First interview with released Kremlin prisoner Pavlo Hryb: "In Lefortovo, I was held in a single cell. They would not put Ukrainians together"
The former political prisoner, 21, told of the book he had been reading in the days before the swap, chant "Glory to Ukraine!" in prison corridors, and his refusal to write an appeal for pardon.
Ze-Economy: Priorities and deadlines
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has outlined for the Cabinet of Ministers and the Verkhovna Rada priority economic tasks that must be fulfilled in the near future. Proper implementation of the stated ambitious goals can significantly change the country's economic environment.
Week's balance: Rada appoints new government, new PM Honcharuk vows higher GDP growth and talks with IMF
The Verkhovna Rada of the ninth convocation at its first meeting formed a new government, while the newly appointed Prime Minister, Oleksiy Honcharuk, called his priority boosting economic development and continued cooperation with the IMF – these are the main economic news of the past week.
Independence Day = Freedom Day: Two processions instead of parade
Ukraine's twenty-eighth birthday demonstrated that Independence Day is equal to Freedom Day. Since, regardless of whether the company is with the president or with front-line comrades, Ukrainians sincerely congratulated their country.
Week's balance: Ukraine implements 'economic visa-free regime' with Israel, Cabinet reduces electric tariffs, promises average wage at $540
For the first time in two decades, the head of the Israeli government visited Kyiv to discuss, among other things, the introduction of the free trade zone between the two countries, the resigning Prime Minister Groysman promised fellow citizens an average wage of $540 as early as next year, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to reduce electricity tariffs for businesses, while Naftogaz offered the population to buy gas for the winter at summer prices – these are the main economic developments of the outgoing week.
Deputy NBU Governor Oleh Churii: "Our forecast is to receive $2 bln this year under the new IMF program. And next year, too"
The hryvnia for almost two months has been performing at its three-year max, while the effect of one of the key factors – the purchase of government bonds by non-residents – is weakening. Deputy NBU Governor Oleh Churii told UNIAN about the hryvnia's prospects for this autumn, the threat of a recurrence of the 2008 crisis, a new IMF program, debts, and operations of non-residents with government bonds.
Last meeting of Groysman's Cabinet. What will the new government inherit?
Volodymyr Groysman held the last meeting of his Cabinet. He bragged about how he raised the economy and addressed his successors with recommendations. At the same time, nothing was said about public debt, which, not without his participation, will put a heavy burden on the new government and the Ukrainians.
Week's balance: Economy accelerating, government lowering electric tariffs for industrial consumers, while non-residents putting bond purchases on pause
The State Statistics Service reported on a faster growth of the Ukrainian economy in 1H 2019, the Cabinet allowed reducing electricity tariffs for industrial enterprises, and non-residents suspended the purchase of Ukrainian government loan bonds – these are the main economic developments of the outgoing week.
Closed Ukraine. What is wrong with obtaining Ukrainian long-term visas
Poor organization of the application process, many hours of wait, discrimination, an inexhaustible list of documents to justify the purpose and conditions of the trip, and cases of corruption ... British, American and Ukrainian experts talk about problems with obtaining a Ukrainian type D visa.
New Old Reform: What economic changes are coming to Ukraine
President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the priority steps of Ukraine authorities to boost economic development. UNIAN has learned about the expected transformations awaiting the country in the near future.
Week's balance: Zelensky vows economic growth and launch of land market, water utility companies put forward their ultimatum, while gas tariffs are once again reduced
President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised to accelerate Ukraine’s economic growth and launch a full-fledged land market in 2020, Naftogaz announced another reduction in gas tariffs for the households, and water utility companies several weeks after the start of the electricity market reform demanded that electricity tariffs be reviewed, threatening to introduce hourly water supplies – these are the main economic developments of the outgoing week.
Russia in litigation siege. Can Naftogaz receive compensation for assets lost in annexed Crimea
Naftogaz, in its lawsuit, told The Hague court that the estimated losses from the seizure by Russia of the group’s assets in Crimea stood at $5.2 billion. Naftogaz expects that the international tribunal will hand down a verdict no earlier than late 2020. UNIAN learned whether the state-owned company would be able to receive compensation from the Kremlin, even if the court’s awards are in favor of Ukraine.
Week's balance: Ukraine prepping up for winter, hryvnia strengthening, and EBRD allocating EUR 250 mln for public transport purchase
The Ministry of Regional Development reported on Ukraine’s readiness for the heating season, non-residents' demand for domestic government bonds strengthened the hryvnia, while the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development allocated a number of loans to Ukraine, including EUR 250 million for municipalities to buy new vehicles – these are the main economic news of the past week.
Main intrigue: Government of Servant of the People. Who and how will steer Ukraine's economy
The main intrigue of the next month is what the new government will be like and who will lead it. The fate of the format of the Cabinet of Ministers is exclusively in the hands of the Servant of the People party that won in the early parliamentary elections. And it depends on the "government" decisions of this political force whether Ukraine can finally become economically strong.
Week's balance: Naftogaz reduces prices, hryvnia strengthens, while industrial output slides
Naftogaz of Ukraine promised in August to significantly reduce gas prices, the State Statistics Service reported a decline in industrial production in June, while the hryvnia strengthened on the outcome of parliamentary elections – these are the main economic developments of the outgoing week.
New parliament: Five parties and hundreds of promises. How will they affect wallets of Ukrainians
The outcome of the early parliamentary election to the Verkhovna Rada shows that five parties have made it to Parliament. All of them are political forces with distinctive leaders. That is, the Ukrainians again voted for specific "persons" and public promises, not for action plans. Although it is the action plan, especially its economic aspects, that will reflect on the wallets of every citizen.
Week's balance: NBU improves outlook, lowers key rate, finance ministry boasts of record borrowing, and customs agency receives official status
The National Bank announced improved economic development forecasts and decided to reduce the key rate, the Ministry of Finance held this year's record placement of domestic government loan bonds, while the renewed customs agency received official status and began its work – these are the key economic news of the outgoing week.
People as bargaining chips: Russia using Ukrainian POWs to get concessions from Ukraine
Russia is further upping the stakes on the issue of releasing Ukrainian POWs. The latest episode in the dramatic story is the extension of custody term for Ukrainian sailors captured near the Kerch Strait on Nov 25, 2018.
Vitaliy Markiv's case in Italy revealed issues of dual citizenship, legal status of troops in Donbas
Last week, the cruel sentence of the Italian court for the Ukrainian National Guard, ATO veteran Vitaly Markiv, caused a real shock wave. He received 24 years of imprisonment instead of 17 for ... possible complicity in the murder of the Italian photo reporter Andrea Rocchelli in Donbas. The verdict to the Ukrainian military will be appealed, but the Markiv case is not the only trial initiated against the Ukrainian military abroad.
Igor Hiriak, unique soldier from Chernobyl response team: Did anyone go around catching stray dogs in the zone? I don't know. One lived in our camp. We shared food with it.
After watching the "Chernobyl" series, many in Ukraine did not agree with the author's reading of those events. People said many things were made up. Meanwhile, one British scriptwriter criticized the authors for not having any PoC actors. People on social networks immediately mocked this remark, because most believed it was unlikely that any soldiers of color ever served in the Soviet forces. However, the ridicule proved to be wrong as there actually was one soldier of another race on the response team! UNIAN was able to find this man.