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ATO update: hottest spot in Avdiyivka's industrial zone, 3 WIA reported

At the end of the past day, the situation in the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation has not changed significantly. Russian-occupation forces continued violations of ceasefire, using mainly grenade launchers and small arms, that’s according to the press center of the ATO Headquarters.

Pentagon chief to visit Ukraine amid tensions with Russia - media

The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will visit Ukraine next week, on Independence Day, to reassure government leaders that the U.S. does not accept Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, according to the Washington Post citing the Associated Press.

Steve Bannon out as White House chief strategist - ABC News

Steve Bannon has resigned from his role as White House chief strategist, ABC News has learned.

U.S. Embassy in Ukraine praises Ukraine's efforts to probe allegations of missile engine supplies to N.Korea

The United States Embassy in Ukraine welcomed Ukraine’s “thorough” approach to investigating recent reports on the alleged supply of missile engines to North Korea, the embassy’s press service wrote on Twitter.

Militants fire over 60 shells at Ukraine positions near Krymske in Donbas, ATO HQ reports 1 WIA

Headquarters of the Anti-Terrorist Operation says Russian-controlled militants on Friday launched over 60 shells on the Ukrainian forces outside the village of Krymske.

Crimean Tatar faces transfer to prison in Russia's Bashkortostan following illegal conviction – Ukraine's General Consulate

Ethnic Crimean Tatar Ruslan Zeytullayev, who has been illegally sentenced to a prison term by a Russian court, will be transferred to Bashkortostan, as reported on Facebook by the Consulate General of Ukraine in Rostov-on-Don.

Flower exhibit blossoming at Spivoche Field in Kyiv

A massive flower exhibition 'Ukrainian. Own. Special. vs Very special,' dedicated to the anniversary of the Ukrainian Independence, has opened on Friday at Spivoche Field on a hill near the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra.

Ukrainian businesses facing threat of another cyberattack - SBU

The Security Service of Ukraine warns of a possible new cyberattack on computer networks of Ukrainian companies, as reported by the agency’s press service.

Germany allocates another EUR 1 mln for war victims in Donbas

The Federal Republic of Germany has allocated another EUR 1 million to support the Ukrainian victims of Donbas war, as reported by the press office of the German Embassy in Ukraine.

Several people stabbed in Finnish city of Turku - Reuters

Several people were stabbed in an attack in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday, police said, warning people to stay away from the city as they reinforced security around the country, Reuters reports.

Cabinet approves Energy Strategy of Ukraine until 2035

The Cabinet of Ministers at its Friday meeting approved the Energy Strategy of Ukraine until 2035, which provides for a twofold reduction in the energy intensity of the national economy.

Ukrainian chess grandmaster Vladimir Onischuk wins 'RTU Open 2017'

Ukrainian chess grandmaster Vladimir Onischuk won the first place in the largest chess festival 'RTU Open 2017', an international master from Ukraine Sergey Pavlov won the second place, while Israeli chess player Tamir Nabaty ranked third. 655 chess players took part in the festival that concluded ...

NBU to tighten requirements for auditors

The National Bank of Ukraine has developed a draft amendment to the provision on the maintaining the register of audit firms having the right to conduct bank audit, which provides for stricter requirements for such firms, according to the regulator's website.

Marshall Plan for Ukraine provides for EUR 5 bln annual support from EU – Kubiv

Ukraine's Minister of Economic Development and Trade Stepan Kubiv says the New European Plan for Ukraine prepared by the Seimas of Lithuania provides for at least EUR 5 billion in annual support from the European Union for the implementation of reforms aimed at the country's economic growth and ...

SBU exposes Russian special operation for spreading fake news

The SBU Security Service of Ukraine has exposed a special operation of the Russian special services aimed at discrediting the security forces and Ukrainian journalism.

Ukraine's property fund sells 25% stake in Kyivenergo

The State Property Fund of Ukraine sold a 25% stake in Kyiv heat and power supplier PJSC Kyivenergo at a starting price of UAH 759.6 million, or US$29.8 million, at an auction, August 18, according to the sales online broadcast.

SBU: Russian secret services try to covertly use ATO soldiers to discredit Ukraine

Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Hrytsak during a Thursday briefing in Kyiv informed that the SBU officers had revealed a mechanism of Russian secret services through which FSB secretly uses former ATO soldiers to cover terrorist attacks in the territory of Russia, the SBU's press ...

Farmers harvest 1.4 mln tonnes of early grain crops in Poltava region

Ukrainian farmers have completed early grain crop harvesting in Poltava region, Director of Agro-Industrial Development Department at Poltava Regional State Administration Serhiy Frolov told UNIAN on August 18.

SBU reveals Russian ammunition in Donbas

The employees of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine have revealed another fact of use of the Russian-made ammunition against the Anti-Terrorist Operation forces.

Seattle mayor requests removal of Lenin, Confederate statues – media

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray expressed his displeasure in a Confederate statue Lake View Cemetery. On Thursday, he officially asked for its removal. That and the removal of the Lenin statue in Fremont, according to MYNorthwest.

Ukraine MFA condemns terrorist attack in Barcelona

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly condemns the terrorist attack in the center of Barcelona, according to press secretary of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Mariana Betsa.

WikiLeaks turns down data on Russian military, intelligence involvement in Ukraine – media

In the summer of 2016, as WikiLeaks was publishing documents from Democratic operatives allegedly obtained by Kremlin-directed hackers, Julian Assange turned down a large cache of documents related to the Russian government, according to chat messages and a source who provided the records, Foreign ...

Ukraine Ombudswoman asks to inform whereabouts of Ukrainian 'saboteur' Limeshko

Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Valeria Lutkovska has asked her Russian counterpart Tatyana Moskalkova to inform the whereabouts of the Ukrainian citizen Hennadiy Limeshko detained in Crimea.

Spanish police stop second attack after 13 killed in Barcelona – BBC

Spanish police say they have killed five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils to stop a vehicle attack, after an earlier one in Barcelona, according to the BBC.

Oil dips amid broader market selloff, despite signs of market tightness – media

Oil prices dipped on Friday as part of a broad-based selloff across markets and despite signs that crude markets are gradually tightening, according to Reuters.

Ukraine reports 2 WIA's amid 27 enemy attacks in last day

Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 27 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.

Sen.Rohrabacher meets Assange, to brief Trump

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said Thursday he wants to brief President Donald Trump on his meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to CNN.

Barcelona attack leaves at least 13 dead; name of possible attacker revealed

A van plowed into crowds in the heart of Barcelona on Thursday and Spanish media reported at least 13 people were killed, in what police said they were treating as a terrorist attack, according to Reuters.

Ukraine billed for Russian gas to occupied Donbas

In the first half of 2017, Russian Gazprom delivered 1,389 billion cubic meters of gas to the self-proclaimed 'DPR' and 'LPR' . The price of Russian gas as of the first quarter of 2017 was $306.6 per 1,000 cubic meters, according to the data from Gazprom’s report for the second quarter, ...

Publics worldwide unfavorable toward Putin, Russia - poll

Around the world, few people trust Russian President Vladimir Putin to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs, according to Pew Research Center.

Share of assets of state-owned banks in Ukraine's banking system exceeds 55% - NBU

The share of state banks' assets in the total volume of assets of the Ukrainian banking system in the first half of the year increased by 4.2 percentage points, that is up to 55.6%, according to the website of the National Bank of Ukraine.

Russian 'vets' of Ukraine war see no hero's welcome back home – journalist

Russian citizens who once came to Donbas to take part in a war against Ukraine and managed to survive, many of them injured, return home and struggle to get by, while failing to receive any social assistance from the Kremlin, according to an RFE/RL correspondent Christopher Miller, who interviewed ...

Russia's FSB plotting terrorist attacks, high-profile assassinations of state officials in Ukraine – SBU chief

The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, which is the successor of KGB, over the last month deployed to Ukraine three sabotage groups tasked with committing terrorist attacks and assassinations of public and political figures, Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Pavlo Hrytsak told ...

Van hits crowd in Barcelona, police say incident 'terrorist attack' - media

A van has plowed into a crowd of people near Las Ramblas tourist spot in Barcelona, causing several injuries, local police say, according to CNN.

Prices of agricultural products in Ukraine rise by 10% since year-start

Ukraine’s agricultural enterprizes increased the average prices of their products by 9.9% in January-July 2017 compared with the same period in 2016, the State Statistics Service reported.

What stands behind Russia's defense budget cut

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s move to reduce the country’s defense budget is a direct consequence of a three-year international sanctions regime against Russia, which among other spheres...

NABU raiding NEURC over 'Rotterdam plus' case

The employees of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine are conducting searches in the office of Ukraine's National Energy and Utilities Regulation Commission , according to an UNIAN correspondent, referring to sources in the country's energy market.

Rozenko says funded pension system may start in Jan 2019

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko says a funded pension system will begin to operate in Ukraine as early as January 1, 2019.

SBU detains chief of functional police office at Kyiv airport

The SBU officials together with the Prosecutor General's Office has revealed a chief of the functional police office at Kyiv International Airport , the SBU's press center reported.

Border guards to deny Saakashvili entry into Ukraine

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine will deny former head of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili, whose acquired Ukrainian citizenship was earlier revoked, crossing the Ukrainian border if he arrives at the checkpoint, according to the border guard service's press ...

Naftogaz dismisses Supervisory Board independent member

The national oil and gas holding Naftogaz of Ukraine has terminated the powers of an independent member of its Supervisory Board Charles Proctor, according to Liga.net.

NBU buys $44 mln in auction Aug 17

The National Bank of Ukraine in the foreign exchange auction today, August 17, bought $44 million from the Ukrainian banks, according to the NBU website.

Brexit: UK looks to keep visa-free travel from EU – BBC

The government plans to keep visa-free travel to the UK for EU visitors after Brexit, the BBC understands.

Ukrnafta says ready for audit

Ukraine's largest oil producer, Ukrnafta, supports the audit of its financial and economic activities by the Audit Commission, which should be established in accordance with the corporate law requirements, according to the company's press service.

Ukraine starts broadcasting TV channels from Chonhar to occupied Crimea

Ukraine has started broadcasting TV channels in test mode to Crimea from the village of Chonhar in Kherson region's Henichesk district, according to Serhiy Kostinsky, a member of the National Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine.

Cabinet to keep gas price for households in 2017-2018 heating season

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman says the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine will not raise the price of natural gas for the needs of the population and regional heating companies in the upcoming 2017-2018 heating season.

Man injured in attack in Kyiv center

A man has been injured in an attack on Zoolohichna Street in the center of Kyiv on August 17, 2017, according to 112 Ukraine TV channel.

SBU detains man trying to sell four grenade launchers in Dnipropetrovsk region

The SBU Security Service of Ukraine together with the Military Prosecutor's Office has detained a 37-years-old criminal, who was trying to sell four RPG-26 grenade launchers in the village of Hvardiiske of Novomoskovskyi district of Dnipropetrovsk region, the SBU's press center said.

UK envoy to Ukraine: Kyiv 'on the up, not the slide'

British Ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough says Kyiv is 'on the up, not the slide' thanks to reforms and determination.

Ukraine launches database of all company owners

Ukraine has disclosed information about the beneficiaries of all companies, thus joining the Global Register of Beneficial Owners at the initiative of Transparency International to promote transparency and prevent corruption, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman wrote on Facebook.