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Ukraine in brief. Thursday, July 3

Valerii Heletei, new defense minister of Ukraine.
Valerii Heletei, new defense minister of Ukraine.

Association Agreement Ratification, Russia Admits Its Influence On East Ukraine Separatists, Insulin Prices, Romania Ratifies EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, Defense Minister, Russian Border Guards Open Fire

09:54 President Petro Poroshenko has urged the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Ukraine to elaborate and agree the plan for ratification of the association agreement with the EU, press service of the Presidential Administration says.

According to the report, on July 2, Poroshenko held a meeting with leaders of deputy factions and groups at the Verkhovna Rada.

The head of the state informed the deputies about the instruction he had given to the Foreign Affairs Ministry in order to as soon as possible elaborate and agree with the EU the plan for the ratification of the association agreement.

The President stressed he considers dialogue with the Parliament and the Government an important factor for the peace plan implementation.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has launched preparation of ratification of the association agreement with the EU.


10:00 Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov states that Russia admits presence of its influence on separatists in the east of Ukraine, he has announced at a news conference following the meeting with Foreign Ministers Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Laurent Fabius of France and Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine.

"We have certain levers on those who protect their homes, their kin, their families, their land, and want their rights be recognized and respected in the Ukrainian state," said Lavrov.

Alongside he remembers, Russia many a time called and keeps calling to all warring parties in the east of Ukraine to sit at the negotiating table and resolve issues by dialogue.

He notes Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France are having meetings for this very purpose.

Lavrov counts on the global community to send respective signals to the Ukrainian authorities on the need of reconciliation of the truce conditions.

In April, United States President Barack Obama calls Putin to use influence on the gunmen in eastern Ukraine to disarm them.


10:02 Indar, an insulin-maker based in Kyiv, is not pushing up prices for insulin until the end of this year as its revenues grow on building-up output and increasing share of exports, company Chief Executive Officer Liubov Vyshnevska has told journalists.

"We were not raising prices for insulin in 2013, and in 2014 we are not intended to raise them until the end of this year," stressed Vyshnevska.

She says Indar now exports some 80% of products it makes, delivered to Brazil, Uruguay, Yemen, Venezuela, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

Accordingly, the factory's output has quadrupled.

The Ministry of Healthcare recommends Ukrmedprom to suspend Indar CEO Vyshnevska.

As of the second quarter of 2013, the Ukrmedprom state joint-stock company was owning 70.7% of shares in Indar, and Mindar Holdings Limited (Cyprus) 21.13% of shares.


10:20 The Chamber of Deputies (the lower house of the parliament) of Romania has ratified the association agreement of the European Union with Ukraine, press service of the Romanian Parliament said with the reference to voting results of July 2.

A total of 293 deputies backed the ratification, 0 voted against it, 0 deputies abstained, and two deputies did not take part in the voting.

The draft law on the ratification of the association agreement is now to be adopted by the Senate (the upper house of the Romanian parliament).

Lithuania has launched the ratification of the association agreement with Ukraine.


13:01 The Verkhovna Rada has appointed Valerii Heletei as the defense minister of Ukraine.

A total of 260 of minimum required 226 deputies backed respective resolution No. 4228а.

The text of the document has not yet been posted on the official website of the Parliament.

Born in the village of Verkhnii Koropets (Zakarpattia region) on August 28, 1967, Heletei graduated from the Ivano-Frankivsk Specialized Secondary School of Militia in 1990 and the Ukrainian Interior Affairs Academy in 1994.

In May 2007 - July 2009, he headed the State Guard Department.

On March 2, 2014, he was again appointed as the head of the State Guard Department.

Since March, Mykhailo Koval has been the acting defense minister of Ukraine.


15:45 The Russian Federation's border guards opened fire at 300 terrorists trying to break through to Russia, National Security and Defense Council information center spokesman Andrii Lysenko has told a news briefing.

Lysenko underlines, the anti-terror operation (ATO) command gives terrorists the opportunity to lay down arms and surrender; he emphasizes that militants take the opportunity more and more.

Nine border guards were wounded after terrorists attacked by mortar and grenade launchers the Dolzhanskyi border post in Luhansk Region.


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