With no end in sight to the pandemic, which has left tens of thousands dead and threatens even more, Zelenskiy said “Ukraine was among those who did not ask, but, on the contrary, gave a helping hand”

: our doctors traveled to different countries of the European Union to save the sick together with local exhausted doctors. He also mentioned the planes that Ukraine provided for the delivery of protective equipment “to itself and to others.”

Kyivstar, Ukraine’s largest

Kyivstar, Ukraine’s largest mobile operator, reports the most popular messenger services for its 25.9 million users are: Viber– 12 million; Facebook messenger – 11 million; Telegram – 6 million; and WhatsApp –  5 million. For social platforms, the ranking is: Facebook and YouTube – 13 million; Instagram – 10 million; Twitter – 7 million; and TikTok – 5.5 million. Average daily use is: TikTok – 88 minutes; YouTube – 54 minutes; Facebook – 44 minutes. Prime usage time is during

Online advertising grew by 7% last year, countering the overall stagnation of Ukraine’s advertising market

Online advertising grew by 7% last year, countering the overall stagnation of Ukraine’s advertising market, reports the Ukrainian Internet Association.  With millions of Ukrainians housebound and turning to e-commerce, online advertising grew to $490 million last year. Nearly half of the ad spending for social media and messenger platforms. The most dynamic segment was online ‘media advertising’ which grew by 41% yoy, to $240 million. The full report can be found here. Ukraine’s overall advertising market shrank by 1% last

Declaring war on paper documents, the Cabinet of Ministers has approved

Declaring war on paper documents, the Cabinet of Ministers has approved 94 digital transformation projects to be added to the Diya app over the next three years. A sampling are: E-notary, E-property, E-urban planning, E-school, E-social protection, E-migration, E-hospital, E-permission and E-access. The programs will largely allow digital payment of fees and the transfer of digital files.

“Our goal is for Ukraine to enter the top 20 digital countries of the world,” President Zelenskiy said

“Our goal is for Ukraine to enter the top 20 digital countries of the world,” President Zelenskiy said on presentation of the program. “To do this, we must provide every Ukrainian with high-speed Internet anywhere in our country.” Praising the first year of the Diya app, he said: “We are the first country in the world with digital passports and the fourth in Europe with a digital driver’s license. Digitization is the direct and best fight against corruption.”

The EU is providing Ukraine with €20 million to help digital development

The EU is providing Ukraine with €20 million to help digital development, Minister Fedorov writes on Telegram. To be implemented with the help of Estonia’s e-Governance Academy and FIIAPP, Spain’s public administration aid agency, the project will focus on developing infrastructure for electronic government; modernization of public e-services and development of services on the Diya portal and in the Diya app.

Bucking the world recession, Ukraine’s IT exports increased by 20% yoy, to $5 billion

Bucking the world recession, Ukraine’s IT exports increased by 20% yoy, to $5 billion, according to new figures from the National Bank of Ukraine. IT now accounts for 8.3% of total exports, putting it in fourth place after food, metals, and migrant labor. In 2013, IT accounted for 1.3% of Ukraine’s exports. “Ukraine has earned a reputation in recent years as one of the world’s leading IT outsourcing destinations, but many feel it is time for the country to move

Of the 100 best IT outsourcing firms in the world, 11 are based in Ukraine

Of the 100 best IT outsourcing firms in the world, 11 are based in Ukraine, according to the 2021 Global Outsourcing 100 list, a ranking compiled annually by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals. Designed to help companies find the right IT help, the list includes from Ukraine, in alphabetical order: Ciklum, Eleks, Infopulse, Innovecs, Intellias, Miratech, Nix, N-iX, Program-Ace and Sigma Software.

The share of women in Ukraine’s IT workforce has tripled over the last decade, hitting 22% today

The share of women in Ukraine’s IT workforce has tripled over the last decade, hitting 22% today, according to a study by GlobalLogic. Women now account for one third of all testers in Ukraine and 8% of developers, according to ITC.UA’s report on the study. Overall, employment in IT is growing by 15% a year.

Almost 40 Belarusian IT companies with a total of 2,000 employees have moved to Ukraine in the last six months

Almost 40 Belarusian IT companies with a total of 2,000 employees have moved to Ukraine in the last six months, Mykhailo Fedorov, minister for Digital Transformation, tells Interfax-Ukraine. The emigration south has been prompted by police violence following Alexander Lukashenko’s assumption of presidential powers after the presidential election of last August and by a nearly 50% hike in IT income taxes, to 13%, effective Jan. 1.

Ukraine is following the example of Dubai, Silicon Valley and Belarus of a decade ago by creating a low tax, low bureaucracy regime for IT companies

Ukraine is following the example of Dubai, Silicon Valley and Belarus of a decade ago by creating a low tax, low bureaucracy regime for IT companies, Fedorov told Interfax last week. In coming days, the Rada is to vote on “Diya City” an special regime for IT companies that will feature 5% income taxes and a modern labor code. “Action City is essentially a virtual zone, a kind of register,” Fedorov said. By legalizing operations, he said “companies can go

About 10% of Ukraine’s population are now using ‘Diya 2.0,’ the updated version of the mobile digitized documents app that was launched only one year ago

About 10% of Ukraine’s population are now using ‘Diya 2.0,’ the updated version of the mobile digitized documents app that was launched only one year ago, Fedorov reports on his Telegram channel. With 220,000 users sharing digitized documents every day, the top three uses are: banking — Nova Pay, Monobank, and A-Bank; delivery services — Nova Poshta , Ukrposhta, and SAT; and money transfer — Miloan, Tengo, and MoneyVeo. The user breakdown is: Android — 66%; IOS – 31%; and

For the first time, Internet tops TV as the primary news sources for Ukrainians

For the first time, Internet tops TV as the primary news sources for Ukrainians, according to a new survey by Research & Branding Group. For news, the preferences are: Internet – 51%; TV – 44%; radio and print — 2%. For social media use, the rankings are: Facebook – 59%; YouTube – 43%; Instagram – 30%; Telegram – 17%; Twitter—6%; Odnoklassniki – 5%; and Vkontakte – 3%. Top messenger services are: Viber — 57%; Facebook Messenger — 37%; Telegram —

Separately, Mustafa Nayyem, UkrOboronProm’s Deputy Director-General

Separately, Mustafa Nayyem, UkrOboronProm’s Deputy Director-General, wrote Wednesday on Facebook of what looks like another counter-revolution for Ukraine. Of the takeover by the new Ministry last summer, he wrote: “We agreed in the hope of finding partners and like-minded reformers. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Instead of partnership, we faced systemic protraction in the development of strategic documents, the blocking of our draft bill and the reform as a whole.”

This critique was echoed by Canadian-American arms expert Lada Roslycky

This critique was echoed by Canadian-American arms expert Lada Roslycky who wrote  on Wednesday in Vox Ukraine that the new Ministry of Strategic Industries is a “communist construct dating back to Soviet times.” With only seven employees, this ‘super ministry’ seems designed to block reform and exploit lucrative opportunities in a notoriously corrupt industry, critics charge.

While Western companies stay on the sidelines, Turkish arms manufacturers build joint ventures with Ukraine for drones, surface-to-air missile systems, military communications, tank protection systems and corvettes

While Western companies stay on the sidelines, Turkish arms manufacturers build joint ventures with Ukraine for drones, surface-to-air missile systems, military communications, tank protection systems and corvettes, Can Kasapoglu wrote in The Jamestown Foundation a piece titled: “Turkey and Ukraine Boost Mutual Defense Ties.” “Turkish-Ukrainian strategic ties look poised to bring about a new geopolitical reality in the Black Sea region,” Kasapoglu writes from Istanbul where he directs defense programs at the EDAM thinktank. Comparing Ukraine’s cooperation with Turkey to

Azerbaijan’s victory in the 44-day war with Armenia thrusts Turkey into the spotlight as an increasingly muscular regional player

Azerbaijan’s victory in the 44-day war with Armenia thrusts Turkey into the spotlight as an increasingly muscular regional player, Taras Kuzio, a Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Professor, writing for the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. “Ukraine and Azerbaijan are longstanding pro-NATO and pro-Western former Soviet states in a contested region which Russia demands the West recognises as its exclusive sphere of influence,” he writes for the venerable London think tank. “While the Azerbaijani–Turkish alliance has passed an important

UIA will resume flying to Yerevan, Armenia on December 4th

UIA will resume flying to Yerevan, Armenia on December 4th. Flights were suspended two months ago because of the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, about 250 km to the east of Yerevan. On November 10, a Moscow-brokered ceasefire stopped the fighting. Russian military peacekeepers and Turkish military observers are to monitor the ceasefire.

Rebuilding roads in Ukraine-controlled Donbas is the goal of a two new soft loans totaling €155 million

Rebuilding roads in Ukraine-controlled Donbas is the goal of a two new soft loans totaling €155 million, reported the Infrastructure Ministry. The World Bank is lending $65 million as part of its project: ‘Eastern Ukraine: Reunification, Restoration and Revival.’ The European Investment Bank is lending €100 million also largely for road repair and construction.

To further reduce the isolation of Luhansk and to protect the new roads

To further reduce the isolation of Luhansk and to protect the new roads, the Rada’s Transport Committee endorsed the construction of a rail line that would connect a 250 rail line in eastern Luhansk that is cut off from Ukraine’s rail system. Largely useless today, line runs south from the Russian border, near Lantrativka to Kondrashevskaya-Novaya and on to Russia-controlled Luhansk. Earlier this year, France offered to finance €100 million worth of railroad construction in Ukraine-controlled Luhansk.

The US is giving $4 million in aid to bolster Ukrainian Sea Guard units in Berdyansk and Mariupol.

The US is giving $4 million in aid to bolster Ukrainian Sea Guard units in Berdyansk and Mariupol. The US Embassy Twitter feed said: “The new equipment will help the Marine Guard deter and respond to aggression in the Sea of Azov around the clock.” The Sea of Azov is a binational body of water. After Russia opened the Kerch Strait Bridge in May 2018, Russian border control forces started stopping and delaying civilian ships going to Ukrainian ports. Last

Through October, Mariupol port has handled 5.1 million tons of cargo, up by almost 10% over the level for the first 10 months of last year.

Through October, Mariupol port has handled 5.1 million tons of cargo, up by almost 10% over the level for the first 10 months of last year. Taking advantage of rail freight incentives to use the port, shippers sent 26% more ferrous metals and 35% more grain, reported the Sea Port.

The day after speaking with the IMF Managing Director in Washington, President Zelenskiy made a video call to the G-7 ambassadors in Kyiv and promised to deliver on the IMF’s checklist.

The day after speaking with the IMF Managing Director in Washington, President Zelenskiy made a video call to the G-7 ambassadors in Kyiv and promised to deliver on the IMF’s checklist. By the end of December, he promises to restore criminal liability for officials who falsify their asset declarations, to keep Artem Sytnyk as head of the Anti-Graft Bureau, and to “resolve issues of the Constitutional Court.” The Rada returns on December 1st. It is not clear if the President

The EU is ready to provide €1.2 billion in aid to Ukraine – if Ukraine complies with a list of conditions similar to the IMF’s list

The EU is ready to provide €1.2 billion in aid to Ukraine – if Ukraine complies with a list of conditions similar to the IMF’s list. Matti Maasikas, head of the EU delegation to Ukraine, tweeted this message yesterday after meeting with Yuriy Aristov, head of the Rada Budget Committee. Maasikas said: “The fiscal challenges facing Ukraine are huge, and the EU is ready to provide macro-financial assistance under well known conditions.”

Concorde Capital’s

Concorde Capital’s Evgeniya Akhtyrko writes of Zelenskiy’s Tuesday night call: “The key question: is what was the purpose of the call? Considering that no IMF tranche will emerge in the nearest couple of months, and amid the high financing needs of Ukraine’s state budget till the end of 2020, we believe this was a cheer up call for Ukraine’s potential external lenders. Namely, we continue to expect the government will try to market a new Eurobond soon.”

Western joint production ventures with UkrOboronProm units will not be possible if the new Ministry of Strategic Industries succeeds in stopping reform of the nation’s arms industry

Western joint production ventures with UkrOboronProm units will not be possible if the new Ministry of Strategic Industries succeeds in stopping reform of the nation’s arms industry, the UkrOboronProm’s reformist management warned in a public statement yesterday. “The Ministry has been systematically blocking the UkrOboronProm and defense industry reform for three months,” UkrOboronProm’s management wrote of the new Minister, Olehy Uruskiy, a 30-year veteran of Ukraine’s defense industry.

Worldwide, production of electricity from renewable sources is to grow by 7% this year and capacity is to grow by 10% next year,

Worldwide, production of electricity from renewable sources is to grow by 7% this year and capacity is to grow by 10% next year, International Energy Agency reports in its new forecast, “Renewables 2020.” “Renewable energy will become the largest source of electricity generation in the world in 2025, ending the dominance of coal as the main source of electricity generation for five decades,” says Fatih Birol, the Turkish economist who is executive director of the Agency.

In Ukraine, a surge of renewable projects pushed production of electricity from solar, wind, biomass up by 120%

In Ukraine, a surge of renewable projects pushed production of electricity from solar, wind, biomass up by 120% through August yoy, to 7.7 gigawatts, reports the Energy Ministry. Renewables share of national energy production increased to 8.1%, from 3.4% one year earlier. Electricity from nuclear power plants was unchanged – 53%. But electricity from coal-fired plans dropped to 32.4%, from 37% one year earlier.

In Kyiv, DTEK Grids has connected its first industrial size solar plant atop an apartment building.

In Kyiv, DTEK Grids has connected its first industrial size solar plant atop an apartment building. Built by the Avrora Term Company the array atop a building in Troieshchyna has 1,200 solar panels and output of 330kW. Ivan Geliukh, DTEK Grids CEO, says that this year the company is connecting 75 industrial solar power plants for a total capacity of 566 MW.

In Izmail, on the Danube, UDP Renewables puts into operation this month two stages of Gudzovka-Solar, a €21 million, 24.4 MW investment.

In Izmail, on the Danube, UDP Renewables puts into operation this month two stages of Gudzovka-Solar, a €21 million, 24.4 MW investment. Mykola Tymoshchuk, CEO of UFuture, investor in UDP, says: “Despite the turbulent period in the industry and in the world at large, UFuture is systematically implementing its strategic plans and investments in Ukraine’s renewable energy.”

In Zhytomyr region, Naftogaz starts producing and selling electricity this month from its new 33.3 MW plant at Chudniv.

In Zhytomyr region, Naftogaz starts producing and selling electricity this month from its new 33.3 MW plant at Chudniv. Implemented by Naftogaz-Energoservice, the project is to be followed by more solar stations next year, says Serhiy Pereloma, first deputy board chairman of Naftogaz.

In Sumy region, Germany’s Nord Areal Energy GmbH has started construction of a 6 MW solar plant in

In Sumy region, Germany’s Nord Areal Energy GmbH has started construction of a 6 MW solar plant in Trostyanets. About 100km to the northwest in Bilopillya, the same German company plans to build a major wind farm, reports Panorama, a Sumy region news site.

Germany is offering to €20 million to a new, international fund to convert six single industry Ukrainian coal mining towns to new uses,

Germany is offering to €20 million to a new, international fund to convert six single industry Ukrainian coal mining towns to new uses, Peter Altmaier, Germany’s minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, said last month after talks last month with Olha Buslavets, Ukraine’s minister for Energy and Environmental Protection. Choosing one town in the West and another in the East, planners believe Velykomostivska in Lviv has potential as a tourism center and a Donetsk mine known as “5/6” has potential

Ukraine’s economy rebounded in the third quarter, increasing by 8.5% compared to the disastrous second quarter,

Ukraine’s economy rebounded in the third quarter, increasing by 8.5% compared to the disastrous second quarter, reports the State Statistics Service. In the second quarter, the economy plunged 11.4%, compared to the same period in 2019. But in July-August-September, the economy was down only 3.5% compared to the same period in 2019. Illustrating the vagaries of forecasts, the National Bank of Ukraine predicted last month that the economy was down by 6.2% in the third quarter.

Adoption of a transparently regulated taxi market in Ukraine would bring the business out of the shadows, allowing companies to help drivers buy or lease better cars

Adoption of a transparently regulated taxi market in Ukraine would bring the business out of the shadows, allowing companies to help drivers buy or lease better cars, Georgy Sokolyansky, Uber’s development director for Central and Eastern Europe told an online discussion on the taxi market yesterday. Estimating that 90-95% of drivers are in the ‘shadows,’ he said legalization would ultimately create “100,000 jobs in Ukraine.”

Ukraine says Iran is dragging its feet on investigating the downing of the UIA passenger jet last January

Ukraine says Iran is dragging its feet on investigating the downing of the UIA passenger jet last January by not sharing information and not responding to requests for cooperation., Deputy Prosecutor General Gyunduz Mamedov tells Reuters. Iran has also rejected Kyiv’s calls for life sentences for the Revolutionary Guards officers responsible for shooting down the plane, killing 176 people. In advance of talks on Dec. 3, a governing panel at the United Nations’ aviation agency urges Iran to speed up

About $110 million will be invested next year in 10 regional airports, largely for runway and navigational improvements

About $110 million will be invested next year in 10 regional airports, largely for runway and navigational improvements, according to Kirill Khomyakov, head of Ukrinfraproekt, the State Agency for Infrastructure Projects. According to an Agency map posted by the Center for Transportation Strategies, the airports are: Kherson, Cherkassy, ​​Rivne, Vinnitsa, Uzhgorod, Ivano-Frankovsk, Chernivtsi, Poltava, Odessa and Dnipro. During the recent local election campaign, President Zelenskiy also promised to rebuild the runway at Sumy’s airport.

Ukraine’s big debt to foreign investors in wind and solar energy threatens future foreign investment in other areas,

Ukraine’s big debt to foreign investors in wind and solar energy threatens future foreign investment in other areas, the Ambassadors of 11 OECD countries warned Prime Minister Shmyhal in a letter Friday. Saying they represents companies and banks that invested more than €2 billion in renewables in Ukraine, the Ambassadors said the government now is “in breach” of the “voluntary” agreement reached last July with producers.

“To attract investors, and indeed to keep existing investors, Ukraine needs a stable and predictable business climate

“To attract investors, and indeed to keep existing investors, Ukraine needs a stable and predictable business climate that builds confidence in Ukraine as an attractive investment destination,” reads the one-page letter signed by the Ambassadors of Britain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, and Turkey. “The extent to which Ukraine honors its commitments…will be noted by investors far beyond the renewable energy sector.”

With the overdue electricity bill estimated at $800 million,

With the overdue electricity bill estimated at $800 million, the Ambassadors said the government has not yet moved to use budget money to pay for 20% of the bill and to pay the rest through hryvnia bonds. Under pressure from bankers, about 50 renewable producers have sued to get their money from the Guaranteed Buyer State Enterprise, reports Censor.Net. On Nov. 4, the week after the local elections, the Rada approved on first reading a bill that would give state