6-3 first-round loss to Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci. The Japanese world number five, who was stunned by unseeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the Argentina Open final two days ago, was broken in the first game en route to ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Cabinet provides almost UAH 10 bln to PrivatBank in recapitalization effort

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine decided to continue recapitalization of the nationalized PrivatBank with an additional UAH 9.8 billion influx in the framework of the decision on the capital increase by UAH 116.8 billion, adopted in December 2106, which has not been implemented in full, as reported on the government ...

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Turchynov names masterminds behind plans to start carnage at Kyiv's Maidan

Former head of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine Oleksandr Yakymenko and ex-Interior Minister Oleksandr Zakharchenko were the principal authors of the plan to disperse by force the Maidan protesters February 18, 2014, according to National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov, who spoke with ...

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Ukraine's trade with EU boosted by 1st full year of Association deal - EU Delegation to Ukraine

One year after the entry into force of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement , the trade statistics released by the Ukrainian State Statistics Service report an increase in exports to the EU in 2016 compared to 2015. While this increase is still modest , it demonstrates that the Agreement, and more particularly the ...

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Ukraine needs to return its tankers from Caspian to Black Sea to privatize shipping companies – SPF

State-owned Black Sea Shipping Company and Ukrtanker are not subject to privatization, head of Odesa branch of Ukraine's State Property Fund Oleksiy Kosmin said at an Odesa press conference February 22, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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Russia resorts to political pressure, blackmail, military provocations – Ukraine's Envoy to UN

Russia's ongoing aggression against Ukraine and its severe consequences remain among the top threats to the European security, Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko said, addressing the UN Security Council meeting in New York on Austria’s OSCE chairmanship February 22.

- UNIAN - UA

'No time for freelancing' in Ukraine-Russia settlement behind Kyiv back - NYT

The latest Russia-related questions President Trump urgently needs to address involve the president’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and his work with an obscure Ukrainian opposition legislator and a Russian-born New Yorker who has done business deals with Mr. Trump, reads the New York Times editorial titled 'Ukraine ...

- UNIAN - UA

Boars roam Czech mountains after eating mushrooms contaminated by the Chernobyl disaster

Wild boar is a popular local delicacy in the Czech Republic but fans of the meat have an unusual problem on their hands this winter - the boars are radioactive.The boars became contaminated by one of their most popular food sources...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Radioactive boars could cause supply issues for Czech Republic delicacy

A cold, snowy winter is forcing wild boars to feed on false truffles in the Czech Republic, which have absorbed high levels of a radioactive isotope as a result of the Chernobyl disaster.

- ABC News - AU

Russian-backed rebels are back on the offensive in Ukraine

A new cease-fire agreement was implemented in Ukraine Monday, aiming to stem the escalating clashes between Ukrainian fighters and Russian-backed separatists on the ground. Despite hopes that this planned effort would calm recent tensions, there were a reported 200 cease-fire violations on Tuesday night alone.  A ...

- VICE News - US

Ukraine's Ex-President Pushes Peace Proposal

Ukraine's former president, living in self-imposed exile in Russia, has sent President Donald Trump a peace plan on ending the conflict in Ukraine, in the newest freelance effort by a Ukrainian politician to reach out to the White House.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Austrian extradition could spell trouble for Trump

An Austrian court on Tuesday approved the extradition of Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash to the United States in a bribery case, overturning an earlier ruling that had said the US request was politically motivated.

- EurActive - UK

Ukraine leader praises 'effective' dialogue with Trump

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday he has had two "very effective" conversations with US counterpart Donald Trump and was confident of building strong relations with Washington.Much of...

- Expatica - NL

Ukraine says building bridges with Trump

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko insisted Wednesday he was building bridges with US counterpart Donald Trump amid growing dismay over the unravelling of the latest bid to still fighting in the country's...

- Expatica - NL

Yanukovych Resurfaces: 'Ukraine Has Become a Wild Country'

Three years after the Maidan insurgency, Viktor Yanukovych has re-emerged to express his views on the Ukraine conflict in a letter addressed to Trump, Putin, Merkel and others. DER SPIEGEL correspondent Christian Neef met with the former president.

- Spiegel Online - DE

Ukrainian oligarch no stranger to intrigue during Vienna trial

An Austrian court has ruled that billionaire Dmytro Firtash can be extradited to the US on corruption charges. The case has attracted particular attention because of his ties to the Kremlin.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

No cease-fire takes hold in Russia's war on Ukraine

AVDIYIVKA, Ukraine , The diplomats in Munich proclaimed another cease-fire in Russia's war against eastern Ukraine would start on Feb. 20, but the Kremlin-backed side kept on fighting , and Ukrainian soldiers kept on fighting back. In the first 24 hours alone, Ukrainian positions were fired and shelled upon at least 74 ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Romantic drama 'Bitter Harvest' hits theaters worldwide

“Bitter Harvest,” a romantic-drama movie about the famine Holodomor that killed millions of Ukrainians in the 1930s, comes to cinemas in Ukraine and abroad on Feb. 23-24. The movie directed by George Mendeluk, a German-born Canadian film director, tells a love story of two villagers caught in the ravages of Joseph ...

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NBU cuts official exchange rate to UAH 27.04 to dollar

The National Bank of Ukraine on Tuesday evening lowered the official hryvnia exchange rate by two kopiykas, bringing the national currency to UAH 27.04 to the dollar.

- UNIAN - UA

Ukraine's telecoms sector sees 10.7% rise in revenue in 2016, to $2.3 bln

Ukrainian telecoms firms' revenue grew by 10.7% in 2016 from 2015, to UAH 61.911 billion, or US$2.3 billion, according to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine.

- UNIAN - UA

Russian occupiers fire Grads on Ukraine positions in Vodiane

The Russian occupation forces fired Grad rocket launchers on the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the village of Vodiane, the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation Headquarters reported on Facebook.

- UNIAN - UA

Ukraine's State Treasury reveals over 12,000 cases of budget violation in 2016

The State Treasury Service of Ukraine in 2016 revealed over 12,000 cases involving UAH 5.1 billion in transactions when budget legislation was violated by managers and recipients of state and local budget funds, according to the service's materials shared with UNIAN.

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Yanukovych dreams of returning to Ukraine to do 'something good'

Fugitive ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, who is now residing in Russia's Rostov-on-Don, claims he is dreaming of returning home to do 'something good for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people,' according to the Russian news agency TASS.

- UNIAN - UA

Ukraine remains 10th in WSA's rating, boosts steel output

Ukrainian steelmakers boosted steel output by 8.5% in January 2017 against January 2016, to 2.103 million tonnes, having kept the tenth place in the international steelmakers rating drawn up by the World Steel Association .

- UNIAN - UA

Poroshenko: Over 2,600 Ukrainian soldiers killed amid Russian aggression

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says over 2,600 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed during Russian aggression, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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Ukrainian MP plans to travel to Washington to push peace plan – media

A Ukrainian lawmaker who proposed an alternative plan for peace with Russian-backed separatists to U.S. President Donald Trump's administration told Reuters on Tuesday he plans to travel to Washington to present the proposal publicly.

- UNIAN - UA

Ukraine sees 15.2% decline in new housing in 2016

Commissioning of new housing in Ukraine, excluding the occupied Crimea, decreased by 15.2% in 2016 from 2015, to 9.367 million square meters, according to Ukraine's State Statistics Service.

- UNIAN - UA

Stratfor: A blockade brings eastern Ukraine to a slow boil

An informal blockade of goods flowing out of uncontrolled territory in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, entered its third week on February 21. Activists and opposition lawmakers are particularly focused on stopping shipments of anthracite coal produced in the region — an effort aimed, at least in part, at gaining favor with ...

- UNIAN - UA

NBU to liquidate Kyiv-based Fortuna-Bank

The National Bank of Ukraine has decided to cancel Kyiv-based Fortuna-Bank's banking license and liquidate it, as was proposed by the Ukrainian Deposit Guarantee Fund, according to the regulator's website.

- UNIAN - UA

Russian, Ukrainian tensions evident at UN after Vitaly Churkin's death – CNN

The UN Security Council paid public tribute to late Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin on Tuesday – but tensions simmered behind the scenes, as Ukraine blocked a more formal statement of condolences, according to CNN.

- UNIAN - UA

NBU estimates Ukraine's losses from trade blockade of Donbas at $2 bln

The National Bank of Ukraine estimates the country may lose up to US$ 2 billion in forex revenue if the blockade of trade, including in coal, with occupied Donbas continues.

- UNIAN - UA

NSDC secretary: Russia's war against Ukraine step in preparation for 'big war'

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov believes that Russia's war against Ukraine is an important step in its preparation for the 'big war,' an UNIAN correspondent reported from an operational meeting with commanders of Ukrainian armed forces, combat units and formations ...

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International investment banks mull opening Ukraine offices

International investment banks are considering opening their offices in Ukraine, the country's First Deputy Finance Minister, Oksana Markarova, said on Wednesday, February 22.

- UNIAN - UA

Ukraine oligarch Dmytro Firtash faces extradition to US

Ukraine oligarch Dmytro Firtash faces extradition to US...

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RFE/RL: Prominent Uzbek journalist released after 17 years in prison

A prominent journalist and political prisoner in Uzbekistan has been released after spending 17 years in prison. The post RFE/RL: Prominent Uzbek journalist released after 17 years in prison appeared first on KyivPost.

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UNIAN: Ukraine central bank estimates losses from trade blockade of Donbas at $2 billion

The National Bank of Ukraine estimates the country may lose up to $ 2 billion in forex revenue if the blockade of trade, including in coal, with occupied Donbas continues. The post UNIAN: Ukraine central bank estimates losses from trade blockade of Donbas at $2 billion appeared first on KyivPost.

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Russian media release text of Yanukovych's letter to Trump

Editor's Note: Russian media on Feb. 22 released the text of a letter allegedly sent by the ousted former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to U.S. President Donald Trump. Yanukovych claimed that he had sent letters to Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President ...

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RFE/RL: US lawmakers call for lethal weapons for Ukraine

Two U.S. lawmakers say the time has come for the United States to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons to better defend itself against Moscow-backed separatists, saying that a “confrontational” Russian President Vladimir Putin shows no sign of easing the pressure on Kyiv. The post RFE/RL: US lawmakers call for ...

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