The economy of Ukraine has for the first time over the past few years started to grow. It's a good news. However, in order to finally push from the bottom, we need not just growth, but the explosive growth in the course of several decades. How to achieve this?
In their current form, the Luhansk and Donetsk people's republics (LDPR) and the war in Donbas are the bone which stuck in the Kremlin's throat and made it choke: it has to support the occupied territories with Ukrainian citizens suffering there. Moscow is also suffering huge reputational and financial (sanctions) losses in the international arena.
A new political season has started in Ukraine. However, the key issues on the agenda have not been clearly defined. Petro Poroshenko's statements at the opening session of parliament only offer approximate reference points. LB.ua attempted to highlight the issues on the political agenda of the season which will have a serious impact on the domestic and foreign political situation in the coming months.
No diplomatic efforts and attempts to "pacify" the Russian aggressor have any slightest historical and logical rational grounds. Nor should we hope that the change of the key man, or even the ruling group in Russia will lead to a decline in tensions in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
Clinton is ahead of Trump by 6 per cent, according to the latest nationwide poll by NBC News/Survey Monkey. Trump is ahead of Clinton by 2 per cent, according to the poll held by CNN/ORC among voters planning to go the polls.
The Kremlin's short-sighted policy in the Far East has resulted in complicated relations with India, whose leadership is warily watching the rapprochement between Moscow and Beijing. In the meantime, Russia continues to blackmail New Delhi with a deterioration of the situation in the region. An active struggle for arms supplies to the Indian market is taking place in parallel.
After all what happened in Ukraine, China has long been observing, and now is the time to make decisions. Right now we are on the edge of changes before we move forward. But if we really need Chinese investment, we must be proactive. Exclusive interview with Ukraine's ambassador to China Oleh Demin.
The Kremlin sees Duma elections in Crimea as a way to secure the annexed peninsula as part of Russia. The West will have to decide on the legitimacy of the Russian parliament which will include representatives of the territory whose occupation it did not recognise.