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Ukraine News Round Up
« on: 12:21 21-Mar-2017 »
On March 13, protestors built a wall of cinder blocks, and laid sandbags and barbed wire to seal off a branch of the Russian state-owned Sberbank located just blocks from the Golden Gate.  The bank was covered in spray-painted graffiti and plastered with hundreds of signs, which said in Ukrainian: ?Attention. This is the aggressor country?s bank. It will be closed. Immediately take back your money.?

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Russian Source:

The real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Ukraine is similar to that of some central African countries. Yet Ukraine isn?t like Somalia. It is much more akin to a poor European nation. The reason: Ukraine?s social and physical infrastructure was built by a previous generation. That infrastructure is obsolete. Today?s Ukrainians can use it, but it?s doubtful that future Ukrainians will be able to. Ukraine is also an unstable country today. Experts are leaving, resources are being used inefficiently.  Ukraine?s real GDP should correspond to the GDP of at least the Eastern European countries. Not of the Netherlands, Denmark or Germany, but at least of the Czech Republic or Poland. Yet, the discrepancy today is 4 or 5 times less than those countries! The government should create programs to eliminate the existing GDP gap and to achieve economic growth of 6-8 percent annually during the next 20 years. If it does not do this, the country will not survive.

The Military Medical Clinical Centre of the Central Region in Vinnytsia is one of six hospitals throughout Ukraine to receive medical equipment with support from the Government of Japan.  At the beginning of 2016, the Embassy of Japan, in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence and UNOPS, identified the need for more efficient diagnostic procedures in hospitals across Ukraine.
To aid in this, the Government of Japan has donated $2.5 million worth of medical equipment to hospitals across the country.

Ukraine?s central bank says a trade blockade of rebel-held regions in the east is hurting the economy.  The National Bank of Ukraine says it has slashed its estimate for economic growth in 2017 to 1.9 percent from the 2.8 percent predicted in January due to the blockade.

Ukrainian lawmakers have approved a bill that requires national television and radio stations to have at least 75 percent of their programming in the Ukrainian language.  The issue is controversial among Ukraine?s Russian-speaking population, and pro-Russia separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine claim Kyiv is deliberately reducing the use of the Russian language. Kyiv denies the allegation.

HIV back on the upswing in Ukraine:

Prior to 2014, Ukraine was putting up a strong fight against one of the worst HIV epidemics in Europe. Thanks to concerted efforts from government, civil society and international donors to provide treatment and prevention programmes to at-risk populations, by 2012 Ukraine had actually reported a decline in new HIV cases for the first time. It looked as though the country was about to turn a corner.

That?s all changed, following the outbreak of conflict in eastern Ukraine in 2014 and the country?s turbulent political and economic situation. Ukraine?s Ministry of Health estimates that at the beginning of 2016 there were 220,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Ukraine ? a prevalence rate of 0.9%, with almost equal numbers of men and women testing positive.

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