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Week in numbers

Ukraine received $1 billion in a third loan tranche from the IMF, Paralympic Team Ukraine won a record total of 117 medals in Rio, Ukraine’s defense budget in 2017 will amount to UAH 129 billion.

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$1 billion was received by Ukraine in the third loan tranche from the IMF. According to the National Bank, the funds will be allocated to replenish the country’s international reserves.

One high-ranking official in the Ukraine filed an electronic declaration of income, according to Natalia Korchak, head of the National Agency for Corruption Prevention.

Zhemchuhov and Suprun after their release from militant captivity / SBU

Two Ukrainian citizens – Volodymyr Zhemchuhov and Yuriy Suprun - have been released from the militant captivity in Donbas, according to Ukraine’s rep to the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group Iryna Gerashchenko.

Two representatives of the opposition were elected to the Belarusian parliament, for the first time in 20 years, according to foreign media.

Two major porn websites - YouPorn and PornHub - were blocked in Russia by the country’s  telecom watchdog Roskomnadzor, Russian media reported.

A 3% GDP growth was forecast by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in 2017, with an inflation rate of 8.1% and unemployment at 8.7%.

Several police officers were subjected to disciplinary penalties / youtube.com

Three police officers were dismissed in Mykolayiv upon the results of an official investigation into patrol police inaction, as the officers failed to respond adequately to a street brawl ignited by affluenza teens, according to Ukrainian media.

12% of the total volume of works on fortification of the Ukrainian-Russian border, or “The Wall”, has been completed as of today, as reported by the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.

21 civilians have been killed in Donetsk region since the beginning of 2016, chief of the regional Police Department Vyacheslav Abroskin reported. Another 94 people have been wounded.

27 countries participated in the 23rd Forum of Publishers, held in Lviv. The organizers estimate that some 50,000 visitors will attend the Book Fair.

Unemployment rate in the occupied areas of Donbas is almost 80% / Radio Liberty

80% is the unemployment rate in the temporarily occupied areas of Donbas, according to President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

82% of Russians are not ready to take to the streets in case of protests against dropping living standards. 85% will not take part in the protests with political implications, according to a poll by Levada Center.

117 medals - 41 gold, 37 silver, and 39 bronze – have been won by the Ukrainian Paralympic athletes at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

120 searches have been conducted by the Prosecutor General’s Office and Security Service of Ukraine in the case of a large-scale land theft in Kharkiv, according to the PGO.

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149 Ukrainian citizens were convicted on charges of illegal human trafficking by European law enforcement agencies over the eight months of 2016, according to Ukrainian media referring to Europol.

150 Ukrainians have been kidnapped during the Donbas hostilities, then being smuggled to Russia, said Deputy Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories George Tuka.

200 people have been infected with Zika virus in Thailand since early 2016, according to foreign media quoting the country's Health Ministry.

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220 tonnes of ammunition for multiple launch rocket systems and self-propelled guns were delivered from Russia to the militant-controlled railway hub of Debaltseve, according to the Ministry of Defense citing intelligence reports.

1,908 individuals have registered in the system of electronic declaration of income, said the head of the National Agency for Corruption Prevention Natalia Korchak.

UAH 2,000 will be the average amount of subsidy to compensate for the payment of utility services in the 2016-2017 heating season, according to the Ministry of Social Policy. In the non-heating period, the average amount of subsidy is UAH 200-300.

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9,000 convicts have already been released under the so-called "Savchenko Law" since the beginning of 2016, as reported by the National Police of Ukraine. By the end of the year, a total of 34,000 convicts is estimated to get out of prison.

9,640 people have been killed and another 22,431 wounded during the conflict in Donbas, according to a report on human rights by the United Nations Mission to Ukraine.

301,781 people fell victim to the war in Syria, starting 2011, as estimated by human rights activists, foreign media report. Of these, 86,000 are civilians.

UAH 900,000 was allocated from the city budget for the organization of GogolFest, a festival of contemporary art held in Kyiv, according to the Kyiv City State Administration.

Some 400,000 unemployed are registered with social services / Photo from UNIAN

1.8 million people in Ukraine may be unemployed, said Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko, referring to the methodology of the International Labour Organization. Only some 400,000 people are officially registered with social services.

1,862,900 Muslims have performed the Hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca in 2016, foreign media reported with reference to the Statistical Office of Saudi Arabia.

UAH 135 million from the State Fund for Regional Development were allocated by the Cabinet for the repair of the road infrastructure of Donbas, according to the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services.

Energy Efficiency Fund may get up to UAH 3.5-4 billion of funding / Photo from UNIAN

UAH 4 billion may be accumulated in the energy efficiency fund, planned to be set up in the Cabinet. The government believes that this will allow Ukraine to finance the growth of its own natural gas production and reach full energy independence in four to five years.

UAH 129 billion will be allocated for defense in Ukraine’s state budget for 2017, according to the National Security and Defense Council.

Margarita Andreyeva

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