Despite international ceasefire negotiations and agreements, political situation in Eastern Ukraine continues to worsen. In early February 2015, the intensity of a conflict between Ukrainian Armed Forces and pro-Putin separatists increased dramatically.
According to the estimates, nearly 1 million people lost their homes and means of livelihood during the armed conflict. Overall number of people killed in Ukraine’s war since April 2014 reached 5,486 (February 6, 2015*), with about 13,000 injured.
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) situation reports
*Conservative estimates of the UN Human Rights Mission in Ukraine (HRMU) and World Health Organization (WHO) based on available official data.
On Tuesday, 16 of Dec. 2014, Russian ruble depreciated to the level of 77 rubles per US dollar. Russian economy will end 2014 below $2 trillion. If ruble/dollar exchange rate is not changed in 2015, Russian economy will fall below 1 trillion US$.
The WTO General Council meets as the Trade Policy Review Body to undertake trade policy reviews of Members under the TPRM and to consider the Director-General's regular reports on trade policy developement. The TPRB is thus open to all WTO Members. The current chair is Ms. Irene B. K. YOUNG (Hong Kong, China). Event Holder: World Trade Organization Source of data: Merchandise trade matrix, imports and exports of total all products, annual, 1995-2014, WTO statistical data sets, 1948-2014