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, 28 Jul 2017 02:37:40 GMT5Kyiv urges intl community to increase pressure on Russia in connection with Zeytullaev case rulinghttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/438861.html<p>The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has called upon the international community to condemn the actions of Russian courts in connection with the ruling of the Russian Supreme Court to increase the term of imprisonment by three years for the citizen of Ukraine, Ruslan Zeytullaev.</p> <p>"The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine expresses its strong protest in connection with the ruling of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation dated July 27, 2017 to prolong the period of imprisonment of Ukrainian citizen Ruslan Zeytullaev illegally convicted on trumped up charges of organizing a terrorist organization and carrying out terrorist activities on the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea," the ministry in a statement issued on Thursday.</p> <p>The Foreign Ministry said Zeytullaev's trial "is a glaring example of the use by the occupation authorities of repressions against the Crimean Tatar people and violation of fundamental human rights and freedoms."</p> <p>The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine demands Russia immediately stop the prosecution of Ukrainian civilians, as well as comply with the ruling of the International Court of Justice to stop illegal actions against representatives of the Crimean Tatar people.</p> <p>"We call on the international community to condemn the anti-human and illegal activities of the judicial agencies of the Russian Federation and to increase political and diplomatic pressure on the aggressor state with the goal of freeing all Ukrainian citizens who are illegally detained in Russia and on the territory of the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea," the statement says.</p> The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has called upon the international community to condemn the actions of Russian courts in connection with the ruling of the Russian Supreme Court to increase the term of imprisonment by three years for the citizen of Ukraine, Ruslan Zeytullaev.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/438861.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 17:35:17 GMTHealth ministry hopes medicines procured using 2017 budget funds to be supplied in Octhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/438838.html<p>Ukraine's Health Ministry expects that supplies of medicines and medical products procured using 2017 budget fund will begin in October.</p> <p>Acting Health Minister Ulana Suprun said at a press conference in Kyiv on Thursday that by late August medicines and medical products procured using the 2016 budget funds will be shipped in the full amount.</p> <p>She also said that supplies of medicines procured using the 2017 budget funds will be delivered in smaller batches.</p> <p>She said that this would allow providing for continuity of treatment.</p> Ukraine's Health Ministry expects that supplies of medicines and medical products procured using 2017 budget fund will begin in October.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/438838.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 15:45:15 GMTMP Leschenko demands stripping Nasirov of citizenship, says SAPO and migration service 'played soccer' with issuehttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/438832.html<p>Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine deputy Serhiy Leschenko (Petro Poroshenko Bloc) has said competent Ukrainian agencies for the past several months have been trying to strip suspended Fiscal Service of Ukraine head Roman Nasirov of Ukrainian citizenship. Nasirov is also a citizen of the United Kingdom.</p> <p>"For the past three months I have been corresponding with these government agencies demanding they strip Nasirov of citizenship, because he is officially a citizen of the U.K., but the State Migration Service of Ukraine is playing "soccer" with the issue, tossing the issue up in the air like a hot potato in order to avoid taking a decision on the matter," Leschenko said on his Facebook page on Thursday evening. He attached a photocopy of responses from the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) and the Migration Service.</p> <p>SAPO Chief Nazar Kholodnytsky replied that Leschenko's request has been forwarded to the migration service, which, in turn, says it has no information about Nasirov's dual citizenship.</p> <p>"The precedent with Nasirov will expose the hole in Poroshenko's policy [with regard to revoking citizenship], as well as used in Ukrainian and foreign courts," Leschenko said.</p> <p>As earlier reported, Nasirov is suspected of committing crimes pursuant to Part 2 of Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (misuse of public office leading to dire consequences).</p> <p>The British embassy in Ukraine has confirmed that Nasirov has a British passport.</p> <p>British law-enforcement agencies are looking into whether Nasirov violated British laws and, if so, whether he can be summoned to court in the United Kingdom.</p> Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine deputy Serhiy Leschenko (Petro Poroshenko Bloc) has said competent Ukrainian agencies for the past several months have been trying to strip suspended Fiscal Service of Ukraine head Roman Nasirov of Ukrainian citizenship. Nasirov is also a citizen of the United Kingdom.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/438832.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 15:34:56 GMTVTB Bank waives almost $15 mln loan to company of MP Dzenzerskyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438831.html<p>Public joint-stock company VTB Bank (Kyiv) has waived a loan of bankrupt company Ukrainian Hotel Management LLC (Dnipro) as uncollectable debt, the financial institution has reported on its website.</p> <p>"The loan in the amount of around $15 million was reserved by VTB Bank and waived at the end of 2016," the bank said.</p> <p>The bank also said that it stopped claim-related work seeking to collect the property of Dnipro military hospital, which was used as collateral for this loan.</p> <p>"In 2017, the bank did not put forward any claims to the hospital's building and does not plan to do this in the future," VTB Bank said.</p> <p>The financial institution said that at the moment when the loan was issued the borrower was part of Westa Group, which ultimate beneficiaries are Denys Dzenzersky and his father Viktor Dzenzersky.</p> <p>"When the bank issued the loan it hoped that the borrower would honestly meet the financial commitments taken. The bankruptcy procedure for Ukrainian Hotel Business could be finished in 2017-2018," the bank said.</p> <p>The Polish Financial Supervision Authority (PFSA) is suspecting Ukrainian lawmaker Denys Dzenzersky (People's Front parliamentary faction) of deceiving investors on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE).</p> <p>PFSA jointly with Luxembourg authorities is investigating into the unauthorized use of investment raised on the WSE by WESTA ISIC S.А. (Luxembourg).</p> <p>In addition, systemic violation of accounting standards was revealed at Westa ISIC.</p> <p>The Polish Pension Fund saw PLN 5 million of loss ($1.37 million at the exchange rate of the National Bank of Poland).</p> <p>Dzenzersky could be imprisoned for the term of up to five years for the above-mentioned steps.</p> <p>Westa Corporation was one of the largest producers of lead-acid batteries in the CIS.</p> Public joint-stock company VTB Bank (Kyiv) has waived a loan of bankrupt company Ukrainian Hotel Management LLC (Dnipro) as uncollectable debt, the financial institution has reported on its website.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438831.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 15:33:03 GMTMedicines Patent Pool extends license for Atazanavir medicine to treat HIV to Ukrainehttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438830.html<p>The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) has extended the license for Atazanavir (ATV), part of the World Health Organization-preferred second-line treatment for adults and children, to Ukraine, the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) has reported on its website.</p> <p>"Six factories can supply the generic version of Atazanavir in the framework of this license. Thus, it is possible to predict a high competition for this drug that will lead to a sufficiently competitive price for Ukraine," the press service said, citing Policy and Advocacy Director of the All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH Serhiy Dmitriyev.</p> <p>The agreement for the distribution and production of Atazanavir was reached with the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb.</p> <p>Compared with the main alternative drug (lopinavir), ATV has certain advantages, such as smaller number of side effects, being taken once a day, and easier manufacturing, which leads to lower prices.</p> <p>In total, the license is valid in 122 middle- and low-income countries.</p> The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) has extended the license for Atazanavir (ATV), part of the World Health Organization-preferred second-line treatment for adults and children, to Ukraine, the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) has reported on its website.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438830.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 15:32:27 GMTUIA court claims concern discrimination towards other airlines, not operation of Ryanair in Ukrainehttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438829.html<p>Claims filed by Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) to court do not concern the operation of Ireland's low cost airline Ryanair in Ukraine or any obstacles to their operations, but they concern the discriminative conditions towards other airlines.</p> <p>An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported that UIA President Yuriy Miroshnykov said at a press conference in Kyiv on Thursday.</p> <p>Managing partner of Ecovis Bondar and Bondar law firm Oleh Bondar said that two claims were filed to courts: one seeking to declare unlawful the memorandum signed by the Infrastructure Ministry and Ryanair and to declare unlawful the conditions for servicing at the Lviv airport. Defenders in the first claim are the ministry and Ryanair and in the second claim – the Lviv airport and Ryanair.</p> <p>"We see violation of legislation in signing the memorandum with the ministry and a commercial company. This is surprising when a government official signs such agreements," Miroshnykov said.</p> <p>He named this memo a dangerous precedent for the aviation sector and the Ukrainian economy in general.</p> <p>"This is a dangerous precedent and an attempt to interfere and press on economic entities. If this precedent is not assessed, and this can be done only by court, it would have negative consequences for he sector and the economy," Miroshnykov said.</p> <p>As reported, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said that UIA has filed several claims to court, and in one of them the airline demands to annul a contract between the leading low cost airline in Europe Ryanair and the Lviv International Airport.</p> <p>Еще по теме</p> Claims filed by Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) to court do not concern the operation of Ireland's low cost airline Ryanair in Ukraine or any obstacles to their operations, but they concern the discriminative conditions towards other airlines.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438829.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 15:31:35 GMTCrimea, Chornomorska company, ICTV, Channel 5, Tonis to start broadcasting in Crimeahttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438828.html<p>Television channels UA: Crimea (National Public Television and Radio Broadcasting Company of Ukraine), Chornomorska TV and radio broadcasting company, ICTV, Channel 5 and Tonis have won a tender of the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine to broadcast digital signal from the tower in Chonhar (Kherson region) reaching the northern part of the occupied Crimea.</p> <p>"Seven TV channels submitted bids at the tender held by the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting: UA: Crimea, Chornomorska TV and radio broadcasting company, ICTV, STB, PravdaTUT, Channel 5 and Tonis. We thank all television channels for their patriotic position and support of Crimea not only in word, but also in deed," a member of the council Serhiy Kostinsky wrote on his Facebook page.</p> <p>He said that the audience of the TV channels will be over 200,000 Crimean residents.</p> <p>He recalled that all Ukrainian TV channels and 10 radio stations are available in Crimea from Astra and Amos satellites.</p> <p>"The First Channel of Ukrainian Radio is broadcasting on 70% of the Crimean territory on medium-frequency waves 549 kHz," he said.</p> Television channels UA: Crimea (National Public Television and Radio Broadcasting Company of Ukraine), Chornomorska TV and radio broadcasting company, ICTV, Channel 5 and Tonis have won a tender of the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine to broadcast digital signal from the tower in Chonhar (Kherson region) reaching the northern part of the occupied Crimea.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438828.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 15:30:45 GMTHealth ministry changes system for paying to intl organizations for procured medicineshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438827.html<p>Ukraine's Health Ministry has changed the system for paying to international organizations, which procure medicines and medical products using budget funds, acting Minister Ulana Suprun said at a press conference on Thursday.</p> <p>"Now we would not pay in advance. We will pay only after holding a tender when it is known what is procured," she said.</p> <p>Earlier the procurement system with participation of international organizations was often criticized, in particular, over the requirements of international organizations to work with 100% advance payment. The money allocated from the national budget was immediately sent to accounts of these international organizations for holding procurement tenders.</p> Ukraine's Health Ministry has changed the system for paying to international organizations, which procure medicines and medical products using budget funds, acting Minister Ulana Suprun said at a press conference on Thursday.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438827.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 15:29:55 GMTMotor Sich denies PGO info about law violations, will protect business reputationhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438813.html<p>Public joint-stock company Motor Sich (Zaporizhia) has denied information presented by Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko that the company violated law during transactions with the company's shares revealed by law enforcers and the rules of implementing the state defense order. The company intends to take measures and protect its business reputation.</p> <p>According to an official statement made by Motor Sich in response to the information spread by Lutsenko, the company said that in the course of the investigation into these proceedings the company gave all required evidence, explanation, and information regarding the questions raised to law enforcement officers, and the company provided the full amount of the requested documents.</p> <p>Taking into account that misperception of the information presented by Lutsenko may result in negative reputational and economic impact on the company, Motor Sich deems it necessary to present its own position regarding these issues to its business partners, shareholders and investors.</p> <p>The company specified the details of the criminal cases mentioned by Lutsenko.</p> <p>"According to investigating authorities, the matter investigated by the Security Service of Ukraine relates to possible illegal conduct by officers of our company, namely sale of the company shares to the foreign citizens for the purpose of further transfer of unique production equipment created by the company to such citizens and dissolution of the company," Motor Sich said.</p> <p>The prosecutor general alleged that Motor Sich as a defense company of Ukraine was obliged to coordinate carve-out of the company's shares with the respective public institutions, which was not done, so this carve-out is illegal. Concerning these considerations, it is necessary to point out that since 1994 Motor Sich is a privately owned joint stock company, and its shares are the property of separate legal entities and individuals. Turnover of these shares is free and not controlled by the issuer – Motor Sich.</p> <p>The shareholders are independent legally capable participants of the stock market that are acting at their own discretion, have right to sell their shares to any legal or natural person, and are personally responsible for their transactions.</p> <p>The company said that in addition, Motor Sich is not a defense company of Ukraine, because by government resolution No. 70-p dated February 12, 2014 Motor Sich is not included in the list of companies, which are participants of the Ukroboronprom concern.</p> <p>Motor Sich said in the statement that Lutsenko's information concerning the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine refusal to consider allegations available at the moment about concentration of Motor Sich's share package is also not true.</p> <p>The company also denied the disclosure by General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine of the fact of embezzlement of state funds by Motor Sich management via overshooting the engine prices with subsequent withdrawal of these funds using dummy companies.</p> <p>There is no legal or actual basis for charges of overpricing Motor Sich’s products, the company said.</p> <p>Lutsenko and his spokesperson Larysa Sarhan also charged Motor Sich officials with embezzlement of company funds and their appropriation by transfer to the accounts of companies – with signs of dummy companies – as payment for the securities acquired by the company from them. These charges, just as the previous ones, are not based on either factual or judicial circumstances of the matter.</p> <p>Indeed, for the period of 2013 to 2016, Motor Sich bought ordinary shares and investment certificates of a number of companies at the price of stock exchange by entering into legitimate contracts through legal persons authorized by the state, which possessed relevant licenses. The company stressed that Motor Sich has kept properly and strictly the law of Ukraine throughout the period of its activities.</p> Public joint-stock company Motor Sich (Zaporizhia) has denied information presented by Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko that the company violated law during transactions with the company's shares revealed by law enforcers and the rules of implementing the state defense order. The company intends to take measures and protect its business reputation.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438813.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:42:59 GMTMTIBU expels Unison Insurance for debtshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438805.html<p>The Motor (Transport) Insurance Bureau of Ukraine (MTIBU) has expelled private joint-stock company Unison Insurance from the bureau over a debt to the bureau's funds.</p> <p>According to a posting on the website of the MTIBU, the decision was made on July 14.</p> <p>According to the report, this is the second case this year when the insurance company was expelled from the bureau (UOSK was expelled in March), while in 2016 there were three cases, in 2015 – four and in 2014 – 19. Only twice in 2014, the ground for expelling from the bureau was the submission of applications by insurers, while in the rest of the cases it was the debt to the bureau's funds.</p> <p>At present, MTIBU has 55 insurance companies as members, according to its website.</p> <p>As reported, on June 14, law enforcers raided Unison group. Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatoliy Matios said that they were linked to the inquiry into the Yanukovych-Klymenko criminal gang.</p> <p>On July 27, Unison Insurance said that the company is operating as usual, and all commitments to the state, clients, partners and employees are met on time and in full amount. According to the statement of the company, it does not have debts for insurance payments in claims, tax and reinsurance payments.</p> <p>Unison Insurance saw a 38.1% rise in net revenue in 2016, to UAH 26.43 million, cutting net profit to UAH 80,000 from UAH 13.61 million a year ago.</p> <p>Insurance premiums totaled UAH 37.38 million last year and payments – UAH 15.67 million.</p> The Motor (Transport) Insurance Bureau of Ukraine (MTIBU) has expelled private joint-stock company Unison Insurance from the bureau over a debt to the bureau's funds.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438805.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:19:15 GMTTender to sell Odesa Port-Side Plant could be held in six months, Centrenergo in one yearhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438804.html<p>It would require much time to organize tenders to sell controlling stake in energy companies and Odesa Port-Side Plant and they could be held no earlier than late 2017 or early 2018, Deputy Head of the State Property Fund (SPF) Yuriy Nikitin has said.</p> <p>"Odesa Port-Side Plant in the best case scenario is the prospect of the end of this year and the beginning of next year, and Centrenergo – the middle of next year," the SPF wrote on its Facebook page, citing Nikitin.</p> <p>He said that the preparations for these tenders include attraction of advisors.</p> <p>He said that in these conditions the fund believed that it is appropriate to put the blocking stakes in power generating and power supply companies up for sale on exchanges in the middle of August, setting their starting price at UAH 4.1 billion.</p> <p>He said that these stakes are ready for being sold. The announcement of the tenders has aroused large interest of portfolio investors.</p> <p>"Of course, the interest of investors is warmed up by the long-awaited RAB tariff, which would allow them to understand how and when they are able to return their investment. According to our information, the NCER [the National Commission for Energy, Housing and Utilities Services Regulation] could approve the entire required legislative base for the introduction of this tariff by the end of August," he said.</p> <p>Nikitin said that the SPF would ensure transparency of the sale of the stakes on exchanges and the fund is actively working with the exchanges.</p> <p>"We want to see as many as possible investors at these auctions, including the EBRD [the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development]," he said.</p> It would require much time to organize tenders to sell controlling stake in energy companies and Odesa Port-Side Plant and they could be held no earlier than late 2017 or early 2018, Deputy Head of the State Property Fund (SPF) Yuriy Nikitin has said.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438804.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:17:57 GMTPoroshenko replaces Ukraine's envoy to BSEChttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438798.html<p>Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree dismissing Vasyl Bodnar from the post of Ukraine's representative to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC).</p> <p>The relevant decree was signed and published on the president's website on July 27.</p> <p>By another decree, the president appointed Oleksandr Haman, the consul general of Ukraine in Istanbul, as Ukraine's representative to the BSEC concurrently.</p> <p>As reported, Poroshenko appointed Ukraine's Consul General in Istanbul Bodnar as the country's representative to the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation in March 2016.</p> Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree dismissing Vasyl Bodnar from the post of Ukraine's representative to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC).Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438798.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:10:23 GMTNBU introducing risk oriented approach to oversight in financial monitoring spherehttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438797.html<p>The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) is introducing a risk-oriented approach for planning and conducting inspections related to preventing and combating money laundering, terrorist financing and financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.</p> <p>The amendments to the rules of organization and conducting inspections related to preventing and combating money laundering, terrorist financing and financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction were approved in NBU board resolution No. 66 dated July 24, 2017 and posted on the regulator's website. The amendments took effect on July 27, 2017.</p> <p>"The bank/institution is obliged to provide in due time, in full amount, the information, materials, documents (copies and/or extracts from them) in electronic form stored on certain media sticking to a certain order, format, structure, form at the request of the inspection team/request. It must be readable. The bank/institution is obliged not to create obstacles to conducting the audit and provide the head and members of the inspection team with the access to all the original documents, materials and information, including those that contain information with limited access, containing a secret protected by law, including banking, commercial, financial monitoring secret, other secrets, and confidential information necessary for verification," the reviewed document says.</p> <p>As noted in the NBU report, the new approach will help increase the effectiveness of the National Bank's supervision over compliance with the financial monitoring legislation by banks and non-bank financial institutions-residents, payment organizations, members or participants of payment systems.</p> <p>According to the announcement, the proposals approved by the members of the Independent Association of Ukrainian Banks were taken into account in the approved amendments. In particular, the term, during which the bank/institution can provide explanations, objections to the circumstances, facts of violations, conclusions (if any), is extended from three to seven working days, after receiving the certificate of the on-site inspection or a certificate with the cover letter by the bank/institution.</p> The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) is introducing a risk-oriented approach for planning and conducting inspections related to preventing and combating money laundering, terrorist financing and financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438797.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:09:32 GMTState Property Fund preparing Odesa CHPP for privatizationhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438795.html<p>The State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) has decided to prepare a state-owned stake in public joint-stock company Odesa combined heat and power plant to privatization, the press service of the fund has reported.</p> <p>"The SPF in order No. 1188 dated July 25, 2017 decided to ensure the sale of shares in Odesa CHPP. The arbitration manager – liquidator of Odesa CHPP is to conduct a full stocktaking of property of Odesa CHPP and the audit," the fund said.</p> <p>As reported, the plan to sell shares in Odesa CHPP was approved by the government in April 2013.</p> The State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) has decided to prepare a state-owned stake in public joint-stock company Odesa combined heat and power plant to privatization, the press service of the fund has reported.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438795.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 13:45:50 GMTUkrainian serviceman killed near Vodiane on Thursday morninghttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/438794.html<p>A Ukrainian serviceman has been killer on Thursday morning near Vodiane, Volnovakha district, Donetsk region, in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone, the press center of the ATO headquarters reported.</p> <p>"Today, on July 27, at about 08.00, as a result of enemy shelling of Ukrainian positions near the village of Vodiane, a Ukrainian serviceman received wounds incompatible with life," the ATO headquarters wrote on its Facebook page on Thursday.</p> <p>The headquarters noted that the situation in the ATO zone remains unchanged.</p> <p>"Russian occupation troops continue to violate the agreement not to use weapons," the statement says.</p> A Ukrainian serviceman has been killer on Thursday morning near Vodiane, Volnovakha district, Donetsk region, in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone, the press center of the ATO headquarters reported.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/438794.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 13:44:49 GMTRally in support of Saakashvili held in central Kyivhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/438791.html<p>A rally in support of Mikheil Saakashvili, former president of Georgia and former head of Odesa Region State Administration, who was deprived of his Ukrainian citizenship, is being held in central Kyiv.</p> <p>Several dozens of Saakashvili supporters have gathered at a stele on Independence Square, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported.</p> <p>The organizers of the rally are calling on the people who have come to the rally to sign an address to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the parliament stating that they disagree with the deprivation of Saakashvili of Ukrainian citizenship.</p> <p>At the same time, the organizers said the rally is a peaceful one, they are collecting signatures for an address to the president and the parliament to express "their legal position on the decisions made yesterday."</p> <p>The protesters are holding banners with the words 'Citizenship, dignity, freedom,' 'Encroachment on freedom,' and 'Saakashvili is a citizen of Ukraine' on them.</p> <p>Independent parliamentarian Yuriy Derevianko said at the rally: "We have just come from the Prosecutor General's Office. And Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said very clearly that there are no criminal cases against Ukrainian citizen Mikheil Saakashvili on the territory of Ukraine. He also told us there are currently no other extradition cases against Ukrainian citizen Mikheil Saakashvili."</p> <p>Saakashvili received Ukrainian citizenship under Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's decree from May 30, 2015. On the same day Poroshenko appointed Saakashvili as head of Odesa Regional State Administration.</p> <p>On November 7, 2016, Saakashvili announced his resignation as Odesa region governor because he was "tired of constant deceit and corruption," including on the part of authorities in Kyiv. On November 9, 2016, Poroshenko signed a decree dismissing Saakashvili.</p> <p>On July 26, 2017, the Ukrainian Migration Service announced that Poroshenko had signed a decree depriving Saakashvili of Ukrainian citizenship.</p> <p>The Ukrainian presidential administration said the termination of Saakashvili's Ukrainian citizenship is connected to the false information provided by him when he obtained Ukrainian citizenship.</p> <p>Saakashvili said earlier on Facebook that he is in the United States. He said he would seek a lawful right to return to Ukraine.</p> <p>Several criminal cases against Saakashvili are being probed in Georgia. He is charged with embezzlement of state funds and abuse of office.</p> A rally in support of Mikheil Saakashvili, former president of Georgia and former head of Odesa Region State Administration, who was deprived of his Ukrainian citizenship, is being held in central Kyiv.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/438791.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 13:42:06 GMTUkrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) ends holy processionhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/438788.html<p>The holy procession through the center of Kyiv organized by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) to commemorate the Baptism of Rus has ended. It was conducted without incident.</p> <p>The Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency said participants walked to Volodymyrsky Mount along Hrushevskoho and Mazepy Streets to Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Monastery, where church service will be held all night.</p> <p>Hundreds of police guarded the religious procession.</p> <p>Emergency medical workers said no marchers fell ill or sought assistance by 15.00.</p> <p>"A middle-aged gentleman asked that we measure his blood pressure is all," a medical services representative said.</p> The holy procession through the center of Kyiv organized by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) to commemorate the Baptism of Rus has ended. It was conducted without incident.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/438788.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 13:36:31 GMTDUPD independent directors believe that shareholders should now accept Dragon Capital offerhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438786.html<p>The independent directors of Dragon Ukrainian Properties and Development Plc (DUPD, the Isle of Man) Mark Iwashko and Aloysius Wilhelmus Johannes van der Heijden) have revised their position and now they believe that shareholders in DUPD should now accept the offer of Dragon Capital Investments Limited (DCI) to purchase shares.</p> <p>According to a statement of the independent directors on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), the directors recognise that DCI is now a controlling shareholder (59.31%) and will have significant power and influence over the company.</p> <p>The independent directors said that without recourse to other DUPD shareholders, DCI will be in a position to propose and pass any ordinary resolution at a general meeting of the Company, allowing it to determine the membership of the board of directors and, through board appointments, potentially the strategy and operation of the company, as well as the company's policy on future dividend payments.</p> <p>"It is possible that DCI's view on DUPD's strategy and investment policies may differ from the board's and DCI's priorities in relation to DUPD may be at variance with other DUPD shareholders who, even acting collectively, will have limited scope for influencing the affairs of the company by the exercise of their voting rights," they said.</p> <p>They said that in the event that DCI acquires or agrees to acquire, by virtue of its shareholding and acceptances of the offer, issued share capital carrying 75% or more of the voting rights of DUPD shares, DCI will procure that DUPD applies for the cancellation of trading in DUPD shares on AIM.</p> <p>Iwashko and van der Heijden said that DUPD's shares, as currently traded on LSE AIM, are relatively illiquid. In view of the acceptances of the offer received to date and possibly with other large DUPD shareholders who may not accept the offer the independent directors believe that in the event of the company continuing to be admitted to trading on AIM, the marketability and liquidity of DUPD shares will be further adversely impacted.</p> <p>They said that there is no guarantee that DUPD shareholders who do not accept the offer will have another opportunity to sell at or above the current offer price in the near future, or at all. The large concentration of DUPD shares among a small number of shareholders will also make DUPD shares less attractive to new potential investors.</p> <p>"Furthermore, the independent directors do not believe that there is likely to be any alternative competing offer for the company within a reasonable period of time," DUPD said.</p> <p>Since the announcement on May 30, 2017 of DCI's mandatory offer for the company, neither the independent directors, nor Panmure Gordon, the company's financial advisor, have been approached by any person on behalf of any other bona fide potential offeror wishing to instigate discussions with a view to making a competing offer for DUPD.</p> <p>The independent directors, having been advised by the company's financial adviser, Panmure Gordon, remain of the view that the financial terms of the offer significantly undervalue the company and its prospects.</p> <p>CBRE Ukraine (Expandia LLC) has been engaged by DUPD to provide the following opinion. CBRE Ukraine said that there were no considerable changes in the value of the DUPD property portfolio in H1 2017 compared to valuation made by DTZ Kiev BV as of December 31, 2016. CBRE Ukraine's valuation did not take into account around $4 million from apartment sales in January-June 2017, and a valuation on the land known as Avenue Shopping Center which DUPD owns 18.77%. As there is a high risk that the land lease will not be renewed, the Independent Directors have decided to carry the property at a valuation of nil.</p> The independent directors of Dragon Ukrainian Properties and Development Plc (DUPD, the Isle of Man) Mark Iwashko and Aloysius Wilhelmus Johannes van der Heijden) have revised their position and now they believe that shareholders in DUPD should now accept the offer of Dragon Capital Investments Limited (DCI) to purchase shares.Economyhttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/438786.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 13:34:14 GMTHealth Ministry signs contract to procure medicines using 2017 budget fundshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/438766.html<p>Ukraine's Health Ministry has signed contracts to procure medicines and medical products using the 2017 national budget funds with three international organizations.</p> <p>Acting Health Minister Ulana Suprun said at a press conference in Kyiv on Thursday that the contracts for UAH 5.9 billion were signed with the organizations which have already taken part in public procurement – the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UNICEF and Britain's Crown Agents.</p> <p>Suprun said that 98% of medicines, vaccines and medical products have been procured using 2016 budget funds, and 57% of them have been delivered and 44% have been distributed among the regions.</p> <p>"When we saw old procurement lists we saw out-of-date medicines and the wrong distribution of funds for medicines," she said.</p> <p>Suprun also said that it is hard to compile information about the needs in medicines from the regions.</p> Ukraine's Health Ministry has signed contracts to procure medicines and medical products using the 2017 national budget funds with three international organizations.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/438766.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 12:40:44 GMTSurplus of Ukraine's state budget comes to UAH 29 bln in H1, 2017http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/438759.html<p>The surplus of the national budget of Ukraine in the first half of 2017 amounted to UAH 29.04 billion, although a deficit of UAH 1.7 billion was registered in the general fund, the State Treasury Service has reported.</p> <p>According to its data, the main reason for that was the increase in budget funds on the special fund account due to the receipt in late April of UAH 28.6 billion from special confiscation.</p> <p>Such figures radically differ from the performance of the national budget for 2016, which in the first half of the year had a deficit of UAH 35.1 billion, including UAH 33.66 billion in the general fund.</p> <p>The State Treasury said in June this year the national budget had a surplus of UAH 2.57 billion, in particular UAH 4.91 billion in the general fund, while the special fund had a deficit of UAH 2.34 billion.</p> <p>According to promulgated data, borrowings in the first half of this year amounted to UAH 62.33 billion in the general fund with the plan for this period being UAH 136.88 billion, while repayments UAH 38.46 billion with a plan of UAH 48.49 billion.</p> <p>The special fund in January-June received UAH 2.4 billion of loans with the plan for this period standing at UAH 16.1 billion.</p> <p>Privatization in the first half of the year brought UAH 110 million while UAH 6.37 billion was expected.</p> The surplus of the national budget of Ukraine in the first half of 2017 amounted to UAH 29.04 billion, although a deficit of UAH 1.7 billion was registered in the general fund, the State Treasury Service has reported.Factshttp://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/438759.htmlThu, 27 Jul 2017 12:17:15 GMT