The number of the dead is higher than that of births: 100 deaths vs 53 newborns. Ukraine’s population in January-August 2019 decreased by 177,000 people against December 2018, to 41,976,000 people as of September 1, 2019, the country’s State Statistics Service has reported. Some 207,500 newborns were recorded in January-August 2019 against 226,500 year-over-year (y-o-y),…

The American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, the European Business Association (EBA) and the Union of Ukrainian Entrepreneurs (SUP) have raise their concerns regarding the proposed changes to the selection of judges and composition of the Supreme Court of Ukraine set out in bill No. 1008 on amendments to certain laws of Ukraine regarding the…

The Verkhovna Rada has formed a new composition of the Central Election Commission (CEC) earlier tabled by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. MPs at a meeting on Friday supported a majority of the draft resolutions on the appointment of CEC members, an Interfax-Ukraine agency correspondent reported. The Central Election Commission includes 17 members: Oksana Boyarchuk, Yuriy…

It has been a little over a year since Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg began skipping school on Fridays to hold solo protests outside the Swedish parliament against its alleged inaction on climate change. She has since addressed European Union leaders and crossed the Atlantic on a boat to testify to the U.S. Congress and speak…

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto sees no need for deeper economic sanctions against Russia as long as the status quo holds, but also says that Finland, a European Union member but not a NATO one, does not support easing pressure on the Kremlin either. Finland, which shares a 1,340-kilometer border with Russia, suffers from Kremlin counter-sanctions…

President Volodymyr Zelensky returned a new Electoral Code to the Ukrainian parliament on Sept. 14 without his approval, stating that the law contradicted Ukraine’s current constitution. Now the parliament will have 30 days to amend the Electoral Code vetoed by the president, or it will be dropped. The draft law, effectively vetoed by the president,…

The German Embassy in Ukraine has congratulated the newly elected Cabinet of Ministers and the Verkhovna Rada on taking the oath and declared its readiness to support the course of democratic reforms. “Sincere congratulations to Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Razumkov, Prime Minister of Ukraine Honcharuk, all the ministers and all the parliamentarians who took…

Assistant to the U.S. President for National Security Affairs John Bolton hopes to hold productive meetings with Ukrainian officials in Kyiv. “We are pleased to welcome National Security Advisor John Bolton back to Kyiv! Ambassador Bolton is here to underscore U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic path. He looks forward to productive…

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