Russia sets the Tavrida drilling platform / chernomorneftegaz.com

Week in numbers

16:00, 21 December 2015
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Ukraine has fulfilled ten of the 16 EU recommendations regarding the fight against corruption, 128 journalists were killed in 2015 in 31 countries, the U.S. may provide $658.185 million in financial assistance to Ukraine in 2016.

Russia is trying to construct a drilling platform (Tavrida) in Ukraine’s marine economic zone, according to the State Border Service.

Two European companies – Hungy’s MOL and Finland’s Neste, the traditional buyers of Russian Urals oil, complained about its quality.

Three governors, heads of Khmelnitsky, Zaporizhia and Kherson Regional State Administrations have lost their jobs, having been dismissed by the Ukrainian president.

Three truancies of parliament sessions without proper reason may be ground for termination of powers of the People's Deputy in the future. In response to a petition of the Ukrainian citizens, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appealed to the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada to consider the issue at a meeting of the Constitutional Commission.

GRECO welcomed legislative developments in Ukraine’s fight against corruption / Photo from UNIAN

Ukraine has fulfilled ten of the 16 EU recommendations regarding the fight against corruption, according to a report by a Group of States against Corruption of the Council of Europe (GRECO). According to the study by GRECO, the implementation of the recommendations is satisfactory.

Citizen of Ukraine Valentyn Vyhivskiy has been sentenced to 11 years in a penal colony by the Moscow regional court in Russia, according to an official press release by the FSB. The Ukrainian allegedly recruited members of the Russian defense industry, obtaining classified information in the interests of a foreign state.

18 Ukrainian military servicemen are already working at the headquarters of LITPOLUKRBRIG, the joint brigade of the armed forces of Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland, as reported by the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

22 buildings have been swept by a landslide in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, foreign media reported. At least 91 people went missing.

An-178 mid-range cargo aircraft / Photo from UNIAN

Ukraine’s Antonov design bureau will manufacture 30 new An-178 mid-range cargo aircraft for the Saudi Air Force. A relevant memorandum was signed with the Taqnia Aeronautics company (Saudi Arabia), the press service of Antonov reports.

52% was this year’s share of private companies engaged in the import of natural gas to Ukraine from Europe, Ukrtransgaz reported. Last year, the share did not exceed 2%.

67% of the residents of the occupied Donbas "got used to the war conditions," according to the results of a research conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.

89 young Ukrainian scientists under the age of 35 years, including three doctors and 74 candidates of science, received 40 awards from the President of Ukraine.

128 journalists were killed in 2015 in 31 countries, according to a report by Press Emblem Campaign, foreign media reported. According to the study, the Middle East remains the most dangerous region for the reporterst. In 2015, 38 journalists were killed there. Four journalists were killed in Ukraine in the same period, according to experts.

A Polish deputy from the party Prawo I Sprawedlivosc (Law and Justice) released a 153-page report on crimes of the Russian troops and pro-Russian militants in the east of Ukraine. The notice will be submitted to theInternational Criminal Court in The Hague based on the evidence included in the report.

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The Star Wars saga collected $250 million in its first day of release, foreign media reported.

At least 5,000 Europeans have completed training with the terrorists in Iraq and Syria, joining the Islamic State terrorist organization, foreign media reported.

12,776 Soviet-era GOST standards developed before 1992, will be abolished in Ukraine, with suspensions until 2018, according to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.

34,283 units of arms and military equipment have been restored in Ukraine since the beginning of the ATO, according to the Defense Ministry. In addition, in 2015, 16 samples of weapons and military equipment was put to service, as well as a set of secure electronic document management system.

16 million children were born in 2015 in the conflict areas, according to a UNICEF report published on the UN website.

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60 million people will be displaced around the world until the end of 2015, as noted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the foreign media reported.

The U.S. will provide $658.185 million in financial assistance for Ukraine in 2016, according to the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States.

Poland will open a EUR 1 billion credit line for Ukraine within the framework of measures to improve bilateral trade, said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda.

The deficit of Ukraine’s Pension Fund may reach UAH 108 billion in 2016, according to a presentation of draft bill on a 2016 State Budget.

Margarita Andreyeva

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