Year of unfulfilled promises: Overview of Zelensky's press conference
Crimea hasn't been forgotten, Donbas issue must finally be settled, no nepotism preached in personnel policies, while second presidential term is yet to be considered – that's what President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke of at a press conference marking his first year in office.
21:10, 20 May 2020
Hanna Nahorna Week's balance: Cabinet allows reopening of non-food markets, Rada eases taxes for businesses pending quarantine, hryvnia beefs up
The Cabinet of Ministers decided to open non-food markets across country, the Verkhovna Rada eased tax pressure on businesses for the quarantine period and supported the arts and entertainment industries, while the national currency showed a slight, but steady growth.
14:00, 17 May 2020
Oleksandr Kunytskyy Life or death: civil aviation is struggling to survive the pandemic
The crisis provoked by the coronavirus pandemic dealt a severe blow to civil aviation worldwide. Air carriers around the world are laying off personnel, while some have already filed for bankruptcy. Governments of the world's leading economies are allocating enormous funds to help one of the key industries. But what can Ukraine do to save its aviation?
16:05, 14 May 2020
Oleksandr Kunytskyy Week's balance: Cabinet extends quarantine along with easing, energy ministry limits operations of nuclear power plants, while NBU forecasts GDP decline
The government has extended the national quarantine until May 22, while making a number of concessions to a part of small businesses; the National Bank says Q2 will be the most difficult period for the Ukrainian economy, while the energy ministry has started limiting nuclear generation, at the same time mulling crypto mining at NPPs.
16:00, 10 May 2020
Vlad Abramov Head of Donetsk art hub Liubov Mikhailova: On Donbas issue, Ukraine seems to be walking the path of "let go and forgive", imposed by Russia
20:00, 08 May 2020
Roman Tsymbalyuk Russian political scientist Natalia Shavshukova: Luck turned its back on Putin. Post-quarantine Russia will be poorer and angrier
Russian political scientist Natalia Shavshukova sat down with UNIAN to speak about the potential consequences of Vladimir Putin zeroing his presidential terms, why does the government no longer control the situation in the country, what are the attitudes toward Donbas and Crimea, and will the Kremlin's policy change once the quarantine is lifted.
18:00, 07 May 2020
Week's balance: Cabinet allows food markets to reopen, limits salaries to CEOs of state-owned companies, while National Bank introduces new coin
The Cabinet of Ministers decided to support small businesses amid quarantine, having allowed food markets to reopen across country, and cut the already sky-high salaries to heads of state-owned enterprises, while the National Bank said it would be putting in circulation a new UAH 10 coin.
14:40, 03 May 2020
Hanna Bredihina New energy market: expensive sun instead of cheap nuclear and coal generation
A new trend is emerging on Ukraine's power generation market: the more expensive solar and wind energy, which has been prioritized, replacing the cheaper nuclear and coal. UNIAN has learned what this will mean for Ukrainian consumers.
14:00, 30 April 2020
Roman Tsymbalyuk Russian businessman Dmitry Potapenko: Nothing threatens the "collective Putin" – neither a pandemic nor oil prices. Meanwhile, Russia is setting up a digital GULAG
A famous Russian businessman Dmitry Potapenko, who regularly criticizes the Kremlin's economic policies, told UNIAN how the "perfect storm" of the global crisis is killing the Russian economy, why are Russian authorities turning the country into a digital GULAG, how easy is it for the Kremlin to suppress any protest movement, and under what conditions could power change in Russia.
09:00, 29 April 2020
Kateryna Zhyriy Week's balance: Cabinet extends quarantine, sacks customs and tax chiefs, while central bank lowers key rate
The Cabinet of Ministers decided to extend the national quarantine until May 11 and dismissed heads of customs and tax agencies, while the National Bank brought its key rate to a five-year low – these are the major economic developments of the past week.
17:20, 25 April 2020
Igor Orel Week's balance: "anti-crisis" budget, interest-free loans for small businesses, and $135 mln aid to fight coronavirus
The Verkhovna Rada has passed "anti-crisis" changes to the state budget, almost tripling its deficit, the Cabinet vowed loans to small businesses at zero rate, while the World Bank announced $135 million aid to modernize health care and tackle the novel coronavirus – these are key economic developments of the outgoing week.
17:00, 19 April 2020
Dmytro Shvarts Emergency budget: how Ukraine's main financial document has changed
At an extraordinary session, the Verkhovna Rada conducted a sequestration of the state budget, almost tripling its deficit to 7.5% of GDP at the Cabinet's suggestion. Under quarantine, deputies significantly reduced revenues, but at the same time raised spending on the fight against the coronavirus spread. However, there is no certainty that even such an updated budget will not undergo further changes.
13:20, 15 April 2020
Olha Hordienko Week's balance: Gov't announces economy restart, launching citizen tracking application, while inflation keeps rising
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has dispelled hopes for an early completion of quarantine and announced a restart of the economy, which government forecasts say could drop 5% this year due to rising inflation and unemployment, while a special application has been launched to monitor the observance of self-isolation rules by Ukrainians – these are the key economic developments of the outgoing week.
21:40, 11 April 2020
Tomas Dapkus Singapore Professor Yik Ying Teo: If you are caught breaking quarantine law, there's a risk of prosecution. It's either a very hefty fine or a jail term
Singapore Professor Yik Ying Teo: If you are caught breaking the law on quarantine, there is the risk of prosecution. It is either a very hefty fine or a jail term. So the public has been very obedient to follow the necessary rules.
18:00, 07 April 2020
Dmytro Shvarts Week's balance: Rada launches land market and approves new finance minister, while Ukrainian economy struggles to survive coronavirus crisis
The Rada has passed a historic law on the launch of the land market from July 2021 and replaced the head of the Ministry of Finance, while the Cabinet of Ministers promised to consider the possibility of easing quarantine to support the economy – these are the key economic news of the past week.
17:50, 04 April 2020
Oleksandra Danko Anti-crisis finance minister for country in quarantine
The Verkhovna Rada on Monday appointed a new head of the Ministry of Finance, a young economist with experience in government work Serhiy Marchenko. UNIAN learned the reasons why his predecessor Ihor Umansky, who had worked in office for only three weeks, was fired, as well as new tasks facing the new minister of a country in quarantine.
16:00, 02 April 2020
Nana Chornaya Government aid amid quarantine: What businesses and citizens should expect
The Verkhovna Rada has passed a bill, submitted by government, on additional social and economic guarantees in connection with the coronavirus epidemic. Businesses assure that the measures being taken are not enough to get the country out of the crisis. UNIAN learned about the ways the Cabinet is going to help the Ukrainians, and things to which they turned a blind eye.
18:30, 01 April 2020
Hanna Nahorna Hunger Games: is Ukraine facing a food crisis
The coronavirus pandemic posed a difficult task for the country's food system: to provide Ukrainians with essentials amid quarantine and austerity. UNIAN learned whether the agricultural sector will have a sufficient safety cushion to pass this test, and how much food prices will rise.
14:20, 31 March 2020
A.Tsaplienko, S.Shchkochikhin, V.Tkachuk War amid virus spread: Russia attempting to exploit global quarantine issue to have sanctions lifted
At the time of a global pandemic, wars always tend to subside as adversaries stop shooting, but not this time. Covid-19 is changing the planet, changing our habits, but armed men on the other side of the contact line in Donbas never changed their plans – at least with regard to Ukraine.
15:20, 30 March 2020
Oleksandra Danko Week's balance: Cabinet extends quarantine, hryvnia stops sliding, and pace of industrial output decline slows down
To reduce the pace of coronavirus spread, the government introduced an emergency situation regime, extended the national quarantine for three weeks, and supported subsidies for vulnerable citizens; the banks received more cash currency, and the hryvnia slightly strengthened after several weeks of decline; while the decline in industrial output slowed down – these are the main economic developments of the outgoing week.
14:20, 28 March 2020