ISSUE 25 - NOVEMBER 14, 2018

The United States imposed financial sanctions on November 8th on three individuals and nine entities that are supporting Russia's attempt to integrate the Crimea region of Ukraine through private investment and privatization projects or who are engaging in serious human rights abuses in furtherance of Russia's occupation or control over parts of Ukraine...

This action reinforces the  Crimea Declaration  of July 25, 2018, which states that the United States does not and will not recognize Russia's purported annexation of Crimea  ... CLICK


Tymoshenko Reveals 'Peace Plan' for Eastern Ukraine as She Ramps up Presidential Campaign to Challenge Poroshenko
By Mykola Vorobiov, The Jamestown Foundation's Eurasia Daily Monitor, Nov 12, 2018

Ukraine's presidential campaign is in full swing. Five months out from the election (the first round is scheduled for March 31), it remains entirely unclear who the next head of state will be. Yet, the likeliest contenders are incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The two could face off against one another in a second round, which will take place in April. According to polling released last September, if the elections were to be held in the nearest future, Tymoshenko would take 12.9 percent of the vote, while Poroshenko would finish with 8.4 percent ( Censor.net.ua, September 14). The coming election is crucial to Poroshenko as well as Tymoshenko since both candidates have been in politics nearly twenty years and defeat would be difficult to recover from at this point ... CLICK


Three Things Ukraine Must Do Now If It Wants Clean Elections Next Year
By Brian Mefford, Atlantic Council, Nov 8, 2018

The parliament renewed Ukraine's highest election body, the Central Election Commission, ahead of the crucial 2019 general elections. 

On September 20, the parliament replaced all 13 CEC members who were serving on expired terms. In a swift decision-too swift in the opinion of the opposition-the Rada expanded the membership of the CEC from 15 to 17. Parliament appointed fourteen presidential nominees, two members were carried over from the old CEC, and one seat was left vacant. Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy and BPP representative Iryna Lutsenko both promised that a nominee from the Opposition Bloc will soon join. Thus, all parliamentary factions will be represented on the renewed CEC. 

This move can't come soon enough. The country ... CLICK

Western Countries Condemning Separatist Vote In Eastern Ukraine
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Nov 12, 2018

Kurt Volker, the U.S. special envoy for Ukraine, accused Russia of "institutionalizing 
the status quo through sham 'elections'."

KYIV -- The United States, France, and Germany have condemned elections by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine as a "sham" and "illegal."

Kyiv and its international backers said the November 11 polls in the areas controlled by the separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions would further hamper efforts to end a conflict that has killed more than 10,300 people since April 2014.

However, Moscow argued that the elections to choose  ... CLICK

OSCE PA President Tsereteli: 'Elections' in occupied Donbas "unlawful and provocative"
UNIAN, Nov 12, 2018 

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Eight-year-old Nina practices her singing exercises in Kyiv. Courtesy Screenshot First Channel

What a Little Girl and an Aging Pop Star Can Teach Us about Russian Propaganda
By Iuliia Mendel, Atlantic Council, Nov 12, 2018

Eight-year-old Nina never wanted to be a star on Russian state television. Nevertheless, the Kyiv native was the subject of a one-hour discussion  on Russia's First Channel, a popular national show. The topic was hot: a Ukrainian family wanted their daughter to be taught music in Ukrainian. 

Nina's music tutor teaches children using songs of Soviet diva Alla Pugachova who became popular after her hit "Millions of Red Roses" topped the USSR's charts thirty-six years ago. Since then, things have changed. The USSR doesn't exist and Ukraine has been an independent nation for twenty-seven years. Meanwhile, young people don't remember or admire the Soviet system, but it's still there.

The teacher claimed that there aren't any exercises to study voice in Ukrainian ... CLICK

... from the website of 
President Poroshenko, Nov 12, 2018

Ukraine and the United States have launched a strategic energy dialogue ... CLICK  to read

President instructed the regional authorities to develop plans of the prospective development of territories for 2019-2021 ... CLICK


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EBRD and Naftogaz-Ukraine Sign Treaty to Cooperate in the Reduction of Methane Emissions - Will  Include Advanced Measurement Campaign, Improved Emissions Inventory System, and Development of an Investment Road Map European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, November 12, 2018


At the Ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in Kyiv, Participants from 100 Countries Discussed the Role of Energy Transition in Sustainable Development and Opportunities for Cooperation
United Nations Development Program in Ukraine, November 12, 2018


First-Time Sales of Electric Vehicles Increased 89% Though October, Hitting 4,214; EVs Now Account for 4% of Used Imported Cars Sold in Ukraine:  
Open for Business, November 8, 2018

Thanks to the EU, a Ukrainian Hospital in Voznesensk Has Become Energy Efficient
EU Neighbors, Nov 8, 2018


Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers Has Decided to Allocate 7 ha of Land in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to Polesky Wind Farm LLC for the Construction of Wind Energy Facilities:  
Front News, November 7, 2018


Lviv Region Is Gradually Reducing the Use of Plastic Bags and Other Polyethylene Products - Opting Instead for Paper Bags and  Reusable Fabric Bags
Front News, November 7, 2018


Ukraine and China Have Been Cooperating in Renewable Energy, Mainly Wind & Solar, for Almost a Year - Ukraine Has Prepared More Than 100 Potentially Attractive Energy and Other Projects for Investors Worth More Than $4 Billion:   
UkrInform.net, November 6, 2018

In a First Step Toward Building 200-MW of Solar Plants by 2020, Vasily Khmelnitsky's UDP Renewables Has Commissioned an 18.3-MW Plant in Henichesk, Kherson - the $18 Million Plant Used 65,340 Jinko Solar Panels and Will Provide 9,000 Households with Energy:  Open for Business, November 5, 2018

A $26.7 Million Solid Waste Processing Plant Will Be Launched in Kharkiv in Late 2019 - Will Use Landfill Gas and Initially Produce 16,000 MW of Electricity per Year While Reducing 58,000 Tons of Carbon Dioxide Emissions :   Interfax, November 2, 2018


To Winterize Housing Across Ukraine, Government Plans to Gradually Shift the $2 Billion Spent Annually on Subsidizing Household Gas Heating to Insulating and Weatherproofing Houses and Apartment Buildings:

Ukraine Business News, by James Brooke, November 1, 2018


Ukraine Now Has 121-MW of Solar Under Net Metering with Half of This Capacity Having Been Deployed Between April and September PV Magazine, by Emiliano Bellini, November 1, 2018

Ukrhydroenergo's Six Power Plants on the Dnipro and Two on the Dnister Have a Total Installed Capacity of 5,758 MW Compared to Ukraine's Total Installed Solar Capacity of ~1,000 MW - Company Saw Its Net Profit Rise 22% Through September to $82 Million:   Ukraine Business News, by James Brooke, Nov 1, 2018


Ukraine Seeks to Attract $13.6 Billion Investment in Renewable Energy - Over the Past Three Years, It Has Attracted About $1.3 Billion in Green Energy ProjectsXinhua, by Mu Xuequan, October 31, 2018


The Current War in the Eastern Portion of Ukraine Has Heightened the Potential for a Severe Ecological Disaster
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, by Kristina Hook & Richard "Drew" Marcantonio, Oct 16, 2018



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