Ukraine has cut off the supply of electricity to an eastern part of the country controlled by pro-Russian separatists, saying bills need to be paid. Now, Moscow is stepping in.
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.”
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”.
According to documents released by a Ukrainian lawmaker, Paul Manafort tried to hide payments received from Ukraine's ousted former president through an offshore shell company.
Bilous was responsible for improved privatization processes during his term but use of the improved tools was almost totally unsuccessful in the face of strong resistance from entrenched state leadership
Photo: Ihor Bilous
“Signing the Istanbul Convention and introducing bylaws that would introduce criminal liability for domestic violence will be important, but the relevant authorities should also understand that they play a role in increasing general public awareness and filling the vacuum left by a lack of legislation and procedural guidelines,” said Soren Sonderstrup, EUAM Gender Adviser
Member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Eskender Bariev said this in a statement to the Crimean news agency QHA.
Analyst: “For the fifth IMF tranche to be achieved, we believe the launch of the agri-land market, the creation of the state service of financial investigations and boosted pension requirements will be more than enough. However, the memorandum's deadlines are not realistic. Given Ukraine's difficult history with this loan program, we think the next tranche will arrive no earlier than autumn.