The Power Vertical Briefing is a short look ahead to the stories expected to make news in the coming week. 


Photo: A Ukrainian serviceman on the front lines near Avdiyivka

Analyst: “The company’s strong operating results allow us to confirm our positive view on Astarta stock, which trades currently at 3.0x EV / LTM EBITDA.”

Bringing peace to the Donbas was never going to be an easy job and it appears to have become a lot more difficult. In its latest gambit to assure that no progress comes except on Russia’s terms, the Kremlin’s creatures in place have come up with the bright idea that – since the Novorossia gambit didn’t work – let’s swing a wider loop and try instead for a new illusion – this one to be called Malorossia. Just in case you’ve missed this opportunity, we turn to Brian Whitmore to provide you details and opinion on the subject.


Analyst: Industrial growth is in line with our 2H17 expectation for 3-4% average monthly growth, which means our projection of 1.4% yoy industry growth for the year is on track.


Kurt Volker: "This is not a frozen conflict, this is a hot war, and it's an immediate crisis that we all need to address as quickly as possible."


Putin Views Trump as Russian Agent, Felshtynsky Says.  Yury Feltshynsky, a Russian specialist on Moscow’s security services now living in the US, says that Vladimir Putin views Donald Trump as just the latest Russian agent these services have recruited. 

Ukraine claimed mixed relay orienteering gold


Natalia Gurova manages a project in the insurgent-controlled Ukrainian city of Lugansk handing out clean syringes and condoms to drug-users and sex workers who are most at risk from HIV and hepatitis


The winner of the competition for the title ‘chief fool of the month’ undoubtedly is DNR head Aleksandr Zakharchenko who declared that he is replacing Ukraine and putting in its place Malorossiya with a capital in Donetsk.”  Unlike most fools in Putin’s entourage, this wasn’t a personal evaluation or a prediction: this was a declaration.

Poroshenko and Macron’s first meeting on June 26, 2017


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