#Official Commentary of Alla Barkhatnova on space ambitions of Ukraine

In a bid to serve the West Ukraine comes up with new ways to sabotage Russia.

The Head of the State Space Agency Lubomyr Sabadosh claimed that Kiev has offered Washington together to develop and establish production of liquid rocket engines instead of the Russian RE-180 which the United States are now forced to buy due to a lack of their own peers. The US use Russian-made RE-180 liquid rocket engine to launch their military satellites.

Lubomyr Sabadosh noted that the United States are interested in this idea, and further negotiations on this issue to be held in Kiev in November this year. However, official statements and comments by the United States on the subject of any agreement with Ukraine in the field of co-operation have not appeared yet.

It is worth noting that the Pentagon has decided to buy rocket engines in Russia despite the imposed sanctions for the reason that at the moment there is no competitive analogues of Russian rocket engine RE-180. According to preliminary calculations, the motors that can qualitatively replace the RE-180 may appear in Ukraine not earlier than in 5-6 years.

However, given the current economic state of Ukraine, it is extremely difficult to implement this task, because just two months ago Ukraine with the help of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency took another loan from the IMF in the amount of 331 million dollars for the development of the financial sector. However, there haven’t been any improvements in the financial sector of Ukraine and there aren’t any now.

On the contrary, during the reign of the new ‘democratic’ government of Ukraine, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau launched an investigation on suspicion of a number of the Ukrainian National Bank’s officials in the embezzlement of 12 billion hryvnia in the period of 2014-2015. As it turned out, wasted money has been allocated to refinance the banks, the employees of the NBU of which were in a preliminary conspiracy with the bank’s owners. Interestingly, at the time of the investigation all identified banks-perpetrators were liquidated.

At the beginning of 2016 Ukraine’s state debt reached 1.334 trillion hryvnia, and the external debt amounted to 34.409 billion dollars, or 826 billion hryvnia, which exceeds the amount of NBU’s reserves of 2.5 times.

Based on the above, I have a rhetorical question: will America cooperate with Ukraine? Is the US ready to make any long-term plans for cooperation with the bankrupt country, mired in debt, war and a political crisis?

Alla Barkhatnova, the DPR People’s Council deputy

Official website of the DPR People’s Council

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