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IVAN KUPALA IN «THE KYIVAN RUS PARK»

On July, 6, 11 and 12 2020 Ivan Kupala (St. John`s day) will be celebrated in a big way in the «Kyivan Rus Park».
A bright program according to ancient Slavic traditions and customs with jumping over the bonfire, master-classes on the Kupala’s flowers wreaths making and their launch on the lake waters, as well as horse riding, horse-trick shows, tasty dishes and medieval drinks, medieval master-classes, the rest on the beach of the Forest lake, the possibility of a stay-for-the-night in the unique rooms of the medieval entourage and much more waits for the guests of Ancient Kyiv!
Ancient Kyiv opens at 10:00. The program: July, 6-th from 18:00 till 01:00, July, 11-th from 14:00 till 01:00, July, 12-th from 14:00 till 20:00.
The ticket price: a full adult ticket – 250 UAH, for pensioners and students – 150 UAH, for schoolchildren – 80 UAH, for preschool children – for free.
Ancient Kyiv in the «Kyivan Rus Park» is located in Kyiv region, Obukhiv district, the vill. Kopachiv.
Details on the website www.parkkyivrus.com
The Interfax subscribers can save money with the “openbusiness-20” promo code for a 20%-discount for a full price adult ticket to the Principality of Kyivan Rus:
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– or at the cash desk at the entrance to the «Kyivan Rus Park».

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EUROPEAN TRAVEL INSURANCE RELEASES INFORMATION FOR TRAVELLERS TO TURKEY

Upon arrival to Turkey, thermal imagers are installed at airports at the border, for persons with fever of above 37 degrees, a PCR test for coronavirus (COVID-19) disease is immediately carried out, the European Travel Insurance (ERV, Kyiv) said on its website with reference to operational data from an assistance company organizing assistance and providing support to ERV clients in Turkey. According to the company, if the result is positive, the tourist will be transported to a state-owned hospital, where additional examination methods will be conducted. By the decision of the doctor, the patient is either left in the hospital or transferred to lockdown observation.
The European Travel Insurance said that information released in the media about the performing PCR testing in the near future to all visitors to Turkey, without exception, has not yet been officially confirmed.
“Tourists stay for lockdown observation in their hotels. In turn, hotels must provide isolated rooms or blocks for this. Tourists are notified of the need for a second PCR test. State-owned medical institutions control the situation. If a patient is left in the hospital for treatment, hospitalization can last from one or two days to a week, or even more, it all depends on a patient’s condition,” the company said in the statement.
During discharge from a hospital, if the PCR test is negative, the tourist can return to the place of permanent residence. If the test is positive, the patient will be isolated for lockdown observation at the hotel.
During arrival, the test is done at the expense of the state of arrival. According to the European Travel Insurance at least for today, not a single case has been recorded where payment was requested for it. In addition, before departure, each passenger with a ticket can do a PCR test in state-owned laboratories. The cost of such a test is within EUR 15. In addition, it is possible to make tests for antibodies (blood sampling is done), but this kind of tests is done by private laboratories. The cost of this test is approximately EUR 38.
Treatment in state-owned hospitals of the country of arrival is paid, but territoriality also matters here. The decision to invoice or not to invoice a tourist in a state-owned hospital is made by the leadership of this medical institution.

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KYIVSTAR AND VODAFONE AGREE ON SHARING OF NETWORKS TO DEVELOP 4G

The memorandum of intent for the joint use of the passive and active infrastructure of their mobile networks has been signed by the mobile communications operators Kyivstar and Vodafone Ukraine.
According to a joint press release of the companies issued on Thursday, sharing telecommunications infrastructure will enable the parties to accelerate the deployment of 4G networks in rural areas and on highways.
The memorandum takes into account the use of not only communication channels, but also towers, as well as other equipment. Cooperation using telecom infrastructure will enable operators to avoid duplication in the process of building networks, which will accelerate the provision of access to 4G/LTE services for subscribers living in sparsely populated areas.
Now Kyivstar and Vodafone Ukraine are identifying mobile network sections and settlements for sharing infrastructure. The operators plan to begin practical implementation of the memorandum in November-December 2020 after the approval of the project by government bodies.
“Partnership and cooperation in the use of mobile networks will allow the operators to accelerate the bridging of the digital gap between megacities and villages, and to fulfill their investment plans despite the decrease in market income. We proposed that all mobile operators of Ukraine join the memorandum,” Kyivstar President Alexander Komarov said.
He said that the memorandum is open to all players who want to develop new mobile technologies on mutually beneficial conditions.
“Such unbiased and seemingly insurmountable circumstances as lockdown and the lack of roaming revenues could make adjustments to the implementation of coverage. But we understand the importance of building infrastructure as soon as possible to ensure equal access to digital services. Sharing networks will make our investment more effective,” CEO of Vodafone Ukraine Olha Ustinova said.
In her opinion, this will also give the operator the opportunity not only to adhere to the obligations assumed for coverage, but also to bring high-speed Internet to small villages with a population of less than 2,000 people.
For its part, the National Commission for Communications and Informatization Regulation (NCCR) also welcomes cooperation between operators in building networks.
“We are pleased that Vodafone Ukraine supported this idea of the NCCR. We welcome cooperation between operators, in particular in building networks,” Chairman of the commission Oleksandr Zhyvotovsky said, expressing the hope that other operators will also join the memorandum and the process of mutually beneficial cooperation.
According to him, active sharing is an effective way to optimize the costs of building and maintaining networks and quickly covering the territory of Ukraine with a high-quality signal and mobile Internet access and fulfilling licensing conditions in the 900 MHz band.
The signing of the memorandum was supported by the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine.
In accordance with the decree of the President of Ukraine on some measures to improve access to mobile Internet, mobile operators should provide 4G communications to settlements with a population of 2,000 or more, as well as major roads in the coming years.

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SLOVAKIA DELIVERS HUMANITARIAN AID TO UKRAINE

Slovakia has handed over a humanitarian aid to Ukraine to wind up consequences of a natural disaster in the population areas of Ivano-Frankivsk region.
According to the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, tents, pumps, generators and other rescue equipment will be handed over to help people in the most affected areas of the region.
As reported, as of July 6, five residential locations (349 at the beginning) in Chernivtsi region, 14 cellars (7,225 at the beginning), including eleven in Ivano-Frankivsk and three in Ternopil regions, 47 housing plots, including 38 in Chernivtsi, seven in Ternopil and two in Ivano-Frankivsk regions, are still flooded.
Some 549 kilometers of roads (654 kilometers at the beginning) and 213 bridges (266 at the beginning) in Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi and Lviv regions are damaged.
Three people died in Ivano-Frankivsk region.

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MONTENEGRO SIMPLIFIES PROCEDURE OF ENTERING COUNTRY FOR UKRAINIAN CITIZENS

Montenegro has simplified the procedure of entering the country for Ukrainian citizens by cancelling the requirement to take a test for coronavirus (COVID-19), the Embassy of Ukraine in Montenegro said.
“The Institute for Public Health of Montenegro has added Ukraine to the list of the ‘green zone’ countries, which means the cancellation of the requirement to take tests,” the embassy said on its website.
On the website of the Institute for Public Health of Montenegro, Ukraine is on the list of the countries whose citizens may enter Montenegro without additional restrictions related to COVID-19.

RAIFFEISEN BANK HAS NO PLANS TO NARROW OFFICE SPACE IN UKRAINE

Raiffeisen Bank Aval (Kyiv) does not plan to reduce office space in 2020, said Alexander Pisaruk, Board Chairman of the bank Oleksandr Pysaruk has said.
“In the medium term, I see an opportunity to reduce office space for a number of reasons, but probably not this year,” he said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
According to Pysaruk, the reduction in office space will depend on the pace of the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), morbidity, and also the acceleration of the digitalization trend.
At the same time, the board chairman spoke about the bank’s plans for redevelopment of offices in accordance with the social distancing rules during lockdown.
“As for the office space, it needs to be redesigned. The combination of presence of a smaller number of employees in the office with larger distances between workstations requires a systematic review of approaches to managing office real estate, including the interior, the number and quality of sites,” Pysaruk said.