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…

The newly elected Ukrainian parliament will hold its first ceremonial session on Aug. 29, said Dmytro Razumkov, leader of the Servant of the People party, on Aug. 9. Razumkov has just taken part in the parliament’s preparatory meeting, tasked with scheduling the parliament’s inauguration date, when he revealed when the Rada would return to work….

Ukraine on Aug. 24 celebrated the 28th anniversary of its independence. President Volodymyr Zelensky presided over the March of Dignity, which was held on Maidan Nezalezhnosti and Heavenly Hundred Alley. Zelensky organized the event instead of a traditional military parade, which some believe to be a relic of the Soviet past and others see as…

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has expressed condolences to the families and friends of those killed in the fire in the Odesa hotel and promised a fair punishment for those who are guilty of the tragedy. “Odesa. ‘Tokyo Star.’ At night, we lost eight human lives. Ten people were injured, four of them are in…

The US Supreme Court has said that President Donald Trump can use $2.5bn (£2bn) of Pentagon funds for a section of wall on the southern border. The court ruled by five votes to four to block a ruling by a federal judge in California that barred the president from spending the money on the wall….

UkrInform: European media organizations call on Merkel, Macron to protect rights of news agencies By UkrInform. Europe’s leading media organizations have called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emanuel Macron to support a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market that will protect the rights of news agencies. Europe’s leading media organizations have…

Economy Ministry: EU introduces final protective measures for steel products, Ukraine will continue metal supplies By Interfax-Ukraine. The European Commission has published a report on the introduction of final protective measures for imports of metal products to the European Union, which will come into force on February 2, 2019, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade…

Ukraine’s ex-president Viktor Yanukovych found guilty of treason – The Guardian Exiled former leader sentenced to 13 years’ jail over 2014 protests and Russian invasion Andrew Roth in Moscow A Ukrainian court has found the former president Viktor Yanukovych guilty of treason for his efforts to crush the 2014 pro-western demonstrations that eventually toppled his government. Yanukovych was…

Ukraine bans entry to Russian men ‘to prevent armies forming’ – The Guardian Men aged 16-60 will be turned away, Ukraine says, while there are reports of women also being stopped from crossing the border Andrew Roth in Mariupol  A Ukrainian guard at a crossing point on the border between Russia and Ukraine. Photograph: Vyacheslav Madiyevsky/Reuters…

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