Analyst: “Ukraine will not be joining the EU or NATO in the next five years. Nor is Ukraine likely to get lethal defensive weapons from the U.S. in the next two years.”


Photo: Kurt Volker, the U.S. special representative during recent visit to Ukraine


Authorities said they had been mingling with Ukrainian missile experts before the sting operation — in the attempt to gain top secret information — but were eventually ratted on. 


Six firms participated in the public relations effort that Manafort coordinated, paid for by a Brussels-based non-profit called the European Center for a Modern Ukraine. 

"Defensive weapons are not provocative unless you are an aggressor. And surely Ukraine is not an aggressor," says U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis during Kyiv meeting with President Poroshenko and other top officials.


Analyst: “Poroshenko is at least demonstrating efforts to resolve the conflict with these proposals.”

UBO today returns to full operations after several days of interruption to allow modification of technical capabilities and improvement of ability to withstand interference in operations resulting from unidentified sources.


The purchase and transport of 700,000 tons of mostly Pennsylvania coal to Ukraine is seen as a lifeline for a U.S. presidential administration desperate for positive news in the face of its health care legislation defeat and failure to move on any other legislative front.


Ukraine's national postal service has suffered a 48-hour-long DDoS attack to its website

Manafort has been a subject of a longstanding FBI investigation into his dealings in Ukraine and work for that country's former president, Viktor Yanukovych. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is also investigating Manafort as part of his probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and any possible collusion with Trump associates.

Analyst: “We predicted this development and therefore we are keeping our 2017 CPI forecast unchanged at 11.8% YTD growth (14.0% yoy).”


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