FPRI BMB Ukraine: KIIS’ survey of Ukraine’s perceptions of parties and politicians

FPRI BMB Ukraine October 22, 2020

From October 8–15, the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) conducted a nationwide poll asking Ukrainians about the state of the country and their perceptions of its parties and politicians.

COMMENT: What did Hunter Biden do in Ukraine and why was he hired?

Robert Homans in Washington DC October 20, 2020

Why, specifically, in the early part of 2014 not long after the end of the Revolution of Dignity, was Hunter Biden asked to join the Burisma board of directors? Why did Burisma retain the services of Boies Schiller, and what did Boies Schiller do?

Fire nearly destroys legendary Fischer ski factory in Ukraine

Vladimir Kozlov in Moscow October 19, 2020

The Fischer ski factory in Ukraine must be one of the country’s best kept secrets. Set up in the 40s and employing over 1,000 people, it produces about 60% of all the skis and snowboards that ride the mountains of Europe each season

Hungarian foreign minister strikes back at Joe Biden with Ukraine graft allegations

Tamas Szilagyi in Budapest October 19, 2020

Hungary’s right-wing government — which has openly endorsed Donald Trump in the US presidential race — was angered by the Democratic nominee’s rule of law criticisms and comparison of Hungary and Poland to Belarus.

MOSCOW BLOG: Kremlin launches charm offensive ahead of looming Biden victory in US elections, end of the START missile treaty

Ben Aris in Berlin October 16, 2020

Russia is suddenly making nice with its foes, as the Kremlin seems to be launching a charm offensive ahead of the increasingly likely victory in the US presidential elections of Joe Biden.

FPRI BMB Ukraine: Zelenskiy launches poll ahead of regional elections in controversial move that captures news agenda

FPRI BMB Ukraine October 15, 2020

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced on October 14 plans to conduct a five-question poll during the upcoming elections on October 25. Unlike a referendum, the results of this poll will not be legally binding.

Ukraine's GDP falls by 5.8% in January-August

bne IntelliNews October 13, 2020

The decline in Ukraine's GDP in January-August 2020 will amount to 5.8%, the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine announced on October 12.

Ukraine's inflation slows to 2.3% in September, as food prices fall

bne IntelliNews October 13, 2020

Ukraine’s consumer inflation slowed to 2.3 % y/y in September from 2.5% y/y in the prior month, the State Statistics Service reported on October 9.

Independent director at Naftogaz resigns over opposition to reforms

bne IntelliNews October 12, 2020

US businessman and former diplomat Amos Hochstein has resigned as an independent director on the supervisory board of Ukrainian national gas company Naftogaz, complaining of opposition to reforms and of political interference

Zelenskiy in London to do $1.6bn arms deal, as relations with IMF sour

Ben Aris in Berlin October 9, 2020

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was in London on October 8 to sign off on a 10-year loan of $1.6bn to build 10 new fast attack boats for the Ukrainian Navy as relations with the IMF sour further

EEU riven by instability from Bishkek to Belarus

Ben Aris in Berlin October 6, 2020

What’s wrong with the Eurasia Economic Union (EEU), the economic block set up by Russia that is a copy of the EU and was supposed to promote stability and prosperity throughout the Eurasian landmass?

Ukraine must choose east or west in the Motor Sich sale saga

Ben Aris in Berlin October 5, 2020

Ukraine has to make a cardinal choice when deciding whom to sell its Motor Sich engine maker to: does its future lie in the west with US and European partners or in the east with Russian and Chinese?

FPRI BMB Ukraine: Fokin sacked as Ukraine’s representative to Trilateral Contact Group on Donbass

FPRI BMB Ukraine October 5, 2020

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy dismissed on September 30 Vitold Fokin from his position of deputy head of Ukraine’s delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), the main negotiation platform on the Donbass conflict

Ukraine’s banking sector’s performance in August was remarkably good but it is not out of the woods yet

Ben Aris in Berlin October 3, 2020

Ukraine’s banking sector’s performance in August was remarkably good given the negative impact on the economy from the coronacrisis, but the sector has yet to make back all the ground lost

The EU summit puts its credibility on the line

Ben Aris in Berlin October 1, 2020

The EU’s credibility was on the line as delegates met on October 1 in Brussels for a two-day summit to discuss a slew of headaches plaguing the Union.

Russian e-commerce leader Wildberries launches in Ukraine.

Artur Kachur of East-West Digital News in Kyiv October 1, 2020

Wildberries, the number one retailer in Russia, launched sales in Ukraine. Customers can order goods with free delivery in the online store as well as through the iOS mobile application. An Android app will be launched shortly