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Ukraine News Today June 23, 2017: Strana.ua editor-in-chief faces years in prison, seizure of property for blackmailing; Eurowings to fly to Kyiv from 2018

Ukraine News Today: Strana.ua editor-in-chief faces years in prison, seizure of property for blackmailing; Eurowings to fly to Kyiv's Boryspil from 2018; Ukrainian PM promises to repair roads in 5-7 years
Ukraine News Today June 23, 2017: Strana.ua editor-in-chief faces years in prison, seizure of property for blackmailing; Eurowings to fly to Kyiv from 2018

Strana.ua editor-in-chief faces years in prison, seizure of property for blackmailing

Editor-in-chief of the online newspaper Strana.ua Ihor Huzhva is facing up to 10 years in prison along with the seizure of property, according to the article of the Criminal Code mentioned by the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s press secretary in his case, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

“Under the procedural guidance of the Kyiv Prosecutor’s Office, investigators of the National Police’s main department in Kyiv have detained head of the Internet publication Strana.ua and an intermediary on suspicion of committing a crime envisaged by Part 3 of Article 189 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (blackmailing offenses),” press secretary Larysa Sargan wrote on Facebook.

According to the Criminal Code of Ukraine, the article covers blackmailing offenses that are “combined with violence that is dangerous for the life or health of a person, or that caused damage to property on a large scale.”

The punishment for such crimes is imprisonment for a period from five to ten years with confiscation of property. Huzhva was detained on Thursday evening after a police raid in the Strana.ua editorial office.

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko on June 22 wrote on Facebook that Huzhva had been detained for demanding and receiving $10,000 in exchange for not publishing compromising materials about a politician.

Later, Radial Party leader Oleh Liashko informed that the materials were related to a member of his party, MP Dmytro Linko. Huzhva denied all charges, claiming it is a frame-up.

Germany’s Eurowings to fly to Kyiv’s Boryspil from 2018

Germany’s low-cost airlines Eurowings, which is part of the Lufthansa Group, will start flying to Kyiv’s Boryspil airport from next year, according to the airport’s director, according to UNIAN.

“With the permission of our partners from Lufthansa Group I’ll share a little secret. From next year the low-cost carrier Eurowings (the Lufthansa group of companies) plans to start flights between Kyiv and Berlin with the further launch of flights to Dusseldorf,” Boryspil Airport head Pavlo Riabikin wrote on Thursday evening.

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan, in turn, announced the arrival of another low-cost airline.

“We keep our promises! Ryanair, Eurowings and one more low-cost airline announce this year their plans to fly to Ukraine,” he wrote on Facebook.

The ministry earlier reported that airport fees for handling passengers by Boryspil Airport had been lowered. What is more, the ministry also introduced considerable discounts for all new flights to new airports.

Ukrainian PM promises to repair roads in 5-7 years

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman says that Government will take needed measures to bring Ukrainian roads to proper condition within 5-7 years.

The Ukrainian Prime Minister states this during Government Question Hour meeting held in Parliament today, according to Ukrinform.

“95% of the roads are in poor condition, and this did not happen yesterday or two years ago, it was systemic underfinancing and abuses [of power] that had been in the country for decades,” Groysman said.

According to him, at present large-scale construction and reconstruction of Ukrainian roads have been resumed.

“We can bring Ukrainian roads to proper condition within 5-7 years, and for this we need to develop the economy so that we can increase spending on the Ukrainian roads,” Groysman added.