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Ukraine president demands swift probe after activist's house set ablaze

Jul 23 2020

KYIV Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday called on law enforcement to find and punish those responsible for an arson attack on the family home of a prominent anticorruption activist known for criticising top officials and businessmen.

Ukrainian anti-graft group says razing of activist's house was assassination bid

Jul 23 2020

KYIV The family home of a prominent Ukrainian anti-corruption activist burned down in what his organisation on Thursday called an assassination bid, demanding that President Volodymyr Zelenskiy investigate the incident personally.

UPDATE 2-New Ukraine central bank chief surprises with rate pause at first policy meeting

Jul 23 2020

KYIV, July 23 Ukraine's central bank unexpectedly kept its main interest rate unchanged for the first time in a year on Thursday, at the first monetary policy meeting under a new governor who took charge promising to revive an economy pummelled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ukraine aborts Eurobond sale as central bank governor's exit rattles market

Jul 02 2020

KYIV/LONDON Ukraine's government on Thursday sought to reassure investors that its reform agenda remained on track after being forced to abort a $1.75 billion Eurobond sale following the shock resignation of Central Bank Governor Yakiv Smoliy.

Ukraine central bank chief abruptly resigns, citing political pressure

Jul 01 2020

KYIV Ukraine's Central Bank Governor Yakiv Smoliy unexpectedly submitted his resignation on Wednesday, citing "systematic political pressure" on the bank's activities and attempts to curb its independence.

IMF warns of coronavirus, reform risks in Ukraine after approving $5 billion deal

Jun 11 2020

KIEV The International Monetary Fund on Thursday warned of "large risks" to Ukraine's outlook after approving a new $5 billion deal for the country tumbling into a recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

IMF board approves $5 billion lifeline for Ukraine amid coronavirus recession

Jun 09 2020

WASHINGTON/KIEV The International Monetary Fund's executive board approved on Tuesday a $5 billion loan deal for Ukraine that Kiev says is needed to stave off default as the coronavirus pandemic plunges the Eastern European country's economy into recession.

Exclusive: Ukraine expects $5 billion IMF loan approval and initial payout next week - PM

May 29 2020

KIEV Ukraine is expecting the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to approve a $5 billion loan package on June 5 and to disburse the first tranche of $1.9 billion the next day, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal told Reuters on Friday.

REFILE-EXCLUSIVE-Ukraine expecting $5 bln IMF loan approval and initial payout next week -PM

May 29 2020

KIEV, May 29 Ukraine is expecting the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to approve a $5 billion loan package on June 5 and to disburse the first tranche of $1.9 billion the next day, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal told Reuters on Friday.

Ukraine expects first IMF loan tranche in week or two: presidential official

May 14 2020

KIEV Ukraine expects to receive the first loan tranche from a new International Monetary Fund deal within a week or two though the total size of the programme is still being finalised, a presidential official told Reuters on Thursday.

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