Ukraine has been included in the list of the countries with high levels of organized crime, according to a rating compiled by World Economic Forum (WEF) experts.
Ukraine currently ranks 113th in the list of 137 countries with a score of 3.9 on a scale of 1 to 7 (best), according to the rating posted on the WEF’s website. A score of 1 means that organized crime (mafia-oriented racketeering, extortion) imposes costs on businesses to a great extent (huge costs) and 7 means it imposes no costs.
Ukraine is in a group of countries with high levels of organized crime together with the states of Latin America and Africa. El Salvador, Honduras and Venezuela have the worst ratings. According to the WEF, Finland, Norway and Oman have the best scores. The rating is based on data of 2015-2016.
Thousands of Ukrainian opposition activists have rallied in central Kyiv, calling on parliament to adopt legislation on presidential impeachment.
Police said the demonstration organized by Mikheil Saakashvili’s Movement of New Forces party attracted 2,500 people, but local reports said about 5,000 people participated.
The demonstrators dispersed peacefully after marching through the city center and holding a rally on European Square.
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Police in Kyiv have detained more than 60 people at an alleged gathering of organized crime bosses in the Ukrainian capital.
Authorities said the arrests were made late on November 26 during a raid by National Police and Ukrainian special forces at a restaurant in Kyiv’s historic Pushcha-Vodytsia neighborhood.
A statement from Ukraine’s National Police force said those gathered in Kyiv included powerful crime bosses who were able to “influence the criminal situation in Kyiv and other regions” of the country.
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Former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev has warned of the dire consequences of an escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and praised Russian restraint in not becoming further involved.
“If our country intervenes, such a fire could break out that the whole world wouldn’t be able to put it out. And it is right that the politicians are upholding their position,” Gorbachev told Russian radio station RSN.
Western governments have accused Vladimir Putin’s government of exacerbating the crisis by arming pro-Russian rebels, and in recent days sending troops over the border into eastern Ukraine.
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Ukraine’s military says that five of its soldiers have been killed and four wounded in clashes with Russia-backed separatists in the east of the country.
The military said in a November 24 statement that four of the soldiers were killed in a gunfight the previous day near the village of Krymske that lasted around eight hours.
Krymske lies around 30 kilometers west of Luhansk, where tensions have escalated this week between separatist factions that control the city.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has told leaders of Moscow-backed separatists in Ukraine’s eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk that he favors a plan for a prisoner swap with Kyiv, in a rare acknowledgement of direct contact with the separatist forces.
Russian state-run news agency TASS on November 15 quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying Putin spoke by phone with separatist leaders Aleksandr Zakharchenko of the Donetsk region and Igor Plotnitsky of Luhansk.
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