Ukraine: Daily Briefing – December 29, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
December 29, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time
 
Operation UNIFIER training exercises, Yavoriv, Ukraine. 
Photo – Joint Task Force-Ukraine


 
Note to our readers: The UCC Ukraine Daily Briefing will be not be published the week of January 1-8, 2018.  The UCC Ukraine Daily Briefing will return Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Thank you for your interest! 
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and one Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions on the Donetsk sector of the front 6 times in total, including twice with mortars. There was no combat on the Luhansk sector of the front.
2. Ukraine’s President signs healthcare reform legislation
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko signed the law on financial guarantees for healthcare service on December 28, which introduces structural changes to Ukraine’s healthcare system.
           Ukraine’s acting Minister of Health Ulana Suprun stated, “Today is the result of the revolution of dignity in the health care system, which our team started a year ago. Together with everyone who supported change, we have done a lot of work – but there is more work ahead.”
           Ukraine’s Parliament passed the health care reform legislation in October. The Ambassadors of the G7 countries to Ukraine stated in October, “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.”
3. Kyiv court rules to seize fugitive oligarch Kurchenko’s UMH assets
UNIAN information agency reported, “Kyiv’s Pechersky District Court has ruled to seize the UMH media holding owned by wanted, fugitive Ukrainian oligarch Serhiy Kurchenko, according to a court ruling of December 28, published in the State Register of Court Rulings.
           The court satisfied the motion filed by Prosecutor General’s Office investigators who are probing into the offences committed by former President Viktor Yanukovych and ordered to seize corporate and intellectual rights along with part of the real estate owned by the holding.
           The investigators claim the assets are related to the crimes committed by the former president and are involved in misappropriation of property or embezzlement via abuse of office by an organized group, as well as money laundering.
           UMH (Ukrainian Media Holding) incorporates printed publications and radio stations, large service and entertainment portals, as well as news aggregators. Kurchenko has owned the holding since 2013. In 2014, the prosecutor’s office indicted him on charges of tax evasion. He is also accused of inflicting large-scale losses to state-owned companies. During that period, the businessman was put on the EU sanctions list. In April 2014, Kurchenko was put on the international wanted list.”
4. Ukraine exports grow 20% in 2017
Ukraine’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade reported that Ukraine’s exports for the first 10 months of 2017 grew 20.9% year-over-year, an increase of $6.7 billion in 2017 to $35.2 billion.

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