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18 August 2017
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Four Ukrainian citizens died in a plane crash in Egypt, nine countries in Eastern and Central Europe are going to request NATO increase its regional presence, Ukraine ranks 83rd in the annual Ease of Doing Business rating by the World Bank.

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REUTERS

Four citizens of Ukraine were killed in the crash of the Russian airliner Airbus A321 in Egypt, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The plane crash claimed lives of 224 people, including 25 children.

Four years of imprisonment is considered adequate punishment in Russia for the production of and transactions involving crypto currency. Amendments to the Criminal Code are being drafted by the government, Russian media reported. The bill will be submitted to the State Duma in the coming months.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission intends to open eight additional observation posts in Donbas, as reported by the organization. The number of observers is planned to be increased to 650. Of these, 570 are to be stationed in the east of Ukraine.

Nine countries in Eastern and Central Europe are going to request NATO boost its regional presence, according to the president of Romania, foreign media reported.

Ten Ukrainians, who had been held captive by the militants for more than six months, were released from captivity, Ukrainian media reported. Only one of the freed individuals is civilian. The others are the military and the fighters from Ukraine’s volunteer battalions. According to the Presidential Envoy on the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Iryna Gerashchenko, 139 Ukrainians remain in captivity, while 788 are reported missing.

27 Ukrainian cities prepare for a second round of mayoral elections, according to the Committee of Voters of Ukraine. According to preliminary information, the second round will take place in the capital Kyiv and 18 regional centers across Ukraine.

32 out of 65 surveyed countries showed a significant reduction in a number of online statements, which indicates decreased Internet freedom, according to a poll by Freedom House, foreign media reported. 18 countries were rated as "free," 19 - as "not free" and 28 countries were classified as "partly free." Ukraine was placed in a “partly free” section of the list.

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REUTERS

46.62% was the voter turnout in the local elections in Ukraine, according to the Central Election Commission. Highest turnout was recorded in Ternopil (56.50%) and Lviv (56.31%) regions. The least voters cast their ballots in Donetsk (31.65%) and Luhansk (35.27%) regions. In Kyiv, 41.87% people have voted.

54 people were injured in an explosion at a munitions depot in Svatove, Luhansk region. Two people were killed, another four were injured, as reported by the local authorities. UAH 10 million from the local budget was allocated for dealing with the emergency and its aftereffects. A criminal case under Art. 258 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (terrorist act) was opened.

Ukraine occupies 83rd place in the annual Ease of Doing Business rating by the World Bank, published on its website. Compared with the previous year, Ukraine rose by 13 positions.

Peat continues to burn across Kyiv region / Screenshot from video
Peat continues to burn across Kyiv region / Screenshot from video

85 emergency vehicles and 296 firefighters are involved by the State Emergency Service around the clock to extinguish peat bogs in the Kyiv region, according to the ministry. Since the beginning of smoldering of the peat bogs, the hotbeds area was reduced to approximately 51.75 hectares.

EU Sanctions were temporarily lifted against 173 people in Belarus. The sanctions were suspended for a four-month term according to a decision of the EU Council in response to the release of all Belarusian political prisoners.

At least 300 materials that hold evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine were passed by the International Partnership for Human Rights to the Hague Tribunal, according to Ukrainian media quoting the organization.

306 licenses for different activities, including depository activity, management of assets of institutional investors, and management of securities were revoked by the National Commission on Securities and Stock Market as part of the cleaning of the market of securities, according to the ministry.

PGO suspects Korban of establishing a criminal group / Photo from UNIAN
PGO suspects Korban of establishing a criminal group / Photo from UNIAN

500 officers from the Security Service of Ukraine were involved in "large-scale special operation in Dnipropetrovsk," held jointly with the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine. During the raid the leader of UKROP Party, Hennadiy Korban, was detained, the SBU reported. PGO informed Korban that he is suspected of creating a criminal group. At the same time, the lawyer Oleksiy Shevchuk stated that the defense was not allowed access to the case file, and the suspicion notice was precisely drafted in a way to facilitate choosing a restraining measure in the form of arrest. The political council of UKROP party dill, in turn, noted that the events are an attempt to divert attention from the second round of elections in Dnipropetrovsk and Pavlograd, so that the Opposition Bloc could take revenge in the area.

595 people, a third of them (185 people) civilians, have fallen victims to the Russian air strikes in Syria, foreign media reported with reference to human rights defenders. At the same time, according to the survey by Levada Center, 53% of Russians say that the information about the victims among the civilian population, distributed by the Western media, is false. In addition, 54% of Russians support the air strikes on Syria.

Observers from a civic network Opora have recorded 1,128 violations since the beginning of the electoral process in Ukraine’s local elections. In turn, the observers from the Committee of Voters of Ukraine recorded more than 1,500 violations of electoral law. However, for the most part, these were violations of a procedural and technical nature that were not able to influence the outcome of elections.

UAH 4,343 was the average wag of a full-time employee in Ukraine in September, according to the State Statistics Service. Compared with August, the average salary increased by UAH 138.

More than 77,000 troops received the status of combatants / Photo from UNIAN
More than 77,000 troops received the status of combatants / Photo from UNIAN

77,582 military servicemen and employees of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were granted the status of combatants, according to the Defense Ministry. Furthermore, 15,772 soldiers received additional cash rewards for successful performance of combat missions, for the destruction of military equipment of the enemy and direct participation in hostilities.

120,000 people have fled their homes in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Hama and Idlib in early October, due to increased hostilities, the UN reported.

8.6 million people have received raised pensions across Ukraine, according to the Pension Fund of Ukraine. For this purpose UAH 4 billion has been allocated. 115,000 invalids and war veterans got increased social payments, as well as over 67,000 miners, more than 80,000 relatives of soldiers killed in action, and other categories of pensioners.

16.972 billion cubic meters of natural gas has been pumped into Ukrainian underground storage facilities, according to Ukrtransgaz, to provide for the heating season, and guarantee unhindered transit of Russian gas to the EU.

Margarita Andreyeva 

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