The sanctions have been imposed on the following banks: Sberbank, VTB Bank, Prominvestbank, BM Bank and VS Bank.
Vladimir Putin didn’t appear at any of these festivities, an unusual absence given his earlier talk about the “sacred” meaning of Crimea for Russia and Russians
“For every poet, it is always morning in the world,” he said. “History a forgotten, insomniac night; History and elemental awe are always our early beginning, because the fate of poetry is to fall in love with the world, in spite of History.”
Analyst: “With a pro-EU coalition government highly likely in the Dutch parliament, the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement will be approved by the Dutch Senate. Afterwards, it’s certain to be approved by the EU Council.”
Kyiv will get five flights a week from London Stansted, Ryanair’s biggest base, together with three each from Stockholm, Manchester in northern England and Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Lviv will have three weekly services from the Polish cities of Krakow and Wroclaw and two apiece from Stansted, Eindhoven, Berlin, Budapest and Memmingen, 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Munich.
Commenting on the upcoming presidential elections in Russia, the leader of the illegal occupation of Ukrainian Crimea says he sees no alternative and wants to make Putin monarch for life.
Analyst: “The big question is not who will win the election, but whether the anti-EU party led by Wilders will gain enough votes to form a coalition government. If he does, that could influence the Senate in its upcoming vote on the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement.”
<Geert Wilders, head of the far-right anti-immigration Party for Freedom
Ash: “Not sure that Moscow actually wants to add the cost of maintaining DPR and LPR, alongside the now long list of annexed and disputed territories including Crimea, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Trans-Dniestr. Formal annexation of DPR/LPR would also further diminish Russian leverage in the rest of Ukraine which I tend to think was the primary reason for Russian intervention in the first place.”