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Mariupol forum puts eastern Ukraine on investors’ maps

My first trip to
Donetsk was in 1998. Viktor Yanukovych was the regional governor. His ally and
supporter Rinat Akhmetov, who is today Ukraine’s richest man, was just starting
to expand his business empire. Akhmetov had become the owner of the Shakhtar
Donetsk football club following a stadium bomb assassination that killed the
club’s previous owner during a football match. Donetsk in those days was Ukraine’s
wild east.

I was working for
what was then the country’s biggest cellular operator, Ukrainian Mobile Communications,
which now operates under the Vodafone brand. We had just launched a new digital
cellular communications network in Kyiv and a handful of big Ukrainian cites.
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Source:: Atlantic Council


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