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  • 12 Dec 2014 10:06 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    RAZOM -- Soviet Symbols After The Soviets
    Panel Discussion December 10, 2014

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    Panel discussion about Soviet Symbols After the Soviets, followed by Q&A.
    Speakers: Anastasiya Oleksiyenko, Emily Channell-Justice, Paul Goble.
    Moderated by Victor Rud

    The idea for this discussion was inspired by Anastasiya Oleksiyenko. As a Ukrainian student at New York University at Abu-Dhabi she tried to address the liberal use of Soviet symbols by her classmates on campus. This proved to be an unpleasant experience. The topic of “Soviet Symbols after the Soviets” could generate an excellent discussion, especially in light of recent “cascade” of monuments to Lenin falling across Ukraine and reviving of Soviet symbols in Russia.


  • 12 Dec 2014 9:03 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     Moscow regards the Ukraine Freedom Support Act approved by both houses of the US Congress as overtly confrontational and says that Russia will not yield to blackmail of the United States, says a comment posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website on Friday.   TASS: Russia.  Read More


  • 12 Dec 2014 9:00 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     Ukraine on Friday welcomed a US bill that would allow Washington to provide lethal military assistance to the embattled country, but Russia expressed outrage at the "openly confrontational" legislation. The bill -- passed late on Thursday and due to get final approval in Congress on Friday before being sent to US President Barack Obama -- opens the way for up to $350 million (280 million euros') worth of US military hardware to be sent to Ukraine, which has been fighting an eight-month war against Kremlin-backed separatists in its east.   Yahoo News.   Read More


  • 12 Dec 2014 8:56 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    The deal proposed by Michael O’Hanlon and Jeremy Shapiro in their Dec. 7 op-ed, “A win for Russia, Ukraine and the West,” would not just be misguided undefined it would be dangerous. The premise of their argument that a “win-win-win outcome for Russia, Ukraine and the West is far smarter than zero-sum thinking” runs counter to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s exclusively “zero-sum” view of the world. If we have learned anything from the Obama administration’s failed “reset” with Russia, it is that Putin unfailingly seeks to exploit the West’s futile pursuit of “win-win” deals.   Washington Post.  Read More

  • 12 Dec 2014 5:41 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)


    Introduction                                                     Read Entire Bulletin

    Dear Readers!

    In this twenty-third issue of the Economic Bulletin, we provide information about the following topics:

    • Main economic trends in the USA
    • Current trade status
    • Economic and investment cooperation between Ukraine and the USA
    • Cancellation of anti-dumping measures regarding certain kinds of Ukrainian products
    • Cooperation between Ukraine and the IMF
    • Visits from the Head of State and the Prime Minister of Ukraine to the USA
    • Cooperation between Ukraine and the USA within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
    • Other interesting events

    In addition, in this issue we briefly review the financial and technical aid coming from the USA to Ukraine, provide the list of sanctions applied by the USA to Russian Federation citizens and entities, and inform you about the Embassy’s initiative to focus the attention of American businesses and potential investors on the most promising and important branches of our domestic economy based on national interests. A series of so-called "Ukrainian Days," dedicated to export and investment opportunities within priority areas of the Ukrainian economy continues; the next event, planned to take place by the end of the year in Washington, is Ukrainian Agrarian Day.

    Finally, we study the economic potential of the State of Washington, where an Honorable Consulate of Ukraine will be opened in the near future.

    The Embassy’s Economic Department Team

       Read Entire Bulletin


  • 12 Dec 2014 5:26 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    The set of sanctions the European Union imposed on former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and some close associates over corruption allegations is facing legal problems that look set to force Brussels to drop at least some of the targets, according to EU officials and diplomats.   Morningstar.   Read More

  • 12 Dec 2014 5:24 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Ukraine’s parliament approved a new government Tuesday expected to push for closer ties with Western Europe and away from Russia. The government is led by Arseny Yatsenyuk, who has been prime minister since February. All ministerial candidates were nominated by President Petro Poroshenko and approved by parliament.   International Business Times.   Read More

  • 12 Dec 2014 5:22 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Russia's central bank added to its reserves of bullion in the third quarter, according to the latest report from the World Gold Council. Russia has taken advantage of lower gold prices to pack the vaults of its central bank with bullion as it prepares for the possibility of a long, drawn-out economic war with the West.   The Business Insider.   Read More

  • 12 Dec 2014 5:20 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    KIEV: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Saturday it would dispatch a team to Ukraine to determine how much extra aid the war-wrecked and energy-starved nation will need to make it through winter. The nine-day visit due to start on Tuesday comes as Ukraine suffers rolling blackouts and resentment grows over severe IMF-prescribed austerity measures. The Fund has helped piece together a $27-billion (22-billion-euro) global rescue package undefined promising to contribute $17bn of that sum over two years undefined in the weeks that followed the February ouster in Kiev of a Russian-backed president.   DAWN.com.   Read More

  • 12 Dec 2014 5:18 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    A RECENT United Nations report says that nearly half a million Ukrainians have fled the country since April. The fact that families run from a war zone is heartbreaking but hardly unexpected. The disturbing part lies in the details undefined of the roughly 454,000 people who had fled Ukraine by the end of October, more than 387,000 went to Russia. Most of those who fled were Russian speakers from the east, but this still raises a sobering question: If this is a conflict between Ukraine and Russia, why did so many Ukrainians choose to cast their lot with the enemy?   NY Times.   Read More

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