Donbas security vs. elections dispute weighs down new Ukraine peace hopes

Sergei Kuznetsov in Minsk October 21, 2016

The four-country summit just held in Berlin brought a mixed bag of results, with real concessions made amid reiterated stock demands that paralysed almost two years of efforts to end the conflict in East Ukraine.

COMMENT: In Ukraine, property rights for me but not for thee

Christopher A. Hartwell of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) October 19, 2016

In October the Ukrainian government missed another chance to substantially advance free market reforms in the country, renewing a moratorium on sales of agricultural land until January 2018.

CAUCASUS BLOG: Is Georgia better off without Mikheil Saakashvili?

Carmen Valache in Stockholm October 14, 2016

“Mikheil Saakashvili is like marmite,” a Georgian friend once told this correspondent. “You either love him or hate him.” If the recent parliamentary election is anything to go by, Georgians might just have had enough of marmite.

Ukraine's DTEK generates 6% less power in August

bne IntelliNews October 13, 2016

MACRO ADVISOR: Progress in Ukraine but can it continue?

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory October 10, 2016

The question is whether the solid progress achieved in the economy over the past 12 months can continue.

INTERVIEW: Ukraine’s gas traders open taps on a brighter future

bne IntelliNews October 10, 2016

Ukraine has undergone a quiet revolution. In the past two years an open gas market was created and the first independent traders are already buying and importing large amounts of gas from Europe to feed the country’s thirst for energy.

PrivatBank’s problems loom over Ukraine’s banking sector

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv October 7, 2016

The number of operating banks in Ukraine has declined from 180 in early 2014 to just over 100.

RBI and RZB boards agree merger outline for Austrian lender

bne IntelliNews October 6, 2016

RZB and RBI said in May that they were examining a merger as a way of reinforcing their capital buffers in the face of tougher regulatory requirements following the global financial crisis.

Missile launcher that downed airliner in Ukraine was sent to Russia, investigators say

bne IntelliNews September 28, 2016

100 potential suspects identified in 2014 destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Netherlands and Ukraine’s EU free trade and association deal – what to expect next?

Iana Dreyer in Brussels September 27, 2016

Is this the end of the deal? Not quite: negotiations with the EU and Ukraine have only recently begun and some areas have already been applied provisionally after the deal was ratified by the EU institutions.

IMF chief joins US calls for faster Ukraine reforms

bne IntelliNews September 22, 2016

Lagarde meets Poroshenko on same day as US Vice President Biden, who warns that sluggish reform pace is driving EU calls to abandon Russia sanctions.

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