REUTERS

Week in numbers

17:50, 16 May 2016
3 min. 152

Ukraine’s Jamala has taken the first spot at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest; 264 deputies voted for the appointment of Yuriy Lutsenko Prosecutor General of Ukraine; there are 41 million internally displaced persons across the world.

Ukraine’s representative Jamala has taken the first place in Eurovision-2016 Song Contest, hosted by Sweden this year. The entry titled “1944” has told a story of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from Crimea by Stalin’s regime.

Rubezhansky city court of Luhansk region sentenced  a former mayor of Zolote (Luhansk region) Volodymyr Kochevenko to two years in prison for supporting the creation of the so-called "Luhansk People’s Republic," according to the Security Service of Ukraine.

Two or three years are needed to improve Ukraine’s road infrastructure, according to Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.

Another three Russian TV channels were added to the list of those prohibited for broadcast in the territory of Ukraine. The decision was taken by the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting.

A Ukrainian blogger Ruslan Kotsaba, who had called on the Ukrainian men to evade mobilization, was sentenced to three and a half years of imprisonment by the Ivano-Frankivsk City Court. The convict said he would challenge the verdict in the Court of Appeal.

Kyiv’s municipal company Pleso is getting nine beaches and 18 waterfront recreation areas ready for the summer season, according to the press service of the Kyiv State City Administration.

Photo from UNIAN

14 people were detained in Odesa on May 9 on suspicion of disturbing public order, as reported by the press service of Odesa regional department of the National Police.

17 paintings by Rubens, Tintoretto, Pisanello, Mantegna, and Caroto earlier stolen from a museum in Verona, Italy, were recovered by the Ukrainian border guards in a special raid, the press service of the Ukrainian president reported. The total value of this collection is estimated at over EUR 16 million, according to the documents, provided by the Border Guard Service and the Military Prosecutor's Office.

The total value of the paintings found exceeds EUR 16 million / president.gov.ua

27 Ukrainian soldiers were conferred the title of a Hero of Ukraine for the past two years, said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

Ukraine’s largest state-owned gas producer Ukrgasvydobuvannya intends to put into operation 51 gas wells across Ukraine in 2016.

64% of German citizens would not want to see Angela Merkel as Chancellor for the fourth consecutive time (in the 2017 elections), foreign media reported with reference to the results of the survey by Insa.

74% of Ukrainian military are sure that they are fighting in Donbas with "hybrid" units of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, according to a survey conducted in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

75 settlements and districts of Crimea were returned the historical names of the Crimean Tatar origin. The corresponding draft resolution was supported by 255 deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

98 cities with a population of over 100,000 people, located in low- and middle-income countries do not meet the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO) in terms of air quality, foreign media reported with reference to the WHO. In high-income countries, the share of such cities is reduced to 56%.

218 settlements and six districts were renamed by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine within the framework of a decommunisation policy. Another 207 villages were renamed  in 17 regions of Ukraine.

264 deputies voted for the appointment of the former head of the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko parliamentary faction, Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General. Lutsenko took the oath of a member of the Supreme Council of Justice. According to him, he sees himself in this position only for a period of about one and a half years.

Ukraine on May 12 got with a tremendous pace its new Prosecutor General – Yuriy Lutsenko / UNIAN

643 Ukrainian citizens and 469 companies affiliated with Ukraine were mentioned in documents from the new database from the Panama Papers archive holding data on over 214,000 shell companies, foreign media reported. In general, the database contains information on more than 360,000 people and companies associated with offshore structures.

4,076 members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have received psychological assistance in 2016 in the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation, according to the Ukrainian army officials. Since the beginning of the ATO, such assistance has been provided to 19,712 troops.

291,000 Ukrainian pensioners will no longer pay tax on pensions. A relevant resolution repealing this provision of 2014, initiated by the Cabinet, was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada for further consideration.

UAH 1.995 million (excluding VAT) was the cost of 183 cast-iron trash bins, ordered by Lviv local authorities, Ukrainian media report. According to the Bulletin of public procurement, the value of one bin may reach as much as UAH 10,900.

There are 41 million internally displaced persons across the world, foreign media reported with reference to the report of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). The “leaders” in this list are Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine.

Ukraine intends to fill its underground storage facilities with 8.2 billion cubic meters of gas ahead of the heating season, according to the country’s Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry.

Margarita Andreyeva

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