Monthly Archives: December 2019

Ukraine's PM Honcharuk: Heating bills may be reduced by 30%

According to the prime minister, today the government has transferred all tools necessary for recalculation to the local authorities. Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk has said today the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved a decision, which allows to recalculate the tariff and reduce the figure in the payment bills for heating up to 30%. According to

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Ukraine to get US$15 bln from Russian gas transit within five years – energy minister

In total, Ukraine will get about US$18 billion in five-year term, including US$3 billion in cash before the New Year. REUTERS Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection Oleksiy Orzhel has said Ukraine will get about US$15 billion from the transit of Russian gas within five years. “The estimated income, which Ukraine gained at this meeting [negotiations between Ukraine and

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Top migration officer charged with extorting money from foreigners

Pimakhova is charged with soliciting bribes from foreigners for work permits and citizenship cards. She denies the charges. Dina Pimakhova, former first deputy head of the State Migration Service, was placed under overnight house arrest for two months, the High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine ruled on Dec. 23. According to the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, Pimakhova, appointed deputy head of the State

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Belarus president talks about greater threat to Russia than Ukraine NATO membership

MINSK, 24 December (BelTA) – I do not see Ukraine’s possible accession to NATO as a potential threat to Belarus, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said in an interview to editor-in-chief of the Ekho Moskvy radio station Aleksei Venediktov on 24 December, BelTA learned. “I do not see it that way. I have already told Putin about this and I will

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Minister salary should be up to $10,000 – Mylovanov

24.12.2019 17:45A minister of economy in Ukraine should receive a salary of $5,000 to $10,000. Ukraine’s Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Tymofiy Mylovanov said this in an interview with LIGA.net. “A minister should receive from $5,000 to $10,000,” Mylovanov said when answering the question of what salary a top manager at the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture should

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Russian Tu-22M3 “Backfire” Bomber Crash Lands Into A Field During Emergency, Crew Safe

Accident is Third in Series of Significant Russian Military Mishaps in December. A Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3, NATO reporting name “Backfire”, twin-engine supersonic bomber crash-landed yesterday in the Astrakhan-Oblast region of southern Russia after suffering a reported engine failure. The crew escaped without injuries after bringing the aircraft into a “field” in a rural setting without a high concentration of civilians.

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Germany to help Ukraine modernize gas transmission system

Peter Beyer, the German government’s Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation, said that Germany will help Ukraine to upgrade its gas transmission system (GTS). “It’s not the case that Ukraine is being left on its own. On the contrary, we have obligations, and we will keep them,” Beyer said in an interview on German radio. He admitted that the agreement between Russia and

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Ukrainian construction industry continues growing

24.12.2019 14:04In January-November, 2019, the construction industry of Ukraine grew by 21.3%. President of the Confederation of Builders of Ukraine Lev Partskhaladze wrote this on his Facebook page. “The construction industry continues to show steady growth. Over the eleven months, the growth made up 21.3%. These are good results and we hope that at least there will be no decline

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Russian PM names condition for lifting Russian sanctions against Ukraine

Russia remains the major trading partner for Ukraine, Medvedev says. REUTERS Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said Russia is ready to consider lifting sanctions against Ukraine if there is a corresponding initiative from Kyiv. “We always told them [Kyiv]: ‘We are ready to consider the sanctions issue bilaterally, but an initiative on their part is required to this end, because

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NATO states call shots at WADA & use doping claims to contain Russia – Lavrov

The persecution of Russia by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is politically motivated as the body remains in the hands of NATO member states who won’t shy away from any means to harm Moscow, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov has said. The decisions at WADA are made by just over a dozen people, Lavrov pointed out, specifying that they represent “11

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Over half of Ukrainians have below-average digital skills – Honcharuk

24.12.2019 12:15A study conducted in Ukraine has found that 53% of Ukrainians have lower-than-average digital skills, Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksandr Honcharuk has reported on Facebook. “In 2006, the EU recognized digital literacy as one of the eight core competencies that every European citizen should possess. In Ukraine, we conducted this study for the first time: 53% of Ukrainians have digital

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Ukraine looking for intermediary for Russian gas transit

On December 21, following the Ukraine-EU-Russia talks, energy minister Oleksiy Orzhel said the parties had concluded a protocol that provides for the implementation of a number of agreements. Yuriy Vitrenko / Photo from UNIAN Naftogaz is looking for a European company that will agree to transport Russian gas from the Ukrainian-Russian border and sell gas, including to Ukraine, says Executive

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"Very big risk": Russia may fail to fulfill gas transit promises, Naftogaz admits

The Ukrainian energy company relies on the support of European partners and political support on the part of Ukraine leadership. Naftogaz has admitted there is a risk of Russia ceasing gas transit via Ukraine despite promises made, while Ukraine would have already dropped new claims against Russian Gazprom in international arbitrations, that’s according to Naftogaz Executive Director Yuriy Vitrenko. “If

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Russia’s Internet Is Ready for Isolation, Officials Say After Partial Shutdown

Russia completed a series of tests on Monday checking that its internet services could function if the country were to get cut off from the worldwide web, Deputy Communications Minister Aleksei Sokolov said. The tests, conducted over the course of several days on specially designated networks,  follow Russia’s controversial “sovereign internet” law enacted last month, which aims to tighten state

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New Russian Su-57 Stealth Fighter Crashes During Tests

A Russian fifth-generation stealth fighter jet has crashed during tests in the country’s Far East, news agencies reported Tuesday. The incident occurred days before Russia’s Aerospace Forces were due to receive their first serial-produced Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet. Its developer Sukhoi plans to deliver a total of 67 fifth-generation Su-57s to the Russian Aerospace Forces by 2028. “The Su-57 crashed

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