One Ukrainian MP, Oleksandr Onishchenko, fled from Ukraine / Photo from UNIAN

Week in numbers

40 directions of assistance to Ukraine on its reform path were supported by NATO leaders; 249 Ukrainian MPs voted to pass the law on SpecOp Forces; UAH 10,200 will be the minimum penalty for driving under influence.

One Ukrainian MP, Oleksandr Onishchenko, fled from Ukraine / Photo from UNIAN

One Ukrainian MP, representative of the Will of the People faction Oleksandr Onishchenko fled from Ukraine, choosing not to wait until Verkhovna Rada deprives him of parliamentary immunity and greenlights his arrest.

Two years was the term Ivan Bezyazykov, Colonel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, has spent in militant captivity in Donbas. The man was released this week.

Two Russian officials were expelled from the United States following an incident in Moscow when a U.S. diplomat was assaulted by Russian security forces outside the embassy, foreign media reported.

Three children were killed in Yenakiieve, Donetsk region, in an explosion of a grenade they had found and brought to their home, according to a report by the OSCE special monitoring mission.


Five minutes and 44 seconds lasted the race with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, which is part of the traditional celebration of San Fermin, foreign media reported. 14 people suffered wounds and injuries of varying severity. Among the victims there are tourists from South Africa, India, the United States, Canada, Portugal, UK, and Spain.

Nine Russian TV channels were banned in Ukraine in the latest move by the national broadcasting watchdog – the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting.

The Ukrainians who receive subsidies pay 12% of their family income for gas supplies / Photo from UNIAN

12% of family income of the Ukrainians, who receive subsidies, is paid for gas and central heating, according to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. There are 5.5 million such families in Ukraine.

13 political prisoners, citizens of Ukraine, are held in Russian prisons to date. Among them, there are four Crimean Tatars, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.


21 months in prison is the sentence of a Spanish court against Argentinian striker from FC Barcelona Lionel Messi on tax evasion charges. The same verdict was issued against the football star’s father Jorge Horacio Messi, according to Spanish media. Messi said he was going to appeal.

38 human smugglers were arrested in Italy on suspicion of transporting illegal migrants to the European Union, according to the foreign media reported.

40 directions of assistance to Ukraine on its reform path were supported by NATO leaders as an outcome of the meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission in Warsaw.

40% of official GDP is the level of shadow economy in Ukraine, that’s according to a special study by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.


43% of Ukrainians consider Ukraine’s accession to NATO a fundamental guarantee of national security, according to a study by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Razumkov Center.

75 of the 93 City Council deputies endorsed the motion to ban the raising of utility tariffs in Kyiv from July 1, 2016.

111 Ukrainians remain in militant captivity / Photo from UNIAN

111 citizens of Ukraine are held captive by the Russian-backed militants in Donbas, said first deputy chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's envoy to the humanitarian subgroup of the Tripartite Liaison Group Iryna Gerashchenko.

123 searches were conducted in Rivne region in a massive raid against the so-called “amber mafia”, according to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov.

171 MPs (of the required 226) supported the idea to extend the term of the fourth session of the Verkhovna Rada to September 6, 2016. Thus, the Parliament will not work overtime this the summer.


180 people died in China as a result of flooding caused by heavy rains, according to foreign media.

249 MPs supported the law on the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

3,000 speed cameras are to be installed on the Ukrainian roads, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

4,000 Ukrainian soldiers will undergo training in the UK, the British foreign minister said on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Warsaw.

Ukraine has increased the fine for DUI /

UAH 10,200 will be the minimum penalty for driving under influence, according to a newly-adopted law.

85,000 federal and municipal government agents will be attracted by Brazil authorities to ensure security at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, according to the organizers.


750,000 tourists from Russia will visit Turkey before the end of this year, foreign media reported, citing the head of the Association of Hoteliers and Tour Operators of Turkey’s Mediterranean region.

UAH 1.5 million is a prize fund of Ukraine’s Football Super Cup final match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv, which will be held in Odesa  July 16, the press service of the Ukrainian Premier League reported.

3.515 million used passenger vehicles have been sold in Ukraine’s primary market since the beginning of 2016, according to Ukravtoprom. This is 37% less than in the same period last year.

$60 million in aid to the Ukrainian military was received from the foreign partners in 2016, according to the Ministry of Defense. Of this sum, there was $53 million worth of technical assistance.


137 million workers in South-East Asia may lose their jobs in the next 20 years as manufacturers gradually switch from the manual to the automated production, according to the research by the United Nations International Labor Organization (ILO).

UAH 341.1 million in pension tax revenues has gone to the state budget since the beginning of 2016, according to the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine.


$13.988 billion is the amount of Ukraine’s international reserves as of July 1, 2016, the National Bank of Ukraine reported. According to the central bank, the reserves have increased by 36.3% over the past 12 months.

Margarita Andreyeva

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