Week in numbers
Ukraine may need four years to replace all passports for ID-cards; 2,080 heating points have been opened across Ukraine amid cold snap; 400 of the world’s richest people have lost a total of $194 billion in the first trading week of 2016.
Zero permits for international cargo shipments was agreed in 2016 between Russia and Ukraine, according to the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.
One provision that was "suddenly" discovered in the State Budget for 2016, may affect Ukraine’s visa-liberalization prospects with the EU, according to MPs. The lawmakers intend to address the conflict issue that does not go in line with the EU requirements during the first session week.
One nuclear test was allegedly conducted in North Korea, according to foreign media citing a statement by the DPRK leadership. The test of the hydrogen bomb, announced by North Korea, saw sharply negative reaction across the world, from concern to outrage.
Four new chemical elements (113, 115, 117, 118) appeared in the Periodic Table, foreign media reported with reference to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). All four elements have been synthesized artificially.
Ukraine may need four years to replace all passports for the ID-cards, according to the head of the State Migration Service of Ukraine, Maksym Sokolyuk.
The brother of the former President of Romania was convicted to four years in prison on charges of corruption, foreign media reported. The sum he has received, which is EUR 265,000, will be confiscated in favor of the state. The rest of the convict’s property remains under arrest.
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit India in the early days of 2016 in India, foreign media reported. Six people were killed in a disaster, and more than 100 were injured.
13 militants from the self-proclaimed "DPR" and "LPR" involved in terrorist activities in the east of Ukraine were put on the international wanted list, according to the Ukrainian media. The militants wanted by Interpol are suspected of looting, killings, torture and kidnappings in the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation.
Russia has scheduled 16 launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2016, according to the Ministry of Defense.
27 countries, including 14 EU member states and 13 neighboring states, including Ukraine, can apply for funding totaling EUR 1 billion within the framework of the economic and social development programs launched by the European Commission, foreign media reported.
60-70 parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate have turned to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate within a two-year term, according to Ukrainian media.
65 people were killed and another 127 injured in a suicide attack on an al-Jhafal police training center in western Libya, foreign media reported.
100 applicants are considered for the position of head of state-owned railway operator, Ukrzaliznytsia, and another 50 have applied for the positions of heads of the Boryspil airport and Lviv airport, according to the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.
121 reports on the attacks on women in Germany’s Cologne on the New Year's Eve were registered by local police, foreign media reported. The law enforcers have identified 16 suspects, but have made no arrests.
160 Russian aircraft violated the airspace of Lithuania over the Baltic Sea in 2015, foreign media reported with reference to the Ministry of Defence of Lithuania.
2,080 heating points are now functioning across Ukraine to provide temporary shelter form the cold, according to the State Emergency Service. 2,026 such heating points were opened by local authorities and 54 – by the State Emergency Service units.
7,500 Russian soldiers are now in the ATO zone in eastern Ukraine, with scheduled rotation of personnel and equipment underway,according to Ukraine’s Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak.
Polish army must amount to at least 150,000 soldiers to successfully repel the existing threats, said the Polish Defense Minister, according to the foreign media. Today, Poland only has nearly 80 000 troops.
EUR 30 million was allocated by the European Commission for humanitarian aid in Ukraine in 2015, foreign media reported with reference to the European Commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management Christos Stylianides. About 55% of this amount went to support the population in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
UAH 70 million has been disbursed in early 2016 by the Ministry of Energy and Mines to repay the arrears of wages to miners at the state-owned coal enterprises, according to the ministry.
The world’s population totaled 7.295.899.256 people as of January 1, 2016, as calculated by the American demographers, foreign media reported. That's almost 78 million people more than in 2015.
400 of the world's richest people have lost a total of $194 billion in the first trading week of 2016, mostly because of the declining Chinese economy and plunging oil prices