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DOBROBUT MEDICAL NETWORK PLANS TO INVEST $20 MLN IN NEW BUILDING

The Dobrobut medical network plans by 2020 to open a new medical building, investment in which would be around $20 million, Dobrobut Director General Oleh Kalashnikov said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine. “We are working on a new large building. Together with Philips, we have already developed a large conceptual project and approved a medical task for it,” he said.
Currently, a complete reconstruction of the building with an area of 9,600 square meters, located in Sevastopolska Square in Kyiv, is being held, repair works are under way.
According to the director general of Dobrobut, the medical service will be represented in three segments. “First of all, there will be a Center for Cardiovascular Diseases. We also plan to develop oncology and neurology in the building,” he said, adding that the new building will have five angiographic operating rooms.
At the same time, he said that the network intends to invest in angiography in the near future, which will allow Dobrobut to provide a full range of cardiosurgical services of all kinds, including endovascular ones.
“Regarding angiography and endovascular operations, I think that we will be able to do them in November and, accordingly, to cover the whole range of services,” he said, adding that the tender for the purchase of an angiograph is currently at the final stage.
Kalashnikov also said that since the opening of the Center for Cardiac Surgery early 2017, it has carried out a little more than 450 surgeries, 263 of which have been performed using a minimally invasive method.
In turn, Head of the center Oleksandr Babliak said that the center is the first among cardiosurgical clinics in the world, which began to implement multi-vessel coronary bypass surgeries using a minimally invasive method.

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REVENUE FROM SALES OF FARMLAND LEASE RIGHTS IN JAN-AUG EXCEEDS ENTIRE 2017 FIGURE

Revenue of local budgets from the sale of rights to lease farmland parcels in state ownership by territorial agencies of the State Service for Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre totaled UAH 131 million in January-August 2018.
The Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry said in a press release that in 2017, revenue from the sale of rights to lease farmland parcels in state ownership totaled UAH 118.7 million, in 2016- UAH 95.8 million and in 2015 – UAH 38.4 million.
The ministry said that the good results of land auctions were recorded in Sumy region (5,143 ha for UAH 11.98 million), Odesa region (4,162 ha for UAH 17.8 million), Donetsk region (2,897 ha for UAH 4.49 million), Chernihiv region (3,954 ha for UAH 10.9 million) and Kherson region (2,888 ha for UAH 3.14 million).

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DOBROBUT MEDICAL CHAIN PLANS TO OPEN POLYCLINIC NOT FAR FROM KYIV

The Dobrobut medical network plans to open a polyclinic with a space of 2,000 square meters in the settlement of Sofiyivska Borschahivka in February 2019, Dobrobut Director General Oleh Kalashnikov said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine. Investment in the clinic will be UAH 80 million.
“It will be an adult and children’s polyclinic, a one day’s surgery, a recovery ward and 14 rooms for a children’s hospital. We will fully provide endoscopic diagnostics. It would be a fully featured hospital. We view this as an experiment to some extent, because finally, in our opinion, we will open clinics in Boryspil, Brovary and Irpen and cover a larger space,” Kalashnikov said.
At the same time, commenting on plans for regional development in the near future, he said that today the network is focused on the Kyiv’s medical services market.
“For the next two or three years, our plans are focused on Kyiv,” he said.

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SUBSIDIARY OF DEUTSCHE LUFTHANSA GROUP BRUSSELS AIRLINES TO START FLYING TO KYIV

Brussels Airlines, the subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa Group, will start flying to Kyiv from October 17, 2018, Lufthansa General Manager for Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan Rene Koinzack said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday. “The first flights will be on October 17. Brussels and the capital of Ukraine will be connected, which is very important for us,” he said.
Koinzack said that Brussels Airlines also fly to Africa, which creates additional opportunities for Ukrainians.
Lufthansa Group in the field of passenger air transportation, along with the same name brand, includes Austrian Airlines, Swiss Airlines, Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines, as well as a share in Turkey’s SunExpress. In addition, the group includes logistics, technical and service companies.

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LUFTHANSA INCREASES PASSENGER FLOW TO UKRAINE BY 14% IN CURRENT YEAR

The Lufthansa Group in January-August 2018 increased passenger flow on flights to/from Ukraine by 14%, to 551,020 passengers, Lufthansa General Manager for Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan Rene Koinzack said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday. “This is a large growth for us. The frequency of flights also increased by 8.5%,” he said.
Koinzack said that today four brands of the Lufthansa Group are servicing four Ukrainian airports.
“A lot of Ukrainians are traveling to Europe, so the passenger flow from Ukraine increased by 26% compared to last year, possibly thanks to the liberalization of the visa regime,” Koinzack said.
According to him, the airline services 91 destinations to/from Ukraine. The most popular destinations are Spain, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Also the interest in flights to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing has increased.
Lufthansa Group in the field of passenger air transportation, along with the same name brand, includes Austrian Airlines, Swiss Airlines, Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines, as well as a share in Turkey’s SunExpress. In addition, the group includes logistics, technical and service companies.

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BORYSPIL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PLANS TO BUILD CARGO TERMINAL NEXT YEAR EVEN IF NO INVESTOR FOUND

State-owned enterprise (SOE) Boryspil International Airport plans to start building a cargo terminal in 2019 even if no investor is found, Director Pavlo Riabikin said at the Global Outlook 2018 conference organized by the European Business Association (EBA) in Kyivy. According to him, the existing cargo infrastructure of the Boryspil airport was formed in the late 1960s – early 1970s and it was designed to handle about 40 tonnes of cargo per day. “Today we process 110-120 tonnes of cargo a day, which is very problematic with the existing infrastructure,” Riabikin said.
According to him, in the past four years there has been a lot of talk about attracting investors and creating an investment project for the construction of a cargo terminal at the airport, but due to the fact that the state has few mechanisms for attracting investors to infrastructure projects, this has not been realized.
“Next year, if the ministry [the Infrastructure Ministry] fails to attract an investor, we plan to build a new cargo terminal based on existing capacities, but we will implement it using own forces. To be honest, the volumes of investment that we need in coming years make the implementation of the cargo terminal very difficult,” the head of the enterprise said.
Riabikin said that the project for the construction of the cargo terminal is not a profile for the airport, since the company is oriented, first of all, to passenger transportation.
“I think we are able to implement it [the construction of the cargo terminal] during a year and a half. The only question is whether we have the funds or the opportunity to attract them,” Riabikin said.

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