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.uaFri, 22 Sep 2017 02:45:51 GMT5Poroshenko: U.S. supports Ukraine's proposal on peacekeepers deployment in Donbashttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450265.html<p>Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said the U.S. has fully backed Ukraine's proposals concerning the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in the occupied part of Donbas.</p> <p>"The important point is that the United States has fully backed Ukraine's proposals, my proposals, which were voiced in 2015, regarding the deployment of peacekeepers in the east of Ukraine, in the occupied territory, with the mandate of the UN Security Council," Poroshenko told journalists after a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in New York on Thursday.</p> Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said the U.S. has fully backed Ukraine's proposals concerning the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in the occupied part of Donbas.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450265.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 16:31:33 GMTPoroshenko, Trump discuss various issues of security cooperationhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450252.html<p>Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that during a meeting with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in New York they discussed every issue related to the security sector.</p> <p>"It is very important that we have a common vision of a new quality of cooperation on security issues, and we've discussed in detail every area for expanding this cooperation, starting with cooperation with the West-Point military academy and ending with the cooperation with the U.S. Defense Department and other institutions," Poroshenko told reporters after his meeting with Trump in New York on Thursday.</p> <p>At the same time, the Ukrainian president noted that the meeting lasted for about an hour and was very productive.</p> <p>"We felt the true shoulder of our friend and partner, and I can say that as president, am very happy with the current level of cooperation, which is unprecedented," Poroshenko stressed.</p> Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that during a meeting with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in New York they discussed every issue related to the security sector.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450252.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 16:12:57 GMTTransparent privatization, better state enterprise management will improve public sector efficiency - IMFhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450238.html<p>Transparent privatization and improved management of state-owned enterprises will allow reducing and improving the efficiency of the public sector, Goesta Ljungman, the IMF Resident Representative in Ukraine, has said.</p> <p>"Most state-owned enterprises are unprofitable, but this can be changed. It is possible to improve management of state-owned enterprises by creating an independent board of executive heads, supervisory boards. Improving the public sector situation, privatization of certain enterprises and anti-corruption actions - I think these are good enough approaches to cope with this too large sector, which accounts for 20% of GDP," he said at the annual Ukrainian Financial Forum in Odesa organized ICU Investment Group.</p> <p>At the same time, the official said providing a transparent market and transparent privatization will ensure preventing a large number of problems.</p> <p>"It is possible to reduce this sector in a certain way, increase its efficiency. I think the matter concerns the poor experience of privatization in the 1990s. The solution to the problem is opening the market, providing a transparent market and transparent privatization. By providing this, we can prevent a large number of problems," he said.</p> Transparent privatization and improved management of state-owned enterprises will allow reducing and improving the efficiency of the public sector, Goesta Ljungman, the IMF Resident Representative in Ukraine, has said.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450238.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 15:18:11 GMTCourt grants claim of Crimean prosecutor's office to recover over UAH 10 mln from Russian airlinehttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450231.html<p>The Economic Court of Kyiv region on September 20, 2017 granted the claim of the prosecutor's office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on recovering more than UAH 10 million from the Russian airline, which carries out daily flights to the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea.</p> <p>According to the press service of the Crimean prosecutor's office, the airline did not pay for air navigation services in the international airspace over the Black Sea within the Simferopol region of flight information.</p> <p>"It should be noted that the judicial bodies of the Russian Federation have been involved in consideration of the case in the framework of mutual international legal assistance," the report says.</p> <p>Thus, the arbitration court of Moscow executed the ruling of the Ukrainian court and handed the defendant a copy of the ruling on the start of a trial and the statement of claim from the prosecutor.</p> <p>"The proper notification of the airline about the requirements of the Crimean prosecutor's office allows Ukraine to launch a mechanism for recovering these funds from the debtor in the territory of the Russian Federation," Crimean prosecutor Gunduz Mamedov said.</p> The Economic Court of Kyiv region on September 20, 2017 granted the claim of the prosecutor's office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on recovering more than UAH 10 million from the Russian airline, which carries out daily flights to the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450231.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 14:46:46 GMTSBU invites Medvedchuk to testify about illegal border crossing by officials during 2014-15http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450225.html<p>Ukraine's SBU Security Service has asked leader of Ukrainian Choice – Right of the People movement Viktor Medvedchuk to testify about illegal border crossings by officials during 2014 and 2015.</p> <p>"We want to hear what Medvedchuk says, of course. We have invited him to testify," SBU investigative department chief Hryhoriy Ostafiychuk said following the interrogation of Spravedlyvist (Justice) Party head Valentyn Nalyvaichenko.</p> <p>"We want to hear from Medveduk. Very much. Let me use this opportunity to invite him to come to us," he said.</p> <p>"The SBU's main investigations directorate is investigating a criminal case pursuant to Part 2 of Article 332 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (illegal border crossing)…." The suspected illegal border crossings involved officials crossing Ukraine's borders during 2014 and 2015.</p> <p>Medvedchuk is suspected of flying from Ukraine to Russia without passing through border service and customs controls.</p> Ukraine's SBU Security Service has asked leader of Ukrainian Choice – Right of the People movement Viktor Medvedchuk to testify about illegal border crossings by officials during 2014 and 2015.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450225.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 14:35:07 GMTIndustrial production in Ukraine 1.2% up in Aug 2017http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450224.html<p>Industrial production in Ukraine in August 2017 increased by 1.2% compared to the same month in 2016, while in July it fell by 2.6%, the State Statistics Service has said.</p> <p>The agency said taking into account adjustment for the effect of calendar days industrial production in August 2017 rose by 1.7% from August 2016.</p> <p>The service said in relation to the previous month industrial production in August this year grew by 3%, and taking into account the seasonal factor by 2.2%.</p> <p>According to the report, in general in the eight months of 2017 industrial production in Ukraine fell by 0.4% compared to the same period in 2016, while in the six months the gap was 0.7%.</p> <p>A decrease of 6.5% was recorded in mining and quarrying industry, 5.9% in the supply of electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning, while a rise in processing industry was 3.5%.</p> <p>As reported, industrial production in Ukraine in 2016 grew by 2.4% after a four-year decline: in 2015 it fell by 13%, in 2014 by 10.1%, in 2013 by 4.3%, and in 2012 by 0.7%.</p> Industrial production in Ukraine in August 2017 increased by 1.2% compared to the same month in 2016, while in July it fell by 2.6%, the State Statistics Service has said.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450224.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 14:34:26 GMTFive countries sign memorandum to prosecute those guilty of MH17 downinghttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450213.html<p>Five countries participating in the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on the inquiry into the downing of flight MH17 have signed a memorandum that will help set up a tribunal to punish those responsible for the death of 298 passengers, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has reported.</p> <p>"On September 20, 2017, on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and the Netherlands signed a memorandum of understanding between the government of Australia, the government of the Kingdom of Belgium, the government of Malaysia, the government of the Netherlands and the government of Ukraine on political support for the criminal prosecution of persons responsible for the downing of flight MH17 on July 17, 2014," the ministry reported on Thursday.</p> <p>The report notes that the signing of the memorandum is the next step in the development of a mechanism to prosecute those guilty of the plane crash after the agreed decision by the JIT states on criminal proceedings in the case on the shooting down of flight MH17 within the Dutch judicial system was announced on July 5, 2017.</p> <p>"The memorandum aims to ensure coordination of the position of the JIT countries and providing, together with the countries whose citizens are victims of the tragedy, as well as international partners, all possible support and assistance to the Netherlands in bringing criminals to account," reads the statement.</p> <p>The basis for the implementation of the decision on the transfer of the proceedings from Ukraine to the Netherlands is an agreement between Ukraine and the Netherlands on international legal cooperation in relation to crimes related to the shooting down of flight MH17, which was signed in Tallinn on July 7, 2017.</p> <p>The Foreign Ministry recalled that the creation of an international tribunal on the basis of the UN Security Council decision was vetoed by Russia in the summer of 2015.</p> Five countries participating in the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on the inquiry into the downing of flight MH17 have signed a memorandum that will help set up a tribunal to punish those responsible for the death of 298 passengers, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has reported.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450213.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 14:06:38 GMTProZorro.Sale launches Dutch auctions to sell assets of banks with expiring liquidation periodhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450203.html<p>The ProZorro.Sale e-trade system will soon launch Dutch auctions, according to the website of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.</p> <p>First of all, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade plans to sell the assets of banks, whose liquidation period terminates soon, under the procedure of Dutch auctions.</p> <p>"The use of the Dutch procedure will ensure the sale of assets for which buyers cannot be found for a long time. And the Individuals' Deposit Guarantee Fund will be able to receive additional funds to pay to depositors," the press service said citing First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Maksym Nefyodov.</p> <p>The agency also said that Dutch auctions are different from the conventional model in that the auction lasts one day and the assets are traded with a decrease in price. In the course of trading the value of assets may fall to 20% of the starting price. In addition, you can register for participation in the auction on the day of auction.</p> The ProZorro.Sale e-trade system will soon launch Dutch auctions, according to the website of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450203.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 13:31:32 GMTICRC sends over 190 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Donetskhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450199.html<p>The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) mission has sent a convoy carrying humanitarian aid to the city of Donetsk, which is outside Kyiv's control, the press service for the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service said.</p> <p>Ten trucks carrying food and construction materials drove through the checkpoint Novotroitske into the territory outside the control of Ukrainian authorities, it said.</p> <p>The total weight of the humanitarian aid is over 190 tonnes.</p> <p>"The cargo was sent from the ICRC mission," the report said.</p> The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) mission has sent a convoy carrying humanitarian aid to the city of Donetsk, which is outside Kyiv's control, the press service for the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service said.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450199.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 13:23:11 GMTNBU preliminarily approves purchase of VS Bank by TAScombankhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450185.html<p>The National Bank of Ukraine has preliminarily approved the purchase by TAScombank of VS Bank, which belongs to Russia's Sberbank, deputy head of the central bank Yekateryna Rozhkova has told Interfax-Ukraine.</p> <p>"We did receive a package of documents for the purchase of VS Bank. We are at the final stage of analysis. The preliminary analysis shows this transaction is possible," she said on the sidelines of the annual Ukrainian Financial Forum in Odesa, organized by ICU Investment Group.</p> The National Bank of Ukraine has preliminarily approved the purchase by TAScombank of VS Bank, which belongs to Russia's Sberbank, deputy head of the central bank Yekateryna Rozhkova has told Interfax-Ukraine.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450185.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 12:24:24 GMTRussia stages massive mock nuclear rocket strike to wrap up Zapad 2017 war gameshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450183.html<p>During the final stage of the Zapad 2017 military exercise, Russia staged a massive mock nuclear rocket strike, using all three components of the nuclear triad, Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov has said.</p> <p>During the exercise on September 20, six long-range Tu-95MC and Tu-22M3 planes took part and carried out flights over the Barents, Baltic and Norway seas, the NSDC's website on Thursday.</p> <p>"Strategic rocket forces were used from the 14th Rocket Division, which carried out a training strike using an intercontinental RS-24 'Yars' missile from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Archangelsk region at targets located in the Kura military training area on the Kamchatka peninsula. The Russian Navy nuclear ballistic missile submarine The Dmitry Donskoy of Russia's Northern Fleet carried out an electronic firing of the intercontinental ballistic missile," Turchynov was quoted as saying.</p> <p>In addition, according to the NSDC, missiles were fired at sea-borne targets in the Laptev Sea from the shore-based Rubezh missile system and in the Barents Sea from Northern Fleet ships led by the Pyotr Velikiy (Peter the Great) nuclear-powered battlecruiser.</p> <p>"The staging of massive aviation missile strikes by Russian forces again shows the aggressive and belligerent nature of Russia's security and foreign policy, its readiness to escalate tension with the West to the point of conducting all-out war. It demonstrates the desire of Russia to dominate Europe," Turchynov said, adding that active measures by NATO and U.S. forces to monitor the exercises shows "full understanding of the Russian military threat."</p> <p>Turchynov said that from September 21, 2017, Ukraine together with its partners will carefully monitor the withdrawal of Russian forces from Belarus and their return to their home bases following the Zapad 2017 military drills.</p> During the final stage of the Zapad 2017 military exercise, Russia staged a massive mock nuclear rocket strike, using all three components of the nuclear triad, Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov has said.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450183.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 12:20:17 GMTGovt approves rules of using budget funds by Justice Ministry to develop e-governancehttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450180.html<p>The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved the rules of using funds of the national budget by the Justice Ministry to develop e-governance in the justice area.</p> <p>An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported that the decision was made at a government meeting on Wednesday.</p> <p>Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman read the decision as one approved by the government without discussion.</p> <p>The Cabinet appoints the Justice Ministry the main manager of budget funds for this program, Ukrderzharkhiv and the Justice Ministry are appointed managers of lower instance.</p> <p>Budget funds are sent to the introduction of the electronic document flow system, the implementation of the project entitled "Electronic archive systems", the introduction of mobile identification and mobile electronic digital signature (Mobile ID).</p> <p>The government instructed the Justice Ministry to submit general information on the use of budget funds to the Finance Ministry, on a quarterly basis, by the 15th day of the next month.</p> <p>Some UAH 28.77 million is provided for the development of electronic governance in the justice sector.</p> The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved the rules of using funds of the national budget by the Justice Ministry to develop e-governance in the justice area.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450180.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 12:16:35 GMTUkraine ready to extradite 313 people for 88 Ukrainian hostages in Donbashttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450177.html<p>First Deputy Speaker of Ukraine's parliament and Ukraine's envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group's humanitarian subgroup in Minsk Iryna Gerashchenko says that Ukraine is ready to exchange 313 people from Ukrainian prisons for 88 Ukrainian hostages in Russian-occupied Donbas.</p> <p>"Ukraine proposes an immediate exchange. We've managed to locate the whereabouts of 88 of our 144 hostages on the list. And for their release, we're ready to hand 313 people who could be released under Ukrainian laws, over to the self-proclaimed republics in Donbas to free the Ukrainians," she said at a briefing in parliament on Thursday, September 21.</p> <p>As was reported, Ukrainian members from the humanitarian subgroup in Minsk in Belarus on September 20 shared their vision with representatives of the self-proclaimed republics as for the conditions for the release of hostages. They are now waiting for the feedback, said Darka Olifer, the press secretary of second president of independent Ukraine and Ukrainian envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group Leonid Kuchma.</p> <p>According to earlier reports, Ukraine was ready to extradite 309 people at the request of the self-proclaimed republics in exchange for 87 Ukrainians held hostage in occupied Donbas.</p> First Deputy Speaker of Ukraine's parliament and Ukraine's envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group's humanitarian subgroup in Minsk Iryna Gerashchenko says that Ukraine is ready to exchange 313 people from Ukrainian prisons for 88 Ukrainian hostages in Russian-occupied Donbas.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450177.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 12:11:32 GMTCreation of anti-corruption chamber in Supreme Court is impractical - EBRDhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450167.html<p>The creation of the anti-corruption chamber in the Supreme Court of Ukraine is the impractical tool, EBRD Managing Director for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus Francis Malige has said.</p> <p>The creation of the anti-corruption chamber in the Supreme Court means that you will lose a case in the lower instance and then in the upper instance, and then the case will arrive to the anti-corruption chamber, he said at the Ukrainian Financial Forum organized by ICU Investment Group in Odesa on Thursday.</p> <p>He did not advice to apply it in practice.</p> <p>Malige said that in other countries all civil courts are anti-corruption courts. If in France you face corruption you can go any court, not waiting for the anti-corruption court. All courts are not corrupted and this tool for Ukraine is temporary, he said.</p> The creation of the anti-corruption chamber in the Supreme Court of Ukraine is the impractical tool, EBRD Managing Director for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus Francis Malige has said.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450167.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 11:46:07 GMTPGO conducts pretrial investigation into illegal surveillance, wiretapping by NABUhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450165.html<p>Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office is conducting a pretrial investigation of a criminal case pursuant to Article 365 (exceeding authority) and Article 366 (forgery) of Ukraine's Criminal Code allegedly committed by agents from the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), PGO spokeswoman Larysa Sarhan has said.</p> <p>"It's been established that NABU agents in 2016 illegally, without the necessary approvals from an investigation judge, conducted operations with measures, including surveillance of individuals' movement throughout the country and wiretapping of conversations on 114 telephones," Sarhan said on her Facebook page on Thursday.</p> <p>She added that the measures were directed against members of Ukraine's Military Intelligence Directorate, the Ukrainian foreign reconnaissance service, the National Police of Ukraine, Ukraine's SBU Security Service, the Directorate of State Security, the state administration affairs office, deputy prime ministers, members of Ukraine's State Fiscal Service, high court judges, regional judge chairpersons in Kyiv, university heads and other public officials.</p> <p>"A number of public officials from these agencies have been questioned. The pretrial investigation continues," Sarhan said.</p> Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office is conducting a pretrial investigation of a criminal case pursuant to Article 365 (exceeding authority) and Article 366 (forgery) of Ukraine's Criminal Code allegedly committed by agents from the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), PGO spokeswoman Larysa Sarhan has said.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450165.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 11:40:51 GMTWorld Bank hopes land reform in Ukraine to be approved this autumnhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450161.html<p>The World Bank hopes that the land reform in Ukraine will be approved this autumn, World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine Satu Kahkonen has said.</p> <p>She said at the Ukrainian Financial Forum in Odesa that the purchase and sale of land should have been permitted long time ago. She said that she was pleased to hear in speeches of the prime minister and president that reforms in agriculture remain on the agenda. The steps will be made this autumn. According to the estimates of the bank, this could trigger the development of the country, Kahkonen said.</p> The World Bank hopes that the land reform in Ukraine will be approved this autumn, World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine Satu Kahkonen has said.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450161.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 11:31:13 GMTEBRD fears slow up in reforms in Ukraine after successful issue of eurobondshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450160.html<p>Ukrainian authorities could weaken reform effects after the successful placement of eurobonds this week, and he pause could last until the election in 2019, EBRD Managing Director for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus Francis Malige has said, expressing his fears.</p> <p>He said at the Ukrainian Financial Forum organized by ICU Investment Group in Odesa on Thursday that the issue of eurobonds means that the position for authorities has become more convenient, and the pressure on reforms would weaken.</p> <p>Malige said that now the winter period is coming, and this period could last until the election if there were no pressure to continue reforms.</p> <p>He said that the recent decision of independent members of the supervisory board of national joint-stock company Naftogaz Ukrainy to resign was a roll back. He said that the bank jointly with Ukraine is working on solving the problem and hopes to settle the crisis.</p> <p>He said that the bank's task jointly with the reformers in the government not allow the crisis to break through.</p> <p>Malige said that three years ago few persons could imagine that the country would manage to see success in reforms, in particular to solve the problem of PrivatBank and remove the difference in the prices of gas or create the ProZorro e-procurement system.</p> <p>He also backed a new bill on privatization, which was drawn up with participation of international financial institutions (IFIs).</p> Ukrainian authorities could weaken reform effects after the successful placement of eurobonds this week, and he pause could last until the election in 2019, EBRD Managing Director for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus Francis Malige has said, expressing his fears.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450160.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 11:24:37 GMTOne Ukrainian soldier wounded in action in Donbas on Tuesday and Wednesday eachhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450159.html<p>One Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action on Wednesday, September 20, in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in eastern Ukraine, speaker for the Defense Ministry for ATO issues Oleksandr Motuzianyk has said.</p> <p>"No Ukrainian soldiers were killed in hostilities in the past day, September 20. But one soldier was wounded in action. It happened in the town of Avdiyivka while the enemy was shelling," he said at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday, September 21.</p> <p>He also updated information for Tuesday, September 19, when one Ukrainian soldier was wounded during an enemy attack on the village of Pisky near the ruined Donetsk airport in Donetsk region.</p> <p>He also reported that there was no violation of the ceasefire in Luhansk region.</p> <p>There were only 14 enemy attacks on Ukrainian troops in the Donetsk sector on Wednesday. The adversaries used armored equipment and light weapons.</p> <p>The Mariupol sector saw only five enemy attacks, and ATO forces were forced to fire back, Motuzianyk said.</p> One Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action on Wednesday, September 20, in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in eastern Ukraine, speaker for the Defense Ministry for ATO issues Oleksandr Motuzianyk has said.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450159.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 11:22:52 GMTGovt settles issue of blocking mobile numbers of subscribershttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450138.html<p>The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has settled the issue of blocking mobile numbers and restricting the volume of telecom services for mobile communications subscribers.</p> <p>The resolution amending the rules of providing and receiving telecom services was adopted by the government on Wednesday.</p> <p>The draft document was earlier approved by the National Commission for Communications and Informatization Regulation (NCCR).</p> <p>The commission worked on the rules since early 2016.</p> <p>The rules provide for the uniqueness of defining notions; compulsory notification of subscribers about the grounds for reduction or termination of services, indicating the terms and conditions for their renewal; and the obligation to record the facts of violation by drawing up the relevant act in paper or electronic form by the operator.</p> <p>The amendments also provide for the inadmissibility of reducing or terminating the provision of services on the basis not foreseen in the rules and legislation and at the same time establishing an exhaustive list of grounds for the reduction or termination; the inadmissibility of charging subscribers with additional costs when restoring the provision of services; the need to register an anonymous subscriber when unauthorized interference with the operation of telecommunications networks and the sending of spam by the consumer is recorded.</p> The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has settled the issue of blocking mobile numbers and restricting the volume of telecom services for mobile communications subscribers.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/450138.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 10:19:20 GMTSaakashvili describes Lutsenko's request to pay fine for illegal border crossing as pressure on courthttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450137.html<p>Former Odesa Regional Governor and former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has responded to a statement by Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko regarding the payment of a fine for the illegal crossing of the state border.</p> <p>"Ukraine's prosecutor general stated that I must pay a fine for illegally crossing the state border. This is a direct violation of the law and open pressure on the court by an unauthorized person," he wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday, September 20.</p> <p>While addressing the prosecutor general, Saakashvili said: "Yuriy Vitaliyovych, you, as Ukraine's prosecutor general, could have heard about the presumption of innocence. In addition, as an official, you directly discredit Ukraine's judicial system with such statements."</p> <p>Saakashvili suggested that the court had already made a decision on his case.</p> <p>"Perhaps the court has already made a decision on this matter, and this decision is being hidden from me as carefully as the decision to strip me of [Ukrainian] citizenship. Or did you hint to the judge in a non-transparent manner what the verdict should be like?" he wrote.</p> <p>Earlier, Lutsenko said that the leader of the Movement of New Forces party, Saakashvili, must pay a fine for illegally crossing Ukraine's state border.</p> Former Odesa Regional Governor and former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has responded to a statement by Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko regarding the payment of a fine for the illegal crossing of the state border.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/450137.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 10:18:07 GMT