Business news from Ukraine

UKRAINIAN EMBASSY OPENS 24-HOUR HOTLINE FOR UKRAINIANS IN INDONESIA

The Ukrainian Embassy has opened a 24-hour hotline line to provide possible assistance to citizens of Ukraine in Indonesia, where a powerful earthquake occurred, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleh Nikolenko said.
“A powerful earthquake happened on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. To provide possible assistance to Ukrainian citizens, the Ukrainian embassy has opened a 24-hour hotline: +62 87 88 48 90 918. There is still no information about the injured Ukrainians,” Nikolenko wrote on Twitter on Friday.

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IT WILL BECOME POSSIBLE TO RESUME TREATMENT OF UKRAINIANS ABROAD AFTER CLINICS OPEN

It will become possible to resume treatment of Ukrainians abroad as soon as non-emergency care clinics open. All patients receive healthcare services at specialized clinics in Ukraine, Deputy Health Minister of Ukraine Iryna Mykychak told a press briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.
“There are patients who require medical services that are not available in Ukraine. This is, first of all, bone marrow transplant. The national budget provides for funds for treatment of such patients in foreign clinics. A standing commission, which makes decisions on referrals to treatment, is working. Currently foreign clinics are closed for non-emergency patients. As soon as they open, patients will be able to receive aid. Today they receive healthcare services at specialized clinics in Ukraine,” she said.

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60% OF UKRAINIANS NOT SUPPORT LAND SALE LAW

The Verkhovna Rada vote for the law on land sale is supported by 26% of Ukrainians, while 60% are against the law adoption, the results of the social survey assessing the success of the government and society’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic and political events in the country, conducted by Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) on April 7-11.
“If a national referendum on the sale of agricultural land was held in the next week, 26% of those who are to participate in the referendum would vote in favor of the sale of land, and 74% against the sale of land,” KIIS said in a press release.
Some 32% of respondents believe that it is better now for Ukraine to cooperate with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) receiving new loans; 46% hold another opinion and said that it is now better not to cooperate with IMF and not to receive new loans.
The survey was conducted using the CATI method (computer-assisted telephone interviews) based on a random sampling of mobile phone numbers. During the survey, some 2,000 interviews were conducted in all regions of Ukraine, controlled by the government. The sample is representative for the adult population (18 years of age and older). The statistical sampling error (with a probability of 0.95 and taking into account the design effect of 1.1) does not exceed 2.2% for indicators close to 50%, 2.1% for indicators close to 25%, 1.4% for indicators close to 10%.

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UKRAINIANS SELL, BUY $1 BLN OF CURRENCY ONLINE IN 2019

The volumes of buying and selling currency online by individuals in Ukraine in 2019 were almost equal – $1 billion each, according to the website of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). According to the report, the abolition of restrictions on buying currency online for individuals did not lead to pressure on the foreign exchange market – about 7% of the cash market operations simply switched to online banking platforms.
“The National Bank will continue currency liberalization in the future. In particular, after the implementation of the split law, the National Bank will allow selling currency online not only to banks, but also to non-banking financial institutions that will come under the supervision of the NBU from mid-2020,” the regulator said.
As reported, on February 7, 2019 the law on currency and currency transactions entered into force. It foresees the introduction of more than 20 exemptions in the foreign exchange market. In particular, online purchase of foreign currency by individuals is allowed, while transferring funds in foreign currency between individuals (except relatives) will still be prohibited.
At the same time, from November 5, 2019 the central bank canceled the daily limit on the purchase of foreign currency and banking metals, which amounted to UAH 150,000.

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ONLY 25% UKRAINIANS SUPPORT IDEA OF SHIFTING CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS FROM JAN 7 TO DEC 25

Only one in four (25%) Ukrainians supports the idea of shifting the celebration of Christmas from January 7 to December 25, while 64% of the citizens are against, according to a survey conducted by the Sociological Group Rating on December 5-8.
According to the survey, 25% of Ukrainians surveyed support the idea of postponing Christmas celebrations from January 7 to December 25, 64% of respondents are against such an idea, another 7% said that they were indifferent to this issue and 4% found it difficult to answer.
It is noted that the number of those who support the shifting of the date of the celebration of Christmas has increased in dynamics (in 2016 only 15% supported this idea, 69% were against it).
Thus, the majority of supporters of the idea of transferring Christmas are in the west: 43% support and almost the same number of respondents do not support. In other macro-regions, the respondents were more likely to oppose the shifting: 23% in the centre supported the idea and 66% were against, in the south – 15% and 74% respectively, and in the east – 14% and 74%. In addition, wealthier people, and middle-aged and older respondents support this initiative a little more.
The Sociological Group Rating polled the population of Ukraine of 18 years and older. The sample is representative by region, type of settlement, region, age, and gender. Some 2,000 respondents were polled through personal formalized interview (face-to-face). The study representativeness error is not more than 2.2%.

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2/3 UKRAINIANS AGAINST SALE OF LAND

As many as 29% of Ukrainians support the passage of a bill on the land market by the Verkhovna Rada in the first reading, while 64% disapprove of this, the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) found after conducting a public opinion poll.
The poll showed that 11.4% of respondents fully support the Rada’s passage on November 13 of legislation allowing the sale of land and another 17.3% are inclined to support it, while 15.4% are inclined to disapprove of this decision, 50% are completely opposed, and 5.9% were undecided or refused to answer.
If a referendum on the sale of agricultural land was held in Ukraine next Sunday, 22% of Ukrainians would support it, 59% would vote against, 14% would not cast their ballots, and 5% said they were still undecided.
The KIIS polled 1,500 respondents aged 18 and older using computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) on November 22-25.

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