Ukraine faces economic and political obstacles


Activists build a wall, which will block entrance to the Sberbank of Russia office during a protest outside of a branch of Sberbank of Russia in Kiev, Ukraine, March 13, 2017. Activists and supporters of Ukrainian nationalist groups demand to close all banks

The trade blockade with Donbass is a concern

Ukraine’s economic recovery accelerated into the end of 2016, GDP expanding by 4.7% year-on-year in the fourth quarter, Chris Weafer, senior partner of Moscow-based consultancy Macro Advisory in Moscow said in a note to investors on March 20, adding that brought full-year growth to 2.2%, reversing the near 10% contraction of 2015. “That trend continued into 2017 but much of it is based on one-off factors,” he wrote.

“The trade blockade with Donbass is a concern; if it remains for long enough,...

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