High school graduates have shown a shockingly low level of knowledge of the English language at the EIE. 

In 2014 the future college applicants failed to show not even a high, but a satisfactory level of knowledge of foreign languages – only 0,11% managed to get a successful score. 
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Poroshenko should not shake Putin’s hand – expert

Kyiv – The President Elect of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is to participate in the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the deployment of the Allied Powers army in Normandy, France today. The Ukrainian leader was invited to the event by the French President Francois Hollande. During the visit Petro Poroshenko might have “certain contact” with Vladimir Putin, however a separate meeting has not been planned. This was reported by the Russian President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov. What might this “contact” look like and what could Poroshenko speak about with Putin? 

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There Will Be No “Transnistria-2” in the East of Ukraine – Diplomat

Olexandr Lashchenko

Vasha Svoboda” guest: Andriy Veselovskiy, Special Ambassador of the Ukrainian MFA.

Olexandr Lashchenko: Recently the President of France Francois Hollande met with Petro Porohenko. Having congratulated him with the victory at the elections, he invited him to the celebration ceremony of the anniversary of the allied army invasion in Normandy during World War II. The ceremony will take place on June 6th. This ceremony is to be attended by the leaders of many countries, particularly the US President Barack Obama will be present, as well as Queen of England, Elizabeth II. 

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The EU Noticed Kadirov’s Men in Ukraine, However Now Is The Time for Gas Talks Instead of Sanctions

Brussels – The EU expects Russia to further remove its army from the border with Ukraine, to begin cooperation with the newly-elected President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and to use its influence on the separatists in the eastern regions of Ukraine for the de-escalation of the conflict. This message was put into a statement regarding Ukraine by the heads of states and governments of the European Union, affirmed at the informal summit in Brussels on May 27th. This is the first meeting on the highest level in the EU after the elections to the European Parliament and the presidential elections in Ukraine.

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Ukrainians protest outside Russian embassy in Canberra

Hundreds of Ukrainians gathered outside the Russian embassy in Canberra on Sunday in protest against the Putin government’s occupation of the Crimean Peninsula and other eastern regions of Ukraine. Coinciding with the Ukrainian presidential elections, the demonstration was just one of many happening worldwide. About 500 people travelled from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane to demonstrate, with Ukrainian citizens taking the opportunity to cast their vote at the Ukrainian embassy before staging a peaceful protest outside Russia’s embassy in Griffith.

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“War Is Already Underway”: How Volunteers Serve in the Ukrainian Army

by Yuriy Marchenko, May 26th, 2014

The author of this material is a soldier of the Ukrainian army who signed up as a volunteer after the Crimean events began. He asked not to indicate his name, in order to have the opportunity to honesty talk about how the service looks from the inside. Platfor.ma is publishing the volunteer’s direct speech. 

I am a solider. On March 1st, when our extraordinarily brotherly friends burst rushed to spread good and flourishing to the humiliated Russian-speakers, I ran to the military commissariat and signed up as a volunteer. On May 17th I got the call, on the 18th I became a soldier. The first wave – they prepared mobilisation. It was ready and began on May 15th. Formed a group at the command point myself, went with it myself, and started serving in the Kyiv battalion together with it.

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Act Now! Vote For Ukraine!

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Authors: Iuliia Zubrytska, Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program Alumnus and a lawyer (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Dr. Markian Shulakewych, M.D., FRCPC, Canadian specialist physician with extensive medical experience in Ukraine (Ottawa, Canada)

In March 2014, Iuliia Zubrytska and Dr. Markian Shulakewych interviewed Maryana Zayats (Winnipeg, Canada), focusing on civil society democratic engagement in the upcoming Ukrainian Presidential elections, first round voting May 25, 2014, and possible second round voting June 15, 2014, and hopefully soon to be scheduled Ukrainian Parliamentary elections, and what Canada, Ukrainian diaspora and Ukrainian citizens can do to enhance, facilitate and realize the voting process. Continue reading

Deutsche Bank: The Eurozone Will Endure Harsh Sanctions Against Russia

22.05.2014

German economists have calculated the possible losses from the sanctions against the Kremlin in the case of escalation of the situation in Ukraine. Their conclusion: the West can afford to be assertive.

“The economics of sanctions: the West can afford to show assertiveness,” is the name of the investigation published recently by the analytic center Deutsche Bank (DB Research). A group of experts of the biggest bank in Germany, led by its head economist David Wolkerst-Landau, calculated the possible losses from the economical sanctions against Russia, to which the European Union and the USA may resort in case of further escalation of the situation in Ukraine.

The main conclusion of the investigation is already reflected in its name: the leading Western economists are able to withstand the consequences of both the sanctions against Russia and the possible responsive action on Moscow’s part without significant losses for themselves. Only a full suspension of export to the EU of Russian energy resources or a default of the Russian Federation would constitute real danger. However both of these options are considered to be highly improbable by the German experts. Meanwhile they are pointing out the problems that may arise in individual EU states and European economical industries as a result of the ‘sanction war.’

To begin with, Deutsche Bank experts are analyzing the current state of the Russian economy. They name capital outflow as one of its typical characteristics, which has been observed in Russia for many years now, however which has increased significantly in the recent time. This is a “severe blow for the already weakened Russian economy,” emphazises the investigation. Another consequence of the conflict with Ukraine and an indirect result of the sanctions already imposed against individual people, banks and companies, was the significant price increase on financial resources for loaners from Russia.

The Russian Recession and European Export

The authors of the investigation note that as a result of devaluation of the ruble, inflation has increased on one hand. However, on the other hand, this augmented the revenues of the budget of the Russian Federation, as a result of which “the government received certain opportunities to augment state expenditures.” This will allow the Russian government to “limit the economical consequences of the further escalation of the current crisis,” notes the investigation.

“A long-term conflict in Ukraine and the continuation of uncertainty are already enough by themselves to provoke recession,” opine the experts of DB Research. However, if the West is to implement ‘significant’ financial and economical sanctions against Russia, the country, taking everything into account, “will fall into deep recession,” says the investigation. Its authors do not exclude that in this case economical stagnation in Russia may reach 10%, just how it has been after the default in 1998 or during the crisis of 2008-2009.

The possible recession in Russia will influence European exporters, however quite unequally. The fall in demand will be felt the most by “some small countries at the eastern borders of the Eurozone,” for example, Estonia and Finland, whose export to Russia constitutes over 10%. Meanwhile, for France, Italy and Spain, the losses will be insignificant, as the Russian part in their export does not surpass 2,5 percent, and the export percentage in the GDP of these countries itself is relatively small.

Risks for Germany

“The only big country of the Eurozone which has significant trade connections with Russia is Germany,” emphasizes the investigation of DB Research. 3,3% of German export go to the Russian market. It is most important for German equipment builders (5% from all export supplies) and car builders (4%). However, German clothing producers are most dependent on Russia (5,5%).

Taking this into account, even a dramatic fall of the Russian market will lead, according to the calculations of the authors of the investigation, to the slowing of economical growth in Germany within the limits of 0,5 percent points. “This should not be disregarded, however this can be dealt with,” think DB Research experts.

The Biggest Losses are Threatening French Banks

As to the financial sector, in absolute numbers the biggest risks from the “sanction war” will be suffered by French banks. Their loan demands to lenders in Russia and investments into Russian stocks constitute about 51 billion US Dollars. If one is to speak of relative numbers, the biggest measures are demonstrated by Austria, the Netherlands and Italy. Such risks of the German and Spanish banks are called “quite limited” by the authors of the investigation.

However, overall the European bank sector is much more vulnerable to the implementation of much harsher sanctions against Russia than the American or Japanese one. The worst case scenario, according to the analysts, would be Russia’s inability to pay or its full isolation from the international finance system. However even in this case the consequences for the Russian economy would be much more serious than for the Western countries, DB Research experts are convinced. – DW

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Russian Analyst Calls for Dividing Up Romania Following Partition of Ukraine

Paul Goble, originally on Window on Eurasia

Staunton, May 15 – Russian commentators have talked openly about dividing up Ukraine and Moldova in order to support ethnic Russian communities there and weaken these two countries, but now one Moscow writer has taken such ideas further and called for the dividing up of Romania in support of Russian national interests in the Balkans.

In a commentary on APN.ru, Dmitry Rodionov says that the annexation of Crimea and the crisis in Ukraine have refocused attention on the possibilities of joining Transdniestria, the breakaway region in Moldova, to the Russian Federation, something he says that must be “decide in parallel with ‘the Ukrainian question’”. Continue reading