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For example, did the ‘newsmedia report that what overthrew Ukraine’s democratically elected President in February 2014 was no such thing as “democracy demonstrations” which had begun spontaneously in Ukraine after President Yanukovych on 20 November 2013 rejected the EU’s trade offer (which offer would actually have cost Ukraine $160 billion — a cost that was never reported in the U.S. press), but was instead a bloody barbaric coup which Obama’s team had started planning way back in 2011 ? Did America’s (and ’The West’s’) ’newsmedia report this U.S. coup in Ukraine — or even that it WAS a “coup” (or even that it had been one) and that it was (as the head of the ‘private CIAfirm Stratfor called it when speaking only to a non -U.S. audience) “the most blatant coup in history” ? None of them reported any of that. But now the hostilities against Russia — including the sanctions , and the NATO buildup — are based upon those lies, those potentially WW-III-generating libels, against Russia.
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But Biden also had a more far-reaching message to deliver. “It’s not just about Ukraine,” he said. “It’s about the future we have long sought of a Europe whole, free, and at peace something that is in the vital national interest of both the United States and all Europeans.” Poroshenko, in turn, offered thanks for American support since the EuroMaidan Revolution which toppled Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovych. He also said he is looking forward to continuity from the new U.S. administration and stated his hope that “the Ukrainian question will unite the whole American political community and remain one of its top priorities.” Biden also sought to offer reassurance. “If you keep doing the hard work and making the difficult choices to put Ukraine first,” he said, “I promise you the American people will stand with you. This next year is going to be a very, very telling year-a very telling year.
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The club of top officials of fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych’s regime who have successfully avoided prosecution has a new member. Ex-Ecology Minister Mykola Zlochevsky was cleared of corruption charges and can now return to Ukraine after three years of exile. A Ukrainian court closed the case against him in November, but the public only heard of the development when the ex-minister’s oil-and-gas company, Burisma Group, announced it in January. The Prosecutor General’s Office sat on the case for two years. It finally changed the thrust of the investigation from illicit enrichment to tax evasion, and then settled. But prosecutors are now under fire from anti-corruption activists for intentionally botching the case and letting Zlochevsky off the hook. Sabotage claims Zlochevsky was among several top officials who fled Ukraine after the EuroMaidan Revolution that ousted Yanukovych on Feb.
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Ukraine and Russia faced off in a high-profile dispute at the High Court in London on Jan. 17 to argue a bitterly fought lawsuit focusing on a $3 billion bond on which Kyiv defaulted in 2015. The debt, issued under English law, was taken out in 2013 under Ukraine’s former government led by Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russia president, shortly before he was ousted in a pro-western uprising. Read more here. The post Financial Times: Ukraine and Russia take $3 billion bond dispute to UK court appeared first on KyivPost .
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In 2013 Russia lent Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s then-president, $3 billion in the form of a bond structured under English law. Following his toppling, and the resulting war in eastern Ukraine, the money was never paid back. In a hearing expected to begin on Jan. 17 in London, Russia is trying to recover the debt. On moral grounds, Ukraine is in the clear: Russia has done its best to destabilise the Ukrainian economy, slapping on sanctions, turning off gas and supporting rebels. On legal grounds, however, things look more difficult. Read more here. The post The Economist: The other war Ukraine and Russia appeared first on KyivPost .
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The Ukrainian government’s legal representatives will begin a battle with Russia in London’s High Court on Jan. 17 over the status of a $3 billion Eurobond issued by Ukraine’s pre-revolutionary government. Ukraine argues that the bond was issued illegally in 2013 under former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, and should also be voided because of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and subsequent invasion of eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s defense say Russia cannot insist on repayment of the bond if it breached its obligations to Ukraine under international law. “The main is aim of Ukraine is to draw out the process as much as possible because the fact that the debt exists is not under dispute. The debt exists and they will have to pay it back. Therefore, the longer they draw it out, the better for them,” said Roman Marchenko, senior partner at Ilyashev & Partners, who are not involved in the case.
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If successful, he would win more support for the Ukrainian authorities in the region, and would also boost the popularity of President Petro Poroshenko, for whom Zhebrivsky is a long-term loyalist. But this might not be so easy, given that the region is split by war and some there still have strong pro-Russian sentiments. The oblast’s politics are also strongly influenced by former supporters of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, including billionaire oligarch Rinat Akhmetov, the region’s biggest employer. Still, Zhebrivsky has solid financial support for his causes, thanks to funds from the government in Kyiv, and cash from foreign donors. In September, Zhebrivsky’s administration took in to the regional development budget about $86.7 million in tax revenues from businesses working in separatist-held territories that re-registered their offices in the government-controlled zone.
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The trade is extremely lucrative. Miners in Rivne Oblast told the Kyiv Post in June that a kilogram of amber is worth around $4,500 on the black market. Ukrainian amber is illegally sold to Poland and the Baltics states, where documentation about its place of origin is forged, and it is sold on to the rest of the world. The last major incident occurred in June in the village of Obysche in Zhytomyr Oblast, when three people were injured in shootout. There have been numerous violent incidents between the local authorities and local miners since the EuroMaidan Revolution, before which the trade operated more peacefully under a protection racket run by local officials and police. Shortly after the revolution, in May 2014, Volodymyr Prodyvus, a former lawmaker of ex-Presidnt Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions, came to Rivne Oblast with 100 armed men to offer some of the minersprotection.
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Little more than two weeks after first appearing on the news website Korrespondent, a blog purportedly written by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been deleted by the publication's editors. Maxim Minin, the editor-in-chief of Korrespondent.net, told RuNet Echo in an e-mail that the site's editors decided to delete the blog because its author provided no evidence verifying their identity. “He was never in direct contact with the editors to confirm his identity. Therefore, we considered the blog to be fake.” Read more here. The post Global Voices: Website that publishedYanukovych blog’ says it was fake appeared first on KyivPost .
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LONDON -A $3 billion dispute between two adversarial governments will come to a head in an English court on Jan. 17 when Russia and Ukraine meet for a first hearing in their legal battle over a politically charged eurobond. The debt at the heart of the dispute was sold in late December 2013 by then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to Russia, less than two months before his Moscow-backed government was ousted by street protests that the swept ex-Soviet republic. Read more here. The post Reuters: Moscow and Kyiv head for $3 billion debt showdown in English court appeared first on KyivPost .
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Biden has been U.S. President Barack Obama's point person on Ukraine policy. America and its European Union allies have applied economic sanctions against Russia for its illegal annexation of Crimea and its three-year war against the eastern Donbas, in which 10,000 people have been killed. Biden has also urged Poroshenko and other Ukrainian leaders to more vigorously combat corruption. This will be his fifth visit to Ukraine since President Viktor Yanukovych fled to Russia on Feb. 22, 2014, at the height of the EuroMaidan Revolution, in which more than 100 people were killed by police snipers. The post White House: Biden's final visit will underscore US support' for Ukraine appeared first on KyivPost .
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