Highlighting growing EU interest in Ukraine as a source for raw materials for electric batteries, the EU Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, traveled to Zhytomyr yesterday to tour the large scale state-owned

 titanium-zirconium mine which will be privatized on August 31. The parent company, United Mining and Chemical Company, Europe’s largest titanium producer, has attracted EU based firms as qualified bidders, according to Dmitry Sennychenko, Chairman of the State Property Fund.