Business news from Ukraine

NEW AMBASSADOR OF FRANCE TO UKRAINE ETIENNE DE PONCINS ARRIVES IN KYIV

The new Ambassador of France to Ukraine, Etienne de Poncins, has arrived in Kyiv. “I’ve safely arrived in Kyiv. My mission as the head of the French Embassy in Ukraine may begin,” the diplomat wrote on Twitter.
Etienne de Poncins was appointed Ambassador of France to Ukraine on July 24. Prior to that, he worked as an inspector of the French Foreign Ministry, and in the European External Action Service, and was also the French ambassador to Kenya and Bulgaria.
The previous Ambassador of France to Ukraine, Isabelle Dumont, completed her work in Ukraine on July 27.

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SWEDISH OWNER OF H&M TO OPEN STORE AT RIVER MALL IN KYIV

The Swedish owner of the clothing chain Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) will open a third store in Ukraine at River Mall shopping and leisure center at 12 Dniprovska Naberezhna Street on September 12.
As a press service of River Mall’s broker Colliers International (Ukraine) reported, the two-storey store with an area of 2,900 square meters will be designed in a new interior concept.
According to the broker, H&M Sport men’s collection will be on display in the new store for the first time in Ukraine.

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NORSK SOLAR FROM NORWAY SIGNS CONTRACT WITH UKRAINIAN CONTRACTOR FOR BUILDING SOLAR POWER PLANT NEAR KYIV

Norway’s Norsk Solar has signed an agreement with the Voltage Group Ukrainian Company for designing and building of a 9 MW solar power plant near the town of Brovary in Kyiv region, the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) reported on its website. According to the NEFCO, Voltage Group developed design documentation for construction of the solar plant on a total land area of 12.6 hectares.
The plant, which is located in the village of Semypolky, is to be commissioned at the end of 2019.
As reported, the NEFCO will lend EUR 4.35 million to Norway’s Norsk Solar for the construction of the plant, while Norsk Solar will issue another EUR 4.35 million.
The project owner and majority equity contributor, Norsk Solar AS, is part of the Norsk Vind group.
Norsk Solar is owned by Norwegian Lars Helge Helvig.
Ukrainian SPP will be the second such kind of a project for the company.

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MASS COSSACK FIGHTS TO TAKE PLACE NEAR KYIV

On August,17 and 18 in the «Kyivan Rus Park» the ХХІІІ International Festival of National Military and Traditional Cultures «The Cossack Spas» of the name of Anatoliy Ermak will take place. The colorful Cossacks from all over Ukraine and the real fighting spirit of the Cossack family, the impressive presentation of the national martial arts, horse shows, tasty dishes prepared on fire, master-classes and the traditional crafts fair, competitions with the participation of the best sportsmen from the Ukrainian and foreign federations of national and traditional sports will be waiting for the guests.
Ancient Kyiv opens at 10:00. The program starts at 14:00.
The ticket price: a full adult ticket – 250 UAH, for pensioners and students – 150 UAH, for schoolchildren – 60 UAH, for preschool children – for free.
Ancient Kyiv in the «Kyivan Rus Park» is located in Kyiv region, Obukhiv district, the vill. Kopachiv.
Route taxis leave from Kyiv from the «Vydybitchi» metro station.
Details on the website www.parkkyivrus.com

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DYNAMO FC (KYIV) FIRES COACHING TEAM AFTER YESTERDAY’S DRAW WITH BRUGGE

The Dynamo FC (Kyiv) has terminated cooperation with head coach Alyaksandr Khatskevich. “Together with him, the entire coaching team of the first team was dismissed. FC Dynamo (Kyiv) thanks Alyaksandr Khatskevich and his assistants for the work carried out for more than two years and wishes success in future activities,” the club said on its official website.
Who will work with the team further will be announced later. “On August 13, Dynamo FC failed to qualify for the Champions League group stage for the third year in a row.
The Belarusian mentor and ex-player of Dynamo Khatskevich headed the Kyiv club in June 2017. In 2018 and 2019, Dynamo FC, under the leadership of Khatskevich, won the Ukrainian Super Cup.
On June 6, Dynamo FC signed a new two-year contract with Khatskevich.
Dynamo FC President Ihor Surkis then said that in the new season, Dynamo faces the challenge of getting into the Champions League, fighting for the championship and the Ukrainian Cup.

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ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT KYIV ON AUGUST 18-20

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Kyiv on August 18-20 to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, The Times of Israel said. According to the publication, Netanyahu is set to fly to Ukraine for a two-day visit less than a month before the elections to the 22nd Knesset. In Kyiv, Netanyahu will meet with Zelensky and visit the Babi Yar (Babyn Yar) Holocaust Memorial Center.
As reported, Netanyahu in April congratulated Zelensky over the phone on his victory in the presidential elections in Ukraine.
On January 21, Ukraine and Israel signed an agreement on a free trade area (FTA), according to which Israel abolishes about 80% of import duties for Ukrainian industrial goods and more than 9% for agricultural goods. At the same time, Ukraine abolishes about 70% of import duties for Israeli industrial products and more than 6% for agricultural goods.
At that time, Netanyahu welcomed the “strong” Israeli-Ukrainian relations. “These ties have deep historical and cultural roots,” he said.
On July 11, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified an international free trade agreement between Ukraine and Israel.
On August 7, Zelensky signed bill No. 0223 on ratification of the FTA agreement into law.

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