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    Smoke alerts like that on Flight 804 have raised questions in past – WSJ
    May28

    Smoke alerts like that on Flight 804 have raised questions in past – WSJ

    Long before EgyptAir Flight 804`s pilots received an alert signaling smoke in a vital electronics compartment, U.S. safety watchdogs documented that such warnings on that airliner model were frequently erroneous and sometimes prompted unnecessary and risky cockpit responses, according to The Wall Street Journal.According to people familiar with...

    Biden stresses importance of reforms in PGO, judiciary and meeting IMF conditions
    May28

    Biden stresses importance of reforms in PGO, judiciary and meeting IMF conditions

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stressed the importance of continuing to institute reforms in the Prosecutor General`s Office, and the significance of Ukraine`s progress toward implementing judicial reforms and meeting IMF conditions.The Vice President congratulated President...

    Militants attack ATO forces 40 times in last day, use Grad systems
    May28

    Militants attack ATO forces 40 times in last day, use Grad systems

    The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 40 times in the past 24 hours, using banned heavy artillery systems, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO).Late evening, the militants once again fired small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and 82mm and 120mm mortars on the...

    NBU cuts official exchange rate to UAH 25.13 to dollar
    May28

    NBU cuts official exchange rate to UAH 25.13 to dollar

    The National Bank of Ukraine on Friday evening lowered the official hryvnia exchange rate by four kopiykas, bringing the national currency to UAH 25.13 to the dollar.The Central Bank set the following official exchange rates of the hryvnia against leading foreign currencies for May 30:$100 costs UAH 2,513.6025 (on May 27, it was UAH...

    Poroshenko lifts sanctions from 29 foreign journalists
    May27

    Poroshenko lifts sanctions from 29 foreign journalists

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has lifted sanctions from 29 foreign journalists, having enacted a National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) resolution dated May 20, 2016, on certain personal special restrictive measures (sanctions), according to the presidential administration.”Annex 1 to an NSDC September 2, 2015, resolution on special...

    OSCE patrol comes under fire near Avdiyivka – Hug
    May27

    OSCE patrol comes under fire near Avdiyivka – Hug

    Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug has said that an OSCE patrol team came under fire from small arms in the early afternoon on Friday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.During a video briefing from Donetsk region, he said that the OSCE patrol came under fire while monitoring the...

    Former NATO chief Rasmussen to consult Poroshenko
    May27

    Former NATO chief Rasmussen to consult Poroshenko

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has appointed former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen as his freelance consultant.Presidential decree No. 225/2016 dated May 27, 2016, was posted on the presidential website.”To appoint Anders Fogh Rasmussen as advisor to the Ukrainian President on a freelance basis (upon consent),” the decree...

    Ukraine slaps sanctions against Russian media executives for propaganda
    May27

    Ukraine slaps sanctions against Russian media executives for propaganda

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree to enact a National Security and Defense Council resolution dated May 20, 2016, on imposing personal sanctions against 17 Russian media executives engaged in broadcasting propaganda.These special personal economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) against individuals who pose real...

    Russian PM wants embargo on food imports to be extended by 2018
    May27

    Russian PM wants embargo on food imports to be extended by 2018

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the government to prepare proposals extending an embargo on food imports until the end of 2017, according to Russian news agency TASS.”I asked to draft proposals on extension of response measures not by one year, but until the end of 2017. An address to the president and the government decree...

    Bloomberg: Ukraine says Russian aggression means it can`t repay $3 bln
    May27

    Bloomberg: Ukraine says Russian aggression means it can`t repay $3 bln

    Ukraine said that a Russian campaign of aggression and economic sanctions, including the occupation of the Crimean peninsula, made it impossible to repay a $3 billion bond at the center of a London lawsuit, according to Bloomberg.Ukraine was under ”massive, unlawful and illegitimate economic and political pressure” to take financial support from...

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