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Ukraine News Today Jan. 15, 2017: Prices for some drugs in Ukraine are 14 times higher than in other countries; Hryvnia exchange rate drops to 28.8 per dollar; 1 soldier killed, 3 wounded in Donbas

Ukraine News Today: Some drugs’ prices in Ukraine are 14 times higher than in the reference countries; Hryvnia exchange rate drops to 28.8 per dollar on the “black” market; 1 soldier killed, 3 wounded in action in Donbas over the past 24 hours
Ukraine News Today Jan. 15, 2017: Some drugs’ prices 14 times higher than in other countries; Hryvnia exchange rate drops to 28.8 per dollar; 1 soldier killed, 3 wounded in Donbas

Medication Pricing in Ukraine: Prices for some medicines in Ukraine 14 times higher than in other countries

Prices for some drugs in Ukraine are inflated 14 times compared to the reference countries, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrainska Pravda.

“According to the organization “Patients of Ukraine,” the Ukrainians often have to travel abroad to buy medicines for themselves or their relatives, because they are many times cheaper there”, – stated in the article.

“Of the 97 medicines monitored by the organization nearly a third (28.9%) has been sold in Ukraine for much higher prices than in other European countries”, – points out the representative of the organization.

“Moreover, some drugs’ prices in Ukraine have inflated 14 times compared to the reference countries. And we must give credit to the government, which nevertheless decided to reform the pricing on the pharmaceutical market”, – says the report.

Earlier it was reported that the Ukrainian Cabinet introduced the so-called reference (average) prices for drugs for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and asthma from 1 January 2017.

Ukrainian Currency Crisis: “Black” market hryvnia cash exchange rate dropped 28.8 per US dollar on Sunday

At the cash segment of the foreign exchange market, hryvnia was trading at the level of 28.8 per US dollar.

As of 11:30 local time on Sunday, 1 US dollar was trading at an average of 28.61 hryvnias (purchase) and 28.79 hryvnias (sale).

The volume of US dollars offered for sale was nearly three times higher than the volume the buyers wanted to purchase.

At the same time, the official hryvnia exchange rate on January 16 was UAH 27.66 per dollar.

Euro exchange rate on the “black” market was at 30,09-30,37 hryvnia/euro.
It should be recalled that on Friday, Jan. 13, the Ukrainian Central bank intervened currency exchange market to support hryvnia after it dropped to UAH29 per dollar.

Ukraine Crisis: One Ukrainian soldier killed, three wounded in Donbas as militants launched 60 attacks

Russia-backed occupation forces continue to shell Ukrainian positions in all directions, 112 Ukraine TV channel reports with reference to the Anti-Terrorist Operation HQ.

In the Donetsk sector of the ATO area, the Russia-backed occupation forces shelled Luhanske from 122 mm artillery. Mortars were used to attack Kam’ianka, Myronivske, Zaytseve and Avdiyivka. Illegal armed groups used rocket launchers and small arms to attack Mayorsk, Zaytseve, Novoselivka Druha, Avdiyivka, Kruta Balka, and Novhorodske. The village of Troitske was attacked with enemy IFV.

In the Mariupol sector, militants used mortars to shell Shyrokyne, Marinka, Slavne and Vodyane. Rocket launchers and small arms were used to attack Hnutove, Talakivka, Shyrokyne, Pavlopil, Starohnativka. Novomykhailivka and Slavne were attacked with enemy IFV. A sniper worked in Krasnohorivka.

In the Luhansk sector, he village of Novozvanivka was shelled from 152 mm artillery. Occupants used mortars to attack Novozvanivka and Novotoshkivka. Anti-tank missile systems fired in Krymske and Novooleksandrivka, rocket launchers and small arms – in Orihove and Lobacheve. An enemy sniper worked in Stanytsia Luhanska.

60 attacks occurred in total over the past 24 hours.

One Ukrainian soldier was killed, three more were wounded in action.