Ukraine: Daily Briefing – July 31, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
July 31, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian Armed Forces training exercises.
Photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense

1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and three Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors of the front 40 times in total.
2. EU sanctions six entities involved in construction of Kerch Bridge connecting Russian-occupied Crimea to Russia
The Council of the European Union stated, “The Council added six entities to the list of those subject to restrictive measures over actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. They are listed because of their involvement in the construction of the Kerch Bridge, connecting Russia to the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula.
            Through their actions they supported the consolidation of Russia’s control over the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula, which in turn further undermines the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. The measures consist of an asset freeze, meaning that all of the assets in the EU belonging to these entities are frozen and EU persons and entities cannot make any funds available to them.
            The decision brings the total number of entities listed by the EU to 44. In addition, the EU imposed a travel ban and an asset freeze on 155 individuals under this sanctions regime. The legal acts, including the names of the persons concerned, are available in the EU Official Journal of 31 July 2018.”
3. Ukraine’s PM on healthcare reform
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine reported, “By changing approaches to addressing a number of issues in the healthcare sector the Government has managed to root out a lot of corruption schemes that had been previously created in the procurement of medicines, vaccines, provision of hospitals and directly patients with chronic illnesses. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman.
            ‘We are well aware that the results of reform, changing the principles of financing are the categories deferred in time. We cannot see them here and now. But what’s important. Already more than 12 million people have concluded contracts for the primary care with their physicians. And there have been drawn up requirements, examinations calendar for such doctors. This is a new system, new quality of services. And for each patient, the state will pay the doctors’, said Volodymyr Groysman. ‘The quality of each service is monitored by the established National Health Service.’
            The Head of Government stressed that the list of services in the primary chain had also been approved, and all procedures standardized. Meanwhile, the system for providing medicines operates. First of all, it is about the government program Available Medicines launched in April last year. By now more than 21 million recipes have been reimbursed under the program.”

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