Patriarch Svyatoslav cited the words of St. John Paul II, who during his stay in Przemysl in July 1991 said: “With such a sincere joy, brothers and sisters, it is that I seek reconciliation and true brotherhood between Ukrainians and Poles. Today everything is calling us to reconciliation, brotherhood, and mutual respect, to search for what unites us.”

 

Analyst: “We continue to expect Metinvest will produce about 32.0 mmt of attributable iron ore in 2017, a 5.3% yoy decrease. And we are keeping our neutral view on METINV Eurobonds as we see a high refinancing risk for the next twelve months.”

 

This report makes the case for increased Western support, and argues the EU has been too timid in applying its unprecedented political mandate to drive forward post-2014 reforms in the country.

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Who: Olena Nikolayenko (PhD Toronto) Associate Professor, Fordham University.

What: Presentation of her book as titled above

Where: Rm 1219 International Affairs Building. Columbia Univ, NYC

When: 12:00 Noon, Oct 19, 2017

NOTE: Free and open to the public

 

On the reform agenda, the Ukrainian Parliament passed a law on Pension System reform. The law introduced a hike in the pension age by gradually increasing the minimum working age requirement from 15 years to 35 years by 2028.  This measure should make the pension system more sustainable over time. Another important development was the agreement by President Poroshenko to form a working group to find a compromise about the creation of independent anti-corruption courts, a measure he had opposed earlier.

Analyst: “…we share Danyliuk’s optimism about Ukraine getting its second IMF tranche this year (out of four total tranches granted so far by the EFF program), expecting it will be USD 1 bln instead of the USD 1.9 bln that was scheduled.”

 

A wild boar roams through the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Ukraine.

 

Marchers in Kyiv on October 14 marking the 75th anniversary of the founding of the UPA. 

 

Analyst: “…Ukrainians would have to prevent Poroshenko from being re-elected in 2019. Otherwise, the country’s stagnation will continue for another five years.”

 

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