• Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has cancelled plans to fly in Ukraine following months of disagreements with Kyiv’s Boryspil Airport. "Kiev airport has ... chosen to protect high fare airlines and deprive Ukrainian consumers/visitors access to Europe’s lowest air fares," Ryanair said in a statement Monday.
• Following Ryanair’s announcement that the carrier will scrap plans to fly in Ukraine, Boryspil Airport’s General Director Pavlo Riabikin said in a press conference that Ryanair demanded a aweiwa od conditions which were “not in line with Ukrainian legislation.”
• The restructuring plan for Naftogaz, which included an unbundling of the company’s natural gas transport activities, has ground to halt, Board Chairman Andriy Kobolev said Monday.Kobolev saw this as a blow to future European participation in Ukraine’s oil and gas industry.
• Naftogaz declared its support for renewing Ukrnafta’s licenses, according to Interfax. Ukrnafta is threatened by the refusal of the Ukraine Geological service to renew their oil licenses, threatening to leave.
• Ukrainian officials are negotiating with America’s largest coal mining company, XCOAL Energy, to supply coal to Ukraine, Interfax reports. A U.S. Department of Energy delegation is expected to come to Kyiv.
• Kyivstar, Ukraine’s largest mobile network operator, is reducing roaming costs in 30 countries including the U.S. and Canada. Kyivstar is a subsidiary of VimpleCom which serves over 235 million people worldwide.
• Lycamobile, an international mobile virtual network operator, will offer services in Ukraine in coming months via the 3G network of Ukrtelecom subsidiary Trimob.
• The World Bank is reviewing the effectiveness of Ukrainian reforms to the construction industry which intended to ease the burden of doing business in the country. The findings will be released in the 2018 edition of the annual Doing Business report.
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