Waiting Out the War 2017/1/24 14:13:22

The war in eastern Ukraine has uprooted hundreds of thousands of people, forcing them to flee from the constant shelling. Many of them have since found shelter, but they are yearning to return to their old lives.


< Children in the Hope refugee camp in Kharkiv


< Chrystia Freeland watches proudly after being sworn in as Canada's minister of foreign affairs in a cabinet shuffle at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Jan. 10. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)


Canada's new foreign affairs minister is descendant of Ukrainians and fierce critic of Vladimir Putin's wars


UBO Comment: We believe Freeland’s appointment is one of the brightest spots as Ukraine faces the potentially disastrous result of the Trump-Putin bromance.


The sanctions related to Russia’s military activity in Donbas must remain in place until Russia fulfills its obligations under the Minsk Accords, Biden stressed.


“I believe we will win, for the truth is on the side of Ukraine and justice has always been more powerful than weapons,” Poroshenko noted.


“…Ukraine did not fulfil its obligation to transpose the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive into national law.”


<Alisa Sopova: “When war came to my city in eastern Ukraine, it was hard – but vital – for people like me to stay objective.”


Since Moscow’s Anschluss of the Ukrainian peninsula, “Moscow has done everything to destroy the self-identification of the Crimeans; but the occupiers have “not been able to completely change the consciousness of people.” And “as soon as the political situation changes,” the Crimean identity will re-emerge as well as a commitment to remain with Ukraine.


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-F-L-MN), who made the Ukraine visit alongside McCain associated themselves closely with McCain’s strong statement of support for Ukraine. Graham added that 99 of 100 Senators also believe Russia interfered with the presidential election in the United States.

Flying in the face of President-elect Donald Trump’s growing kiss-up with Vladimir Putin, U.S. Senators John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Amy Klobuchar visit Ukraine’s front line troops fighting Russian aggression in Ukraine’s Donbas just before beginning of the New Year.



Analyst: “In regards to 2017 prospects, we see the outlined revenue target quite realistic amid the better performance of this year's collections. We see a 3.0% of GDP deficit in 2017 as a safe target.”


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