Ukraine: Daily Briefing
April 26, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
Today, Ukraine and the world commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the Chornobyl Nuclear Disaster. May the Memory of the Victims Be Eternal. (photo – Ukraine’s Presidential Administration)
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, attacks by Russian-terrorist forces continued to escalate. In the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and eleven Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors of the front 76 times in total, including at least 37 times with heavy weapons – Grad rockets, artillery, tanks and mortars.
2. NATO Secretary General previews NATO Foreign Ministers meeting
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo – NATO
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg held a press conference a day ahead of the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting. Stoltenberg stated, “NATO’s Foreign Ministers will meet tomorrow to prepare for the upcoming Summit in July. We will begin with a meeting to discuss Russia. For several years, Moscow has shown a pattern of dangerous behaviour.
This includes: the illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea, the destabilisation of eastern Ukraine, meddling in democratic processes, cyber-attacks, and disinformation.
Russia also backs the brutal regime in Syria, which has repeatedly used chemical weapons. It is also highly likely that Russia was behind the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. NATO has responded with resolve and unity. […]
We will close the Ministerial with a meeting on the Western Balkans and NATO’s Open Door policy. NATO remains committed to the vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace.
We will discuss the progress made by Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Georgia. Ukraine has also expressed its aspirations for membership. And I expect ministers will want to address that too.”
3. Ukraine’s IT industry grows by 20%
Ukraine Business Journal reported, “The IT industry grew substantively in 2017 and generated $3.6 billion in export revenue, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has announced. Its share in Ukraine’s GDP amounted to about 3.4%.
‘As of early 2018, the industry employed more than 120,000 developers and engineers. Their number is growing rapidly,’ he told IT industry representatives in Kyiv. Noting that the government will have another deregulation meeting in May, he assured them that: ‘We will continue to abolish a lot of unnecessary regulations and to make necessary decisions, especially for the IT sector.'”
4. Naftogaz Ukrainy reports 48% net profit increase in 2017
Naftogaz Ukrainy as a stand-alone entity reported a net profit for 2017 of $39.3 billion UAH (approximately $1.5 billion USD), a 48% increase over 2016. Naftogaz stated, “A significant portion of the net profit posted by Naftogaz as a separate legal entity in 2017 (almost UAH 12.6 billion) relates to Gas Sales and Gas Transit Arbitrations. Increased profits from gas transit activities partially offset by higher losses per result of gas sales activities contributed to a general increase in net profits in 2017 comparing to 2016.”