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Editor’s Note:

 Eagle-eyed reader Mattia Nelles notes that a zero was missing from the population of Kryvyi Rih as posted in yesterday’s UBN. Ukraine’s seventh largest city, Kryvyi Rih, hometown of President Zelenskiy, has an urban population of 620,000 and a metro region population of 1,000,000. This population density justifies the government’s $35 million investment in the city’s airport and launching of direct flights this week by Windrose between Kyiv Boryspil and Kryvyi Rih. With Best Regards, Jim Brooke

Charter passenger traffic doubled at Kyiv Boryspil for the first five months of this year

, compared to January-May period last year, reports the Center for Transportation Strategies. The nearly 2.5 million-passenger flow for the period was split nearly evenly between charter and regular travelers. Passengers on regular flights were down by one third and transfer passengers were down by 80%. Overall, traffic was down by only 1% compared to the same five-month period last year.

Working around the EU’s travel barriers, Ukraine’s SkyUp undertook 1,419 flights in May, a record for the 3-year-old airline.

Almost three quarters of the low cost airline’s 209,924 passengers flew on charter flights, largely to Egypt and Turkey, the airline reports. Ukraine will provide almost 20% of the 8 million tourists expected to visit Egypt this year, Egyptian ambassador Ayman Ahmed Mokhtar Elgammal tells Interfax-Ukraine.

With new air shipments of vaccines arriving in Kyiv daily, vaccination centers have opened in Kyiv and 13 other cities.

Kyiv residents can register online for free vaccinations on weekends at the International Exhibition Center 15A Brovarskyi Avenue using the Diia app and Helsi.me, an online service for booking doctor appointments. So far, 1.2 million Ukrainians have received their first vaccine dose, and 152,142 have received both doses. On Monday, President Biden promised President Zelenskiy to deliver 900,000 vaccine doses to Ukraine.

16 business centers will open in Kyiv, with a total area of 376,000 square meters by the end of next year

, Radomyr Tsurkan, managing partner of CBRE Ukraine, predicted last week in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine. “The collapse of the offices that scared everyone at the start of the pandemic did not take place,” he said. “According to a study conducted by CBRE in 2020, 73% of those surveyed want to return to the office and have a hybrid work format.” This year, 12 business centers with a total area of 207,000 square meters are to open in Kyiv.

Clearing the way for the biggest privatization of this year,

Ukraine’s Supreme Court refused to recognize a decision by Stockholm’s Arbitration Institute to award Dmytro Firtash’s Ostchem over $300 million from state-owned Odesa Port Plant. “This is a final decision that is not subject to appeal,” Dmytro Sennychenko, head of the State Property Fund, told Interfax-Ukraine yesterday. Looking ahead to a sale of the chemical producer through auction, he said: “This will help expand the pool of potential buyers and dramatically increase the value of the asset.”

Two years after Ukraine started to cooperate with Clearstream, external investment in government bonds has doubled,

the share of public debt in national currency has increased to 39%, and 5-year bonds have won acceptance, the Finance Ministry reports. In a press conference last week with representatives of the Luxembourg-based international depository, Ministry officials said external investors now hold UAH 98.3 billion, or $3.6 billion, in Ukraine government bonds.

International buyers are back in the market,

ICU has reported. “Last week foreign investors purchased UAH 2bn [$74 million] of new bills in addition to reinvesting funds they received from redemptions,” the investment group wrote of last week’s auction. Taras Kotovych, Senior Financial Analyst for ICU has calculated that international investors recently bought UAH 3-4 billion, an inflow that strengthened the exchange rate. Yesterday, one dollar was fetching UAH 27.08.

The Finance Ministry’s weekly auction raised $700 million in hryvnia and equivalent, 20% more than last week’s auction

. Hryvnia rates were virtually unchanged Tuesday: 6 months – 9%; 14 months – 11.2%; 18 months – 11.3%; 2-year – 12.05%; and 3-year – 12.3% per annum. The novelty was a 5-year bond, which settled at 12.59%. One-year dollar denominated bonds sold for 3.7%, garnering $182 million, the Ministry reports on Facebook.

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