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                                                                                                                     ISSUE 9 - MARCH 7, 2019
USUF EVENT - TOMORROW 

Renewable Energy Development in Ukraine

Ukrainian members of an Open World Leadership Center delegation of energy researchers, policy advocates, and municipal government representatives will be discussing obstacles and opportunities for the development and use of renewable energy, particularly biomass in Ukraine. The group's program is being administered by the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation.


The delegates and speakers include:
Andrii Nazarenko
Senior Scientific Worker, Institute of Engineering Thermophysics,
National Academy of Science of Ukraine

Anna Pastukh
Lawyer, Secretary of the Board, Public Union "Bioenergetic Association of Ukraine"

Maksym Tkachuk
Consultant - NGO "Renewable Energy Agency"

Oleksandra Tryboi
Consultant - NGO "Renewable Energy Agency"

Vitalii Ihorovych Zubenko
Scientific Worker, Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, National Academy of Science of Ukraine

Veronika Gryshchenko
Delegation Facilitator
Open World Program Coordinator, American Councils for International Education, Kyiv


Friday, March 8
11:45 - 12:00 noon: Light Lunch 
12:00 noon - 12:50 pm: Program and Q&A
 
At the:
U.S.-Ukraine Foundation
1090 Vermont Avenue, NW - Suite #600
Washington, DC 20005

Space is limited! RSVP REQUIRED!

Please RSVP by COB  today, Thursday, March 7 at:  info@usukraine.org 

THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION 
Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch on the Occasion of the 
5th Anniversary of the Ukraine Crisis Media Center's Founding
U.S. Embassy in Kyiv  -  March 5, 2019 

" ... It is increasingly clear that Ukraine's once-in-a-generation opportunity for change, for which such a high price was paid five years ago on the Maidan, has not yet resulted in the anti-corruption or rule of law reforms that Ukrainians expect or deserve..." 


Hi, everybody.  Natalia, thank you, and it's really an honor and a pleasure to be here to celebrate UCMC's fifth anniversary.

I think that's an important milestone, and you noted the many friends - and there are many more American friends of Ukraine - who have spoken here at UCMC, and I'm honored to be in that number also, as a friend of Ukraine during what is a really important period.

Because it's been an important five years, I think, in the history of Ukraine, and I think we all know, if we didn't know before, that no democracy can thrive without independent media organizations like UCMC serving the public with integrity and with professionalism.

And we have - the United States has - been proud to partner with UCMC since its beginning.  Today, I think UCMC sets an example for many other media organizations in Ukraine in its objectivity and steadfast commitment to the truth.

That role, and that example, I think, is especially critical today.  Because as we have marked the fifth anniversary - not just of UCMC but also of the Euromaidan - it's clear that Ukraine is still working - and in some cases struggling - to live up to the aspirations of the Revolution of Dignity ... CLICK for more

 

EU Extends Asset Freeze On Ex-President Yanukovych, 11 Other Ukrainians
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, March 4, 2019

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych speaks at a news conference in Moscow on February 6.

The European Union has extended asset freezes on former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and 11 other Ukrainians suspected of embezzling state funds. 

The EU imposed asset freezes against Yanukovych and his inner circle shortly after the collapse of his government in late February 2014.

The bloc accused Yanukovych and his collaborators of misappropriation of state funds. Apart from the former president, the restrictive measures still include his son, Oleksandr, and former Prime Ministers 
Mykola Azarov and Serhiy Arbuzov ... CLICK for more

Ukraine rows back on anti-corruption law putting IMF aid in jeopardy
By Holly Ellyatt, CNBC, March 1, 2019
  • Introducing anti-corruption laws is a key component of the international aid for Ukraine, and crucially was one of the conditions that it had to meet as part of its $17.5 billion bailout package from the IMF.
  • The court reportedly ruled that provisions of the article within the country's criminal code failed to comply with the principles of law and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
MILITARY 
 
U.S. Considering New Lethal Aid to Ukraine to Deter Russia 
New maritime weaponry would help prevent another Kerch Strait crisis, 
says Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti.
By  Paul D. Shinkman, Senior National Security Writer, U.S. News & World Report,  March 5, 2019

U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti said the U.S. is considering bolstering the Ukrainian military's sniper capabilities. 
(MIKKO STIG_LEHTIKUVA VIA AP) 
THE TOP MILITARY  commander for operations in Europe said Monday the U.S. is considering providing additional lethal aid to Ukraine to deter future Russian naval aggression akin to the  recent crisis in the Kerch Strait .

U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti was responding to a query from Sen. Jim Inhofe during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about the current disposition of U.S. forces in Europe. The Oklahoma Republican and committee chair asked why despite congressional authorization the U.S. so far has only provided lethal aid to Ukraine in one instance, for Javelin anti-tank missiles ... CLICK


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:  ENERGY

As Russia Closes In On Crimea's Energy Resources, What Is Next For Ukraine?
By Ariel Cohen, Forbes, Feb 28, 2019

If you ask Stepan Kubiv, Ukraine's Energy Minister, what the long-term economic losses will be as a result of Crimea's annexation in 2014, he'll tell you to look towards the sea. The Ukrainian Energy Ministry  reports that "Ukraine has lost 80% of oil and gas deposits in the Black Sea and a significant part of the port infrastructure due to the annexation of Crimea." The announcement comes on the heels of a continuing standoff in the adjacent Sea of Azov, where 24 Ukrainian sailors and three navy ships were  seized last November by the Russian coast guard.

Moscow's brazenness in Ukraine's territorial waters since 2014 serves as a reminder that the Kremlin views these areas and their associated hydrocarbon resources as its exclusive war booty. While Ukraine has made an effort to resist Russia's irredentist aspirations - at the cost of more than  10,000 soldiers and civilians since 2014 - her strategic position continues to deteriorate. Western military support has been muted and economic sanctions against the aggressor are proving an inadequate means of deterrence... CLICK for more


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:  ENVIRONMENT
Ukrainian scientist invents eco-friendly 'plastic' bags

 
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