Daily Digest: Top news of Monday, Nov. 5

  • The death of Kherson anti-corruption activist Kateryna Gandziuk, who died on Nov. 4 after suffering an acid attack three months ago, sparked public outcry. Human rights organizations demanded the resignation of the Prosecutor General and Interior Minister. UN and the EU Commission offices in Ukraine as well as foreign embassies and Ukrainian politicians urged the authorities to complete the investigation and bring those responsible to justice. Police investigators reclassified the July assault on Gandziuk, which left her with severe burns of 40 percent of her body, as premeditated murder and transferred the case to the Security Service of Ukraine.
  • President Petro Poroshenko has become seven times richer since last year, according to his most recent declaration of assets. In 2017 and 2018, he declared earnings of $580,000 and $4.4 million respectively.
  • EBRD said that the new 14-month $3.9 billion-dollar stand-by arrangement with the IMF will bolster Ukraine’s macroeconomic stability during the 2019 election cycle.
  • UDP Renewables that belongs to businessman Vasyl Khmelnytsky commissioned a 18.3 MW solar plant in Kherson Oblast that will generate electricity for 9,000 households. The investment amounted to $18 million, according to the company’s press service. The company also runs a 6 MW solar station in Kyiv Oblast.
  • The Cabinet of Ministers has proposed to decrease the value of packages that can be delivered to Ukraine from abroad without paying taxes from 150 euros to 100 euros. Today, individuals have to pay 32-percent tax on any value above the 150-euro tax-free limit for packages.
  • Ukrainian prosecutors have a list of assets purchased on $5.5 billion that were siphoned off from PrivatBank as a result of a massive fraud uncovered by forensic auditor Kroll earlier this year. The money had been spent on all kinds of assets “from yachts and Picasso paintings to plants and real estate,” General Prosecutor Lutsenko told Interfax. Now prosecutors need to establish their owners and beneficiaries in order to take legal action against money launderers.
  • U.S. and Ukraine reaffirmed their commitment to promote open and secure internet, enhance bilateral cooperation in cybersecurity, and combat cyber threats of mutual concern at the second cybersecurity dialogue held in Kyiv on Nov. 5. The American delegation included representatives from the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Energy, and Defense, FBI, and USAID. Since 2017, the U.S. has pledged a total of $10 million in cybersecurity aid to Ukraine.

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Daily Digest: Top news of Monday, Nov. 5

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