Business news from Ukraine

President of South Africa and leaders of Zambia, Comoros, Congo-Brazzaville, Egypt, Senegal and Uganda to visit Kiev

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will visit Kiev on Friday as part of his participation in the African peacekeeping mission, where he will meet with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to discuss a “peace plan” to end the war, the South African presidential press office reported.
Ramaphosa reportedly visited (Warsaw) Poland on Thursday, June 15, where he met with President Andrzej Duda.
The South African president is now on his way to Kiev for talks with President Zelensky. The mission includes leaders from South Africa, Zambia, Comoros, Congo-Brazzaville, Egypt, Senegal and Uganda as representatives of a continent that has experienced the adverse economic effects of war.
Earlier, the South African president held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Zelensky, Chinese President Xi Jinping and UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
Ramaphosa wants to make efforts to promote a “peaceful” process to resolve the Russian war against Ukraine. On Saturday, he and his delegation will arrive in Moscow for talks with Putin.

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President of Ukraine meets IAEA Director General in Kiev

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi at a meeting in Kiev discussed specific steps to avoid safety risks at the Zaporizhzhia NPP, the president’s press service said.
“Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky held a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi, who is visiting our state in fulfillment of the agreements reached during a telephone conversation between the head of state and the head of the IAEA on June 6,” the Ukrainian presidential press service said in a statement Tuesday.
Reportedly, the head of state stressed that as a result of Russia’s purposeful undermining of the Kakhovska HPP dam, which is the largest ecocide crime of modern times, the risks to the safety of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant have significantly increased. Therefore, a quick and decisive reaction of the international community to this audacious terrorist act is urgently needed.
Zelenski positively assessed the presence of the agency’s inspectors at the Zaporizhzhia NPP illegally occupied by Russia and welcomed Raphael Grossi’s intention to personally visit the plant to assess the situation on site.
The head of state once again stressed that the only way to prevent a nuclear incident at the Zaporizhzhia NPP is its complete demilitarization, de-occupation and restoration of control over the plant by Ukraine.
According to the president’s press service, during the meeting the sides discussed specific steps that need to be taken to minimize risks and prevent incidents at the Zaporizhzhya NPP, as well as ways of cooperation with the IAEA to this end.
Zelenskiy supported Rafael Grossi’s proposal to send a group of IAEA experts to Ukraine to assess the consequences of the explosion at the Kakhovska HPP and to prepare proposals on specific directions of assistance in overcoming them. He noted that this mission would be fully assisted by the Ukrainian institutions involved.


IAEA head leaves for Kiev

Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said that he had left for Ukraine to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“On his way to Ukraine to meet with President Zelensky and to present a program to help clean up the disastrous Kakhovka reservoir spill,” he wrote on his Twitter account Monday.
According to the report, Grossi intends to assess the situation at the Zaporizhzhia NPP and conduct a rotation of the IAEA mission with a reinforced composition.
As reported, after the Russians blew up the dam of the Kakhovska hydroelectric power plant and spilled the Kakhovska reservoir, Grossi announced the launch of a program of assistance to Ukraine. He noted that by using nuclear techniques, the IAEA will determine the impact of the flooding on drinking water, human health, soil and water management, as well as assess the integrity of critical infrastructure.


Kiev authorities initiate need to improve law on construction of shelters in new buildings

Kyiv authorities are initiating appeals on the need to improve the legislation in terms of the requirement of compulsory equipping new housing with shelters, the press service of Kyiv City State Administration said.
“Today, developers, unfortunately, bypass the existing requirements of compulsory installation of shelters in houses. The reason is in the gaps of the current legislation, which requires providing for shelters in the construction project or the possibility to use the shelter nearby. Well, the “or” should not be! We can see what it has led to: there are practically no new buildings in the fund of protective constructions”, – deputy head of Kyiv City State Administration Petr Panteleev is quoted in the press release.
In addition, he notes that the SES and local self-government are also removed from the process of taking the houses into use.
According to the KSCA, from 4.2 thousand shelters tested in the capital 2.9 thousand are suitable for use, another 736 can be shelters, provided they are properly equipped. 578 facilities do not meet the regulatory requirements for the premises where shelters can be equipped.
As reported, the law “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on ensuring civil protection requirements during the planning and development of territories,” which, in particular, provides for mandatory placement of bomb shelters in new buildings, was signed by the president in August 2022.

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Thunderstorm and strong wind in Kiev and western regions – Hydrometeocenter

A thunderstorm has started in Kiev, according to the website of the Hydrometeocenter.
In connection with this, I (yellow) level of danger is declared in the capital.
Also thunderstorm is expected in Kiev, Zhitomir, Vinnitsa, Rivne, Ternopol, Chernivtsi, Volyn, Lviv, Zakarpattia and Ivano-Frankivsk regions. In the Carpathian highlands on Friday – thunderstorm with squalls.

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From June 3 to 5 traffic on North Bridge in Kiev will be limited

The Kievavtodor utility corporation will limit traffic on the North Bridge in Kiev from June 3 to 5 due to the ongoing repair of the rightmost lanes, the Kiev City State Administration said.
“From 08:00 on June 3 to 08:00 on June 5 on the North Bridge will partially limit traffic, warns CC “Kyivavtodor”. On the Northern bridge will carry out the current repair of the rightmost lanes”, – said in the message of the KSCA in Telegram-channel on Friday.
The work will be carried out on weekends to have less impact on traffic.
“CC “Kievavtodor” apologizes for the temporary inconvenience,” – noted in the message.