UNIAN (244)

Ukraine reports 2 WIA's amid 12 enemy attacks in last day

Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 12 times in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action , according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation Headquarters.

NBU cuts official exchange rate to UAH 26.64 to dollar

The National Bank of Ukraine on Wednesday evening lowered the official hryvnia exchange rate by 15 kopiykas, bringing the national currency to UAH 26.64 to the dollar.

Poroshenko signs decree on appointment State Bureau of Investigation chief

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree appointing Roman Truba director of the State Bureau of Investigation, the press service of the head of state reported.

Ukrainian troops officially allowed to sport beards

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine issued an order that allows all categories of military servicemen wearing beards and mustaches, according to BBC Ukrainian service.

Poroshenko has greatest chances of winning presidential elex - poll

If the presidential election were held next Sunday, Poroshenko would receive 16.1% of the votes, while Yulia Tymoshenko would finish the race second with 14.4%, an UNIAN correspondent reported from a Kyiv press conference where the outcome of the national sociological survey by four Ukrainian ...

Czech comrade

President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman in Moscow is a welcomed guest in Moscow where he is referred to with piety as Putin's personal friend. Being a Russian president’s friend means...

Crimean Tatars' Dzhemilev: Russia violates Geneva Convention of 1949

Russian occupiers in the illegally-annexed Crimea persecute those who express dissent with de-facto authorities, Commissioner of the Ukrainian President for Crimean Tatar affairs, Mustafa Dzhemilev, said at a meeting with Head of the Presidential Administration Ihor Rainin and the delegation of the ...

Fate of EU aid for Ukraine: chance may soon be lost to get EUR 600 million

Ukraine will lose the opportunity to receive a EUR 600 million tranche of macro-financial assistance from the European Union if in the near future the authorities fail to fulfill a number of requirements, head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli told Europeiska Pravda.

Ukraine's FM names priorities of European Investment Plan for Ukraine

Among the priorities of the European Investment Plan for Ukraine, which envisages EUR 50 billion worth of direct investment in the Ukrainian economy over a 10-year period will be infrastructure development and hi-tech, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin told reporters ahead of the government ...

Putin preparing Russia's economy for war

All big private companies and state-owned enterprises must be ready to increase output of military products, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a Wednesday meeting with senior officials from the Defense Ministry and defense industry where the Zapad-2017 strategic drills were discussed, ...

Zakharchenko asked to unite DPR, LPR into 'Novorossiya', take lead

A video has been uploaded on social networks showing one of the militant commanders in the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” appealing to the self-proclaimed “leader” of the neighboring “Donetsk People’s Republic” terrorist organization, Alexander ...

EBRD cheers progress as Ukraine replaces Naftogaz board - Reuters

Ukraine’s government on Wednesday backed the appointment of new members to the supervisory board of state energy firm Naftogaz, a move welcomed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as a sign of commitment to reform, Reuters reports.

Split in 'LPR' explained

The conflict between the so-called leader of 'Luhansk People’s Republic' Igor Plotnitsky and the self-styled 'minister of the interior' Igor Kornet has been developing...

Kyiv mayor, Chinese consortium agree on $2 bln deal to build fourth subway line

Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has agreed with a Chinese consortium on the construction of the city's fourth subway line, according to Kyiv City State Administration's press service.

AgriLand: Irish agri-food companies urged to capitalise on Ukraine's 'brains and grains'

Daniel Bilak, chief investment advisor to Ukrainian Prime Minister, Volodymyr Groysman, and CEO of UkraineInvest – a company aimed at promoting investment in Ukraine – envisages a number of growth areas to strengthen trade links between Ireland and Ukraine, according to AgriLand, ...

EU slaps sanctions on top official in Ukraine's Sevastopol – media

The European Union has slapped a travel ban and asset freeze on the top official in the city of Sevastopol, which Russia annexed along with Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014, according to CNBC with reference to The Associated Press.

Ukraine almost doubles its position in Paying Taxes 2018 ranking

Partner at PwC Ukraine Vyacheslav Vlasov has announced Ukraine has almost doubled its position in the Paying Taxes 2018 ranking, a special report by PwC and the World Bank Group, having climbed from 84th to 43rd place.

NY National Guard takes over training of Ukrainian troops – media

Army National Guard members from upstate New York are taking over the mission to train Ukrainian soldiers in their homeland, according to U.S. News & World Report, with reference to The Associated Press.

Ukrainian businesses face over 27,000 checks in 2018

Ukraine's state institutions have planned 27,169 inspections of businesses next year, according to the OpenDataBot, a business data registration monitoring service.

Ex-Bosnian Serb commander Mladic convicted of genocide, gets life in prison – media

A U.N. tribunal on Wednesday convicted former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity for orchestrating massacres and ethnic cleansing during Bosnia's war and sentenced him to life in prison, according to Reuters.

Ukraine's 2018 draft budget meets IMF requirements – finance ministry

Deputy Director of the Ukrainian Finance Ministry's budget planning department Mykhailo Bosak says indicators of the government-drafted national budget for 2018, which has passed its first reading in parliament, are in line with the benchmarks of the International Monetary Fund's Extended Fund ...

Coup in 'LPR': 200 armed men storm Luhansk 'PGO's' building – social media

Social media users report that 200 armed militants have stormed the building of the so-called 'Prosecutor General's Office' in the center of the Russian-occupied city of Luhansk, according to the Drugoi Lugansk local news portal.

Hyundai Rotem renews maintenance deal in Ukraine – media

Korean train manufacturing firm Hyundai Rotem has renewed its maintenance services for 90 subway trains in Ukraine, securing an additional 65 billion won , according to The Korea Herald.

Kremlin refuses to comment on coup in 'LPR'

Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov has refused to comment on the situation in the Russian-occupied city of Luhansk and the presence of armed people in the city center, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia.

Ukrainian army retakes several villages at Svitlodarska Duha bulge – volunteer

Ukrainian civil volunteer and activist Yuriy Mysyagin has said the Ukrainian army has liberated several villages and taken control of several strategic heights at the Svitlodarska Duha bulge in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.

Ex-tax chief Klymenko charged with treason

Ukraine's SBU Security Service has documented new evidence of the involvement of former head of the State Tax Service and income and tax minister , Oleksandr Klymenko, in high treason, according to the SBU's press center.

Plotnitsky did not leave 'LPR' – Russian media

Self-proclaimed leader of the terrorist group 'Luhansk People's Republic' Igor Plotnitsky did not leave the Russian-occupied city of Luhansk and held a 'government' meeting on Wednesday morning, November 22, according to the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

U.S. company already sells lethal weapons to Ukraine

Texas-based AirTronic USA, Inc., an electromechanical engineering design and manufacturing company, has been shipping lethal weapons, namely shoulder-fired rocket launchers, to Ukraine since 2016, according to journalists of Voice of America .

Russian proxies attack Ukraine nine times in last day

Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas nine times in the past 24 hours, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation Headquarters.

OSCE spots military column entering occupied Luhansk

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has spotted a military column entering the Russian-occupied city of Luhansk, which was previously reported by users of social networks.

The Hill: Ukraine enlists firm to lobby against Russian gas pipeline

Ukraine's state-owned oil and natural gas company has hired a Washington, D.C., firm to lobby against a natural gas pipeline Russia has proposed to build, according to The Hill, a U.S. political website.

NBU cuts official exchange rate to UAH 26.49 to dollar

The National Bank of Ukraine on Tuesday evening lowered the official hryvnia exchange rate by two kopiykas, bringing the national currency to UAH 26.49 to the dollar.

Reuters: Oil prices rise on Canadian pipeline disruption to United States

Oil prices rose on Wednesday as ongoing cuts of piped Canadian crude to the United States added to falling U.S. crude inventories, while expectations of a prolonged OPEC-led production cut also offered support, according to Reuters.

Coup in 'LPR': militant chief Plotnitsky flees to Russia

Spokesman for Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, Artem Shevchenko, reported that the self-proclaimed leader of the terrorist group “Luhansk People’s Republic” , Igor Plotnitsky, fled from the occupied Luhansk to Russia.

Russian billionaire lawmaker detained by French police for tax evasion - media

Russian businessman and lawmaker Suleiman Kerimov was arrested by French police at Nice airport on Monday evening in connection with a tax evasion case, an official at the French prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Kremlin elaborates on issues Trump, Putin discussed over phone Nov 21

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday stated that there was 'no alternative' to Minsk agreements for the Donbas settlement, the Kremlin press service has told UNIAN.

Russian tanks in occupied Luhansk: Poroshenko holds emergency meeting of war cabinet

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko convened an emergency meeting of the Military Office of the National Security and Defense Council in connection with the latest developments in the militant stronghold of Luhansk, as reported on the official website of the head of state.

SBU busts Russian proxy who helped stage destabilizing pseudo-rallies in western Ukraine

The Security Service of Ukraine says its operatives in the city of Lutsk, Rivne region, detained an organizer of pseudo protests across the western Ukrainian regions, funded by Russian supervisors.

Media reveal price of U.S. coal for Ukraine's Centrenergo

The price of the first shipment of the U.S thermal coal, supplied by Xcoal Energy&Resources to Ukraine's major power generating company PJSC Centrenergo, is $100.7 per tonne , according to Liga.net, referring to a Centrenergo representative.

Economy Ministry counts high-tech start-ups in Ukraine

Ukraine is now home to nearly 2,000 high-tech start-ups, with their number growing, a Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Stepan Kubiv, said at the forum on innovation market in Kyiv.

Mugabe steps down after 37 years as Zimbabwe's leader

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has resigned after 37 years as leader of the southern African nation, finally succumbing to the pressure of a military takeover and the humiliation of impeachment, according to CNN.

Massive military convoy seen entering 'coup-hit' Luhansk, apparently from 'DPR'

As an internal row went public between the self-proclaimed “leader” of the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” Igor Plotnitsky and the “interior minister” Igor Kornet he sacked recently, the militant stronghold of Luhansk may become a site of an open armed ...

FSB snooping around to find for Ukrainian relatives of Russian teen after his Bundestag address on WW2

After the resonant speech of a young Russian student where he suggested that not all German soldiers during World War 2 were willing to fight for Hitler, Russian security service, the FSB, apparently initiated the schoolboy’s full-blown background check, the Russian online newspaper Znak ...

Protesters at Maidan call on police not to prevent them from marking anniversary of Revolution of Dignity

A rally is under way at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti square in Kyiv as its participants urge law enforcers not to disperse the crowd and let the people mark the anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity.

The capture of Ukrainians by Russian special services is an instrument of a 'hybrid' war - British MP

The arrests and demonstrative punishment of Ukrainian nationals by Russian special services are among the tools of Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine, according to British MP Robert Seely, who spoke at the discussion titled “Russia’s Hybrid Warfare and Ukrainian Political ...

Kopiyka of no help to hryvnia

The National Bank of Ukraine has finally recognized the fact that the Ukrainian kopiykas is worthless, and decided to get rid of it. Besides, 2, 5 and widely used 25 kopiyka coins will be gone as well...

Bill on completion of two Khmelnytsky NPP units to be tabled in early 2018

President of Ukraine's national nuclear energy generating company Energoatom Yuriy Nedashkovsky expects that a draft law regulating the completion of power units Nos. 3 and 4 at Khmelnytsky nuclear power plant will be tabled in parliament in early 2018.

Ukraine sees retail trade grow by 8.2% in 10 months

Retail trade in Ukraine grew by 8.2% in January-October 2017 year-over-year , according to the Ukrainian State Statistics Service's website.

PM Groysman instructs Minister Kubiv to repay Ukroboronprom shipyards' wage debts

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has instructed Minister of Economic Development and Trade Stepan Kubiv to address the issue of wage arrears at the shipyards of state-run concern Ukroboronprom within a week and take steps to repay the debts, according to the governmental press service.

Angola, Ukraine to cooperate in fishing, agriculture – media

Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Olha Trofimtseva has been in Luanda, Angola, since Sunday, November 19, to establish partnership with Angola in the fishing industry, agriculture and the forest sector, according to the African news portal allAfrica.com.