“…a senior Moscow military analyst Pavel Ivanov…says that the Russian fleet as of now has “complete rule on the Sea of Azov” and can “support military landings on many places on the [Ukrainian] littoral” …And that includes, he continues, the important ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol.”


Photo: Ukrainian Navy craft on patrol


Analyst: “This morning, MP Mustafa Nayyem claimed that a compromise was reached last night in forming a joint commission in which international judges have a slight majority, as reported by pravda.com.ua.”


Thursday morning markets – as published in The Week


Analyst: “In June, Ukraine will encounter difficulty with maintaining international reserves, given increased payments on FCY-denominated debt (around USD 166 mln to the IMF and USD 546 mln on a local Eurobond redemption and coupon payment).”



The U.S. also requested some OPEC members to increase their daily output. Just how receptive OPEC members will be to this request is an open question.


The baby was produced through a controversial technique that requires implanting a fertilized nucleus into a donor egg


Photo: Early stage human embryos (Wikimedia Commons/Zeiss Microscopy)

Long established patterns in agricultural commodity trading may be on the verge of a major upset at the Trump administration slaps tariffs on steel and aluminum exports by America’s friends in Canada and Europe. In retaliation, some countries now will be looking for new trading partners, which could provide opportunities for Ukrainian producers of sun and soy.


Analyst: “Securing IMF financing should alleviate pressure on Ukraine’s external accounts. It will also remove the risk of a further key policy rate hike, bringing more certainty to Ukraine’s financial markets.”


It may not be as quick or problem-free as many Ukrainians had expected, however. But that should not come as a surprise, Soldatov says, given that the complete independence and flourishing of Ukraine “in the democratic European countries is still far from the finish line” as well.

Analyst: “We estimate that additional debt of Bakhmatyuk to state bodies (outside ULF balance) is USD 500-600 mln, which brings total Bakhmatyuk’s debt obligation to ULF creditors and Ukrainian governmental bodies at about USD 2.3 bln. This is about three times more than fair value of Bakhmatyuk’s business, as we estimated it in our August 2016 report. All in all, we remain on the position that we see no value in the Eurobonds of ULF or Avangardco.”


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