Ukraine: Daily Briefing – April 10, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
April 10, 2017, 6 PM Kyiv time
Photo – US Mission to NATO
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions near Svitlodarsk and Avdiivka with mortars. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Novotroitske with mortars. Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Novomykhailivka, Novohryhorivka and Chermalyk. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions at Krymske and Novotoshkivsk.
G7 Ambassadors meet with acting Minister of Health Dr. Suprun
2. G7 Ambassadors to Ukraine underscore support for Ministry of Health’s plan on healthcare reform
The Ambassadors to Ukraine of the G7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA) stated, “We, the G7 Ambassadors, having recently met with the Acting Minister of Health, wish to underscore our support for the healthcare reform plan. We believe that the passage of this plan, which defines State guarantees for the financing of insured medical services and medicines through the National Health Service of Ukraine, is a sign that Ukraine is ready and committed to moving forward with its vital reforms, in healthcare and anti-corruption, for the benefit of its citizens. Legislation related to the healthcare reform is an important step toward changing the way Ukrainian citizens interact with the State medical system, for the better, to ensure that they receive the services they need and deserve in a rational and legal manner. Under the current leadership, much has already been achieved in terms of good governance, as accountability and public oversight has led to increased transparency, though more work still needs to be done. We therefore respectfully underscore our hope that Dr. Suprun and her team at the Ministry of Health will be enabled to continue their work in reforming healthcare in Ukraine, including through the passage of the above mentioned legislation. The Ministry and all Ukrainian institutions involved have our support in this important endeavor.”
3. Ukraine’s Central Bank Chief resigns
The head of Ukraine’s Central Bank, Valeria Hontareva submitted her resignation today. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported, “Hontareva, a reformist who won praise from the West, told reporters Kyiv that she submitted a letter of resignation to President Petro Poroshenko on April 10. ‘I think my mission is accomplished as the reforms have been implemented,’ Hontareva said. She added that her successor will face the same political pressure that she faced, and that the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) should be independent from politics. Hontareva’s efforts to clean up Ukraine’s financial sector irked tycoons who critics say have treated the country’s banks like their private coffers. She also came under fire from some ordinary Ukrainians who blamed her for losses they suffered after she was appointed to follow the International Monetary Fund’s advice to partially abandon state support for the hryvnya currency. […] But Hontareva’s decisions helped the central bank stay afloat and helped bolster ties with the IMF and other lenders. On April 3, The IMF approved a $1 billion tranche of its $17.5 billion bailout program, in what Poroshenko said was ‘recognition of Ukrainian reforms.'”


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