To revive aircraft production at Antonov, Ukreximbank is loaning $105 million to the state aircraft manufacturer to build three An-178 cargo jets for Ukraine’s Army,

To revive aircraft production at Antonov, Ukreximbank is loaning $105 million to the state aircraft manufacturer to build three An-178 cargo jets for Ukraine’s Army, Yevhen Metzger, chairman of the state bank, writes on Facebook. Airplane delivery is planned for 2023. Concurrently, Antonov is building an An-178 for Peru’s National Police and is negotiating the sale of a second plane. Airplane building at Kyiv’s Antonov largely stopped in 2014 as the company worked to make or source parts to replace

Ukraine’s hryvnia is likely to strengthen in the first half of 2021

Ukraine’s hryvnia is likely to strengthen in the first half of 2021, thanks to foreign-currency inflows from exports and renewed interest by foreign investors in Ukrainian local bonds, a Reuters monthly poll of 13 analysts indicated yesterday. Last year, foreign investors cut their bond portfolio by almost $2 billion, or 42%.  In the second half of December, foreign investors reversed, buying $368 million worth of bonds. This year, forecasts of continued strong prices for metals and grains coupled with resumed

Ukraine’s hryvnia is likely to strengthen in the first half of 2021

Ukraine’s hryvnia is likely to strengthen in the first half of 2021, thanks to foreign-currency inflows from exports and renewed interest by foreign investors in Ukrainian local bonds, a Reuters monthly poll of 13 analysts indicated yesterday. Last year, foreign investors cut their bond portfolio by almost $2 billion, or 42%.  In the second half of December, foreign investors reversed, buying $368 million worth of bonds. This year, forecasts of continued strong prices for metals and grains coupled with resumed

The analysts also forecast Ukraine’s economy will grow 4% in 2021

The analysts also forecast Ukraine’s economy will grow 4% in 2021, after an expected decline by 4.8% in 2020. Inflation will be 6.1%, compared to 5% expected in 2020.

The analysts also forecast Ukraine’s economy will grow 4% in 2021

The analysts also forecast Ukraine’s economy will grow 4% in 2021, after an expected decline by 4.8% in 2020. Inflation will be 6.1%, compared to 5% expected in 2020.

To ease the impact of the coronavirus recession, the government last year loaned $615 million under its program,

To ease the impact of the coronavirus recession, the government last year loaned $615 million under its program, Affordable loans 5-7-9%”. Of the 7,575 loans, 62% of the money went to refinance existing loans at lower rates.

To ease the impact of the coronavirus recession, the government last year loaned $615 million under its program,

To ease the impact of the coronavirus recession, the government last year loaned $615 million under its program, Affordable loans 5-7-9%”. Of the 7,575 loans, 62% of the money went to refinance existing loans at lower rates.

With reported Covid cases well below the numbers of November, the government is considering softening the lockdown which starts on Friday

With reported Covid cases well below the numbers of November, the government is considering softening the lockdown which starts on Friday, reported Strana.ua. Citing ‘a source in the President’s Office,’ The lockdown could be postponed, shortened or simply liberalized. An announcement is expected today.

With reported Covid cases well below the numbers of November, the government is considering softening the lockdown which starts on Friday

With reported Covid cases well below the numbers of November, the government is considering softening the lockdown which starts on Friday, reported Strana.ua. Citing ‘a source in the President’s Office,’ The lockdown could be postponed, shortened or simply liberalized. An announcement is expected today.

Ukraine’s average annual air temperature in 2020 exceeded the average long-term level by 2.2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 F, reaching a record high of 10.7 degrees C, or 51.3 F,

Ukraine’s average annual air temperature in 2020 exceeded the average long-term level by 2.2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 F, reaching a record high of 10.7 degrees C, or 51.3 F, Ukraine’s state-run weather forecasting body said yesterday. Average annual rainfall across Ukraine was 8% lower than the norm. The lowest levels were registered in eastern Donetsk, Luhansk and Mykolayiv regions. With harvests dependent on the weather, Ukraine accounted for about 16% of global grain exports in the 2019/20 marketing season.

Ukraine’s average annual air temperature in 2020 exceeded the average long-term level by 2.2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 F, reaching a record high of 10.7 degrees C, or 51.3 F,

Ukraine’s average annual air temperature in 2020 exceeded the average long-term level by 2.2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 F, reaching a record high of 10.7 degrees C, or 51.3 F, Ukraine’s state-run weather forecasting body said yesterday. Average annual rainfall across Ukraine was 8% lower than the norm. The lowest levels were registered in eastern Donetsk, Luhansk and Mykolayiv regions. With harvests dependent on the weather, Ukraine accounted for about 16% of global grain exports in the 2019/20 marketing season.

Last year was Kyiv’s hottest since weather recording keeping started in 1881,

Last year was Kyiv’s hottest since weather recording keeping started in 1881, reports the Borys Sreznevsky Central Geophysical Observatory. In 2020, the average temperature in Kyiv rose to 10.9°C, or 51.6 F, the hottest on record. Eleven months of the year had average temperatures higher than the climatic norm. Only May was colder.

Last year was Kyiv’s hottest since weather recording keeping started in 1881,

Last year was Kyiv’s hottest since weather recording keeping started in 1881, reports the Borys Sreznevsky Central Geophysical Observatory. In 2020, the average temperature in Kyiv rose to 10.9°C, or 51.6 F, the hottest on record. Eleven months of the year had average temperatures higher than the climatic norm. Only May was colder.

Half of Ukrainians are optimistic about 2021,

Half of Ukrainians are optimistic about 2021, according to a nationwide poll completed Monday by Kyiv’s Rating Sociological Group. Of 2,500 people interviewed, 52% expect the new year will be better than 2020, 27% do not expect changes and 18% say it will be worse. Young people, women, residents of Kyiv and of western Ukraine were the biggest optimists.

Half of Ukrainians are optimistic about 2021,

Half of Ukrainians are optimistic about 2021, according to a nationwide poll completed Monday by Kyiv’s Rating Sociological Group. Of 2,500 people interviewed, 52% expect the new year will be better than 2020, 27% do not expect changes and 18% say it will be worse. Young people, women, residents of Kyiv and of western Ukraine were the biggest optimists.

Tomorrow, Orthodox Christmas, is the favorite winter holiday for Ukrainians,

Tomorrow, Orthodox Christmas, is the favorite winter holiday for Ukrainians, the new Rating poll indicates.  Of the 2,500 people interviewed, 77% said they celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7 and 15% say they celebrate twice, including ‘Catholic Christmas’ on Dec. 25. 5% do not celebrate Christmas at all.

Tomorrow, Orthodox Christmas, is the favorite winter holiday for Ukrainians,

Tomorrow, Orthodox Christmas, is the favorite winter holiday for Ukrainians, the new Rating poll indicates.  Of the 2,500 people interviewed, 77% said they celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7 and 15% say they celebrate twice, including ‘Catholic Christmas’ on Dec. 25. 5% do not celebrate Christmas at all.

Despite the global recession, the volume of goods going through Ukraine’s seaports was virtually unchanged in 2020

Despite the global recession, the volume of goods going through Ukraine’s seaports was virtually unchanged in 2020 compared to 2019, according to Ukraine’s Sea Ports Authority. Last year, Ukraine’s ports handled 159 million tons of cargo, 0.7% less than in 2019. Grain exports were down 12%, to 48 million tons. Ore exports were up 18.5%, to 44 million tons. Overall exports ended the year up 1.5%, to 123 million tons.  Imports were down 8.6%, to 24 million tons. Transit was

Despite the global recession, the volume of goods going through Ukraine’s seaports was virtually unchanged in 2020

Despite the global recession, the volume of goods going through Ukraine’s seaports was virtually unchanged in 2020 compared to 2019, according to Ukraine’s Sea Ports Authority. Last year, Ukraine’s ports handled 159 million tons of cargo, 0.7% less than in 2019. Grain exports were down 12%, to 48 million tons. Ore exports were up 18.5%, to 44 million tons. Overall exports ended the year up 1.5%, to 123 million tons.  Imports were down 8.6%, to 24 million tons. Transit was

The combination of dropping grain exports and expanded terminal capacity may force down costs in Ukraine’s Black Sea ports

The combination of dropping grain exports and expanded terminal capacity may force down costs in Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, reported AgriCensus in a story headlined: “Ukraine’s terminals compete as grain exports fall short.” This year, poor harvests have contributed to a 15% drop in grain exports. Meanwhile, grain handling capacity has increased by 20% over the last three years in Ukraine’s ports. The London-based news site wrote that this “could drive higher competition between terminals and slash transhipment costs in

The combination of dropping grain exports and expanded terminal capacity may force down costs in Ukraine’s Black Sea ports

The combination of dropping grain exports and expanded terminal capacity may force down costs in Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, reported AgriCensus in a story headlined: “Ukraine’s terminals compete as grain exports fall short.” This year, poor harvests have contributed to a 15% drop in grain exports. Meanwhile, grain handling capacity has increased by 20% over the last three years in Ukraine’s ports. The London-based news site wrote that this “could drive higher competition between terminals and slash transhipment costs in

Despite Ukraine’s recession, sales of new cars in Ukraine fell by only 3% yoy

Despite Ukraine’s recession, sales of new cars in Ukraine fell by only 3% yoy, to 85,500 in 2020, reports Ukrautoprom, the car industry association. In December was the year’s record month, with Ukrainians buying 9,801 cars. With Ukraine’s lowered import taxes and the EU’s gradual phase out of diesel cars, first time registrations of used imports are about four times registrations of new cars. In 2020, Ukrainians registered about 350,000 imported used cars.

Despite Ukraine’s recession, sales of new cars in Ukraine fell by only 3% yoy

Despite Ukraine’s recession, sales of new cars in Ukraine fell by only 3% yoy, to 85,500 in 2020, reports Ukrautoprom, the car industry association. In December was the year’s record month, with Ukrainians buying 9,801 cars. With Ukraine’s lowered import taxes and the EU’s gradual phase out of diesel cars, first time registrations of used imports are about four times registrations of new cars. In 2020, Ukrainians registered about 350,000 imported used cars.

Cracking down on overloaded trucks, Highway Safety inspectors stopped 700,000 vehicles in 2020, fining 14,000 drivers nearly $5 million

Cracking down on overloaded trucks, Highway Safety inspectors stopped 700,000 vehicles in 2020, fining 14,000 drivers nearly $5 million, reports Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krikliy. This year, Krikliy said, the government plans to continue to digitize the work of the Highway Safety agency “to eliminate the human factor” and to triple the number of Weight-in-Motion sensor devices, to almost 120.

Cracking down on overloaded trucks, Highway Safety inspectors stopped 700,000 vehicles in 2020, fining 14,000 drivers nearly $5 million

Cracking down on overloaded trucks, Highway Safety inspectors stopped 700,000 vehicles in 2020, fining 14,000 drivers nearly $5 million, reports Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krikliy. This year, Krikliy said, the government plans to continue to digitize the work of the Highway Safety agency “to eliminate the human factor” and to triple the number of Weight-in-Motion sensor devices, to almost 120.

The EU plans to invest €100 million in opening five new Ukraine-Poland border check points in Lviv region

The EU plans to invest €100 million in opening five new Ukraine-Poland border check points in Lviv region, according to Maksym Kozytsky, head of Lviv Regional State Administration. To be completed over the next five years, the crossings represent a 50% increase in the checkpoints between Poland and western Ukraine. “These additional checkpoints will link Ukraine with Europe,” Kozytsky said, adding that Ukraine’s government plans to spend $3.5 million on improving access roads.

The EU plans to invest €100 million in opening five new Ukraine-Poland border check points in Lviv region

The EU plans to invest €100 million in opening five new Ukraine-Poland border check points in Lviv region, according to Maksym Kozytsky, head of Lviv Regional State Administration. To be completed over the next five years, the crossings represent a 50% increase in the checkpoints between Poland and western Ukraine. “These additional checkpoints will link Ukraine with Europe,” Kozytsky said, adding that Ukraine’s government plans to spend $3.5 million on improving access roads.

Passenger traffic through Lviv Airport dropped by 60% yoy in 2020, to 878,000 passengers

Passenger traffic through Lviv Airport dropped by 60% yoy in 2020, to 878,000 passengers, Tetyana Romanovska, the airport director, tells Avianews. By promoting Lviv as an air cargo hub, the state-owned airport managed to turn a small profit and to keep all its staff, she said. By comparison, Lviv handled 2.2 million passengers in 2019, making it Ukraine’s third busiest airport, after Kyiv Boryspil and Kyiv Sikorsky.

Passenger traffic through Lviv Airport dropped by 60% yoy in 2020, to 878,000 passengers

Passenger traffic through Lviv Airport dropped by 60% yoy in 2020, to 878,000 passengers, Tetyana Romanovska, the airport director, tells Avianews. By promoting Lviv as an air cargo hub, the state-owned airport managed to turn a small profit and to keep all its staff, she said. By comparison, Lviv handled 2.2 million passengers in 2019, making it Ukraine’s third busiest airport, after Kyiv Boryspil and Kyiv Sikorsky.

To revive aircraft production at Antonov, Ukreximbank is loaning $105 million to the state aircraft manufacturer to build three An-178 cargo jets for Ukraine’s Army,

To revive aircraft production at Antonov, Ukreximbank is loaning $105 million to the state aircraft manufacturer to build three An-178 cargo jets for Ukraine’s Army, Yevhen Metzger, chairman of the state bank, writes on Facebook. Airplane delivery is planned for 2023. Concurrently, Antonov is building an An-178 for Peru’s National Police and is negotiating the sale of a second plane. Airplane building at Kyiv’s Antonov largely stopped in 2014 as the company worked to make or source parts to replace

Bucking the Covid recession, the number of IT companies and IT workers in Lviv increased by 7% in 2020, compared to the previous year, according

Bucking the Covid recession, the number of IT companies and IT workers in Lviv increased by 7% in 2020, compared to the previous year, according IT Research 5.0, a study conducted by Fama research agency for Lviv’s IT Cluster. There are now 492 IT companies in Lviv, employing 26,500 people. The average monthly salary of an IT specialist in Lviv is $2,080, about four times Ukraine’s average salary for all sectors. During last spring’s lockdown, all IT companies surveyed switched

Ukraine is preparing to negotiate Free Trade Agreements in 2021 with China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Egypt and Jordan, said

Ukraine is preparing to negotiate Free Trade Agreements in 2021 with China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Egypt and Jordan, said Ihor Petrashko, Minister of Economic Development and Trade.  “These are important markets for Ukrainian products as part of expanding our export opportunities.”

Tripling Vietnam-Ukraine trade to $1 billion by 2023 and forging a bilateral free trade pact

Tripling Vietnam-Ukraine trade to $1 billion by 2023 and forging a bilateral free trade pact were two goals set at a meeting Monday in Kviv between Nguyen Hong Thach, Vietnam’s ambassador to Ukraine, and Taras Kachka, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade. Both officials agreed to expand air links and to speed up establishment of a Vietnam House in Kyiv and of a Ukraine House in Hanoi, reports Vietnam News Agency. By contrast, China-Ukraine trade is believed to

A recently agreed $1 billion “linked loan” from China “is not a victory,”

A recently agreed $1 billion “linked loan” from China “is not a victory,” Oksana Markarova, Ukraine’s former Finance Minister and future Ambassador to the US, wrote in her blog for Ekonomichna Pravda. Noting that the money will be used to fund the Kyiv Ring Road and for Kremenchuk’s new bridge over the Dnipro.  She says this kind of loan may require Chinese workers, materials, technology and construction companies. Markarova warned, “The process and results of Ukraine’s use of the tied

In advance of the January 20, 2021 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Washington-based Radio Svoboda continues to investigate Ihor Kolomoisky’s investments in the US

In advance of the January 20, 2021 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Washington-based Radio Svoboda continues to investigate Ihor Kolomoisky’s investments in the US with a story headlined: “Ukrainian Tycoons Selling U.S. Property Amid Foreclosure Proceedings, Court Documents Show.” According to court documents filed Christmas eve, Optima Ventures, the U.S. real-estate holding company owned by Kolomoisky and Hennadiy Boholyubov wants to sell an office building and a stake in a hotel in Cleveland. Reporter Todd Prince writes: “Separately, the Justice

President Zelenskiy yesterday suspended the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court through February

President Zelenskiy yesterday suspended the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court through February after he failed to appear Monday at police inquiry into a bribery charge. The Justice, Oleksandr Tupytsky, is seen as the organizer of court decisions two months ago to dismantle anti-corruption agencies in Ukraine.

Concorde Capital’s Zenon Zawada writes:

Concorde Capital’s Zenon Zawada writes: “On the surface, it’s impressive that the Prosecutor General’s Office is pursuing this criminal case against Tupitskiy…We are confident that Tupitskiy won’t be prosecuted for any alleged crimes because of the “krysha” [political cover] that he enjoys, which likely extends into the Prosecutor General’s Office. Any measures it takes against him are merely for show.”

Signaling a revival of Ukraine’s aircraft building industry, the Defense Ministry has ordered three An-178-100R military transport jets from Antonov,

Signaling a revival of Ukraine’s aircraft building industry, the Defense Ministry has ordered three An-178-100R military transport jets from Antonov, the first such order since Independence in 1991. Powered by two domestic turbojet engines, this version of the An-178 can carry 18 tons of cargo, cruise at 825 km/h, and fly a maximum of 5,000 km. For comparison, the flight distance between Uzhgorod and Kharkiv is about 1,000 km.

Next year, Ukraine will establish a state airline based on a fleet of Antonov regional jets,

Next year, Ukraine will establish a state airline based on a fleet of Antonov regional jets, President Zelenskiy promised yesterday at the military cargo jet signing ceremony. Yuri Guzev, the new general director of UkrOboronProm said: “We expect to sign new government contracts for the manufacture of An-178 aircraft from 2021.” Last month, the Cabinet of Ministers signed off on a 10-year, $1.4 billion program to develop and modernize Ukraine’s aviation industry.

The Dnipro shipping season is being extended to Jan. 15, an unprecedented extension into mid-winter.

The Dnipro shipping season is being extended to Jan. 15, an unprecedented extension into mid-winter. Studying long term weather forecasts, the Maritime and River Transport Service on Monday made its third shipping season extension since November 11. With the latest extension, shippers will get two extra months of use of the river’s six locks. Closing the river involves pulling out hundreds of buoys.

For the eight different hryvnia bonds offered, yields have changed little since last week,

For the eight different hryvnia bonds offered, yields have changed little since last week, ranging from 10% for 3-month bonds, to 12.25% for 5-year bonds. With 3-month bonds in dollars offering a 2.9% yield, investors snapped up $323 million worth – 37% of yesterday’s total sale.

Interpipe, Ukraine’s top producer of steel pipes and railroad wheels, is buying back $75 million worth of its 2024 Eurobonds,

Interpipe, Ukraine’s top producer of steel pipes and railroad wheels, is buying back $75 million worth of its 2024 Eurobonds, the company reported. CEO Fadi Hraibe told investors “Various instruments are also being considered for attracting financing for Capex: issuing Eurobonds, attracting project financing and attracting bank financing.” He later clarified that Interpipe does not have immediate plans to issue a new Eurobond. Located in Dnepropetrovsk, the mines-to-metals company employs about 11,000 workers.

Ukraine’s international reserves are “over $28.5 billion,” the highest level in eight years

Ukraine’s international reserves are “over $28.5 billion,” the highest level in eight years, Bohdan Danylyshyn, head of the Council of the National Bank of Ukraine, wrote on his Facebook page. This would be $3.2 billion higher than at the start of 2020, or a 13% increase. He wrote that during this year of the Covid shock, Ukraine’s Central Bank spent up a net $1.1 billion to defend the hryvnia.

In a televised briefing, the Economy Minister Petrashko said that Ukraine’s GDP probably shrank in the fourth quarter by 3% yoy.

In a televised briefing, the Economy Minister Petrashko said that Ukraine’s GDP probably shrank in the fourth quarter by 3% yoy. This represents a stabilization from the cataclysmic 11.4% yoy drop in the second quarter. The third quarter drop was 3.5% yoy, says the State Statistics Service. For all of 2020, Petrashko predicts a GDP shrinkage of 4.8%. Looking ahead, he predicts this will be largely cancelled out by 4.6% growth in 2021. He said this is the consensus of

Coming as Ukraine seeks public-private partnerships with foreign road construction companies, Sinohydro says its treatment should serve as a warning.

Coming as Ukraine seeks public-private partnerships with foreign road construction companies, Sinohydro says its treatment should serve as a warning. “It is difficult for the company to understand why, over and over again, Ukravtodor similarly terminates agreements with contractors, including with other foreign companies,” the Chinese company said yesterday. “Sinohydro believes such actions of Ukravtodor will significantly weaken the desire of foreign contractors to participate in the construction projects of the state agency.”

The recent decision by Ukraine’s Constitutional Court to dismantle anti-corruption legislation is the biggest impediment to a restoration of IMF loans flows to Ukraine,

The recent decision by Ukraine’s Constitutional Court to dismantle anti-corruption legislation is the biggest impediment to a restoration of IMF loans flows to Ukraine, Kyrylo Shevchenko, governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, told Voice of America in Washington after meeting with the IMF and World Bank. Other issues are: the mounting budget deficit and the work of the central bank after the summer changeover of leadership.

Concorde Capital’s Alexander Paraschiy reads between the lines of this “sobering statement” and concludes:

Concorde Capital’s Alexander Paraschiy reads between the lines of this “sobering statement” and concludes: “No IMF tranche in 2020, meaning IMF-related financing of Ukraine’s 2020 budget deficit (from the Fund, the EU and the World Bank) for a total amount of up to $2.5 billion won’t arrive this year. Therefore, the only viable way for Ukraine to try to fill its budget gap without such money is a massive issue of international Eurobonds. As soon as it becomes apparent to

In London, Timothy Ash polled his Twitter followers about Ukraine’s IMF prospects.

In London, Timothy Ash polled his Twitter followers about Ukraine’s IMF prospects. He posted on @tashecon this breakdown of the 260 replies: IMF money this year – 15%; IMF money in Q1 – 27%; IMF money in Q2 – 15%; unclear as major problems – 43%.

Covid accomplishes what Zelenskiy cannot.

Covid accomplishes what Zelenskiy cannot. Covid has paralyzed the Constitutional Court, with the majority of the 15-member court “either sick or awaiting test results because they have symptoms of coronavirus,” a ‘source’ tells Interfax-Ukraine. One judge, Ihor Slidenko, tells the news agency: “I am reliably aware of two cases of COVID-19 among judges of the Constitutional Court.”