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BOXER WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO: ZELENSKY SHOULD STILL INVITE PRESIDENT OF GERMANY TO KYIV

Ukraine needs to unite the position of the Europeans today, because this will achieve greater success and victory in the battle with Russia, believes boxer, brother of the mayor of Kyiv Vladimir Klitschko.
“The leader of Germany’s largest opposition party, the Christian Democratic Union, Friedrich Merz, was in Kyiv today. He met with the top leadership of Ukraine, met with the mayor of the capital. He expressed support and assured of further assistance to our state. And we are grateful for this. I am convinced that Ukraine today critically needs reliable and powerful partners, with whom it is necessary to talk, develop cooperation, be grateful for something, convince of something,” Klitschko wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.
He noted that Germany was concerned that Ukraine refused to accept German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
“The non-diplomatic statements of the Ukrainian ambassador to the German chancellor are also adding fuel to the fire. Now is not the time for emotions and excessive eloquence! I am sure that President Zelensky must nevertheless take a politically balanced step and invite the President of Germany, Ukraine’s strategic partner state, to Kyiv. We we need to unite the position of the Europeans today – this is how we will achieve greater success for our country and victory in the battle with the Russian aggressor,” Klitschko summed up.
In April, the German publication Bild, citing its own sources, reported that German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier planned to come to Kyiv along with government delegations from other EU countries, but Zelensky allegedly did not want to meet him because of the close ties of the German leader with Russia.
Later, Steinmeier himself said that Kyiv considered his possible visit to Ukraine undesirable, adding that Polish President Andrzej Duda had proposed a joint trip to Ukraine in recent days in order to “give a strong signal of European solidarity with Ukraine.”
Against this background, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, according to the German edition Der Tagesspiegel, criticized Ukraine’s refusal to receive the German president on a visit, calling it “somewhat confusing” and urged not to underestimate the fact that Germany supplies Ukraine with anti-aircraft missiles and many other goods military purpose.
On April 13, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Office of the President of Ukraine had not received a request from the Office of the President of Germany regarding the visit of German leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Ukraine.
At the same time, he stressed that in the conditions of war and the daily death of people in Ukraine, she has the right to afford “to receive and be in the circle of those leaders of countries who really support her.”

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PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE MEETS WITH PRESIDENTS OF POLAND, LITHUANIA, LATVIA AND ESTONIA IN KYIV

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a meeting in Kyiv with President of Poland Andrzej Duda, President of Latvia Egils Levits, President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda and President of Estonia Alar Karis, who are visiting Ukraine.
“The heads of state held a meeting in the format of a working lunch,” the press service of the President of Ukraine reports.
After the talks are over, the presidents will talk to media representatives.

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PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE THANKS KING AND QUEEN OF THE NETHERLANDS FOR SUPPORT

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena thanked the King and Queen of the Netherlands for supporting the people of Ukraine in the fight against the Russian invasion.
“My wife Olena and I are sincerely grateful to Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima for the kind words of support for the people of Ukraine. We resist aggressive aggression. Today, more than ever, it is important for us to feel that we are not alone,” Zelensky wrote on his Twitter on Tuesday.

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PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE SIGNS APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP IN EU

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has signed an application for Ukraine’s membership in the European Union, Deputy Head of the President’s Office Andriy Sybiha said.

“President of Ukraine Zelensky has signed a historic document – an application for Ukraine’s membership in the European Union,” he said on Facebook.

A joint statement was signed with Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

“Documents are on their way to Brussels! Congratulations, Ukraine, congratulations to all of us! History is being made now!” Sybiha added.

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PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE: THERE’S TOO MUCH INFO ABOUT DEEP ESCALATION BY RUSSIA IN INFO SPACE

…President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky says that the government understands all the risks, but believes that there is too much information in the information space regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“I believe that at present there is too much information in the information space regarding a deep, full-scale war on the part of the Russian Federation. They even name the appropriate dates,” he said in Kherson region on Saturday.
“We understand all the risks, we understand that these risks exist,” he added.
Zelensky expressed his conviction that Ukraine should rely primarily on itself. “Count on your military and your citizens,” he said.
“And if you or anyone else has any additional information regarding a 100 percent invasion, give us this information,” the president said, addressing reporters.
Answering a journalist’s question about whether he believes in the possibility of a Russian invasion, the president notes that the dissemination of information about a possible invasion by the Russian Federation provokes panic in Ukrainian society, which plays into the hands of the enemy.
“It may happen any day, as I said earlier. From the very beginning, we did not believe in it, from the very beginning of the war in the east of our country in 2014. That is why I have to analyze all the information that we have. We have a lot of information, because we are on these borders, these are our borders, this is our territory. I have to address our people as president and tell people the truth, and the truth is that we have different information. And now the best friend for enemies is panic in our country. And all this information only provokes panic and does not help us,” Zelensky said.
Zelensky watched special exercises of the Interior Ministry units on the border with the temporarily occupied Crimea on Saturday in Kherson region.

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PRESIDENT’S OFFICE PLANS TO REBOOT UKRFINZHYTLO

The Office of the President is planning a large-scale reboot of the Ukrainian Financial Housing Company (UkrFinZhytlo), Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Rostyslav Shurma has said.
“Our goal is to make an accessible and understandable mortgage product with an effective cost of about 5% per annum in hryvnia in three to four months… As for instruments, we are planning a large-scale restart of UkrFinZhytlo as one of the main drivers of mortgage lending,” he said during the 2022 – Time to Lend forum on Friday.
According to Shurma, UkrFinZhytlo should work both directly and in partnership with banks.
Oleksiy Kireev will head UkrFinZhytlo, Shurma added.
“We plan to launch a whole block of programs to support different sectors of the economy in different priority areas in 2022,” the deputy head of the President’s Office said.
As reported, on December 24, the Ministry of Finance terminated the powers of the head and members of UkrFinZhytlo, Viktor Katrenych, Liudmyla Shemelynets and Natalia Marchenko. On January 14, the duties of the head of the board were assigned to the director of the legal department, Dmytro Verbytsky.

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