Business news from Ukraine

UKRAINIAN WINS GOLD AT EUROPEAN BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP

Ukrainian Yuriy Zakhareev has won a gold medal at the European Boxing Championship among athletes under the age of 22, which takes place in Croatia.
“On March 23, the final bouts of the European U22 Boxing Championship took place in Croatia. Ukrainian Yuriy Zakhareev became the European champion in the weight category up to 71 kg. In the fight for the gold our boxer defeated an opponent from Wales, Garan Croft,” the press service of the Ministry of Youth and Sports said in a statement.
Earlier silver medals were won by Andriy Yefymovich (weight category up to 48 kg), Maksym Vlasiuk (weight category up to 60 kg) and Ivan Sapun (weight category up to 86 kg).
According to the results of the continental championship competitions, the Ukrainian boxing team won ten medals: two gold, three silver and five bronze.

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93,000 PEOPLE AND 15,000 VEHICLES CROSS UKRAINIAN STATE BORDER IN WESTERN SECTION

The State Border Guard Service says that about 93,000 people and almost 15,000 vehicles crossed the state border of Ukraine in the western section during the day on March 2.
“During the day on March 2, about 93,000 people and almost 15,000 vehicles crossed the state border of Ukraine in the western section. These indicators remained at the level of the previous day,” the press service of the State Border Guard Service said in a statement.
In particular, almost 79,000 people went to leave Ukraine for the EU and Moldova, of which almost 50,000 people crossed the border to Poland, remaining 29,000 left for Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Moldova.
At the same time, over the past 24 hours, almost 14,000 of our compatriots crossed the border to enter Ukraine, most of them men, which is 2,000 more than on March 1.
“We remind you that all checkpoints on the western border operate around the clock. The workload of checkpoints every three hours is covered on the page of the Western Regional Department of the State Border Guard Service,” the message says.
It is noted that at present one of the main tasks for border guards and customs officers is the execution of humanitarian aid for the Ukrainian population and our army.

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159 UKRAINIAN CITIZENS IN AFGHANISTAN WANT TO RETURN HOME

There are 159 Ukrainian citizens in Afghanistan who have stated their willingness to return home, work is underway on the next evacuation flights, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said.
“According to our information, there are now 159 Ukrainian citizens in Afghanistan who have stated their willingness to return home. We work through our embassies in Tajikistan, Pakistan and Iran, as well as through the embassies of certain friendly countries that also have ties to the Taliban here in Ukraine, in order to organize the next evacuation flights,” Kuleba said at an online briefing on Thursday.

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277 UKRAINIAN CITIZENS RETURN FROM NEW YORK

One more commercial special flight to Ukraine was done on May 26 to bring Ukrainian citizens home during the quarantine.
“Another 277 citizens come back home from the United States. A special commercial plane brought people from New York. This is the ninth special flight organized by Ukraine during the quarantine,” Embassy of Ukraine in the United States reported on Facebook.

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UKRAINIAN ENTERPRISES INCREASE IMPORT OF COPPER BY 24%

Ukrainian enterprises increased imports of copper and copper products in terms of money by 23.9% in January-October 2019 compared with similar period of 2018, to $102.527 million. Exports of copper and copper products decreased 45.4% over the year to $63.176 million, according to customs statistics released by the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine.
In October, copper and copper products were imported to the tune of $14.68 million, and copper exports were estimated at $5.102 million.
In addition, in January-October 2019, Ukraine decreased imports of nickel and products made of it by 16.4%, to $68.821 million (imports in October were estimated at $6.17 million), while imports of aluminum and products made of it increased 1.1%, to $334.166 million ($37.979 million). Imports of lead and products made of it decreased by 1.7%, to $12.682 million ($2.123 million) and imports of tin and products made of it decreased 13.6%, to $3.391 million ($0.545 million). Imports of zinc and zinc goods decreased 14%, to $62.036 million ($5.873 million).
Exports of aluminum and products made of it decreased 26.1% in January-October 2019, to $84.871 million ($7.876 million in October alone), while shipments of lead abroad decreased 24.3%, to $22.396 million ($3.227 million). Exports of nickel fell by 41.1%, to $4.115 million ($0.242 million in October).
Zinc exports in January-October 2019 amounted to $0.463 million ($0.001 million in October) compared to $0.274 in January-October 2018.
Exports of tin and products made of it in January-October 2019 were estimated at $0.034 million ($0.001 million in October) compared to $0.311 million in January-October 2018.

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UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT PROPOSES TO FOUNDER OF ALIBABA GROUP JACK MA TO OPEN R&D CENTER

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has proposed to the founder of Alibaba Group Jack Ma to open an R&D center in Ukraine for expanding operations in Europe.
Zelensky expressed interest in cooperation during a meeting with Ma in Kyiv, the president’s press service reported last week.
“We have very ambitious goals. We want to completely reboot Ukraine so that people like you appear in the country,” Zelensky said during the meeting.
He told Ma about the State in a Smartphone project and stressed the importance of digital technology in transforming the country. He said that he was interested in joint educational projects in the field of information technology.
Zelensky also said that Ukraine has one of the best data analytics specialists in the world and can offer a really strong expertise to create a data analytics and artificial intelligence center.

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