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Sep 1, 2015

Ukraine guardsman killed in nationalist protest outside parliament

KIEV (Reuters) – A Ukrainian national guardsman was killed and nearly 90 others wounded by grenades hurled from a crowd of nationalist protesters on Monday as they were guarding parliament where lawmakers backed giving more autonomy to rebel-held areas.

The violence, which the government blamed on the main nationalist party, and division in the pro-Western camp in parliament suggested President Petro Poroshenko will struggle to push through key parts of a faltering peace agreement reached in February for eastern Ukraine.

Aug 31, 2015

Guardsman killed in protests as Ukraine MPs back more autonomy for rebel regions

KIEV (Reuters) – A national guardsman was killed and nearly 90 others protecting Ukraine’s parliament were wounded by grenades hurled by protesters on Monday, the Interior Ministry said, as deputies backed reforms to give more autonomy to rebel-held areas.

The violence, which Interior Minister Arsen Avakov blamed on the main nationalist party, and division in the pro-Western camp in parliament suggested President Petro Poroshenko faces an uphill battle to push through key parts of a faltering peace agreement reached in February for eastern Ukraine.

Aug 31, 2015

Police hurt in protests as Ukraine MPs votes on special status for east

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s parliament voted on Monday for constitutional changes to give separatist-minded eastern regions a special status – but divisions in the pro-Western camp and violent street protests suggested the changes would face a rougher ride to become law.

At least four police and national guard were badly hurt when a grenade was lobbed from a crowd of nationalists demonstrating outside parliament against the “decentralization” draft law that President Petro Poroshenko and his government are pushing as part of a blueprint to end separatist rebellion in the east.

Aug 23, 2015

Ukraine leader urges unity to bring change, combat Russian ‘aggressor’

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on all political forces in the country on Sunday to rally behind his plans for constitutional change aimed at ending a separatist conflict in the east and defeating what he termed the “Russian aggressor”.

Poroshenko used a flag-raising ceremony in Kiev on the eve of Independence Day to make a clear pitch to his coalition allies to overcome their doubts and vote in favor of amendments to the constitution that will allot special status to separatist-minded parts of eastern Ukraine.

Aug 17, 2015

Civilians, soldiers die in east Ukraine fighting, Putin in Crimea

KIEV (Reuters) – Fighting flared between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels in separate parts of eastern Ukraine overnight, killing at least two Ukrainian soldiers and several civilians, Kiev’s military and separatist sources said on Monday.

The clashes, near Mariupol in the southeast and at Horlivka, a rebel-held town, formed part of a resurgence in violence that further frayed a tenuous ceasefire and drove up tensions in Kiev in the run-up to celebrations for Independence Day.

Aug 10, 2015

Insight – Billion dollar bank scam shakes faith in little Moldova’s pro-EU leaders

CHISINAU (Reuters) – Mircea Blajinu had been looking forward to expanding his 200 hectare apple and nut plantation in northern Moldova this year. But a credit squeeze in Europe’s poorest country – hit by one of the biggest bank frauds in history – has killed off his hope of subsidies and forced him to drop his plans.

Pensioner Vissarion Cheshuyev, 65, like thousands of his peers, looks on angrily as his pension, now standing at $306 a month, plummets in value as he scrambles to keep up with government hikes in the price of gas, electricity and central heating.

Aug 10, 2015

Billion dollar bank scam shakes faith in little Moldova’s pro-EU leaders

CHISINAU, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Mircea Blajinu had been looking
forward to expanding his 200 hectare apple and nut plantation in
northern Moldova this year. But a credit squeeze in Europe’s
poorest country – hit by one of the biggest bank frauds in
history – has killed off his hope of subsidies and forced him to
drop his plans.

Pensioner Vissarion Cheshuyev, 65, like thousands of his
peers, looks on angrily as his pension, now standing at $306 a
month, plummets in value as he scrambles to keep up with
government hikes in the price of gas, electricity and central
heating.

Aug 7, 2015

Moldova steps up search for missing millions from banks

CHISINAU (Reuters) – Moldova is stepping up efforts to try to track down missing millions from its banking system and recover the lost money from bank accounts abroad where possible, its new prime minister Valeriu Strelet said.

The small ex-Soviet country, between Ukraine and Romania, has been in turmoil since it emerged that $1 billion – roughly the equivalent of an eighth of gross domestic product – had disappeared from three banks, driving them into administration.

Jun 4, 2015

Ukraine’s Poroshenko warns of Russian invasion threat after fighting surge

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s president told his military on Thursday to be prepared for the possibility of a “full-scale invasion” by Russia across the entire length of the joint border, a day after the worst fighting with Russian-backed separatists in months.

His address in parliament was one of the first times Petro Poroshenko has used the word “invasion” to refer to Russia’s behaviour since the start of a separatist rebellion in the east in which the United Nations says more than 6,400 people have been killed.

May 26, 2015

Ukraine sees early debt restructuring after Ukreximbank deal

KIEV, May 26 (Reuters) – Ukraine on Tuesday expressed
confidence it would complete a debt restructuring to clear the
way for fresh IMF aid next month after state-run Ukreximbank
tied up a deal with a bondholders’ committee to extend
maturities on $1.5 billion of Eurobonds.

Near-bankrupt Ukraine is holding talks to restructure
sovereign and state-guaranteed debt to plug a $15.3 billion
funding gap required under an International Monetary Fund-backed
$40 billion bailout programme.