China displaced Russia last year as Ukraine’s top single nation trading partner, according to trade statistics for the first 10 months of the year. China-Ukraine trade was $10.5 billion, 21% more than the Russia-Ukraine trade, which was $8.6 billion. In the last weeks of the Poroshenko administration, bilateral trade sanctions were increased. To duck sanctions, much trade between Russia and Ukraine passes through Belarus. After Germany at $7 billion and Poland at $6.2 billion, Belarus came in as Ukraine’s 5th largest trading partner, with $4.4 billion.
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