Ukraine passes presidential impeachment law, to cull Central Election Commission and pass a new illicit enrichment law

Ben Aris in Berlin September 11, 2019

Ukraine’s parliament continued its legislative tsumani by passing laws that allow the president to be removed by impeachment, cut the number of Supreme Court judges by a third and toughen the punishments for corrupt officials .

Ukraine reports 0.3% m/m deflation in August

bne IntelliNews September 11, 2019

Ukraine sees deflation in August. Annual inflation stood at 8.8% year-on-year in August following 9.1% y/y in July.

France calls for reset in relations with Russia

Ben Aris in Berlin September 10, 2019

It’s official: France is actively working for a reset in relations with Russia. “The time has come, the time is right, to work towards reducing the distrust between Russia and Europe," Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister says

Ukraine central bank urges law enforcers to protect former governor

bne IntelliNews September 9, 2019

The board of National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has urged the nation's law enforcement agencies to protect the life and health of its former governor Valeria Gontareva, current leadership, and staff.

Ukraine and Russia swap 70 prisoners of war

Ben Aris in Berlin September 7, 2019

Among those released in the first concrete move towards ending the conflict between the two countries were Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and the 24 sailors captured by Russia during a naval clash in the Kerch Strait in November.

Ukraine's long awaited anti-corruption court starts work

bne IntelliNews September 6, 2019

It took Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy three working days to do what former president Petro Poroshenko failed to do over several years. Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Court started work on September 5, as planned.

Ukraine government sees 40% GDP growth in five years, triggers worries over debt repayment

bne IntelliNews September 4, 2019

Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk expects that Ukraine's GDP will grow by 5% in 2020, and over the next five years the government will ensure that the economy grows by "at least 40%"

Ukraine’s new parliament sets itself a hectic legislative agenda

Ben Aris in Berlin September 3, 2019

The new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is in a hurry and he has set the new parliament a hectic and hugely ambitious legislative agenda for its first year in office.

New Ukraine government pledges to launch land market in 2020

bne IntelliNews September 3, 2019

Newly elected Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk has pledged to liberalise the nation's land market in Ukraine by the middle of the next year.

Back to school for Ukraine's new government

Zenon Zawada of Concorde Capital in Kyiv September 2, 2019

Ukraine’s newly elected parliament convened on August 29 and immediately approved a bill amending the Constitution to remove political immunity from members of parliament, writes Zenon Zawada of Concorde Capital in a note on the new government.

New Ukraine foreign minister seeks Donbas peace within six months

bne IntelliNews September 2, 2019

Ukraine's newly appointed Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko is going to secure " a new page in the peace process" over the Donbas crisis within the next six month.

Ukraine chief prosecutor Lutsenko resigns

bne IntelliNews August 29, 2019

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko signed a letter of resignation on August 29, as the nation's newly elected parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, meets for its first day of work.

Ukraine president asks parliament to appoint political novice Honcharuk for PM

bne IntelliNews August 29, 2019

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has proposed 35-year-old lawyer and his close personal friend Oleksiy Honcharuk for the post of Prime Minister.

Stagnation in Russia: how many opportunities are there for international (investment) banks in the rest of the CIS region?

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna August 28, 2019

Russia is not a growing market for international banking and capital market business at present. That's why people like to look for business and deal opportunities in smaller regional markets in the CIS region.

Ukraine joins EU leaders in opposing Russia’s re-admittance to G7

bne IntelliNews August 23, 2019

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy added his voice to those of major European economies in opposing a proposal from US President Donald Trump to allow Russia back into the Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies.

Ukraine's surprise strong growth in 2Q19 will probably trigger its warrant payments

Ben Aris in Berlin August 16, 2019

Ukraine’s unexpected spike in economic growth to 4.6% in the second quarter means the warrants offered bond holders in 2015 in exchange for delaying coupons will almost certainly be triggered at the end of this year.