BBC Parliament
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I'm not blaming Russia for this interdent, but will this be taken against possible countermeasures? Yes, I was in Ukraine last week, discussing this amongst other matters. Of course, we are taking very good care to ensure that our deterrent is properly protected against any new technologies that our adversaries might get hold of.
KyivPost
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The Kyiv Post is inviting Ukrainians and expats to share their experiences of living in Ukraine. Maybe you've just moved here and consistently find yourself in amusing (or unfortunate) situations. Perhaps, you are a Ukrainian in a complicated situation, such as relatives living in the Donbas or Crimea. Or maybe you want to share a dating mishap or general observations about life in Ukraine. All articles should begin with the name of the feature: That time when' and follow on with the story. Pieces should be submitted in proficient English and no more than 400 words. Please email the completed piece, contact information and a couple of sentences about you with the subject line: THAT TIME WHEN,' to news@kyivpost.com The post That time when' Kyiv Post wants your stories! appeared first on KyivPost .
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Naftogaz Ukrainy from Feb. 1, 2017 will raise the price of gas sold to industrial customers on a prepayment basis by 22 percent, or Hr 1,663, to Hr 9,215 per 1,000 cubic meters (including VAT). According to a company press release, this price is relevant for consumers buying gas in the amount of more than 50,000 cubic meters per month and under the condition the companies have no debts to Naftogaz. The price for other customers next month will rise by 21.1 percent, or Hr 1,766, to Hr 10,141 for 1,000 cubic meters (including VAT). As reported, the price of gas for industrial consumers on a prepayment basis and without debts in January 2016 was set at the level of Hr 6,940. By May it dropped to Hr 5,910 and then in August for a short period rose to Hr 6,560. After that it was again lowered to Hr 6,040 in September. In October last year Naftogaz raised it to Hr 6,340, in November to Hr 7,380, and in the next two months it stood at Hr 7,750-7,780 (all including VAT).
KyivPost
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According to the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine (SFS),such diapers have never undergone customs clearance for entry to Ukraine except for solitary recentoccurrences. According to the estimates of SFS, losses of the budget in taxes not paid at the border due to such schemes amount to billions of hryvna. This problem is not limited to fiscal interests of the state, distorted competition and lost profit of importers. Besides fiscal function, the customs is also in charge for protection of internal market of Ukraine. Under the schemes of tax-free import,the goodsenter internal market without customs control. In effect, even basic check of the origin of such goods could not be done. In other words, nobodychecks where the person that brings the goods have obtained them. It may well appear to be the work of some underground producer without any requirements to safety, to which a “businessman”, wishing to raise the margin, would eventually shift from a well-known brand.
KyivPost
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The foreign ministers from the countries involved in the Normandy format of negotiations on settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine, i.e. France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine, have not yet discussed a possible date of their next meeting, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said. As concerns a meeting between the foreign ministers, we have not yet discussed a next meeting. We'll discuss it when there is an opportunity to move ahead in this issue, Klimkin told Interfax-Ukraine on Jan. 23 when asked about prospects for a Normandy format meeting. Ukraine is still trying to make the Normandy format countries aware of its vision of a roadmap for implementing the Minsk Agreements, he said. As concerns the roadmap, we are trying to promote our vision so that there should be consistency, and second, clear guarantees that Russia will implement what it is supposed to subscribe to.
The Huffington Post
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Marxist-Putinist thought is not the rage. Russian money may have rented some activists, politicians, and parties in Europe, but ultimately they will rise or fall on their own. Although Putin may have viewed the Soviet collapse as a geopolitical tragedy, he originally showed no particular animus toward the U.S. He did not enter office calling America the Great Satan. No doubt he was a committed Russian nationalist even then, but his views appear to have hardened in response to Washington's behavior. Denizens of America's imperial city have trouble recognizing that the rest of the world does not view their motives as pure as those of the Vestal Virgins of antiquity. Alas, from a Russian standpoint, ignoring Moscow's Balkan interests, dismantling Slavic friend Serbia, expanding NATO to Russia's borders, absorbing old Warsaw Pact members and Soviet republics, inviting Georgia and Ukraine to seek NATO membership, backing "color" revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine against Moscow's interests, encouraging a street revolution against an elected, Russia-friendly president in Ukraine, and seeking to overthrow the Assad regime, a long-time Soviet ally, are not friendly acts.
KyivPost
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KyivPost
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Over the last several years,more than 80 banks in Ukraine have been declared insolvent. Business entities and private citizens havelost billions of hryvnias that was on their current accounts. We’ve got used to the news of another bank turning into an empty can, from which all funds have been washed out, leaving zero chances for restitution. It looks like there can be no happy end for stories like these. Here I’d like to shift your attention to alittle detail which the banks avoid disputing, and which changes the whole scenedramatically: it is whether your bank owns the funds in your current account? Let’s take a look from different angles: the comparative and common sense approach : Today, hryvnia is issued by the National Bank of Ukraine and are declared to bethe only legal payment instrument in the country. But the lawlimits the ability of legal entities and natural persons to make settlements in cash, thus forcing us to use cashless payment systems.
KyivPost
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KyivPost
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European Union sanctions on Russia are pointless, the frontrunner in France's presidential election Francois Fillon said on Jan. 23 during a visit to Berlin, warning of a risk that Russia and the United States forge links that exclude the EU. Fillon said a gesture from Russia would be needed before sanctions could be lifted, adding that Ukraine was also not doing what it needed to do to ensure peace. Read more here. The post Reuters: France's Fillon says Russia sanctions pointless, dialogue needed appeared first on KyivPost .
KyivPost
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KyivPost
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TALLIN Estonia supports the extension of sanctions against Russia to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, president of this country Kersti Kaljulaid has said. We have also discussed the issues concerning the situation in eastern Ukraine and the need to respect the Minsk agreements, and that the sanctions against Russia need to be maintained as long as Minsk agreements are not fully met, and while Russia does not fulfill all its international obligations, Kaljulaid said at a press conference with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in Tallinn on Jan. 23. She also expressed confidence that the change of the U.S. administration should not lead to a change in this policy, because international policy rules do not change depending on the elections. In turn, the president of Ukraine thanked Estonia for a strong stance.
KyivPost
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U.S. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham announced on Jan. 22 their support for former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be confirmed as the new U.S. secretary of state, according to a joint statement , published on McCain’s official website. The senators took the decision despite earlier voicing concerns over Tillerson’s relationships with Russian officials. Meanwhile several Democrats are lobbying for a bill that would complicate the lifting of U.S. sanctions against Russia by the new presidential administration. Tillerson is known to be close to Igor Sechin, the chairman of Russian state oil company Rosneft, and the U.S. oil executive was also awarded the Russian State Order of Friendship, the highest award for foreigners, for his contribution to the Russian economy and investment. Tillerson called for the easing or lifting of U.S. sanctions against Russia over Crimea several times while at Exxonmobil, appealing to the U.
KyivPost
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Sputnik International
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Ukraine in 2016 imported around 5.8 million bottles of Georgian wine, and this was over 70 percent more than in 2015. Georgian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikheil Ukleba said at a meeting of the Tourism Press Club of Ukraine that thanks to this figure Ukraine was second in imports of Georgian wine after Russia being ahead of China in 2016. In general, imports of goods from Georgia to Ukraine totaled $72 million in 2016, and this was 24 percent more than in 2015, Ukleba said. Exports of goods from Ukraine unfortunately slightly fell, the ambassador said. Ukleba said that growth of imports of citrus fruit by Ukraine from Georgia was seen. The post Ukraine becomes second in imports of Georgian wine in 2016 appeared first on KyivPost .
HubSpot Marketing Blog
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The Test Is Still Around -- and Cause for Controversy In 2014, the University of Reading hosted Turing Test 2014, in which an entire panel of 30 judges filled the position of Player C. If all of the judges were convinced that the machine’s answers were actually from a human over 30% of the time, the machine would be considered to have “beaten” the test -- which is exactly what happened. An AI program named Eugene Goostman, developed to simulate a 13-year-old boy in Ukraine, had 33% of the judges convinced that he was human . According to the university, it was the first occasion on which any AI technology was said to have passed the Turing Test. But those results were met with praise and criticism alike -- the contention was even a topic on NPR’s popularAll Things Considered ”. Many were skeptical of Eugene Gootsman’s capabilities and asking if they were really any more advanced than the most primitive forms of AI technology.
KyivPost
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People's deputy from the Opposition bloc faction Serhiy Lyovochkin, who ealrier served as chief of staff to former President Viktor Yanukovych, said that U.S. president Donald Trump's administration will bring new energy to the solution of the conflict in the Donbas region and the establishment of peace in Ukraine, the official website of the Opposition bloc party said. Those meetings, which I have held here [in Washington], give grounds for cautious optimism that the new administration of Trump will bring a new energy to the solution of the conflict in Donbas and in the establishment of peace in Ukraine, Lyovochkin said, noting that the holding of the meeting give reason for optimism in this regard. He stressed that Ukraine should become a peaceful country, because without peace there can be neither economic development nor social change, no way out of a systemic crisis.
KyivPost
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Politico
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A spokesman for Russia’s foreign ministry said Monday that his government expects to finalize a date soon for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first phone call with President Donald Trump since his inauguration last week. On a conference call with reporters that was reported by Reuters , Russian foreign ministry spokesman Dmitry Peskov would not speculate on the potential for cooperation between the two nations in combating Islamic State militants. He said the two governments were working to set a date for Trump and Putin to speak. While Trump has promised a much tougher American foreign policy, he has taken a decidedly softer stance towards Russia that has perplexed and angered even some of his fellow Republicans. He has lavished praise on Putin and suggested that he might be willing to lift sanctions against Russia imposed over its annexation of Crimea and military incursion into Ukraine.
KyivPost
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Poland's LOT airline on June 4, 2017 will increase frequency of regular flights from Kharkiv to Warsaw from six times a week to seven, the press service of the Kharkiv International Airport has reported. From March 5, 2017 LOT will send planes to Warsaw from Kharkiv on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and from March 31 through June 3 all days of the week, apart from Saturday, the airport said. LOT commenced servicing regular flights from Kharkiv to Warsaw in March 2016, starting from five times a week and expanding to six. In 2016, the airport saw a 61 percent rise in passenger flow in 2016, to 599,700, and this is almost the same as the record-breaking figure of 2013 (605,000 passengers). Kharkiv airport has a runway with a length of 2,220 meters and a width of 50 meters. It has two passenger terminals with a capacity of 100 and 650 persons per hour.