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Ukraine Teeters on the Brink of Default as Kiev Struggles to Repay Debts
May15

Ukraine Teeters on the Brink of Default as Kiev Struggles to Repay Debts

S&P Global Rating estimated Ukrainian debt repayment in 2017-2020 at over $20 billion, which exceeds the country’s current gold and exchange reserves. According to a report by Ukraine’s National Bank, as of May 1, the gold and exchange reserves are $17.2 billion. Ukraine began negotiations on the restructuring of its $19.3 billion...

U.N accuses Ukraine of supplying S. Sudan with arms
May15

U.N accuses Ukraine of supplying S. Sudan with arms

May 14, 2017 (JUBA) – A United Nations panel of experts has accused Ukraine of supplying the young nation with weapons. Arms and light weapons have been used by both warring parties in South Sudan to commit abuses (Photo courtesy of SSANSA) The U.N report, for instance, mentioned the case of an Ilyunshinil-76 aircraft that was transported from...

Higher prices dent Putin’s sky-high popularity: paper
May15

Higher prices dent Putin’s sky-high popularity: paper

Russians’ concern about rising prices has eroded President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings but these remain extremely high, the daily Vedomosti reported on Friday. It cited a poll by the Public Opinion Foundation as showing that 72 percent of Russians would have voted for Putin in August, down from 76 percent in May. Another poll,...

Russia mainly bombing Syria insurgents, not Islamic State
May15

Russia mainly bombing Syria insurgents, not Islamic State

Russia bombed Syria for a third day on Friday, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups rather than the Islamic State fighters it said it was targeting. Washington, which is leading its own air campaign against Islamic State, says Moscow has been using its campaign as a pretext to hit other groups opposed to Russia’s ally,...

Ukraine on the spot for massive $264 Million arms sale to South Sudan
May15

Ukraine on the spot for massive $264 Million arms sale to South Sudan

Tweet By: JOSEPH ODUHA in Juba, THE EASTAFRICAN, May/14/2017, SSN; The United Nations has accused Ukraine of supplying weapons to South Sudan against an international embargo. A report by the UN Panel of experts (PoE) monitoring the international compliance with the arms embargo on South Sudan, disclosed that Ukraine was supplying weapons that...

OSCE Observers Inspect Shelled Houses In Eastern Ukraine
May14

OSCE Observers Inspect Shelled Houses In Eastern Ukraine

Monitors on Sunday inspected a household in the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiyivka which was damaged by artillery fire a day earlier. Members of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitoring mission, inspected the attack site and spoke with local residents who witnessed the incident. Ukrainian authorities said that on...

China’s Xi says Silk Road Plan Boosts Finance, Security Ties
May14

China’s Xi says Silk Road Plan Boosts Finance, Security Ties

BEIJING — Pledging more than $100 billion in financing, Chinese President Xi Jinping called Sunday for closer cooperation across Asia and Europe in areas from anti-terrorism to investment as leaders from 29 countries gathered to promote a Chinese initiative that could increase Beijing’s global influence. The “Belt and Road...

Poroshenko Says US Engaged in Normandy Format on Donbass Conflict Settlement
May14

Poroshenko Says US Engaged in Normandy Format on Donbass Conflict Settlement

KIEV (Sputnik) — The United States is engaged in the work of the Normandy format on settling the conflict in Donbass, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday. The Normandy Four contact group on Ukraine crisis comprises Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine. “I want to stop any discussions that it would be more effective for us to bring the...

UN accuses Ukraine of supplying S. Sudan with arms
May14

UN accuses Ukraine of supplying S. Sudan with arms

Hungarian jet pilot, jailed Polish weapons supplier and Uganda defy international sanctions on Juba …read more Source: Daily...

Kiev’s Plan to End Reliance on Russian Nuclear Fuel May End in Rolling Blackouts
May14

Kiev’s Plan to End Reliance on Russian Nuclear Fuel May End in Rolling Blackouts

Kiev has moved to accelerate the construction of a spent nuclear fuel storage facility in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, Minister of Ecology Ostap Semerak said Thursday. The facility will allow Ukraine to repatriate its spent radioactive materials from Russia, where they are currently being stored. “We must take [our] radioactive waste materials...

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