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    Ukraine Reaches Debt Relief Deal with Creditors
    Aug27

    Ukraine Reaches Debt Relief Deal with Creditors

    The Ukrainian government said Thursday it has reached a crucial deal with its international bondholders to lighten its public debt burden, a move that will help the country avoid default as it tries to cope with the devastating costs of war. As part of the deal, investors who own Ukraine’s bonds will write off 20 percent of their holdings,...

    Ukraine, Separatists Again Agree to Cease-Fire
    Aug27

    Ukraine, Separatists Again Agree to Cease-Fire

    Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists have agreed to a cease-fire starting September 1, the day that the new school year is to begin. The Trilateral Contact Group, which is seeking an end to the conflict that has killed more than 6,400 people, includes representatives from Ukraine, Russia and Russia-backed eastern Ukraine separatists. It has been...

    PM: Ukraine Storing Natural Gas at Slower Rate
    Aug26

    PM: Ukraine Storing Natural Gas at Slower Rate

    Ukraine’s efforts to store natural gas for winter are running 1 billion cubic meters behind their pace last year, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said Wednesday. Ukraine has 14.1 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas in underground storage, he said. The country aims to store 18 to 19 bcm of gas before the winter heating season begins in...

    Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil
    Aug26

    Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

    A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Energy is a big part — but not the only part — of the North Pole...

    Russia Sentences Ukrainian Filmmaker to 20 Years
    Aug25

    Russia Sentences Ukrainian Filmmaker to 20 Years

    A Russian military court in Rostov-on-Don Tuesday sentenced acclaimed Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov to 20 years in prison on charges of leading a terrorist group and plotting attacks in Russia-annexed Crimea. The court ruled Sentsov led members of the “Right Sector,” a right-wing Ukrainian nationalist group, in attacks on pro-Russia...

    Air Force Secretary: US to Deploy F-22 Fighter Jets to Europe
    Aug25

    Air Force Secretary: US to Deploy F-22 Fighter Jets to Europe

    The United States will deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe very soon as part of a broader effort to support eastern European members of the NATO alliance unnerved by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Monday. James did not give details about the specific number of planes, date or location of the...

    Swiss Law Aims to Return Foreign Funds Stashed by Erstwhile Leaders
    Aug24

    Swiss Law Aims to Return Foreign Funds Stashed by Erstwhile Leaders

    Switzerland expects to adopt a new law by the end of the year that will speed restitution of illicit funds stashed in the Alpine country, where thousands of “politically exposed persons” are believed to hold bank accounts, a top Swiss official said on Monday. Swiss authorities are cooperating with a number of countries — among them...

    Kyiv Marks Ukrainian Independence Day
    Aug24

    Kyiv Marks Ukrainian Independence Day

    Thousands of troops marched in Ukraine’s capital on Monday to mark the 24th anniversary of the country’s independence from what was then the Soviet Union. Soldiers who fought in the government’s campaign against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine marched through central Kyiv carrying rifles. They were cheered by...

    Poroshenko Urges Special Status for Separatist East Ukraine
    Aug23

    Poroshenko Urges Special Status for Separatist East Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called upon his coalition allies in the country to support plans for a constitutional change that he hopes would end the separatist conflict raging in the east. Poroshenko used a flag-raising ceremony in Kyiv on the eve of Ukraine’s Independence Day to call on all political parties to overcome their...

    Belarus Frees Six Political Prisoners
    Aug23

    Belarus Frees Six Political Prisoners

    Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko has freed six political prisoners, including a former presidential candidate, in what appears to be an overture to the West. Lukashenko’s office released a statement Saturday calling the pardons a humanitarian gesture. Those freed include Mikola Statkevich who ran for president in...

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