<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.”
<U.S. Army Spc. Zhabka Aleksey, a California National Guard Soldier from the 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion talks to Ukrainian National Guard Soldiers during Exercise Rapid Trident in 2014 in Yavoriv, Ukraine. (Army Photo Spc. Joshua Leonard)
Analyst: “…the independent bondholders appeared to be the only creditors that got zero from their contribution to the bank. All the other creditors will recover 100%, including the bank's depositors, or even more, as related parties took in forms of loans from the bank much more than they lost during the bail-in. This, as well as misleading information about the real situation in the bank that was spread by the NBU, creates a pretext for the bondholders to claim partial or full recovery of the bonds, in our view.”
Analyst: “The defense budget legislation, as well as the expanded sanctions, are part of a last-minute drive supported by both Republicans and Democrats to prevent U.S. President-elect Donald Trump from relaxing or removing sanctions against Russia for the illegal annexation of Crimea.”