Director of the Holodomor Museum Olesya Stasiuk: We want to explain what genocide is. It's not just mass murder through famine
Olesya Stasiuk, chief of the National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocide, has sat down with UNIAN to tell about inclusive and digital projects, true history and Russian fake stories about the Holodomor, as well as why and how should children be told the truth about this crime.
Week's balance: Rada launches Bureau of Economic Security, Cabinet caps utility tariffs, wages keep rising
The Verkhovna Rada has greenlighted the founding of the Bureau of Economic Security and elimination of tax police, the Cabinet promised to curb the rise in heating and hot water tariffs for households, while the State Statistics Service reported an increase in wages over 2020 – these are the main economic developments of the last week of January.
Week's balance: Cabinet sets cap on gas prices, NBU keeps key rate unchanged, releases outlook for GDP fall in 2020
The Cabinet of Ministers has capped gas prices for household consumers, while the National Bank maintained its key rate and estimated the drop in GDP in 2020 at 4.4% - these are the main economic developments of the outgoing week.
The IMF mission resumed work on reviewing the loan agreement with Ukraine, the Cabinet proposed to fix the gas prices for the population pending quarantine, while the State Statistics Service spoke of a higher inflation pace – these are the key economic developments of the outgoing week.
The world is entering the new year facing a host of problems – from needing to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic to tackling new digital challenges. Against this background, it seems that Ukraine cannot count on any special support on the part of its partners in confrontation with Russia.
In the first days of the new year, the national currency began to gradually strengthen after sliding towards the end of 2020. Experts say that the basic economic factors are favorable for the hryvnia and predict it will be relatively stable in the near future.
The year 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis, has become a real test of strength for Ukrainian banks. The system drew the right conclusions from previous crises and withstood the blow, while banks set a course toward expanding digital services.
The national gas sector, which has undergone dramatic change in recent years, not only withstood the onslaught of the 2020 crisis, but also laid the foundation for future development. What can Ukrainians expect from the year 2021?
Return of Agriculture Ministry, price hikes, and disappointing harvest: Year's results in agricultural sector
The past year was a difficult test for the Ukrainian agricultural sector: drought and poor harvest led to an increase in food prices – the trend set to prevail this year as well. Nevertheless, the year has also brought some positive news with the government reviving the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and the Verkhovna Rada finally lifting a moratorium on farmland sale.
Ukraine, like the rest of the world this year, faced an unprecedented challenge – the coronavirus pandemic, which provoked a deep economic crisis. Despite insufficient government assistance, the national economy has adapted and prevailed, having gained important wins in a number of areas.
In 2020, Ukraine has survived an acute crisis in the electricity market. The economy fall led to a plunge in consumption, which was observed in the wake of record growth in the share of renewables, pushing out traditional types of generation. As a result, the authorities were forced to cut "green" feed-in tariffs and eventually cancel preferential electricity tariffs for households.
Traditionally in late December, UNIAN polled the country's leading economists seeking to hear their forecasts for the development of the Ukrainian economy in 2021. GDP, hryvnia rate, and inflation outlooks have all been covered in the survey.
Week's balance: IMF mission starts SBA revision, Cabinet appoints acting energy minister, and Naftogaz ups gas price for thermal distributors
The IMF mission began its work on revising the stand-by arrangement for Ukraine, the Cabinet appointed Yuriy Vitrenko acting Minister of Energy, while Naftogaz raised gas prices for thermal power distributors – these are the key economic developments of the outgoing week.
The year of 2020 was a difficult one for the entire agricultural sector due to drought, pandemic, and quarantine restrictions. Despite all this, Ukraine has reached new export peaks, becoming for a number of products a leading supplier in the EU and world markets. UNIAN has learned which products became an export failure and what markets turned out to be an unexpected discovery.
The Verkhovna Rada adopted the state budget for 2021 with a deficit of 5.5% of GDP, the hryvnia kept strengthening, while entrepreneurs continued their protest action against the introduction of a lockdown and tougher fiscalization – these are the key economic developments of the outgoing week.
Week's balance: EU allocates EUR 600 mln for Ukraine, Cabinet decides to put country on lockdown in Jan, while inflation goes up
Ukraine received EUR 600 million in macro-financial assistance from the European Union, the Cabinet announced the introduction of lockdown from January 8 to 24, while the State Statistics Service announced the acceleration of inflation – these are the main economic developments of the outgoing week.
Ukraine is starting to revive inland water transportation. The Verkhovna Rada has adopted a basic law for inland water transport, which should set the course of strategic development of the industry. However, the depressing state of river navigation makes the revival of the national river economy a real challenge.
Week's balance: Cabinet stops weekend quarantine, Rada adopts water transport law and postpones new cash register rule for businesses
The Cabinet of Ministers refused to extend the weekend quarantine, while the Verkhovna Rada passed a law on water transport, postponed for a year the introduction of cash registers mandate for all entrepreneurs, and adopted a package of presidential laws to aid businesses amid coronacrisis.
Week's balance: President vows support to businesses, energy ministry raises electricity tariffs, while industrial output drops
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has promised to support businesses in the face of tougher quarantine bans, the new acting energy chief announced the coming increase in electricity tariffs for households, while the State Statistics Service reported a higher pace of industrial output slide – these are the key economic developments of the outgoing week.
There will be no third record crop in a row: in 2020, Ukraine's harvest this year will be 10 million tonnes lower on year. UNIAN learned how this could affect food prices, as well as how farmers survived this year, and whether it is worth hoping for the better in 2021.
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