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    Ukraine vote gives government power to suspend foreign debt payments
    May19

    Ukraine vote gives government power to suspend foreign debt payments

    Parliament hands ministers powers to defend war-torn nation against ‘unscrupulous’ creditorsUkraine’s parliament on Tuesday handed ministers the power to suspend foreign debt payments to defend against “unscrupulous” creditors.The vote was the latest episode in an escalating row over a $25bn (£16bn) rescue package with the...

    Battle erupts in eastern Ukraine, four Ukrainian soldiers killed: regional chief
    May19

    Battle erupts in eastern Ukraine, four Ukrainian soldiers killed: regional chief

    KIEV (Reuters) – Fighting erupted between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday and four Ukrainian servicemen were killed, the regional administration chief said. …read more Source:...

    Minsk meeting of security subgroup of contact group on Ukraine over
    May19

    Minsk meeting of security subgroup of contact group on Ukraine over

    The session of the subgroup on security took place in the diplomatic service hall and lasted for about 5.5 hours. …read more Source:...

    Total exchange of prisoners of war in focus of Minsk talks on Ukraine
    May19

    Total exchange of prisoners of war in focus of Minsk talks on Ukraine

    Toni Frisch remarked that the subgroup had discussed the exchange of prisoners of war for a long time in detail. Such exchanges have already taken place. Continuing them is the idea. …read more Source:...

    Minsk talks on Ukraine over
    May19

    Minsk talks on Ukraine over

    “We actively discussed the exchange of prisoners of war. At present the number of POWs, who are to be exchanged, has not been determined. The date of the next session has not been determined either,” said Toni Frisch, head of the subgroup on humanitarian affairs. …read more Source:...

    Release of hostages high on agenda of Minsk talks on Ukraine
    May19

    Release of hostages high on agenda of Minsk talks on Ukraine

    The meeting participants are also discussing the humanitarian cargoes that must pass all necessary customs control. Another key topic on the agenda of the meeting is the implementation of the ceasefire agreement. …read more Source:...

    EU to Sign MoU with Ukraine on EUR 1.8 B Aid Tranche on Friday   
    May19

    EU to Sign MoU with Ukraine on EUR 1.8 B Aid Tranche on Friday  

    European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the third package of EU macreconomic assistance of EUR 1.8 B to Ukraine in Latvia’s capital Riga on Friday. The latest package of aid follows two similar programmes of a combined EUR 1.6 B disbursed between May 2014 and April 2015....

    Germany needs to calm down
    May19

    Germany needs to calm down

    The news that Germany’s BND intelligence service regularly shared classified information with the NSA is the latest in the country’s ongoing debate about surveillance. The story reached a climax when the American CIA station chief was asked to leave Berlin in July after the revelation, the year prior, that the US had tapped German...

    Learning from Uncle Sam: to Russia’s annoyance, U.S. hones Ukrainian fighting skills
    May19

    Learning from Uncle Sam: to Russia’s annoyance, U.S. hones Ukrainian fighting skills

    YAVORIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Tense Ukrainian soldiers with assault rifles creep stealthily around mock houses before bursting in to clear out gunmen, while others practice setting ambushes or infantry assaults, all under the watchful eyes of U.S. Army trainers. …read more Source:...

    Estonia supports Ukraine’s visa-free regime with EU
    May19

    Estonia supports Ukraine’s visa-free regime with EU

    Estonian Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus affirmed to her Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin in a meeting in Brussels that Estonia supports setting up visa-free travel between Ukraine and the European Union. …read more Source:...

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