Ukraine secures deal to restructure the country's debt

  • Ukraine's Finance Ministry said on Thursday that it had agreed a deal with private creditors to restructure the country's debt that will see them take a 20 percent write down on around $18 billion worth of Ukrainian bonds and bond repayments extended by four years. 

  • Also on Thursday, Ukraine's military said 7 Ukrainian servicemen had been killed in the preceding 24 hours. 

Ukrainian film maker jailed in Russia on terror charge

  • Oleg Sentsov, who is 39 years old, received a 20 year prison sentence while his co-defendant Alexander Kolchenko was sentenced to 10 years. 

  • The pair were accused in 2014 of terror activities in Crimea, the Ukrainian province annexed by Russia.