By Olga Samofalova for Vzgliad
Translated by Alena Begemot
Western companies continue fleeing the Ukrainian market with its growing losses. Considering doing business in the region no longer profitable, the American Groupon Inc., owning the popular service of collective discounts, as well as the computer giant Asus have just shut down. Shopping malls, formerly filled with brand outlets, are now selling second-hand clothes. It is not only retailers that are leaving the local market, however. Large financial corporations and oil and gas companies are eagerly following small businesses in their retreat.
It has been nearly two years since the first Western companies started leaving the Ukraine and the signs are this tendency will remain. According to the Ukrainian media, such mass exodus has been caused by currency instability, decline in the local purchasing power and in some cases – by political pressure, as it happened with the Russian brand Bosco. The statistics show that not only has the Ukrainian market failed to attract new participants in the last eighteen months, but it has lost them – the record number of nearly 30 world-famous brands have stopped work. A third of them is chain stores of clothing and footwear. The German Esprit, the Dutch Mexx, the British Island, the Italian OVS, the French Minelli and others are all gone for good. The Russian company Bosco has too wrapped up its business with only one shop left in Kiev and has done so because of the political pressure, for most of the collections of its clothing are decorated with ornaments and symbols representing Russia.
Large Western oil and gas corporations, banks and companies from other spheres are too hastily closing down their Ukrainian branches. It was in the spring of 2015 when the Chairman of the GermanUkrainian forum Rainer Lindner announced the intention of the German businesses, disappointed in the Ukraine, to fold up their operations there but to do it with minimal losses possible. There were as many as several hundreds of the German companies represented at the local market at the moment. As for the Western banks, they are going away, too. Already in 2013 Raiffeisen, foreseeing looming problems in the country, put up its Ukrainian subsidiary “Raiffeisen Bank Aval” for sale. It was too late, however. The coup d’etat, the war in the Donbass and later the National Bank of the Ukraine with its ambiguous policies, – it alladded up to scare away any prospective owners of the banking business in the Ukraine.
More than two years elapsed till finally, in November 2015, the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development consented to buy 30% of “Raiffeisen Bank Aval” shares, having come into agreement with Raiffeisen to split the cost of 3,15 billion hryvnia for its daughter’s capitalization. There are quite a few foreign companies that are still working in the Ukraine merely because they are unable to sell their business. However, only major players can afford to take a wait-and-see position, compensating the losses they have been suffering at the insignificant on the global scale Ukrainian market by other revenue. Some companies are now present in the country only formally, with factual activities stopped and only a couple of key employees left in the local branches to sustain earlier concluded contracts.
The Ukraine was absolutely thrilled when three multinational oil companies at a time – Chevron, Shell and ExxonMobil – entered the market. They had all been going to extract shale gas in the country. They all left her. The American Chevron was the last to retreat after in the summer of 2015 it withdrew from the project on extraction of gas in Western Ukraine – in Olesskaya Ploshchad which is located on the territory of Lvov and Ivano-Frankovsk regions. If we take Shell, its decision to quit the market can be explained by unwillingness to run political or military risks, given that it had planned to extract gas on the territories of Donetsk and Kharkov regions, but Chevron’s? The reason is unofficially believed to be its displeasure at the new rules of the game the Ukrainian government had set by doubling payments for the use of natural resources for gas producers.
All the foreign companies, whether they do or do not run political or military risks, are abandoning the Ukraine for one major reason which is economical. Apart from that, the Western business is fearful of the country’s complex and frequently changing legislation. Besides, corruption, as rampant as ever, is now accompanied by another plague – redistribution of business. “Any business is cynical. Should it be the Ukraine that lures with profits, business will choose the Ukraine. Should it not, it won’t take it long to relocate to Vietnam. It is really hard to make money in the Ukraine now. General instability, military actions in the East, chaos with taxes… They have amended the tax code as many as four times lately. It’s the outside of enough”, says Alexander Okhrimenko, the CEO of the Ukrainian analytical center.
Prices of imported goods have moved sharply upwards, whereas the local purchasing power has dramatically decreased. In the period 2014-2015 the Hryvnia was devalued by nearly 300%. Most people simply cannot afford foreign products, which explains the contraction of imports by a third in 2015. People have become more price-conscious and the very structure of the trade has changed. Shopping centers which used to sell designer labels are now almost invariably offering second-hand, elegantly calling it “reasonably priced European clothes”.
“Secondhand has always been the lot of street markets and its migration to malls – it is something unheard of. There are also the so-called stock shops that are too gaining in popularity“, says Okhrimenko. “Many retail brand-stores have closed down. They bring goods, translate their prices at the exchange rate and realize they will never sell. Shifting towards second-hand is not an option for it is considered as sinking beyond reproach and staining the brand’s reputation”, adds the Ukrainian economist. Imports of relatively cheap Chinese clothing and footwear fell as well – by 70% in 2015 if compared to those in 2014. “Even for the Chinese clothes the demand is weak, hence the decline”, explains Okhrimenko. Ukrainian banks have been suffering enormous losses for two years in a row, amounting, according to the National Bank of the Ukraine, to over 57 billion Hryvnia in 2015 and 22,4 billion in 2014. And these figures do not include insolvent bank. “Crediting just doesn’t work, the National Bank itself admits the fact. People won’t repay loans”, tells us Okhrimenko. The economist has little doubt that in 2016 foreign companies will continue fleeing the Ukraine. “The situation might change if the oil price picks up drastically, Europe and the USA plunge into euphoria of growth and feel it’s worth their while to try the Ukraine anew. Meanwhile, this year is unlikely to see anything but a downfall”, says Okhrimenko.
Let Ukraine’s fate be a warning to any and all other countries of what embracing a Color Revolution will bring.
Of course businesses are leaving. They have no choice because to stay is to go bankrupt. Individuals who can are also leaving (if they can get through international border checkpoints). The only ones left in Ukraine will be neo-nazi gangs and those poor individuals who are imprisoned by them. In future mothers in USA will be saying to their children, “Eat your vegetables! Don’t you know people are starving in Ukraine!”
Don’t you think that this could be also a sign of a coming war ? the smell is still in the air…
However, I must say that the Western fashion brands leaving Ukrainian market is of no concern to any true Ukrainian.
Ukrainian patriots wear hand stitched hand embroidered garments, made from the finest handmade textiles. Just like they did 5000 years ago, when they defeated pharaoh Ramesses, who was a damn Moskal.
Looks like a good market for sewing machines and people who know how to use them. .
I say that seriously, as one who buys a lot of secondhand clothing and fixes it up to fit. I sort of view secondhand clothes as “raw materials.” A resource. A pair of men’s trowsers can be cut down to make women’s, etc. But perhaps that view is naive in the Ukrainian context. It may be that the textiles used in cheap clothes become even cheaper and nastier when they go to the secondhand shop, and really not worth reusing for anything.
Also, if foreign producers are exiting the country, does that leave Ukrainian companies to pick up the slack, as in Russia post-sanctions, or are the raw and other materials (textiles) to make things also imported or otherwise unavailable, or are the local factories etc. inoperable?
That sewing machine should be foot-powered. They might not have electricity soon.
Given the crap quality that is “Western Branded Clothing” this is no real loss to Ukraine. Although your comment is tongue in cheek, the local textiles are of a much higher quality to the sweatshop produced garbage that sells for thousands of dollars because it has a label on it. One of my warmest tops is a Ukrainian made top which beats out anything I have tried in the West including Northern Europe where I live.
Nothing like generic, poorly made, expensive, labelled crap that passes itself for clothing in the West of which you can buy at any fn shopping complex no matter where in the West you are. Makes me puke.
The question is weather the local industries can survive and make clothing in the course of the oligarchial rape that is the business environment of Ukraine. A cleansing of the knuckle dragers and oligarchs is required but don’t throw all of the population into the one pidgin hole. Many there also have been making their own cloths for years as they have never been rich enough to buy the garbage anyway.
Though your Ukro revisionist history was funny but I also thought they wore those lovely embroidered shirts when they sounded the horns at Jericho and brought them walls a tumbling down. ;)
You see… J. Collectively we discovered something positive. I love moments like this.
Katherine is right, the Western companies abandoning market should give a boost to small, Mom and Pop manufacturers in Ukraine. Take dentistry, for example.
Wooden teeth could become fine accessories to Vyshyvankas.
Oh you nasty boy, go wash your mouth out with soap :D
Anyway Dentistry in Ukraine can’t be as backward as other parts of the glorified EU, say for instance – England ;)
It would match their wooden heads heh heh
@”Although your comment is tongue in cheek,”
No, it was not. I thought I made that clear.
“I say that seriously.”
I also said that I have no idea of the quality or availability of either clothes or other materials (textiles, other items needed to construct clothing).
Certainly a lot of “label” clothing is crap. To make one’s own clothes one needs to start with something. I don’t think the loom is the way to go!!
Decades ago I bought (early seventies), at a trade fair in Munich, a beautiful embroidered traditional Romanian blouse. Red and yellow cotton thread used to smock a lightweight cotton with little red ties at the ballooning sleeves. I wonder whether this kind of thing is still made but somehow I doubt it. There sure would be an export market for such blouses now.
Looks like I am wrong. It was this type of blouse:
Looks like one can still order these Romanian blouses. Since wee are (sort of ) talking about clothes, here is a page of photos:
And here is a page of Ukrainian blouses:
Scroll down to this photo:
Collection of vintage Ukrainian embroidered shirts in the national center of folk culture “Ivan Honchar Museum”, Kyiv
These are really beautiful garments (some of them look more synthetic/mass produced than others). I hope they are still made and do not have so much ideological baggage that only Nazi sympathizers would wear them.
Thank you Katherine;how lovely, the handwork, the traditions, the self sufficiency. All things the hegemon wants to destroy. So to destroy family love, proud identity, sense of continuity. Everywhere.
Vanishingly small number of people are anywhere near self-sufficient. It all comes down to expertise and time. You only have so much time in a day. Where is your time best spent? Are you better doing what it is you do very well or are you better to try to produce everything you consume, although you are not good at undertaking the majority of those tasks? One of the major characteristics of increasing civilisation and improved living conditions is the increasing specialisation of labour. Better to do what you are good at and use the income from that to purchase what you want.
For example, I would find it most difficult and excessively time consuming to produce beautiful blouses like the ones in Katherine’s links. That is a specialist task. There are those who are better at it than I. It is better for me to earn the means to purchase a blouse like those ones in the link by sticking to my specialisation, maximising my skills and consequent income from that. Then I can direct my purchase appropriately.
used to folk dancing-lovely Bulgarian and Romanian clothing traditional for sale, sadly the older generation to whom they belonged were having to sell them as east europe was-is becoming increasingly poverished, and younger generation didn’t want them, could not have them.
I believe there is quite a stigma that is actually based on superstition re second hand clothes-very unlucky to buy second hand for a child for example, and always new shoes, in Russian people………….anyone confirm? Its like my mrs refused to put the kitchen bin out at night………..wolves and bears abound?
Life was going to be difficult enough without the putsch, but at least there was a glimmer of hope with the help Russia offered. But thanks to Nuland and Co., the economic fabric of Ukraine is utterly destroyed, not just destabilized, destroyed. I’d call it an act of State Terrorism–overthrowing another country’s government–acts the Outlaw US empire is guilty of multiple times, more than enough times to have neverending sanctions.
Remember recent news that China and Ukraine are launching new ‘Silk Road’ which will bypass Russia? Ukraine has launched the first cargo train to China on January 15th. “This is a historic event,” Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Andriy Pyvovarskiy wrote on Facebook. Odessa saw the first shipment being loaded onto a train that was then moved to a ferry destined for Georgia. The ceremony was attended by top ministers of Ukraine and Odessa governor Mikhail Saakashvili. The 10-car and 20-container train later crossed the Caspian Sea and traversed Azerbaijan and the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan before reaching China nearly 12 days later.
Except that the cargo train didn’t arrive at the station “Dostyk” on the Kazakh-Chinese border on January 27th and is “lost” somewhere in Kazakhstan. The national railway operator of the republic Kazakhstan Temir Zholy couldn’t say where on the territory of the republic is the composition.
At the same time a source in one of the local transport companies said that the composition was stopped at a station in Balkhash Karaganda region (Central Kazakhstan) on Saturday, January 30th, “due to the fact that it didn’t pay for transit”. This information is not officially confirmed.
Earlier the administration of the seaport Aktau (Kazakhstan) said that the train arrived at the Aktau according to the schedule on January 23rd and on the same day continued it’s route.
And you know what’s interesting? One of the mysteries of the Universe..
Every train coming from Ukraine to China bypassing Russia will disappear in Kazakhstan.
Especially,if they can’t pay the transit fee’s,ooops!
One reason for the exodus as the article mentioned,is uncertainty on governmental stability. This article explains that those companies are right. They can’t even be brought to see reason,no matter what:
“Tomenko: “Poroshenko Does Not Know What to Do With Donbass”
The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, understands that the special status of Donbass will never pass in Parliament
This was announced by MP of Ukraine Mykola Tomenko.
“Poroshenko doesn’t know what to do with Donbass, so he has had to freeze this question. He’s waiting for something to happen: Perhaps Merkel will extend sanctions against Russia for 10 years, maybe something will happen with Putin. He understands that neither the amendments to the Constitution required for the special status of Donbass, nor the decentralization proposed in the existing bill, will gain 300 votes. Forget about the special status of Donbass, it will never pass in Parliament”, — said Tomenko.
On the day before, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a decision to change the rules. This allowed the consideration of the bill on amendments to the Constitution concerning decentralization to be deferred.
As a reminder, earlier the Deputy of the People’s Council DPR, Vladislav Brig, said that the return of the republics within the Ukrainian State, while the current Kiev authorities are in power, will not happen.
Uncle Bob 1
“The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, understands that the special status of Donbass will never pass in Parliament ”
That is the sticking point,he cannot allow himself to give Donbass a special status,he still considers that region as part of integrated Ukraine.If he does that,then why the big bloodshed and suffering, just nonsense,it’s a catch 22.In my opinion the war will go on,it’s Ukraine,it’s Russia and is their common Destiny.Both Russians and Ukrainians know that.
Glorry to the Ukraine(lol)
Check this link below it shows you the catastrophic effect or the Maidan.
It is in French and Dutch,but not need to understand the languages,you will quickly understand why:
Maybe good to share?
Right. And it also very beautifully shows the utter depravity of the Maidan offal. Soros paid them handsomely and must have laughed himself to tears as they — inspired by his very bribes — staged rallies demanding instant wage hikes to Western European levels. Well, silly playthings maybe don’t mind too much what happens to them after all.
is this the doumentary the french made which caused poro so much angst?
calling it propagada?
wanting it banned?
your link goes to some financial page about dutch referendum
I did not enjoy this article.
Calling all companies ‘western’ put me off.
The fact is ‘foreign’ companies are leaving Ukraine, now why should ‘foreign’ companies be called ‘western’ I don’t know.
Many Russian companies closed door in Ukraine too.
Well, lighten up! It’s, ahem, rather evident what the loss of a Russian and a Western foreign business signifies to the average Ukro swooning at the West’s feet. Maybe the loss also of Russian businesses comes as some kind of Ukro-style “consolation”.
You are obsessed with two words. Western and natoists. Please grow up.
“Large financial corporations and oil and gas companies are eagerly following small businesses in their retreat.”
Now, if that is indeed true it’s something the Kosher Nazis put in charge should be quite worried about. What services are they supposed to carry out? Insane Russophobia only? OK, I’m willing to admit they are a safe bet there, but what about the lucrative trashing of the fertile soil by Western agro- and petro-business? Have they ditched their prospects just like that?
To look on the downside (OK,the even more downside). That will make everything “cheaper” in Ukraine (i.e. Companies,land,buildings,wages,etc.). So certain large vulture…er…I mean capitalist investors,might just be able to buy up huge resources there. And hold on to them,hoping for a future turnaround in a few years.That has happened in other countries. And I could see that as a plan for Ukraine as well. Now if Russia ,or a pro-Russian government,does come to power in Ukraine. That might ruin their plans. Because Russia,or a pro-Russian government could degree all business deals signed with the junta canceled as being illegal (which would be my advise). In that case some big Western oligarchs would be in a World of sh.. because of that.
“The steel industry of Ukraine, according to preliminary data, at the end of 2015 increased the loss compared to the year 2014 by 31.6%, or $ 7.5 billion. Hryvnia – up to 31.2 billion. Hryvnia. This was reported in association of metallurgical enterprises “Metallurgprom.”
According to the association, net income from sales of steel products for the period increased by 14%, or 27.3 billion. Hryvnia in comparison with the year 2014, amounting to 194.5 billion. Hryvnia .
The steel industry of Ukraine, according to preliminary data, at the end of 2015 increased the loss compared to the year 2014 by 31.6%, or $ 7.5 billion. Hryvnia – up to 31.2 billion. Hryvnia. This was reported in association of metallurgical enterprises “Metallurgprom.”
According to the association, net income from sales of steel products for the period increased by 14%, or 27.3 billion. Hryvnia in comparison with the year 2014, amounting to 194.5 billion. Hryvnia .
“At the same time, because of losses from exchange rate differences (the revaluation of foreign currency borrowings and interest on them) in the negative financial result before tax”, – the report says “Metallurgprom.” During 2015 metallurgical enterprises repaid 19.9 billion. Hryvnia VAT. As of 1 January 2016, steelmakers said to the VAT refund in the amount of 4.1 billion. Hryvnia. (On January 1, 2015 the debt on VAT refunds amounted to 3.7 billion. Hryvnia).
As reported, the metallurgical industry of Ukraine, at the end of 2014 increased the loss compared to the year 2013 by 84.4%, or 10.3 billion. hryvnia – up to 22.5 billion. hryvnia.”
According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, the total wage arrears in the country reached 1.881 billion. UAH ($ 72.4 million).
For the year debt rose to 42.5%. Such a critical situation not seen since the nineties unstable. But analysts say that soon left behind the nineties of the last century seem to Ukrainians flowers compared to what awaits them in the near future.
High levels of wage arrears currently recorded in the industry – 1.3 bn. UAH ($ 50 million)., Transport and warehousing – 205.7 million. UAH ($ 8 million)., As well as the professional scientific and technical activities – 127.6 million. UAH ($ 5 million). In fact, without the means of subsistence were those on whom rests the industrial and scientific potential of the state.”
The faction of the party “Self-Help”, a member of the parliamentary coalition of the Verkhovna Rada, expressed distrust of the government led by Arseniy Yatsenyuk and requires full cabinet resignation.
“Faction” Self-help “decided that we express distrust of the government, we demand his full retirement, including the resignation of the Prime Minister, who was unable to cope with the reforms – it has become obvious,” – said the representative of the faction MP Tatyana Ostrikova the TV channel “112 Ukraine”.
“Self-help” accuses the Cabinet Yatsenyuk is that none of the key reforms did not take place: no tax, no pension, no medical or educational.
Party “Samopomsch” has 33 mandate in the Ukrainian parliament, its representative Oksana raw foodists is Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada. The other day, “Self,” withdrew from the government of his minister Alexey Pavelko, who oversaw agromromyshlenny complex of Ukraine. The reason for withdrawal – a dictatorship Yatsenyuk, which hinders their subordinates to work “for the benefit of Ukraine.”
Hunter Biden, son of US Vice President Joe Biden arrives in December in Kiev to teach wits Ukrainian authorities, part of the Ukrainian gas Burisma Holdings board of directors. In Washington, constantly refer to the White House statement, which stressed that Hunter Biden – a private person and do not notice how Biden Jr. took possession of gas assets in Ukraine.
In particular, the Canadian company Serinus Energy sells its gas assets in Ukraine enterprise Resano Trading Ltd, which in turn belongs to the company Burisma.
«Serinus sells the entire 70-percent stake in KUB-Gas Holdings Limited. The main assets of KUB-Gas – gas fields in the Dnieper-Donets Basin. In particular, the company develops Olgovskaya, Makeyevka, North Makeyevka, Vergunskoe Krutogorovsky and deposits in Ukraine “, – the company said Serinus Energy.
The amount of funds to be received Serinus is $ 30 million. It is noted that the first tranche in the amount of $ 13.5 million. Was already listed companies. The latter amount will go to the seller no later than February 8, 2016.
Of course, mining naUkraine gas – not the same thing as the endless oil fields in Iraq, but, despite the modest size of these investments with the right political cover, to put it simply, “roof” in the upper floors of the Ukrainian authorities ensure the golden mountains. And this “roof” is in Kiev, but most importantly – in Washington, where the command and the Ukrainian authorities.”
love that google translate
french film Director being prevaricated upon by Ukr for film in Feb ,revealing a lot of what we know
“My investigation is contrary to the generally accepted picture – says Paul Moreira. – I knew I would meet with strong opposition, charges that I play into the hands of Putin. I did not expect to meet with the denial, sometimes bordering on hysteria. On the Ukrainian sites, I called a “terrorist”, held on the payroll of Russian special services. It calls for a ban of the film. Even the Ukrainian ambassador began to pressure on the TV channel Canal +. And that’s what surprises me the most. For it seems to me that Ukraine must urgently raise the issue of these paramilitary groups. They are, as they say in the film, the biggest threat to democracy in Ukraine. ”
‘The Verkhovna Rada has once again postponed the vote in the first reading of the bill, which is aimed at the so-called “de-monopolization” of the market of housing services. The adoption of the first reading of the controversial bill №1581-d “On the housing and communal services” while signaling a vote of 186 deputies supported the required minimum of 226 votes.
Experts believe that the proposed law makes owners and tenants is actually powerless and violated many legal norms.
The most scandalous norm is that honest taxpayers for utilities this law intend to make to pay for those who are not able to do it. In Ukraine, this norm has already been called “Pay for a neighbor.”
Households where a meter of water metering, which, of course, water saving to pay less with the new law want to have to pay for the established consumption rates in any case, regardless of the counter. And these are just two of a whole “bouquet” scandalous innovation.
Critics of the bill number 1581-d point out that it does not fulfill the stated purpose, because it is very well protects those who provide public services, but makes no rights of those who consume these services.
While the bill has been sent for revision. Knowing the traditions of Ukrainian politicians, we can assume that “modifying” are precisely those factions and those MPs who did not support the proposed anti-national law.”
“President of Ukraine Poroshenko after the end of the term of the risks to get to the Hague Tribunal because of the war in the Donbas. This was in the air, “Radio News” said the former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Oles Dony. According to him, it was because of fear to answer for Ilovajskij, Debaltsevsky boilers and other military defeat at the Donbass Ukrainian army did not want the power to ratify the Rome Statute.
“I think that Poroshenko has all the chances to get after the cadenza in the dock. If the trial was held, of course, we will learn a lot of facts putting Ukrainian interests. No wonder the Ukrainian government does not ratify the Rome Statute.”
“According to the Index of Economic Freedom, compiled by the American Research Institute of the Heritage Foundation and the influential newspaper The Wall Street Journal, today’s Ukraine is on the 162-th position in the “Index of Economic Freedom” of the possible 178.
US experts put Ukraine in the group of countries with “repressed economies”, calling it the most unfree economy in Europe.
The EXPERT report says that over the past seven years, the economy of Ukraine is the worst in terms of the rule of law and freedom of investment.”
“It turns out that Ukrainian Donbass reduced the export of goods to Europe! Moreover, the Donbass, “occupied by Russia” and not blocked Ukrainian APU. So say in the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.
Trade Representative of Ukraine Natalia Mykolskiy said: “With 26% of our 10.5% – a drop in exports of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, ie 40% of the total decrease in the rate of exports, it is, in fact, Russian aggression in the east of Ukraine. That is, a significant range of goods Ukraine can export the same or much less, but due to falling world market situation we have in terms of money there is a significant drop. ”
no we don’t want money
“Today, February 1, in Lviv local neo-Nazis noted the closure of several municipal offices of “Alfa-Bank”, which refers to a private Russian investment company “Alfa Group”. Collapsing business they noted theatrical funeral procession with wreaths, funeral music and even a coffin.
By the door of separation “Alfa-Bank”, which is already hanging over the announcement of the rental of premises, Lviv extremists brought the coffin, over which shouted “mourners” activist in mourning, black veil. Funeral entourage shares added saxophonist playing sad songs, under the walls of a former bank branch laid wreaths and flowers with mourning ribbons.
“I want so bored of the Russian business daily. I want to quit this business of our country, because this is a business “occupier”. I’m ready every day to come to the funeral of the Russian business “, – said Natalia Shelestak neonatsistka, head of the” Warta 700 “and coordinator of the CSI” Assistance to the Army of Ukraine. ” Organizer “Economic boykotnogo movement” Oleg Radik said that so-merry way funereal city says goodbye to a part of the Russian business.
“The good news is that closed two branches of the Russian” Alfa-Bank “and bad that it absorbs 10% of the former” Ukrsotsbank “. This happens with the connivance of the head of the National Bank and Mrs. Gontareva government inaction. We want to draw attention to the fact that the Russians come to us not only with a sword, but with the cross, and with the dollar, “- said Oleg galichansky Nazi Radik.
Theatrical action was supported by the activists of other social organizations of the city. Among them, “Self-Defense euromaidan Lviv”, “Warta 1”, “Varta 700”, “People’s Self-Lviv”.
By 2020, Ukraine will not be able to show real GDP growth. This was written by former first deputy prime minister of Ukraine, ex-head of the NBU Sergey Arbuzov on his page on Facebook. According to him, the worst performance in the world has only Equatorial Guinea.
“I never think about the future. It comes soon enough by itself” – said Albert Einstein. But look at him all the same should be at least to know what to prepare. In the case of “emergency landing” of the economy of Ukraine in 2014-15 it spent so much potential, which is usually small steps Ukraine to the level of 2013 and will come by 2020. What he recognizes the NBU. Unfortunately, at this time the whole world will go forward – the average growth rate of real GDP of 189 countries for 2013-2020 is expected to reach 29%. This rule has two exceptions – Ukraine (-3%) and Equatorial Guinea (19%). Even Libya, which lives in a state of war for 5 years, tipped growth of 4%. And Ukraine. “, – The politician stressed.
According to him, the whole thing in 18% of the fall of the economy in just two years, and the absence of clear growth drivers in the
future.” The export potential now can only rely on agriculture. Even from the fall in oil prices the importing country has not won, since the devaluation, and the tax burden does not fall hryvnia prices. The expected growth in the next year by 1%, to put it bluntly, is the conservation of backwardness and poverty. Previously the economy from falling prices on world markets protecting airbag in the form of savings of the population and live in domestic demand. Now, this is not – thoughtless devaluation and destruction of the banking sector virtually destroyed the domestic market. “- Said Arbuzov.
In his opinion, no standard measures will not help – the country needs technical team of crisis
managers.” The depth of destruction is so great that no standard measures already will not help. Macroeconomic stabilization, based on the belt-tightening Ukrainians is impossible when the triple devaluation in two years and subsidence of GDP in dollar terms by 2.4 times. A companion dollarization disperse the National Bank of confidence in banks and the national currency, the cultivation of the black currency market makes any advice classical economists useless. Who needs drastic measures, starting with the staff. The problem is that each new “kamikaze” begins to work exclusively on themselves, and then, spreading his hands out. The country urgently needs a team of technical crisis managers. “- Summed up the watermelon.”
reposting link to extensive article “In connection with the collapse of statehood, exorbitant corruption, continuation of senseless fighting on the eastern front, and the blockade of Donbass Ukrainian families impoverished and shallow. According to the State Statistics Service of households in Ukraine becomes less, and they are steadily shrinking.” etc etc etc
all google translate
can’t keep up……must be lots happening…………..gotta work now………………..
how to do business in Ukraine:
“On the Internet there is a useful resource – “the Unified State Register of court decisions in Ukraine”, where you can gather a lot of information in particular, and on corruption “oborudkam” budget. Buy old equipment instead of new, paid from the budget pals work that was not going to carry out one – the best driving techniques “cut” of public funds in Ukraine.
Director of Municipal commercial enterprise “Mariupolteploset” Igor Klimenko in 2015 bought from a private entrepreneur goods worth about 3 million USD. For information on the case on the grounds of a criminal offense under Part. 4 Art. 190 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine entered in the register of pre-trial investigations.
“According to the UAS in Donetsk region number 56 / 34-2783 H / T on 07/12/2015 found that the director of the municipal commercial enterprise” Mariupolteploset “conspired with the individual entrepreneur and fraudulently made during 2015 acquisition from above person by the CCP “Mariupolteploset” inventory items that have been used, for a total of about 3 million. UAH., while reflecting the cost of goods delivered as a new, “- stated in the state register of information.
However, not all the works entered in the register as the pre-trial investigation, turn into lawsuits with real verdicts and sentences. And there is still the same reason – corruption, but in the judiciary. We will try to keep track of what the outcome of this particular case.”
KIEV, February 1. /TASS/. The death toll from a flu outbreak in Ukraine has reached 171, the Health Ministry’s press service said on Monday. “Since the beginning of the epidemic, a total of 171 flu-related deaths have been registered in Ukraine, including two lethal cases among children,” the statement said. The Odessa Region in Ukraine’s south where 33 death cases were reported is hit by the epidemic most. According to the ministry, more than 3.2 million people are infected with flu, 62.9% are children under 17 years. Health Minister Alexander Kvitashvili said on January 26 that epidemic thresholds are exceeded in 18 regions. Health ministry data shows swine flu officially known as influenza virus A/H1N1 is Ukraine’s most widespread strain.
MOSCOW, February 2. /TASS/. Some 90% of Russian regions have been hit by a flu epidemic, which has already killed over 120 people, the Russian consumer rights watchdog said on Tuesday. The Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights said the epidemic threshold is exceeded in 74 out of 85 Russian regions. The Russian Health Ministry expects the epidemic to reach its peak later this week.
If you also want to hear the story from the opposite side, try this one:
Kiev has filed an official complaint to the European Commission regarding Russia’s Nord Stream-2 pipeline, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk announced during a meeting with Slovakia’s Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, Monday.
© Str.Gazprom bills Ukraine’s Naftogaz $2.5bn for gas not bought
“This is a political project. We are requesting the European Commission launch an investigation and stop the project that is anti-European, anti-Ukrainian, anti-Slovak, anti-Polish,” said Yatsenyuk.
The Prime Minister also stressed that Kiev does not want Russia to “outmaneuver” Ukraine and voiced plans to create a transparent European gas market.
“We want to build a clear European gas market. That’s why we are sending out a strong signal to our European partners and European society,” he said.
The Nord Stream-2 pipeline project has become necessary for both Russia and Germany due to the continuing problem of reliability of gas transit though Ukraine. Moscow is trying to avoid a gas crisis similar to 2006 which left parts of Europe without heat after Ukraine began to siphon off gas destined for the European market. Nord Stream-2 aims to bypass Ukrainian territory.
The pipeline is due to provide an additional direct route for Russian gas to Germany via the Baltic Sea, and be able to deliver up to 55 billion cubic meters a year.
According to Yatsenyuk, the project “must be not only overviewed, but cancelled.”
On Tuesday, February 2 came into force expanded food embargo that Ukrainian Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Yatsenyuk confirmed in relation to the Russian Federation. Now the list of prohibited for import to Ukraine of Russian goods has 70 positions. In particular, the prohibition also included Russian products such as onions, green tea, sweets, crisps, biscuits, ketchup, soy sauce, vodka, tobacco and manufactured goods.
Russia, in turn, also imposed an embargo on the commodity food products from Ukraine, and in connection with the entry into force of the free trade zone between Ukraine and the European Union introduced the so-called most favored nation treatment in trade. Its essence is the customs duties on their subsequent regulation. Recall that the first trade between Ukraine and Russia, who were in the CIS free trade zone, was conducted without import duties on Ukrainian goods.
Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Aivaras Abromavicius in late January, has already admitted that the Ukrainian business to lose from the embargo to 1.1 billion dollars.
In addition, losing the Russian market, Ukraine has not received the coveted European markets, and now hastily shifting towards Africa, which intends to increase the export of its agricultural products.”
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Ukrainian lawmakers disrupt fulfilment of Minsk Agreements. Session of the Verkhovna Rada expires on 2nd February; however amendments to the Constitution concerning decentralization were not adopted.
The law of the Special Status of Donbass was not implemented. It was announced by the heads of the Contact group Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego.
‘Today is the last day of the session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and amendments to the Constitution have not been adopted yet. Ukraine keeps on violating duties taken in Minsk’, it was pointed out in the text of the announcement.
Be reminded that the constitutional reform in Ukraine, which implies decentralization as a key component, is one of the fundamental requirements of the peaceful settlement principles, which were agreed in Minsk by the leaders of the Norman Four. In accordance with the set of measures to implement the Minsk Agreement signed on February 12, 2015, the reform implies that Kiev is to adopt permanent legislation on the special status of the Donbass region. In August, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the amendments to the Constitution regarding decentralization in the first reading. The amendments state that the aspects of local self-government in Donbass are determined “by a separate law.” However, these amendments were introduced not in the main text of the constitution but added to the so-called transitional provisions, which a priori determines their temporary nature. In addition, the proposed revision does not specify what “special law” means.
MOSCOW, February 2. /TASS/. Closing checkpoints between the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Ukraine is the continuation of Kiev’s genocide of people in Donbass, DPR defense ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said on Tuesday. “We note that Ukrainian side is strengthening its economic blockade of DPR. In particular, Ukrainian military commanders find new excuses to close checkpoints between the republic and Ukraine to restrict the movement of people,” Basurin told Donetsk News Agency. “This is nothing else but continuing genocide of Donbass people by Ukrainian government,” he added. Basurin noted that checkpoint restrictions mostly affect pensioners who cannot receive their social payments if crossing is prohibited. Trucks carrying humanitarian aid and medicine are also banned from entering DPR. “We call on international humanitarian organizations to pay attention to the instances of genocide and properly react to them,” the DPR defense ministry spokesman added. Ukraine said it will close checkpoints to DPR territory in reaction to growing number of prevocational shellings by the self-proclaimed republics’ forces. The checkpoint Zaytsevo to the north of Gorlovka will be temporarily closed starting from February 3.
Hilarious exchange between Ukraine oligarch gangster Viktor Pinchuk and Donald Trump. Poor Pinchuk rolls his eyes, doesn’t know how to deal with this American joker 5 times as rich as he is. (Click on video about halfway down the page):
Tatyana Montyan creditable opposition politician Ukraine posted a video interview Jan 29th 1hr 20 mins on russian language youtube my mrs checked out yesterday……I tried on english lang youtube but it ain’t coming up this am ……….maybe someone could check out the former to see if is an upto date interview relevant to recent events, I think it is but unable to check out now…………..
KIEV, February 3. /TASS/. Ukraine’s Minister of Economy and Trade Aivaras Abromavicius announced his resignation on Wednesday. “Today I have decided to resign from the post due to a sharp activation of blocking important systemic reforms in the country,” he said at a press conference in Kiev.
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KIEV, February 3. /TASS/. The decision of Ukraine’s Minister of Economy and Trade Aivaras Abromavicius to leave his post is a sign of a conflict with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, and a signal from the West about the deterioration of relations, Andrei Zolotarev head of the Kiev-based analytical Third Sector Centre, said Wednesday. READ ALSO Ukraine’s Minister of Economy and Trade resigns “The decision of Abromavicius to resign means that his relationship with the president’s office, including Deputy Head of Petro Poroshenko’s fraction in the Verkhovna Rada Igor Kononenko, are not quite working out. Given that Abramovichus is expatriate and a project involving foreigners in the government began a year ago, his resignation is quite a serious signal to the President that the attitude of external political partners could soon change for the worse,” Zolotarev said. The Ukrainian government has several foreign nationals holding the posts of ministers. Before his appointment, Abromavicius was a Lithuanian businessman. Ukraine’s Minister of Healthcare Alexander Kvitashvili is from Georgia, who had also tried to resign earlier, but the Verkhovna Rada did not support his decision. American-born Natalie Jaresko holds the post of Ukraine’s Minister of Finance.