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Max Hunder

Business reporter, editor

Max Hunder is a business reporter at the Kyiv Independent. He previously worked as a business reporter at the Kyiv Post focusing on infrastructure and energy. He is a graduate of Eton College and University College London, and has reported for international publications from London, Kyiv and Yerevan.

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BREAKING: German economy minister orders Nord Stream 2 certification halt

BREAKING: German economy minister orders Nord Stream 2 certification halt

by Max Hunder

German economy minister Robert Habeck has ordered the country's energy regulator to halt the certification of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in response to Russia's military escalation in eastern Ukraine, Spiegel reports. The decision comes a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized occupied Ukrainian territories in Donbas as independent

President's office denies Macron transition period bill claims.

President's office denies Macron transition period bill claims.

by Max Hunder

The French president claimed at his press conference in Moscow on Feb. 7 that a Ukrainian draft law on a "transition period" in Donbas and Crimea was dropped at President Zelensky's insistence to accomodate Normandy format demands. The Ukrainian president's office denied this. France and Russia considered the bill to "violate the Minsk agreements."

Hryvnia hits 7 year low amid Russian threat

Hryvnia hits 7 year low amid Russian threat

by Max Hunder

The Ukrainian currency, hryvnia, fell to its lowest level against the U.S. dollar in seven years on Jan. 27, closing at an exchange rate of Hr 28.95 per $1. According to the National Bank of Ukraine, the hryvnia started the day at 28.91 per dollar, its lowest

Zelensky: Russia could invade Kharkiv

Zelensky: Russia could invade Kharkiv

by Max Hunder

President Volodymyr Zelensky stated in a Washington Post interview on Jan. 20 that he believes Russia could occupy Ukraine's eastern city of Kharkiv and thus start a large-scale war. "If Russia decides to enhance their escalation, of course they are going to do this on those territories where historically there

Court rules not to arrest Poroshenko

Court rules not to arrest Poroshenko

by Max Hunder

Kyiv’s Pechersk District Court made its long-anticipated ruling on the pre-trial arrangements of ex-President Petro Poroshenko. On Jan. 19, the court ordered Poroshenko to sign a writ of personal recognizance, which is a pledge by the defendant to attend court without posting bail. The court chose not to place

Government to create 150 Territorial Defense battalions

Government to create 150 Territorial Defense battalions

by Max Hunder

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry announced on Jan. 18 that it was speeding up the formation of 25 Territorial Defense Force brigades, which will be made up of over 150 battalions in total. The announcement was made in a statement summarizing a meeting held between Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov and the

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