Radio Free Europe

RFE/RL journalists report the news in 22 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia.

https://www.rferl.org/

Ukraine Pays Debts To Tycoon's Company In Possible Sign Of Truce With Zelenskiy.

Ukraine has repaid more than $100 million in debt to a company owned by Rinat Akhmetov, the nation’s richest man, in a possible sign that tensions between the tycoon and the president are easing.

Ukraine last week finished paying off 3 billion hryvna ($106 million) it owed to Akhemtov’s DTEK for renewable energy it had produced, the company said in a January 24 statement.

Ukrenergo, the state-owned power transmission company, last year raised several hundred million dollars through a bond sale in order to pay off debt owed to the nation’s renewable energy sector.

The government paid back all companies except DTEK, which accused the government of discrimination and threatened to sue.

The failure to pay DTEK came amid reports of growing tensions between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Akhmetov over a host of issues, including energy prices, media coverage, and new restrictions on powerful businessmen.

Akhemtov, whose net worth is estimated at about $7 billion by Forbes, owns a large slice of the Ukrainian economy, including steel and power plants, coal mines, banks, and media assets.

Zelenskiy last year pushed through parliament a bill called the “anti-oligarch” law that would force individuals designated as tycoons to sell their media assets or refrain from political activity.

Akhmetov voiced his criticism of the bill and described himself as an "investor," not an oligarch.

Shortly after the bill passed parliament, Akhmetov’s television station stepped up its criticism of Zelenskiy, angering the presidential office, local media reported.

Akhmetov denied that he exerts influence over his television station’s programming.

The fight between the president and the tycoon worried some in the West, who said it was ill-timed, coming as Russia massed troops on Ukraine’s border in what the United States has said could be a prelude to an invasion.

Zelenskiy in late November said Ukraine's intelligence service had uncovered plans by a group of Russian and Ukrainian operatives to stage a coup.

Zelenskiy claimed the plotters mentioned Akhmetov in their conversations, which were allegedly intercepted by Ukrainian intelligence.

Akhmetov vehemently denied any connection to a plot, calling it a “lie.”

Earlier this month, people close to Zelenskiy said the two sides were seeking to ease the tension.

Aleksandr Paraschiy, an analyst at Kyiv-based Concorde Capital, said the government’s decision to repay DTEK in full is a “sign of a calming down of the conflict between the Ukrainian president and Akhmetov.”

Останні новини
Buffalo shooting was racially motivated attack: Lawrence Jones.

Buffalo shooting was racially motivated attack: Lawrence Jones.

Fox News host reacts to the Buffalo supermarket mass shooting on ‘Fox Report.’ #FoxNews #FoxReport Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service del...

Bongino: Does Biden have a 'George Costanza presidency'?.

Bongino: Does Biden have a 'George Costanza presidency'?.

'Unfiltered' host discusses inflation under Joe Biden and says he 'must be doing this intentionally.' #FoxNews #Unfiltered Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encom...

2 20

Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 14

Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 14

Tens of thousands march to protect abortion rights, Sweden and Finland eye NATO membership, Mother creates organization in son’s legacy by bringing joy to D.C. children. » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collec...

Gov. Ron DeSantis: Biden needs to 'reverse course' on energy

Gov. Ron DeSantis: Biden needs to 'reverse course' on energy

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says President Biden was 'warned' on the consequences of his policies on 'Unfiltered.' #FoxNews #Unfiltered Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hou...

What is the standard for a 'hate crime'?

What is the standard for a 'hate crime'?

Former FBI assistant director Chris Swecker called on politicians to 'dial down the rhetoric' following shooting in Buffalo, NY on 'Lawrence Jones Cross Country.' #FoxNews #Fox Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Chann...

Biden keeps playing the ‘blame game’: Rep. Lisa McClain

Biden keeps playing the ‘blame game’: Rep. Lisa McClain

Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Mich., joins ‘Fox News Live’ to provide insight into how the Biden administration is handling the inflation surge. #FoxNews Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) ...

1 1