Ukraine: Daily Briefing – October 23, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
October 23, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian armored units participate in training exercises. 
Photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence

1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions 12 times in total on the Donetsk, Luhansk and Mariupol sectors of the front.
2. G7 Ambassadors welcome adoption of Ukraine healthcare reform bill
The Ambassadors to Ukraine of the G7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA) stated today, “We welcome the adoption in the Rada of the healthcare reform bill and look forward to its swift enactment. This legislation is a significant step forward and is designed to ensure better healthcare provision for all Ukrainians, achieve efficient primary to tertiary health care, and eradicate corruption.
           This achievement is just the first step and there is much work to do to ensure full implementation. It will be important to ensure that sufficient funding is allocated to the healthcare sector and that the necessary support is provided to the Ministry of Health. The G7 will continue to support reform in Ukraine.”
3. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman to visit Canada
Canada’s Prime Minister’s Office stated today, “The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that he will meet with the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, in Ottawa on October 31.
           During the meeting, Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Groysman will explore ways to deepen the relationship between Canada and Ukraine, including through the trade and business opportunities created by the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement.
          Prime Minister Trudeau will also reiterate Canada’s unwavering support for the people of Ukraine, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its democratic, economic, and legal reform efforts.”
         Prime Minister Trudeau stated, “Canada and Ukraine have a long history of friendship forged through generations of family ties and shared values. I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Groysman to discuss how we can work together to build a more prosperous and secure future for both of our countries.”
4. Retail growth in Ukraine up 8.8% year over year
According to Ukraine’s State Statistics Service, retail growth in September was 8.8%, year over year, Ukraine Business Journal reported.
           Elena Belan, chief economist at Dragon Capital, stated, “Retail growth remains strong and points to the continuing recovery in domestic consumer demand in the third quarter of 2017, after rising by 6.9% yoy in the second quarter of 2017 and on 2, 8% yoy in the first quarter of 2017… We expect that the growth in household consumption will accelerate in the next year in the run-up to presidential and parliamentary elections in 2019, and will be the main driver of GDP growth, which we forecast will be 3.3% yoy compared to 2.2 % in 2017,” Ukraine Business Journal reported.

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