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Editor’s Note – Update and fix:

UIA has reversed plans and will not resume flights between Kyiv Boryspil and Warsaw Chopin on June 18, as the airline announced last week. UIA blames market conditions.Kharkiv has two tram renewal projects. Acting Mayor Ihor Terekhiv plans to unveil in September a locally assembled Czech Škoda. Separately, the European Investment Bank announced on May 26 that it is evaluating a €75 million loan to Kharkiv to pay for new trams and related infrastructure. With Best Regards, Jim Brooke

Restoration of Ukraine-Belarus air links depends “on the behavior of Belarus,

how they will behave with those political prisoners, of whom there are already thousands today,” Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said Friday. Air links were broken after Belarus forced down a Ryanair Athens-Vilnius flight and arrested a dissident journalist Roman Protasevich and his Russian girlfriend, Sofia Sapega. Western nations say that action on May 23 by Belarusian Air Force MiG-29 amounts to state piracy and must not be tolerated.

Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping line, plans to stop calls to Chornomorsk port after August 10

, the company says, citing “our network optimization exercise.” Three years ago, the Danish shipper stopped visiting Odesa. Now, Maersk will concentrate on Pivdenniy, Ukraine’s busiest port. Previously known as Yuzhny, this port has Ukraine’s fastest growing container terminal, TIS.

Foreign gas traders are keeping 4.4 bcm in Ukraine’s underground gas storage facilities – double the amount of this time last year

, reports Ukratransgaz. With Ukraine’s duty free warehouse regime gaining wider acceptance amongst EU companies, foreign-owned gas now accounts for 28% of the 15.5 bcm currently stored in Ukraine. Over the summer, when prices are low, the reservoir system is expected to fill to close to its 30 bcm total capacity.

Ukraine should start working with Poland to integrate gas pipelines and free itself of its dependency on Russian gas,

Bartosz Cichocki, Poland’s Ambassador to Ukraine tells Glavcom news site. Ukraine stopped buying gas from Gazprom in November 2015, and buys Russian gas through intermediaries. Noting that Poland will stop buying gas from Gazprom after next year, the Ambassador said: “We are ready to help your country also become independent of Gazprom. It seems to me this option has no alternatives, because, if Nord Stream 2 starts operating, Russia does not have enough gas to sell through a pipeline running

Germany will invest €8 billion in 62 major hydrogen projects

, reports the Green Deal service of Interfax-Ukraine. “We want to become the world leader in hydrogen technology,” Peter Altmeier, Germany’s Minister of Economy and Energy, said Friday. German officials are speaking with their Ukrainian counterparts about producing industrial quantities of hydrogen in Ukraine. Conceivably, Ukraine could use its existing east-west pipeline network to ship hydrogen to the EU.

The pipeline is to be discussed at the June 16 Putin-Biden summit in Geneva.

Two weeks ago, Biden waived sanctions against the company building the pipeline, saying the line is almost finished and relations with Germany take precedence. Former US President Donald Trump, in a speech Saturday in North Carolina, contrasted President Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL Canada-US pipeline with Biden waiving sanctions on Nord Stream 2. Trump said: “He decided to stop the construction of our pipeline, but approved the construction of the Russian one.”

Construction of Nord Stream 2 will be complete by early August

, Putin predicted in his plenary speech, reports Reuters. His Deputy Prime Minister, Alexander Novak said that less than 100 km of the 1,230 km Russia-Germany pipeline remains to be built. Putin said Gazprom would start filling the line with gas as soon as Germany grants approval. Gazprom shares rallied after the announcement, reaching 274 rubles ($3.76) per share, their highest level in 13 years. Combined, Nord Stream 1 and 2 will have the capacity to pump 110 bcm a

Ukraine must show “goodwill” if Russia is to continue shipping its gas across Ukraine after the expiration of the Gazprom contract at the end of 2024,

 President Putin told the annual St Petersburg Forum investment conference on Friday. According to TASS, he said: “There is a possibility to use Ukraine’s gas transport system in the future, even after our current contract expires. Everything is possible and we are ready for it and want it but goodwill from our Ukrainian partners is needed.”

Investing in a timber industry for future generations, President Zelenskiy announced yesterday at a national ecology forum a goal to plant 1 billion trees over the three years remaining in his term

. Recently, Ukrainians carried out a national campaign, planting 1 million trees in 24 hours. To plant 1 billion trees, it would be necessary to plant 1 million trees every day for three years. On a more realistic note, President Zelenskiy signed into law yesterday a ban on conventional plastic bags, effective next Jan. 1. Stores are to switch to biodegradable bags.

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