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Former U.S. envoy to Ukraine: Lavrov's statement on Budapest Accord absurd

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Steven Pifer, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who is now an expert at the U.S-based Brookings Institution, has called absolutely absurd a statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who claimed Russia had not violated the Budapest Memorandum since it did not use nuclear weapons again...

Trade envoy: Ukraine becomes EU's second largest butter supplier in 2017

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Ukraine ranked second in terms of butter supplies to the European Union, while New Zealand topped the rating, according to Ukraine's Trade Representative Nataliya Mykolska.

RFE/RL: Ukraine conflict has increased spread of HIV in 'silent epidemic'

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The conflict in eastern Ukraine has increased the spread of HIV throughout the country as people have been uprooted by the violence, a new study finds, according to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

Russian proxies attack Ukraine three times in last day, no casualties reported

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Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas three times in the past 24 hours, with no Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed or wounded in action, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation Headquarters.

Hryvnia sets new record: NBU's official forex rate weakens to UAH 35.07 to euro

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The National Bank of Ukraine on Monday evening weakened the official hryvnia exchange rate by 44 kopiykas, bringing the national currency to UAH 35.07 to the euro.

Reuters: Oil prices near three-year highs, supported by healthy demand

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Brent crude prices consolidated recent gains at around $70 a barrel on Tuesday, a level not seen since 2014’s dramatic oil market slump, according to Reuters.

Russia’s major coal supplier off Ukraine’s sanctions list

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The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine has lifted sanctions earlier imposed against a Russian coal supplier, Yuzhtrans, thus canceling the ban on foreign trade with the company.

Cabinet appoints new acting chief of Ukraine's State Grain and Food Corporation

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The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has appointed Iryna Marchenko Acting Chairman of the Board of the State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine (SFGCU), instead of Dmytro Gavrysh who resigned recently.

Remains of Latvian man who fought for Ukraine in Donbas found in burnt car in UK

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A 33-year-old Mikus Alps (call sign Mick) , a fighter of the 8th Separate Battalion of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army, was reportedly killed in the UK, according to the Battalion’s press service.

Russia's Orwellian "diplomacy"

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Sergei Lavrov held an annual press conference in Moscow, showing the basics of Russia’s foreign policy. Theoretically, even those will get it who still believe in the myth that it is possible...

Debt of Ukraine's regional gas companies before Naftogaz double

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Ukrainian regional gas companies in 2017 doubled to UAH 20.4 billion (US$714.8 million) their debts for purchased natural gas before the national oil and gas holding Naftogaz of Ukraine, according to the holding's press service.

Modernized anti-aircraft missile system Pechora tested in Ukraine

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The Ukrainian company Radionics and the state design bureau Luch successfully test-launched a missile using the modernized S-125 M Pechora surface-to-air defense missile system, the bureau’s press office reported on Facebook.

EU sets up team to tackle fake news, disinformation

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The High-Level Expert Group which will contribute to the development of an EU-level strategy on how to tackle the spreading of fake news and disinformation had its first meeting, January 15, according to the European Commission.

RAF jets scrambled to intercept Russian bombers less than 35 miles from UK airspace - media

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Typhoon jets from RAF Lossiemouth have intercepted two Russian long-range bombers, which were approaching the UK, The Telegraph reports.

Week’s milestones. Breakthrough of National Police, Groysman’s economy, and elements of influence

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The national police said they apprehended the suspect in the murder of lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska. Petro Poroshenko met with Ukraine’s delegation to the Tripartite Contact Group in Minsk. PM Volodymyr Groysman focused on the economy. Mikheil Saakashvili is changing tactics. Ukraine is attacked...

Poroshenko administration responds to IMF criticism of antigraft court bill

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The president-proposed draft law on the High Anti-Corruption Court was developed in accordance with the Constitution of Ukraine and in line with the recommendations of the Venice Commission, as stated in a commentary by the press service of the Presidential Administration.

Linkevicius grateful to Ukrainian defenders of Lithuania's freedom

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On 12 January in Vilnius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius met with the Ukrainian citizens, who defended the Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania in January 1991. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister noted that the Ukrainian squad was the only unit of foreign volunteers that a...

New Year's hryvnia fever

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The Ukrainian hryvnia continues to plunge, approaching the historical minimum of UAH 30 to the U.S. dollar. The National Bank considers this New Year's turbulence a seasonal symptom, with which experts agree, predicting the strengthening of the national currency. And the only question is how ...

Expert says Ukraine's gas reserves enough for 22 years of extraction

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Gas reserves in Ukraine at a current rate of production, which is about 20.5 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas per year, will be enough for 22 years, according to Chairman of NJSC Nadra Ukrayny Board Yaroslav Klymovych.

IMF criticizes Poroshenko's draft law on Anti-Corruption Court

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has officially notified the Ukrainian authorities that the adoption of the presidential draft law on the High Anti-Corruption Court (HACC) in its current version will mean the violation of Kyiv's obligations before international partners.

Energoatom boosts revenue from electricity sales by almost 7% in 2017

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State-run enterprise Energoatom, the operator of Ukrainian-based nuclear power plants, boosted revenue from electricity sales by 6.8% in 2017, to UAH 46.04 billion, or US$1.6 billion, according to the company's report.

Klimkin, Lavrov discuss further release of Ukrainian hostages

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov have discussed further efforts to release Ukrainian hostages, political prisoners and the format of a possible UN peacekeeping mission for occupied Donbas.

Ukrainian gas reserves shrink to over 14 bcm within week

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Natural gas reserves in Ukrainian underground storage facilities (USFs) on January 7-13 shrank by 2.7%, or 390 million cubic meters, to 14.028 billion cubic meters (bcm) from 14.418 bcm, according to the state-run gas transport system operator Ukrtransgaz.

Militants in Donbas claim 957 foreigners get "DPR passports" – Ukraine NGO

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The so-called "Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR") claims that 957 foreigners from more than 30 countries have already received "passports" of "DPR" citizens, according to Information Resistance, a Ukrainian non-governmental project on information security.

Ukraine's monetary base expands as of Jan 1, more cash in circulation

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Hryvnia banknotes and coins totaling UAH 361.5 billion (US$12.7 billion) were in cash circulation in Ukraine at the beginning of 2018, which was UAH 20.5 billion ($718 million), or 6%, up from the indicator at the beginning of 2017, according to infographics published on the National Bank of Ukra...