New US aid package, strong hryvnia, Zelenskyy meets Pompeo

5 April, 02:49 PM

Your slice of headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Wednesday, April 5, 2023

The United States will provide Ukraine with $2.6 billion in additional security assistance, focusing on artillery, HIMARS, and anti-tank munitions, the US Department of Defense announced in a message on its website on April 4.

Jan Chadam has been elected as the new head of the PJSC Main Gas Pipelines of Ukraine supervisory board, replacing Huberte Bettonville, who had previously announced her early resignation from the board effective March 20, 2023.

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The National Bank of Ukraine’s (NBU) international reserves exceeded $32 billion after receiving the first IMF loan tranche worth $2.7 billion, NBU First Deputy Governor Kateryna Rozhkova said on national television on April 3.

Russia employed a new tactic during the Shahed drone attack on Odesa Oblast on the night of April 4, Natalia Humeniuk, spokeswoman for the Ukrainian military in the south, said in a comment to Ukrainian TV channel 24 on April 4.

The difference between the official rate and the black market rate for hryvnia-dollar exchanges is already below 5% – This is downright unworkable by the standard of the black and gray markets.

Ukraine may soon see 40 new demining companies, a crucial development after as much as 30% of Ukrainian territory – 174,000 square kilometers — could be covered in landmines, according to information revealed at the European Business Association (EBA)’s Security and Business Protection Committee meeting.

The United States expects the Armed Forces of Ukraine to launch a counteroffensive against Russian positions in the coming weeks, Permanent U.S. Representative to NATO, Julianne Smith, said at a press briefing on April 3, as reported by news agency Ukrinform.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met in Kyiv with a delegation of U.S. businessmen and representatives of several humanitarian institutions led by Trump-era U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on April 3, the presidential site reported.

The S&P Global Ratings international rating agency raised the rating of Ukrzaliznytsia, Ukraine’s state rail transport operator, to the level of CCC+.

The currency swap deal between the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) and the National Bank of Poland (NBP) has been extended for another year.

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