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The Sunday Show: Another Major Cyberattack, Macron's Foreign Policy, Head of IMF Mission to Ukraine
30 June, 2017

This Week On The Sunday Show:

✅ Biggest Cyber Attack on Ukraine, Explained

Ukraine experienced the biggest hacker attack in its history. A ransomware virus hit almost a hundred Ukrainian companies, banks and government institutions. It's still not possible to count the damage from the attack and as such no exact figures have emerged. The attack has led to a lot of guesswork and speculation. Hromadkse spoke to a digital security expert who works with many companies in Eastern Europe to provide you with verified information.

Featuring guests:

Vadym Losev, digital security expert

 

✅ Four Years of Drama: Outgoing Interview With IMF Head in Ukraine

The International Monetary Fund is a huge player in Ukraine's reforms. The Ukrainian government has taken tough measures to receive the IMF's help, but progress in structural reforms has been mixed. The key issues were macroeconomic stabilisation, stopping inflation, reforming the National Bank of Ukraine, including the nationalisation of one of the biggest banks. Jerome Vacher has been running the IMF Resident Representative office here in Kyiv for 4 years and is about to leave his position this month. Watch his outgoing interview with Hromadske.

Featuring guests:

Jerome Vacher, IMF Resident Representative Office in Ukraine

 

✅ Another Russian Soldier Captured in Eastern Ukraine

A low intensity conflict –this is how we can describe the current state of the Russian-Ukrainian War in Donbas. There is lot of evidence of Russian support for the separatists and data about Russian soldiers fighting in the East. Generally, Russia has been alternating between sending forces to participate in active fighting and coordinating separatist troops when there's no direct action. This week the Ukrainian military detained a Russian soldier named Viktor Ageev, a member of the “4th separate motorized brigade of the People’s Militia of the Luhansk People’s Republic." We have prepared a report on what you need to know.

 

✅ Macron's Plan for Russia and Ukraine

The new French President Emmanuel Macron has stepped in as an active leader in French-German tandem communication with Russia and Ukraine in the Normandy format. He has also been openly critical of Russian policy towards Ukraine. This week President Macron met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ahead of the G20 summit on 7-8 July. We talked to Marie Mendras– one of the key French experts on Russia and Eastern Europe and a professor at Science Po University’s School of International Affairs in Paris– about President Macron's policy towards Russia and Ukraine.

Featuring guests:

Marie Mendras, expert on Russia and Eastern Europe and a professor at Science Po University’s School of International Affairs in Paris

 

✅ Restoring Trust in Government Institutions

Lack of trust in institutions, governments and politicians is a global problem. Historically, in Ukraine and Eastern Europe the population has every reason to be concerned. Now Ukraine is struggling with the dilemma of building new state institutions from scratch or reforming the old structures. How can we create trustworthy institutions? This was the topic of a discussion Hromadske recorded with Peter Wagner, Head of the Ukraine Support Group to the European Commission, Khatia Dekanoidze, the Head of Ukrainian National Police from 2015–2016 and moderator Hlib Vyshlinskiy, Executive Director, Centre for Economic Strategy.

Featuring guests:

Peter Wagner, Head of the Ukraine Support Group to the European Commission

Khatia Dekanoidze, the Head of Ukrainian National Police from 2015–2016

Moderator: Hlib Vyshlinskiy, Executive Director, Centre for Economic Strategy