Interfax-Ukrainehttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/last.htmlInformation about recent political developments in Ukraine, key Ukrainian economic news and major current events in the CIS and the rest of the world.http://static.interfax.com.ua/images/rss_logo_180x180.jpghttp://static.interfax.com.ua/images/rss_logo_180x180.jpgenoffice@interfax.kiev.uaTue, 28 Mar 2017 06:10:19 GMT5Ukraine's ambassador protests against Kyrgyz lawmaker visit to occupied Crimeahttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411777.html<p>Ukrainian Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Mykola Doroshenko has expressed his protest to the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry in connection with the trip of a Kyrgyz lawmaker to the Russia-occupied Crimea.</p> <p>"Today I have expressed diplomatic protest to the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Kyrgyz Republic in connection with the trip to Crimea of the member of parliament, representative of the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan M.A. Amankulov [Marat Amankulov], which was not agreed with Ukraine. I called to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, explained that #CrimeaIsUkraine and that there are rules of entry to and exit from the occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, and stressed that the offenders will be brought to criminal/administrative responsibility in accordance with the law of Ukraine," the ambassador wrote on his Facebook page on Monday.</p> <p>Doroshenko also expressed the hope that the Kyrgyz authorities will heed his call and take appropriate action.</p> Ukrainian Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Mykola Doroshenko has expressed his protest to the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry in connection with the trip of a Kyrgyz lawmaker to the Russia-occupied Crimea.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411777.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 14:07:31 GMTPolice free Ukrzaliznytsia official Liudmyrsky kidnapped 8 months ago, detain two abductorshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411767.html<p>The Kyiv regional police have freed the chief of the electricity supply department of Ukrzaliznytsia, Valeriy Liudmyrsky, who was held hostage for eight months by kidnappers who demanded a EUR 10 million ransom, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said.</p> <p>"As a result of months of complex and painstaking searches, the Kyiv regional police have conducted a brilliant operation and freed Valeriy Liudmyrsky, who was kidnapped on July 18, 2016. Two abductors were detained, the secret bunker where the hostage was held, was established, arms and explosives were confiscated," Avakov wrote on his Facebook page on Monday.</p> <p>According to the minister, Liudmyrsky said he was beaten only during the abduction, the rest of the time he was not subjected to physical torture. Liudmyrsky is currently in hospital, doctors say his life and health are out of danger.</p> <p>"Last night in a private house in the village of Fastovets, Kyiv region, law enforcement officers found a secret basement bunker consisting of two chambers with ventilation, lighting, water supply and sewage system, armored doors and constant video surveillance - the premises were clearly prepared to keep a hostage for a long time," Avakov said.</p> <p>In his words, a Kalashnikov assault rifle, cartridges for it, foreign-produced pistols, an underbarrel grenade launcher with grenades and a kilogram of TNT were found in the next room.</p> <p>The interior minister said that a Russian citizen (a Dagestanian) and a citizen of Ukraine were detained on suspicion of involvement in the crime. Measures are taken to find and detain the organizer and the mastermind of the crime.</p> <p>The criminal proceeding previously launched under Article 115 (premeditated murder) was re-qualified under Article 189 (extortion) and Article 146 (illegal deprivation of liberty or abduction) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.</p> The Kyiv regional police have freed the chief of the electricity supply department of Ukrzaliznytsia, Valeriy Liudmyrsky, who was held hostage for eight months by kidnappers who demanded a EUR 10 million ransom, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411767.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 13:46:25 GMTFive Ukrainian officers killed in Mi-2 helicopter crash in Donbas on March 26http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411754.html<p>The three crewmembers and two passengers who were killed in the crash of a Mil Mi-2 helicopter near the town of Malynivka not far from Kramatorsk on Sunday were Ukrainian Armed Forces officers, Defense Ministry official Andriy Lysenko said.</p> <p>"Three crewmembers and two passengers were killed. It has been determined that the helicopter crashed after hitting a power line. All five victims are Ukrainian Armed Forces officers," Lysenko said in Kyiv on Monday.</p> <p>The conclusions on the crash of the helicopter as a result of a collision with a power line were drawn by a commission that worked on the site: examining the helicopter debris and talking to eyewitnesses, he said.</p> <p>According to earlier reports, a Ukrainian Mi-2 military helicopter crashed near the town of Malynivka not far from Kramatorsk on Sunday.</p> <p>According to a tentative theory, the crash was caused by a collision with a power line.</p> The three crewmembers and two passengers who were killed in the crash of a Mil Mi-2 helicopter near the town of Malynivka not far from Kramatorsk on Sunday were Ukrainian Armed Forces officers, Defense Ministry official Andriy Lysenko said.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411754.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 13:14:58 GMTMilitants shell private sector of Avdiyivka using Grads, 9 houses damagedhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411734.html<p>Militants shelled the residential sector of Avdiyivka using the BM-21 rocket fire system 'Grad' around noon on Sunday, as a result of which nine separate houses suffered damages, head of the Donetsk Regional Military-Civilian Administration Pavlo Zhebrivsky said.</p> <p>"At about 12:00 the Russian invaders shelled Stara Avdiyivka from Grads mulitiple-rocket launchers. Nine separate houses were damaged. The information is being specified," the head of the Donetsk Regional State Administration wrote on his Twitter on Sunday afternoon.</p> <p>At the same time, he specified on his Facebook page that the damaged houses were separate houses located in Belynsky, Dobroliubov and Kolosov Streets, but the nature of the damage is being specified.</p> <p>"According to preliminary data, none of the civilians were injured," Zhebrivsky said.</p> Militants shelled the residential sector of Avdiyivka using the BM-21 rocket fire system 'Grad' around noon on Sunday, as a result of which nine separate houses suffered damages, head of the Donetsk Regional Military-Civilian Administration Pavlo Zhebrivsky said.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411734.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 11:55:17 GMTThree Ukrainian servicemen killed in Donbas in past 24 hourshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411733.html<p>Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and another eight people were wounded in the area of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in Donbas in the past 24 hours, Ukrainian Defense Ministry official Andriy Lysenko said.</p> <p>"Three Ukrainian servicemen were killed and eight were wounded in action in the past 24 hours," Lysenko told a briefing in Kyiv on Monday.</p> Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and another eight people were wounded in the area of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in Donbas in the past 24 hours, Ukrainian Defense Ministry official Andriy Lysenko said.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411733.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 11:54:21 GMTDTEK to warn 32 companies of risk of illegal anthracite supplies from DTEK enterprises – DTEK CEOhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411728.html<p>DTEK energy holding will send official notifications to 32 companies warning them of not buying coal made by the group's divisions located on the temporarily uncontrolled territory, DTEK CEO Maksym Timchenko has said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.</p> <p>"We have a list of 32 companies which potentially could buy this coal. We will send this letter to each company. Today a separate unit has been created in the company where lawyers play first fiddle. We warned from the beginning that we will protect own property and own products using all available legal ways," he said.</p> <p>He said that in 2016, Sverdlovanthracite, Rovenkyanthracite and Komsomolets Donbasu planned to extract 12.8 million tonnes of coal. Consumption of Starobesheve thermal power plant (TPP) of Donbasenergo in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone is around 2.2 million tonnes.</p> <p>Taking into account that sulphur content in anthracite extracted in Donbas does not meet the requirements of foreign markets, and Russia has a large surplus in production of anthracite, Ukrainian companies are potential buyers of around 10 million tonnes of coal.</p> <p>"Average sulphur content in Ukrainian anthracite is 1.7% and in hard ash coal is 2.6%. The requirement for exports is 0.9% and lower. This coal may not be exported," Timchenko said.</p> <p>DTEK would warn Novocherkask TPP under control of Russia's Gazprom that it is unlawful to buy coal from the company's divisions on the temporarily uncontrolled territory, while TPP every year consumes around 3 million tonnes of anthracite and Russia annually produces around 12 million tonnes of this coal.</p> <p>"We are taking the similar steps [as for Donbasenergo] for Novocherkask TPP, which the second potential buyer of coal. The plant belongs to Gazprom, which securities are listed on more than 10 exchanges. TPP would receive the similar notification. We also plan to send notifications to all exchanges," he said.</p> DTEK energy holding will send official notifications to 32 companies warning them of not buying coal made by the group's divisions located on the temporarily uncontrolled territory, DTEK CEO Maksym Timchenko has said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411728.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 11:44:39 GMTFive famous companies become bidders in Yuzhny Port dredging works tenderhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411725.html<p>Five famous global companies have become bidders in an open tender to reconstruct the sea approach canal and internal water approaches to the deep water berths of Yuzhny port (Odesa region).</p> <p>The press service of Ukrainian Sea Port Authority has reported that as of March 24, Boskalis International B.V. (the Netherlands), China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. (China), Jan De Nul N.V., Novadeal Ltd (subsidiary of DEME Group, both based in Belgium) and Van Oord Ukraine (representative office of Van Oord, the Netherlands) submitted their bids.</p> <p>The auction to select the contractor is scheduled for May 3, 2017.</p> <p>Earlier Ukrainian Sea Port Authority at a meeting with dredging companies presented the draft updated tender documents for dredging works. A working group consisting of specialist from the authority with the involvement of advisors from the European Bank for Reconstruction and development (EBRD) and Arzinger law firm drew up the draft.</p> <p>"The draft agreement with the future contractor would fully suit Ukrainian legislation and requirements of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)," the press service said.</p> Five famous global companies have become bidders in an open tender to reconstruct the sea approach canal and internal water approaches to the deep water berths of Yuzhny port (Odesa region).Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411725.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 11:33:03 GMTCourt obliges government to resume consideration of Yuzgaz's application on Yuzivska fieldhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411722.html<p>Kyiv's district administrative court has declared unlawful the decision of Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers not to allow Yuzgaz B.V. (the Netherlands) to participate in the product sharing agreement (PSA) on the Yuzivska field (Kharkiv and Donetsk regions) and obliged the government to resume the consideration of the company's application.</p> <p>The court ruling was published in the unified court ruling register on March 20.</p> <p>"The court established that Yuzgaz had invested funds to buy tender documents linked to PSA… The total investment exceeds $100,000. The company also paid $800,000 in advance for participation in the PSA. Article 6 of the agreement on promotion and reciprocal protection of investments between the Netherlands and Ukraine says that no agreement side would take measures depriving citizens of other side of the agreement of their investment. The court has come to the conclusion that the government after making this decision actually deprived the claimant of the right to fully use its investment potential," the court said.</p> <p>As reported, on November 2, 2016, the government decided not to permit Yuzgaz B. V. to participate in the PSA for the Yuzivska field.</p> <p>Yuzgaz founder is Emerstone Energy investment fund, part of Emerstone Capital Partners of businessman Jaroslav Kinach.</p> Kyiv's district administrative court has declared unlawful the decision of Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers not to allow Yuzgaz B.V. (the Netherlands) to participate in the product sharing agreement (PSA) on the Yuzivska field (Kharkiv and Donetsk regions) and obliged the government to resume the consideration of the company's application.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411722.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 11:22:20 GMTUkraine, Moldova to apply to EC seeking to build HPPs on Dniester Riverhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411719.html<p>Ukraine and Moldova plan to apply to the European Commission (EC) within one month with a proposal to analyze Ukraine's plans to build new hydroelectric power plants (HPPs) on the Dniester River, Prime Minister of Moldova Pavel Filip has said.</p> <p>"I think that during one month a common address to the European Commission asking to help us to deeply analyze the possible consequences of construction of this HPP on the Dniester River will be finished," Filip told reporters after a meeting of prime ministers of the GUAM member countries (Georgia-Ukraine-Azerbaijan-Moldova) in Kyiv on Monday.</p> <p>He also said that at a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman the eco-system of the Dniester River in the context of plans to build HPPs there was discussed.</p> <p>Groysman said that the eco-system issue is a top priority issue.</p> <p>"The assessment will be carried out and the first issue is ecology. We are in communication," he said.</p> Ukraine and Moldova plan to apply to the European Commission (EC) within one month with a proposal to analyze Ukraine's plans to build new hydroelectric power plants (HPPs) on the Dniester River, Prime Minister of Moldova Pavel Filip has said.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411719.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 11:19:01 GMTUkrainian PGO issues suspicion notice to DPR commander Zavizyon, puts him on wanted listhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411712.html<p>Ukraine's military prosecutor's office has issued a suspicion notice to the Russian Major General Aleksey Zavizyon, commander of the 41st military army of the Central Military District of the Russian Federation.</p> <p>"Zavizyon, acting commander of the 1st Army Corps, an unlawful military formation of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), is suspected of conspiring with a group of Russian officials from February through June 2015 … of issuing orders, demanding their fulfillment and coordinating activities of subordinate illegal military formations which shelled positions of Ukraine's Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) forces and attacking Ukrainian troops and law-enforcement personnel," the suspicion notice says, according to the press service of Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office (PGO). The announcement says the illegal activities were carried out in occupied areas of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions.</p> <p>Zavizyon is suspected of committing crimes under Part 3 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (deliberate attempts to violate Ukraine's territorial integrity and acts violating the Constitution leading to the death of citizens, as well as other crimes), Part 2 of Article 28, Part 2 of Article 437 (conducting war against Ukraine) and Part 1 of Article 258-3 (working with a terrorist organization).</p> <p>The suspect has been put on the wanted list and a petition has been filed to order his immediate arrest and detainment," the PGO said.</p> <p>According to publicly available information, Zavizyon, Aleksey Vladimirovich (born on May 13, 1965 in Estonia), was promoted to major general in 2007 and has commanded Russia's 41st Army, Central Military District of the Russian Federation's Armed Services since 2015.</p> Ukraine's military prosecutor's office has issued a suspicion notice to the Russian Major General Aleksey Zavizyon, commander of the 41st military army of the Central Military District of the Russian Federation.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411712.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 10:58:39 GMTEBRD could invest up to EUR 200 mln in Ukrainian agriculture in 2017http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411710.html<p>The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in 2017 plans to invest EUR 150-200 million in Ukrainian agriculture, the Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry of Ukraine has reported.</p> <p>"In 2017, we hope to reach at least EUR 150-200 million. We expect the resolution of economic activity and as a result the increase in companies' need in working capital and investment," the ministry said, citing EBRD Country Director in Ukraine Sevki Acuner.</p> <p>He said that EBRD intends to support diversification of agribusiness in Ukraine and reaching the new level of development.</p> <p>Along with crediting, other aspects of EBRD support is participation in a dialog on the regulation of the agricultural sector, provision of technical assistance and a platform for exchange of opinions on the functioning of meat industry and the dairy sector.</p> <p>EBRD also backs the creation and strengthening of agricultural cooperatives and self-government institutions in various segments of the sector.</p> <p>The bank has been strengthening financial support of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the past eight or nine months, Acuner said. The EBRD is trying to help to increase management efficiency and introduce new technologies in agribusiness, he said.</p> <p>As reported, Acuner hopes that the bank's investment into the implementation of projects in Ukraine in 2017 would expand to EUR 1 billion.</p> The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in 2017 plans to invest EUR 150-200 million in Ukrainian agriculture, the Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry of Ukraine has reported.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411710.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 10:57:16 GMTKuchma considers it necessary to hold meeting of 'Normandy Four' countries leadershttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411699.html<p>Leonid Kuchma, a former Ukrainian president and currently Kyiv's representative to the Trilateral Contact Group considers it necessary to hold a meeting of the leaders of the 'Normandy Four' (Ukraine, Germany, France, Russia).</p> <p>"I generally think that the question is fully mature for today, the meeting of the 'Normandy Four' is needed. I want to emphasize: the issues do not move ahead either at the level of the Minsk process (the Trilateral Contact Group), or at the level of the foreign ministers, so they need [the leaders of countries] to gather and say in public what we should expect," Kuchma told reporters in Dnipro on Monday.</p> Leonid Kuchma, a former Ukrainian president and currently Kyiv's representative to the Trilateral Contact Group considers it necessary to hold a meeting of the leaders of the 'Normandy Four' (Ukraine, Germany, France, Russia).Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411699.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 10:25:16 GMTUkrposhta to continue international money transfer, including to Russia and CIShttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411690.html<p>Public joint-stock company Ukrposhta will continue international money transfer, including to Russia and the CIS, despite the fact that on March 22, 2017 Russia's State Duma passed at third reading the bill banning money transfer from Russia to other states, including Ukraine, using foreign payment systems.</p> <p>The press service of Ukrposhta reported that the ban considerably restricts the possibilities of transferring funds from Russia to Ukraine and back.</p> <p>Ukrposhta said that all its postal bank transfers are settled via the international financial system of the Universal Postal Union between postal departments.</p> <p>"We continue accepting and paying international postal bank transfers both in foreign and national currency in the usual mode. The coverage and the network of 11,500 departments allow delivering the transfer to any point in the country. Ukrposhta invites to use the service, as along with convenience and affordable tariffs it can offer the unique door-to-door delivery," Director of the financial business department Artur Muravytsky said.</p> <p>Ukrposhta is managed by Infrastructure Ministry. It provides over 50 types of services in almost 12,000 departments all over Ukraine.</p> Public joint-stock company Ukrposhta will continue international money transfer, including to Russia and the CIS, despite the fact that on March 22, 2017 Russia's State Duma passed at third reading the bill banning money transfer from Russia to other states, including Ukraine, using foreign payment systems.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411690.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 09:47:41 GMTSome 193 national guardsmen killed during ATO – Poroshenkohttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411688.html<p>President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has said that 193 servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine have been killed during the ATO (Anti-Terrorism Operation).</p> <p>"Some 1,175 soldiers deservedly received high state awards. In total, 193 guardsmen were killed defending Ukraine," the president said, visiting the military range of the National Guard in Novi Petrivtsi on Monday.</p> President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has said that 193 servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine have been killed during the ATO (Anti-Terrorism Operation).Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411688.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 09:46:08 GMTSome 55% of assets of Ukrainian insurers are low liquid – financial service markets watchdoghttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411687.html<p>The preliminary results of the Ukrainian insurance market in 2016 show that 55% of assets of insurance companies worth over UAH 30 billion are low liquid or hard to sell and generate low income, a member of the national commission for financial service markets regulation Oleksandr Zaletov has told Interfax-Ukraine.</p> <p>He said that the 2016 figures also display some positive trends in the improvement of the quality of assets of insurance companies.</p> <p>He said that thanks to the implementation of the first phase of reformation of assets of the insurance market under the resolution on obligatory criteria and requirements for asset adequacy, diversification and quality took effect in May 2016 the reallocation of the assets of market players was seen from 'unreliable' (corporate securities, financial investment when it is impossible to determine the fair cost) to 'low risk' assets (deposits at banks with the investment credit rating and higher, government securities).</p> <p>The analysis of the year results showed that insurers more often provided financial assistance to each other as of reporting date, and a large part of assets is presented by doubtful assets, such as bills of exchanges and corporate rights to blank check companies.</p> <p>"This leads to the non-observation of the insurance agreement conditions by insurers both for payments in claims and the term of payment," Zaletov said.</p> <p>He said that during the second phase of reformation of assets the commission proposes to remove the following assets from the acceptable assets of insurers: assets burdened with liabilities taken into account on off-balance sheet accounts (collateral, guarantees, liabilities); assets of registered and/or located on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine or on the territories where Ukrainian authorities cannot fulfill their duties and located on the contact line.</p> <p>It is also proposed to remove claims to individuals and companies on which the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine applied sanctions and banned from using or selling assets of these persons or their property, apart from cases when the restriction is imposed aiming at making insurers to observe their liabilities.</p> <p>The commission proposes to expand the list of low risk assets thanks to the inclusion of claims to nonresident reinsurers under the reinsurance agreements signed with nuclear unit operators for damage caused due to nuclear incident, obligatory civil aviation insurance and under Green Card agreements if the reinsurers are not residents of the aggressor state.</p> <p>In addition, the commission proposes to expand the acceptable assets thanks to the inclusion of undue bills receivable under the insurance and/or reinsurance agreements, bills receivable on accrued bank deposit interests and contributions of insurers which are members of financial groups to charter capitals of other insurers – members of the groups in the amount set in Ukrainian law if the financial group observes the requirements to regulatory capital.</p> The preliminary results of the Ukrainian insurance market in 2016 show that 55% of assets of insurance companies worth over UAH 30 billion are low liquid or hard to sell and generate low income, a member of the national commission for financial service markets regulation Oleksandr Zaletov has told Interfax-Ukraine.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411687.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 09:45:05 GMTGUAM member states agree on mutual recognition of customs procedures – Groysmanhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411672.html<p>The GUAM member countries (Georgia-Ukraine-Azerbaijan-Moldova) have agreed on mutual recognition of certain customs procedures.</p> <p>The relevant protocol on the mutual recognition of certain results of customs procedures in relation to goods and vehicles that travel through the state borders of GUAM member countries was signed by representatives of the countries of the organization in Kyiv on Monday.</p> <p>Before signing the document, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said: "It is important that we will sign today a document that will determine the deepening of our cooperation between customs bodies. Of course, when we talk about a free trade zone, we must have very qualitatively coordinated work of our customs bodies, and this protocol, it seems to me, will be a very good step when we will recognize the customs procedures of our countries in cooperation."</p> <p>According to the prime minister of Ukraine, mutual recognition of customs procedures will promote the growth of trade between the countries.</p> The GUAM member countries (Georgia-Ukraine-Azerbaijan-Moldova) have agreed on mutual recognition of certain customs procedures.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411672.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 09:18:41 GMTNCER to increase wholesale market price of electricity by 1.8% from Julyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411671.html<p>The National Commission for Energy, Housing and Utilities Services Regulation (NCER) from July 1, 2017 will increase wholesale market price of electricity by 1.8%, from UAH 1,341.57 per MWh in Q1 and Q2 2017 to UAH 1,365.72 per MWh (VAT not included).</p> <p>The decision is outlined in commission resolution No. 337 dated March 23, 2017 posted on the regulator's website.</p> <p>NCER Head Dmytro Vovk at the meeting of the commission on March 23 said that the commission could decide on the increase of the price by 1.8%, but the fact of the increase of the price was not announced at the meeting.</p> <p>As reported, late April 2016 the NCER started applying the new methods to calculate the forecast wholesale price of electricity, taking into account the API2 index.</p> <p>The National Commission for Energy, Housing and Utilities Services Regulation regulates the activity of monopoly entities in the fields of energy, heating supply, central water supply and drainage, oil and gas industries, solid waste treatment, and implements state price and tariff setting policies in these sectors.</p> The National Commission for Energy, Housing and Utilities Services Regulation (NCER) from July 1, 2017 will increase wholesale market price of electricity by 1.8%, from UAH 1,341.57 per MWh in Q1 and Q2 2017 to UAH 1,365.72 per MWh (VAT not included).Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411671.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 09:18:04 GMTCarjacker who stole minibus in Kyiv, wounded policeman detained in Fastiv – National police chiefhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411670.html<p>An abuser, who stole a minibus in Kyiv on March 2 and wounded a police officer, was detained in the town of Fastiv, Kyiv region, chief of the National Police, Serhiy Kniazev, has said.</p> <p>"The abuser who hijacked a minibus in Kyiv, has been detained by police in Fastiv [Kyiv region] today," Kniazev wrote on Twitter on Monday.</p> <p>He said that the offender is a 29-year-old resident of the Kyiv region, who was released under the "Savchenko law."</p> An abuser, who stole a minibus in Kyiv on March 2 and wounded a police officer, was detained in the town of Fastiv, Kyiv region, chief of the National Police, Serhiy Kniazev, has said.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411670.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 09:17:14 GMTPoroshenko to visit Malta on March 29-30, speak at EPP summit, hold series of meetingshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411667.html<p>President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will pay a working visit to Malta on March 29-30, where he will address the European People's Party (EPP) summit, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Kostiantyn Yeliseyev has said.</p> <p>"The president is scheduled to pay a working visit to Malta for participation in the Congress and an expanded summit of the heads of state and government of the European People's Party on March 29-30. It is planned that our president will speak at the session of the Congress of the European People's Party," Yeliseyev said in an interview with the 'Today' newspaper.</p> <p>According to him, this is a platform for an opportunity to talk about the priorities of domestic reforms, as well as about the challenges that Ukraine faces in the context of Russian aggression in Donbas and the temporary occupation of Crimea.</p> <p>"Of course, the president will have about a dozen bilateral meetings with EU leaders and the leaders of its member countries," he said.</p> <p>As earlier reported, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of the European Council Donald Tusk would hold a meeting within the summit of the European People's Party (EPP) in Malta on March 30.</p> <p>According to the weekly schedule of Tusk, posted on the official website of the European Council, a bilateral meeting with Poroshenko will take place at the EPP summit in Malta at 10:45 (local time) on Thursday, March 30.</p> President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will pay a working visit to Malta on March 29-30, where he will address the European People's Party (EPP) summit, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Kostiantyn Yeliseyev has said.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/411667.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 09:11:16 GMTNBU relaxes registration of agreement on attracting foreign financing by residentshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411662.html<p>The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has facilitated the rules for registering agreements on taking credits or loans in foreign currency from nonresidents by residents, the central bank has reported on its website.</p> <p>The decision is outlined in NBU resolution No. 26 dated March 23, 2017.</p> <p>The NBU in particular relaxed registration rules if the creditor is changed from resident into nonresident. The regulator expanded the list of participants of these agreements who have the right to apply to the central bank to initiate the relevant registration.</p> <p>"Henceforth, the registration or amending the agreement can be settled with the application from both resident borrowers and nonresident creditors, if the nonresident creditors are replaced by other nonresident creditors, and the authorized banks, if the creditors (authorized banks) are replaced by new nonresident creditors," the NBU said.</p> <p>Earlier only borrowers have the right to initiate the registration and amendments to the agreements.</p> <p>The NBU decision envisages the introduction of the automated agreement registration system. With the introduction of the system the list of grounds for annulling the registration will be relaxed: now the NBU would not annul the registration of agreements if there are not enough statistics information about the transactions under the agreement in the period of 90 days.</p> <p>The NBU also annulled the requirement to obligatorily submit a certificate on the volumes of the loan and the state of its repayment by resident borrowers.</p> <p>The amendments will take effect from April 10, 2017. The resolution took effect on March 25, 2017.</p> The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has facilitated the rules for registering agreements on taking credits or loans in foreign currency from nonresidents by residents, the central bank has reported on its website.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/411662.htmlMon, 27 Mar 2017 08:57:43 GMT