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  • Russia Returns Stolen Ukrainian Icon from Occupied Territories

    25.12.2020

    Russia Returns Stolen Ukrainian Icon from Occupied Territories
    Russia returned an 18th-century Orthodox Christian icon to Bosnia and Herzegovina embassy after it became evident that it was illegally smuggled out of war-torn eastern Ukraine. Earlier, Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Serb president Milorad Dodik presented a 300-year-old gilded icon to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during his visit to Sarajevo. After the move, Ukraine’s embassy in Bosnia sent a note demanding an urgent explanation regarding the possession of Ukrainian cultural heritage.
  • Reduction in investment remains key factor behind GDP decline in Ukraine

    25.12.2020

    Reduction in investment remains key factor behind GDP decline in Ukraine
    A further reduction in investment remains a key factor behind the decline in gross domestic product (GDP) in Ukraine, according to a report released by the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). In Q3 2020, real GDP decreased by 3.5% in annual terms. At the same time, amid the recovery in consumer demand and business activity since the easing of quarantine restrictions, real GDP in Q3 grew by 8.5% compared to Q2 in seasonally adjusted terms. The further contraction of investment remains ...
  • Ukraine to create web portal on crimes in occupied territories

    24.12.2020

    Ukraine to create web portal on crimes in occupied territories
    Ukraine will create a web portal on crimes in the temporarily occupied territories. Eyewitness testimony, archival data, media reports, decisions and resolutions of international organizations, photo and video material will be published on the website, according to the press service of the President’s Office. The key requirement for the entire project is reliability, objectivity, and being based on official data. In particular, the portal will reflect the results achieved by the Department for Supervision of Criminal Proceedings in relation to crimes committed in ...
  • Ukraine has not yet received Iran’s report on shooting down UIA plane

    24.12.2020

    Ukraine has not yet received Iran’s report on shooting down UIA plane
    The Iranian side has repeatedly assured of completion of a report on the January 8 crash of UIA’s flight PS752 near Tehran, but Ukraine has not received any documents. “We have repeatedly heard from the Iranian side that the report is ready, that the translation is being completed. I have been hearing these words almost every week for the last two months, but there are still no documents. According to the Chicago Convention, if the technical investigation is not completed within ...
  • Ukraine to get $250 million in US military aid

    14.12.2020

    Ukraine to get $250 million in US military aid
    The U.S. House of Representatives adopted by overwhelming majority the 2021 defense policy bill which provides for sanctions against Nord Stream 2 and security assistance to Ukraine, writes ukrinform.net. The document was supported by 335 congresspersons, 78 lawmakers voted against, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. The bill has already been passed in separate versions by the House of Representatives and the Senate and unified into a single document to be re-approved by both houses of the U.S. Congress. The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act ...
  • Ukrainian AI startup Reface gets 5.5 million investment from Andreessen Horowitz

    11.12.2020

    Ukrainian AI startup Reface gets 5.5 million investment from Andreessen Horowitz
    Reface, a swap-face app created by Ukrainian developers, has raised $5.5 million of funding from the American Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firm and several business angels, according to the representatives of the startup, writes ain.ua. It is noted that Reface plans to spend $5.5 million of funding on the new social platform for content personalization through machine learning. According to Dima Shvets, co-founder and CBO of Reface, the money and Andreessen Horowitz’s network of contacts will also help them establish ...
  • It’s necessary to create coalition of countries to counter Russia’s information aggression

    10.12.2020

    It's necessary to create coalition of countries to counter Russia's information aggression
    Russia promotes itself in terms of the liberation of Europe from Nazism, denies its involvement in World War II as an ally on Germany’s side, and defines the Soviet Union’s seizure of territories then under Polish control as a legitimate step, Anton Drobovych, Head of the Institute of National Remembrance, said in an interview with ukrinform.ua. “At the same time, Russians are imprisoning historians and human rights activists who study the legacy of totalitarianism. They persecute and hinder the academic careers of people who study ...
  • UIA plane crash: Iran hasn’t provided Ukrainian investigators with case files and evidence

    08.12.2020

    UIA plane crash: Iran hasn't provided Ukrainian investigators with case files and evidence
    The Ukrainian investigators have not received the files and evidence in the case of the downing of the UIA flight PS752 which Iran promised to present, writes ukrinform.net. “So far, the investigations in Ukraine and Iran go separate ways, although both sides are interested in the impartial investigation into the downing of the Ukrainian plane. And the improper implementation of the agreements reached does not give us an opportunity to talk about the next date of bilateral talks. It makes no ...
  • Ukraine plans to push for Russia to be banned from SWIFT

    06.12.2020

    Ukraine plans to push for Russia to be banned from SWIFT
    Ukraine may demand that Russia be disconnected from the international payment network SWIFT if there is no progress in the negotiation process on Donbas by the end of the year, the head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group Leonid Kravchuk said. “If we cannot reach an agreement with Russia politically and diplomatically, we must do everything we can to force it to stop its aggression and restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity through joint pressure from the world community and ...
  • Ukrzaliznytsia and DHL develop China-Europe container rail transportation

    05.12.2020

    Ukrzaliznytsia and DHL  develop China-Europe container rail transportation
    Ukrzaliznytsia and DHL Global Forwarding will develop China-Europe container rail transportation and plan to introduce new international routes, uz.gov.ua reported. The Chairman of the Board of Ukrzaliznytsia also announced that a powerful logistics center for DHL cargo would be established on the basis of the Lisky Transport Service Center branch in Kyiv. Ukrzaliznytsia has committed itself to simplify customs procedures through the territory of Ukraine and to ensure compliance with the train schedule. DHL will continue to develop the railway expedition ...
  • US lawmakers agree to widen sanctions against Nord Stream 2

    05.12.2020

    US lawmakers agree to widen sanctions against Nord Stream 2
    The annual US defense policy bill 2021 unveiled by lawmakers expands sanctions on companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Under the draft of the annual US defense policy legislation, the sanctions target any companies and individuals providing help to the project, including ships that help operations to lay pipelines, insurance, testing, inspection, and certification services. The bill is expected to be passed by the US House of Representatives early next week and after by the Senate.  The project is aimed ...
  • Ukraine, Brazil discussed strategic cooperation in military, technical, and defense sectors

    04.12.2020

    Ukraine, Brazil discussed strategic cooperation in military, technical, and defense sectors
    Deputy Head of the Ukrainian President’s Office Ihor Zhovkva met with a Brazilian delegation led by Deputy Defense Minister of Brazil Marcos Rosas Degaut Pontes on December 3, Ukrinform reported. The parties discussed strategic cooperation between the two countries in the military, technical, and defense sectors. They also identified promising bilateral projects in the field of military-technical cooperation, as well as in the aerospace industry. “Ukraine and Brazil have their own highly developed technologies and operate in third-country markets. I am convinced ...