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Ukraine News Today: Savchenko published lists of POWs in Donbas; SBU prevented illegal social payments; “Borsch index” rises by 2.6%

Ukraine News Today as of January 10, 2017: MP Savchenko published lists of Ukrainian POWs in Donbas; traditional Ukrainian borsch soup rose in price by 2.6% in December compared to November 2016; Ukraine MFA hopeful to sign open sky agreement with EU soon
Ukraine News Today: Savchenko published lists of POWs in Donbas; SBU prevented illegal social payments; “Borsch index” rises by 2.6%

Savchenko Lists: MP Nadiya Savchenko published lists of Ukrainians held captive in Donbas:

Former military pilot and now MP Nadiya Savchenko has published lists of prisoners of war and missing persons on her Facebook page, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrainska Pravda.

She expressed an opinion that these lists could be useful for the Hague International Criminal Court in the case of the Russian aggression in Ukraine.

According to Savchenko, when Ukraine will file the case on Russian aggression to The Hague, the lists will be an evidence of Russia’s crimes.

She also suggests that the captives exchange process should be as public and transparent as the Minsk talks on the settlement of the situation in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine.

It should be recalled that on December 7, 2016, Savchenko met with the militants’ leaders Aleksandr Zakharchenko (DPR) and Igor Plotnitsky (LPR) in Minsk in the presence of Russian representative. Participants from the Ukrainian side learned about the meeting from the media.

Savchenko also backs the idea of the exchange in “all for all” format. According to Nadiya, there are two categories of the prisoners.

“The first category includes our soldiers held in the Russia-occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. The Ukrainian side requested for 129 people. The opposite side confirms 42 people,” – she wrote.

“In addition, Ukraine announced more 494 persons as missing. They are proportional to the number of prisoners in Ukraine representatives of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions want to exchange. The list from “DPR” includes 524 people, and from “LPR” – 377 people. Ukraine confirms 256 people from these lists. Therefore, in the first stage the sides can exchange 42 for 256,” Savchenko wrote.

The second category of exchange, she said, includes Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russian prisons and in the annexed Crimea.

“There are currently 44 people there. In Ukraine, there are Russian citizens, serving sentences for crimes committed against the territorial integrity of Ukraine and against Ukrainians in 2014-2016. There are currently 102 such persons there. Thus, we can exchange 44 for 102 people from the second category, Savchenko proposed.

Inflation in Ukraine: Traditional borsch soup rose in price by 2.6% in December:

In December 2016, the cost of ingredients needed for the Ukrainian traditional borsch soup cooked with meat grew by 2.6% and without meat – by 2.4% compared with November 2016, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.

Thus, in December 2016, the cost of borsh ingredients for 3.5 – 4 liters of water totaled: UAH 67.55 with meat and UAH 15.50 without meat.

The cost of borsch cooked with meat grew by 2.4% compared with November. The rise in cost took place due to the increase in consumer prices in December, almost of all the ingredients of borsch, apart from the sunflower oil.

Welfare payments fraud: Militants illegally received social payments from Ukraine’s state budget:

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) revealed that militants illegally obtained social payments in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) area in Donbas, the SBU press service reports.

“In particular, the SBU investigators found out that over 800 Ukrainian citizens receive social payments from the state budget in the Stanytsia Luhanska district [Kyiv-controlled territory of the Luhansk region], although they live in the temporarily occupied territories,” reads a report.

With this regard, the district state administration took a decision to suspend such payments and thus saved about UAH 4 million of state budget funds.

Open Sky: Ukraine MFA hopeful to sign open sky agreement with EU:

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry is hopeful to sign an agreement on open aviation area with EU, according to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Olena Zerkal, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to 112 TV channel.

“Mariano Rajoy (the Prime Minister of Spain) promised that they will take a position of excluding small airports from the agreement and this will solve the problem of Gibraltar and will give us chances to proceed to “open sky,” she explained, adding that there is already Britain’s consent on this.

Earlier it was reported that open sky agreement between Ukraine and USA entered into force on14 January 2016.