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Expert Club speaks about announcements of main events from October 17 to 23

The Expert Club YouTube channel has released a new video dedicated to the announcement of the events that will take place in Ukraine and the world from October 17 to October 23, 2022. In the new issue, the founder of the Club of Experts Maksim Urakin and co-host Olga Levkun analyzed the main events planned for the coming days.
One of the main events in Ukraine this week will be the start of the IMF mission, the main goal of which will be the development of a new program of cooperation between the fund and Ukraine. Also this week, a number of events are expected to be dedicated to the restoration and development of the Ukrainian economy, the agro-industrial complex, science, education and other topics.
Among world events, a number of conferences in the field of economics can also be distinguished. The European Union will host high-level meetings, in particular of foreign ministers and leaders of countries, dedicated to the situation in Ukraine, energy issues and relations with China. Also next week, the start of the election campaign in Kazakhstan is expected.
The main event in the world of sports in the next 7 days will be the next stage of Formula 1. Read more about future sporting events on the Sport.ua portal. The full version of the video can be viewed at the following link:

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Nearly 20% of Ukrainian citizens lost contact with relatives – study

Almost 20% of Ukrainians have close relatives with whom they have lost contact as a result of the Russian invasion and do not know where they are. This is evidenced by the results of a survey conducted within the framework of the project of the Public Organization “Center for Assistance to the Volunteer Movement “Volunteer.Org”: “Assessment of the damage caused by war crimes of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.”
“Almost 20% reported that they have among their close relatives those with whom they have lost contact and do not know where they are now. Russia or the occupied territories of the east or Crimea. 7% of respondents noted that personally or their close relatives were injured, maimed due to hostilities,” the results of the survey, presented on Wednesday at the Interfax-Ukraine press center, say.
Every tenth respondent indicated that his housing was either completely destroyed (2% of respondents) or damaged (8% of respondents). Another 5% said they did not know the state of their housing now. For 85% of respondents, the housing situation has not changed.
“About a third of those whose house is located in the de-occupied territory or the territory of hostilities noted that their housing was damaged. Also, one in five of those who still have housing in the zone of occupation do not know what condition it is in,” the results say. .
It is also noted that 95% of those surveyed have not contacted law enforcement agencies in the past six months on issues related to the full-scale Russian invasion.
At the same time, special courts with the participation of national and foreign judges (63%) and international institutions (23%) are considered the most effective mechanism for bringing Russia to justice for war crimes.
“A third of the respondents are ready to personally participate in lawsuits in order to demand compensation for lost property / health in courts and international courts,” analysts point out.
According to Oleksandr Kopyl, co-founder of the consulting company K&K Group, head of the Nuremberg-2022 volunteer initiative, which has been collecting and cataloging the crimes of the Russian army against the Ukrainian population since the first day of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, more than three thousand facts have been published by the Nuremberg-2022 initiative alone. war crimes.
“In addition to informing the public, all the facts are sent for further work to the relevant law enforcement agencies of Ukraine, as well as to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. We are sure that thanks to the cooperation of public initiatives and state authorities, war crimes will be investigated, and all war criminals will be fairly punished,” Kopyl noted.
The survey and the report were prepared within the framework of the project “Urgent EU support for civil society”, implemented by the Initiative Center for the Promotion of the Activity and Development of the Public Initiative “Unification” with the financial support of the European Union. Its content is the sole responsibility of the Public Organization “Volunteer.Org Volunteering Assistance Center” and does not necessarily reflect the position of the European Union. Expert support and advice during the study was provided by representatives of the Coalition “Ukraine. Five in the morning.”
The survey was conducted among the population of Ukraine aged 18 years and older in all regions, except for the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbass, as well as territories where at the time of the survey there was no Ukrainian mobile communication. The survey period is from 15 to 19 September 2022.
Results are weighted using up-to-date data from the State Statistics Service of Ukraine. The sample is representative in terms of age, gender, and type of settlement. Sample population: 2000 respondents. Survey method: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews – telephone interviews using a computer). The error of the representativeness of the study with a confidence probability of 0.95: no more than 2.2%.
We remind you that in April a team of journalists and media workers put forward an initiative to create a project to search for missing people “Find your loved ones”.
We ask citizens whose relatives do not get in touch to send us all the information they have. We recommend using the following form:
1. Full name of the missing person;
2. Your contact details;
3. Photo of the missing person, description of special signs;
4. Approximate place of the last stay of the missing person.
The project is non-commercial, all your appeals will be edited and published free of charge in the media.
The project coordinator is Maxim Urakin, deputy head of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency and publisher of the Open4Business project.
Please send information about the missing to e-mail maksim.urakin@gmail.com

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Main macroeconomic indicators of Ukraine in July-August 2022

S&P Global Ratings lowered its foreign currency (FC) long-term sovereign credit and issue ratings on Ukraine to ‘CC’ from ‘CCC+’. The outlook on the long-term sovereign rating is negative.
Fitch Ratings has upgraded Ukraine’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency (LTFC) Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘CC’ from ‘RD’ (restricted default).

The Ministry of Economy of Ukraine expects a decline in GDP of at least 30-35% in 2022, and for the next year it has developed four macroeconomic scenarios, which, depending on the conditions, give from 0.4% further decline to 15.5% of economic growth, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Yulia Svyrydenko has reported.

The deficit of Ukraine’s trade in goods in July this year amounted to $1.798 billion, which is 4.1 times more than in July last year ($440 million). According to its data, exports of goods in July fell by 47.9% compared to last year, to $2.92 billion, while imports fell by 21.9%, to $4.718 billion. Geographically, in trade with the EU, even an increase in imports was recorded by 9.1%, to $2.651 billion, while exports decreased by 8.3%, to $2.158 billion.

The growth of consumer prices in Ukraine in July 2022 due to seasonal factors slowed down to 0.7% from 3.1% in June and 2.7% in May, returning to the level of the end of last year.
In July last year, inflation was 0.1%, so in annual terms, in July this year, it rose to 22.2% from 21.5% in June and 18% in May.

The loan portfolio of Ukrainian banks in July 2022 decreased by 6% to UAH 1.212 trillion, while the volume of non-performing loans (NPL) increased by 7.1% to UAH 363.682 billion, according to a report on the website of the National Bank of Ukraine ( NBU).

During January-May 2022, Ukraine’s leading retail companies paid about UAH 15 billion in taxes and provided jobs for almost 250,000 employees, the press service of the Retail Association of Ukraine (RAU) reported.

Economic Monitoring’s Project Manager – PhD in Economics, Maksim Urakin

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Club of Experts announces main events of this week

A new video has been released on the YouTube channel of the Club of Experts, dedicated to the announcement of events that will take place in Ukraine and the world from September 26 to October 2. The founder of the Club of Experts Maksim Urakin and co-host Olga Levkun analyzed the main events planned for the coming days.
So, next week Ukraine will host several major conferences dedicated to economic recovery, development of agriculture and water resources, educational projects, etc.

Among world events, a number of conferences in the field of economics can also be distinguished. In particular, the Asia-Pacific Petroleum Conference (APPEC 2022), the meeting of G-20 agriculture ministers, the global manufacturing and industrialization summit in Pittsburgh, USA GMIS-2022). Also, a number of Western countries, in particular the UK, introduce significant tax incentives for businesses in order to prevent an economic recession.

Among the sporting events, one can single out the next round of the UEFA Nations League, where the most interesting matches will be the confrontation between England and Germany, as well as the return match between Ukraine and Scotland. Read more about future sporting events on the Sport.ua portal. The full version of the video can be viewed at the following link:

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The Club of Experts has created a video with an overview of the events from September 19 to 25

The Expert Club YouTube channel has released another video review of current events and activities for the next week. In the new issue, the founder of the Club of Experts Maksim Urakin spoke about the main news in Ukraine and the world from August 19 to 25, 2022.

So, in Ukraine next week, several major events are expected to be dedicated to economic recovery and business support during martial law. In particular, the largest conference on youth entrepreneurship and student startups in Ukraine Startup Campus will start on Wednesday, the main speaker of which will be the Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov, and on Thursday the annual Richelieu Forum dedicated to the architecture of a new model of public service will start.

In the world next week, the most anticipated event will be farewell to Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. The ceremony is expected to be attended by many world leaders. In the economy, the main news could be a possible change in the monetary policy of the US Federal Reserve System, analysts predict a 30% chance of raising the Fed’s discount rate by 1 percentage point.

Football will dominate next week’s sporting events. As part of the qualification for the 2022 World Cup and the European League of Nations, important matches of the national teams will be held, among which one can single out the fundamental confrontation between two old rivals – Brazil and Argentina. More about this on the sports portal sport.ua.

For a full review of these and other events, see the new video on the Club of Experts channel at the link:

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5 sets of awards were played at Zenit Open squash tournament in Kyiv

On August 27-28, the charity squash tournament “Zenit Ukraine Open 2022” was held on the courts of the capital’s fitness center “SPORT LIFE”. The competition was attended by players from Romania, USA, Moldova, Lithuania, as well as athletes from Kyiv, Lvov, Kharkov, Dnipro, Khmelnitsky, Poltava, Kherson and Odessa.
Among the participants were awarded awards in 5 categories. The winners of the competition were:
Category Lady:
1. Anna Tarasova;
2. Alina Nizdrakova;
3. Oksana Gerasimenko.
Category M3
1. Arayik Sargsyan;
2. Stepan Kobzev;
3. Alexander Stepanyuk.
Category M2:
1. Maria Lovko;
2. Yulia Sikalenko;
3. Dmitry Tokar.
Category M1:
1. Alexey Alekseenko;
2. Evgeny Popko;
3. Nikita Petrov.
Category PRO Men:
1. Ruslan Sorochinsky;
2. Denis Yard;
3. Nikita Panov.
This year the tournament was held in Kyiv for security reasons, while Odessa has been the traditional venue for the competition for many years. According to tournament organizers Dmitry Shcherbakov and Maxim Urakin, the return of Zenit Open to the Black Sea coast is planned for next year.
“For the last 10 years, the tournament has been held in Odessa, and we know it under the name Zenit Black Sea Open. Now, due to the war, we were forced to change traditions and move the venue to Kyiv. At the same time, we plan to return to Odessa courts next year,” Shcherbakov emphasized.
The executive director of the “All-Ukrainian Association of Squash Players” Oleksiy Usenko said that the association will contribute to the organization and holding of tournaments on a regular basis.
“The holding of such competitions improves the skills of our players and our cohesion, it is important not only to support Ukrainian sports, but also the country as a whole,” Usenko stressed.
According to the organizers, the money raised at the tournament will be directed to charity and assistance to Ukraine.
“Zenit Open” is the most famous and largest international squash tournament in the history of independent Ukraine. The scale of the championship is evidenced by the number of countries and participants, as well as a large number of organizations involved in the preparation and holding of the competition.
The main fitness partner of the event is the national network of fitness clubs No. 1 “SPORT LIFE”;
The main organizer of the tournament is “All-Ukrainian Association of Squash Players”;
The main information partner of the tournament is the news agency “Interfax Ukraine”;
The official sponsors were the company “MAXEVENTS” and the analytical center “Club of Experts”;

Prize fund partners – Eye and VICTOR;Partner – Public Association “UKRSADVINPROM”;
Prizes and gifts from the leading companies Tecnifibre and Reima;
The official water of the tournament is “KRAYNA”;
Official beer of the tournament from TERMOPUB;
Tea Partner – At Market;
Official hotel of the tournament – “FAVOR”;
Party partner restaurant – “OZERO”.

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