Russia still playing important role in Ukraine’s trade as turnover rises in H1

bne IntelliNews August 17, 2017

Russia still playing important role in Ukraine’s trade as turnover rises in 1H17 and remains one of Ukraine’s top five trade partners in terms of export of goods

Kyiv ranks in top 10 of least liveable cities in world, EIU study shows

bne IntelliNews August 17, 2017

Kyiv was one of the top five biggest decliners in this year’s “Global Liveability Report” by the EIU, with the Ukrainian capital dropping 21.4% in the index over the past five years.

Belarus in top three holiday spots popular with Russians

bne IntelliNews August 15, 2017

Belarus is in the top three spots popular with Russian holidaymakers, according to Yandex.Money, which analyzed the countries the Russians headed to for their breaks this summer.

Ukraine's balance of payments deficit more than doubles to $1.882bn in Jan-June 2017

bne IntelliNews August 15, 2017

Ukraine's balance of payments deficit more than doubled to $1.882bn in January-June 2017, increasing by almost 2.6 times year on year. In the first half of 2016, Ukraine ran a balance of payments deficit of $727.5mn.

Eastern Europe winter harvest yields surprise on the upside

bne IntelliNews August 14, 2017

The winter harvests in Eastern Europe are all almost in and have surprised on the upside, causing wheat prices to drop in the middle of August.

Turkey’s Anadolu, AB InBev brew up merger to take on contracting Russian, Ukrainian markets

bne IntelliNews August 9, 2017

Turkey’s leading brewer Anadolu Efes announces initial agreement with world’s largest brewer AB InBev for 50:50 merger of Russia and Ukraine businesses, new enterprise to take on beer markets suffering longstanding decline.

Poland-born reformist head of Ukraine's rail monopoly resigns

bne IntelliNews August 9, 2017

Wojciech Balczun submitted his resignation after little more than a year at the helm of Ukrzaliznytsia citing a "negative PR-campaign and even sabotage" against him.

Sugar, sugar – up in Ukraine and down in Russia

Ben Aris in Berlin August 8, 2017

Two of the biggest sugar producers in eastern Europe - Russia's Rosagro and Ukraine's Astarta - have had very different experiences in the first half of 2017. Ukraine's sugar business is sweet, but Russia's has gone sour.

Stateless Saakashvili resurfaces in Poland, Georgia petitions Warsaw for extradition

bne IntelliNews August 7, 2017

Georgia's stateless former president Mikheil Saakashvili turns up in Poland to attend Warsaw Uprising commemoration, insists he will journey back to Ukraine to fight withdrawal of citizenship.

Polish passport design provokes Lithuania and Ukraine

bne IntelliNews August 3, 2017

The new design proposed by the Polish home affairs ministry features depictions of the Ukrainian city of Lviv and Lithuanian capital Vilnius.

Russian sanction limbo begins new chapter as Trump signs bill

bne IntelliNews August 3, 2017

US President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill imposing tougher sanctions on Russia, North Korea, and Iran, that also limits his own ability to end those sanctions, ending weeks of uncertainty and opening a new chapter in the sanction regime

Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland party is leading the polls in Ukraine with 11.2%

bne IntelliNews August 1, 2017

Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland party is leading the polls in Ukraine with 11.2%, according to a poll conducted by two leading Kyiv think tanks. The Poroshenko Bloc, the president’s eponymous party, would earn 9.3% of those likely to vote

Ukraine completes corruption investigation into Ukraine’s “big fish” Roman Nasirov

bne IntelliNews July 31, 2017

The investigations into former head of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine and President Petro Poroshenko's right hand man, Roman Nasirov, for corruption are over and a court ruling is expected in August.

Russia retaliates to new US sanctions ousting 755 diplomats

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2017

“It’s impossible to tolerate endless insolence,” says Putin as tensions with Washington rise.

Ukraine’s GDP was up by 2.5% y/y in January-June

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2017

Ukraine’s GDP was up by 2.5% y/y in the first half of this year, which is also in line with the result in the first quarter, according to economy ministry estimates.

KRUK REPORT: Saakashvili is stripped of Ukrainian citizenship as Poroshenko’s re-election campaign gets underway

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv July 27, 2017

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has been stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship, the latest move in President Petro Poroshenko's increasingly obvious preparations for re-election in 2019.

Ex-Georgian president Saakashvili stripped of Ukrainian citizenship

Carmen Valache in Lund July 27, 2017

Move appears linked to new closeness between Kyiv and Tbilisi, leader of 2003's Rose Revolution likely to seek asylum in US.

Ukraine’s national airline sues ministry to cancel Ryanair deal

Ben Aris in Berlin July 27, 2017

The national carrier Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) is suing the Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry and demanding that it cancel a deal being agreed with Ryanair, as well as pay compensation as UIA was forced to cut its prices.

Ukrainian farmers turn to Donbas veterans for protection from raiders

Fabrice Deprez in Berezhinka July 26, 2017

Unarmed veterans are helping farmers fight back against asset thieves and the authoritities don't like it.

Russia supplies 80% of Ukraine's coal imports

bne IntelliNews July 26, 2017

Russia remains the biggest supplier of coal to Ukraine, despite the conflict between the two countries, accounting for about 80% of imports.