Valeria Gontareva, governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, tells DW how the conflict with Russia is putting the economy in a tight spot. Among other things, the devaluation of the national currency is a headache.
More ceasefire violations have been reported in eastern Ukraine, with four soldiers killed in a fight with rebels. The latest truce deal between Ukraine and pro-Russia separatists had only been agreed a day earlier.
Ukrainian central bank chief Valeria Gontareva has confirmed her resignation. She had been known for tough anti-crisis measures and a crackdown on money laundering in the banking sector.
Ukraine has detained a prominent energy executive and a former MP on graft allegations. Strengthening anti-graft measures is a key demand of the IMF and Western governments.
A week after Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a visit, her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron made his first trip as president to Russia. Macron highlighted plans to work on joint initiatives.
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