• Ukrainian airlines passenger volume jumped by 42.5% during the first five months of this year, compared to the same period last year, Interfax reports. Over 3.4 million passengers were transported between January and May, 2017.
• Energy Minister Ihor Nasalyk announced Monday that Ukraine will stockpile 17 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas to prepare for the winter, 6 billion more bcm than is currently available. Ukraine stopped importing natural gas directly from Russia in 2015.
• Saudia Arabia has partnered with Ukraine to begin production of Antonov 132 light multipurpose aircraft. Plans call for the production of 300 aircraft over the next 10 years for use by Saudi Arabia, Defense News reports.
• French owned Auchan Retail has acquired Ukrainian retailer Karavan, Reuters reports. Auchan operates 11 hypermarkets in five Ukrainian cities and employs 3,600 people. Karavan operates nine hypermarkets and superstores and employs 3,300 people in Ukraine.
• Ukraine has secured a financing package worth up to $100 million from IFC, a subsidiary of the World Bank, for grain trading company Nibulon, according to The Financial. The aid would strengthen agricultural infrastructure and help Nibulon realize its goal of boosting trade volumes by 7 million tons over four years.
• Texas-based oil and gas company Cub Energy Inc. will resume operations in Western Ukraine by the end of this year, following the $1.6 million purchase of a new nitrogen rejection unit.
• The European Union has agreed on agricultural quotas for Ukraine, including reductions on quotas for tomatoes, wheat, and honey, UkrAgroConsult reports. The limits are valid for three years.
• Ukraine’s consumer confidence index has hit its highest point since the post presidential election high ofJuly 2014, according to GfK Ukraine. Growing 3.2 points in May alone, the index now sits at 58 points.
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