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Ukraine in brief. Thursday, July 10

New EU's sanctions, Ukrposhta starts paying pensions in Sloviyansk, Cabinet to establish trade representative offices at key export markets, MTS restores communications in Slovyansk, IMF mission prolonged work in Ukraine

10:54 The European Union has imposed sanctions against 11 separatists due to the situation in the east of Ukraine, Reuters website reads.

According to the report, on July 9 a meeting of ambassadors of EU member countries agreed to put 11 people to the list of persons whose assets will be frozen and against whom visa restrictions will be introduced.

The report says the restrictions will take effect from July 12.

The list of the persons will be published in the official EU journal.

On May 12, the EU introduced sanctions against Verkhovna Rada deputy of the Party of Regions faction Oleh Tsariov, 12 Russian citizens and two companies due to the situation in the east of Ukraine.

On April 29, the EU published additional list of 15 persons involved in violation of territorial integrity of Ukraine.

11:30 The state postal service enterprise Ukrposhta has started paying pensions in Sloviyansk, Donetsk region, on July 10, reads a statement made by Ukrposhta.

Postmen are carrying pensions to recipients' addresses, while they can also collect them at post offices.

Today 10 out of the 13 post offices have reopened in Sloviyansk, but only five have power supply restored.

Ukrposhta has started paying pensions in Kramatorsk, Donetsk Region.

Ukrposhta has resumed operation of post offices in Sloviyansk and Donetsk.

13:40 The Cabinet of Ministers has plans to establish offices of trade representatives in all Ukraine's key export markets, Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk has announced at III Pan-Ukrainian Agrarian Forum.

In his words, this is a key instrument for promotion of Ukrainian products abroad.

Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Ihor Shvaika in his turn has remarked, still it goes of five countries he did not name.

Yatseniuk points to high potential of the Ukrainian agribusiness industry, and the possibility of tripling agricultural production in a decade.

14:29 MTS Ukraine, a telecom operator based in Kyiv, has restored mobile communications in Slovyansk and its suburbs in Donetsk Region, reads a statement made by the company.

Yesterday MTS Ukraine engineers completed repair work in Slovyansk and its suburbs, and radio coverage resumed in the central part of the town, in the micro-districts Artema, Pivnichnyi, and also in the village Nikolske and in the settlement Bylbasovka.

By 12:30 the MTS network had revived in the settlement Cherevkovka and near the railway station.

Before, the Slovyansk distribution zone's power supply of mobile networks' facilities in Slovyansk was out for a long time.

MTS Ukraine refutes the allegation that unidentified persons had seized the company equipment in Luhansk.

Before, MTS Ukraine said mobile communications in Slovyansk had interrupted over failure of power supply at mobile networks' facilities in the area.

14:43 The mission of the International Monetary Fund has prolonged its work in Ukraine until July 12, the Ministry of Finance said.

Minister of Finance Oleksandr Shlapak noted that Ukraine is open for dialogue and co-operation.

In turn, representatives of the mission noted that their work in Ukraine is prolonged to finally complete the discussion of the program with representatives of Ukrainian authorities.

Earlier, Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk expressed his hope for positive decision of the IMF as for the allocation of the second tranche worth USD 1.5 billion to Ukraine in the frames of the stand-by loan agreement after its mission completes work in Kyiv.

On June 24, the IMF mission arrived in Ukraine on an official visit.

In late April, IMF approved the stand-by loan program worth USD 17.01 billion for Ukraine and in May it allotted the first tranche worth USD 3.19 billion within the said program.

15:20 Agrarian Policy Minister Ihor Shvaika says China stands ready to proceed to implementation of phase two of the agreement with Ukraine, worth USD 3.5-4 billion.

"The Chinese corporation [China National Complete Engineering Corporation], which is working with the SFGCU [State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine] is ready to work on the second stage, which makes a sum of approximately USD 3.5-4 billion. This is what is being handled today by the SFGCU and the Chinese corporation," he said.

Shvaika reminds that one ton of grain under the contract costs UAH 2,000.

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