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During his recent visit to New York, Zelensky met with Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the UK to discuss strategic partnerships.

 The parties assessed the first results of the implementation of the Agreement on Political Cooperation, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership between Ukraine and the United Kingdom.” There was an increase in bilateral trade in the first half of this year by more than 70%. During the meeting, Zelensky and Johnson discussed the potential of further cooperation with the United Kingdom on the development of Ukraine’s defense capabilities and strengthening the Ukrainian fleet.

The US sanctions against Nord Stream 2.

The House of Representatives of the US Congress has agreed to provide the amendments to the annual draft defensive budget that provide sanctions against Nord Stream 2 and all persons and companies involved in the activity and construction of the Nord Stream 2. The  Naftogaz CEO Yuriy Vitrenko announced on Facebook. Citing the fact that the decision was not made early. After Biden’s inauguration in January 2021, the new incoming administration decided to use its right to make an exception

The growth of the Construction industry in Ukraine slowed down.

According to the State Statistics Service, the volume of construction output in January–July was valued at ₴76.8 bln ($2.88 bln), compared with the same period of the previous year. Illustrating a slowdown in construction, as the industry grew by only 0.2% in the first half of the year. Residential construction output increased by 19.9%, commercial construction and infrastructure construction output dropped by 3.9% and 4.3% respectively.

Ukraine startups presenting at World Web Summit.

The event takes place in Lisbon, Portugal between November 1-4. Web Summit brings together the people and companies redefining the global tech industry, and this year the event expects 70,000 visitors and 300 speakers from all over the world. Ukraine will be represented by 10 startups who will present their projects in front of the global tech community. The Ukrainian companies presenting the projects include: Spokk, Organization.GG, Wantent, Global Innovative Online School, Carbominer, Skyworker, Classee, Djooky,, Auto BI.

GUAM foreign ministers discuss the development of international logistics across countries.

Dmytro Kuleba took part in a meeting of the Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development – GUAM (ukrinform). “We have outlined certain economic steps and projects that we will take to develop trade and international logistics through the GUAM countries,” said Kuleba. The parties discussed further political cooperation within the organization, sectoral cooperation between Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, and Azerbaijan in the fields of economy, trade, transport, IT, and innovation.

The Surkis brothers lost the lawsuit against Poroshenko and Gontareva.

A London court rejected the $350 mln claim against Petro Poroshenko and Valeria Gontareva in the PrivatBank case. The London court issued their decision with denied the claim that Igor Surkis and a group of companies owned by his family regarding the nationalization of PrivatBank. The loss of $ 350 mln deposited by the Surkis companies during the nationalization of PrivatBank fell under the bail-in procedure since the Surkis Brothers were recognized as related to PrivatBank.

The State Property Fund is selling a distillery in the Poltava region.

For the fourth time, the State Property Fund has put the Vishnyakovsky distillery up for auction. The asset includes the separate property of the Vishnyakovo place of operation and the storage of alcohol of the State Enterprise Ukrspirt in the Poltava region. The Online auction is scheduled to be held on October 22nd. The successful bidder will receive 25 real estate assets with a total area of 11,134.2 square meters. The distillery is also located on a land plot with

VII Kyiv International Economic Forum will be held on Oct. 7-8 in Kyiv.

 On October 7 and 8, the Kyiv International Economic Forum (KIEF) takes place in the nation’s capital.  Bringing together well-known world economists, influential businessmen, representatives of the Ukrainian establishment, and authoritative economic experts. Over 130 speakers from leading international organizations and private companies, in particular WTO, EBRD, OECD, Club of Rome, World Economic Forum, McKinsey & Co, Mastercard, and cross-border investors, will share their vision of the future of the global economy, reported kyivpost.

Editor’s note:

The attempted assassination of Serhiy Shefir, a key member of the Presidential advisory team, led to Zelensky cut short his trip to the US to back to Kyiv. The incident illustrates the tremendous pressure that the Ukrainian President is under in his war against oligarchs and the corrupted system which does not serve the state let alone the citizens of Ukraine. Zelensky is on the right path to restore law and order, ensure the rights of private property, and clean

Volodymyr Zelensky met with the President of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.

 Zelensky stressed the importance of approving at the plenary session two General Assembly resolutions that Ukraine and its partners plan to submit: “The human rights situation in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine” and “The problem of the militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov”. “These documents are a practical tool for protecting human

In New York, Zelensky also met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

He thanked the Secretary-General for NATO’s continued support for Ukraine, noting the importance of its representative’s participation in the Crimea Platform Summit that was recently held in Kyiv. The President stressed that over the past two years that Ukraine has almost completed the formation of a new integrated national security system, which is entirely based on the standards of NATO member states. “Our course for NATO membership, the principles, and standards of the Alliance are the basis of all guiding

During his brief visit to New York, Volodymyr Zelensky took time to meet business leaders including the President of Microsoft.

At the meeting, the President discussed the implementation of digitalization and prospects for the development of the national IT market. A market that offers favorable tax and legal regimes for IT companies wishing to open for business. Zelensky stressed the importance of supporting the construction of infrastructure for cloud services in Ukraine. “We are interested in further expanding Microsoft’s presence in Ukraine and deepening cooperation in the context of the digital transformation of our country,” said the Ukrainian President.

The volume of short-term external debt decreased in the first half of the year by 2.5% – the NBU reported.

The volume of short-term external debt with a residual maturity (payments in the next 12 months) for the first half of 2021 decreased by 2.5% to $ 47.3 billion. According to the report, Ukraine’s gross external debt in the first half of the year decreased by 0.3% to $ 125.3 billion. In terms of GDP, it decreased to 75.9% from 81.2% at the beginning of the year.

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