Konstantin Sivkov, the first vice president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, takes a…jaundiced view. He says that Shoigu’s statement means that Russia is no longer planning to field a fleet as powerful as the American one and instead is focusing on coastal defense and those tasks that smaller ships can perform.

 

Analyst: “…this explosion further confirms that a low-level war is ongoing in occupied Donbas and it’s not a frozen conflict, as sometimes has been characterized. It also demonstrates that innocent casualties continue to mount amid the inability of world leaders to find a diplomatic and political solution to the conflict.”

 

President Poroshenko expressed gratitude for the firm and unwavering position of the United States to continue supporting Ukraine based on the principle “nothing on Ukraine without Ukraine”.

 

Photo: Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko and US Sect’y of State Tillerson

 

 

Penelope Ghartey jokes with his brother at their home in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., December 13, 2016.

 

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The detention of Serhiy Pereloma, formerly Deputy CEO of Naftogaz Ukraine [in photo], on suspicion of embezzling funds from state-owned Eastern Iron Ore Plant is being seen as part of “finally cracking the whip over the anti-corruption agenda”.

 

Nikolai Andrushchenko, 73, was co-founder of the Novy Peterburg newspaper

 

Photo courtesy RFE/RL

 

First Crimea, then eastern Ukraine — who’s next?

Analyst: “As Rosreserv is indifferent to sanctions, Metinvest is largely unable to block the illegal use of its properties on the occupied territories. At the same time, the Ukrainian side can try to prevent steel production at Alchevsk Steel, also located on the occupied territory.”

 

In 2016, Ukraine managed to increase the exports of grains and oilseeds by over 7% compared with the previous year - to 44.4 mln tonnes, according to APK-Inform.

Analyst: “Our outlook on MHP stock and Eurobonds remains neutral.”

 

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