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Kyiv ranks 132 in world ranking of comfortable cities

According to The Economist Intelligence Unit's annual Global Liveability Ranking, Kyiv ranks 132 in the overall ranking of 140 cities.

Our Kyiv portal reported.

Kyiv has seen the sharpest fall in liveability over the past 12 months due to the ongoing conflict, earning it the city with the second biggest fall in liveability score, despite it placing at 132 overall.

At the top however, Melbourne has retained the title of the most liveable city in the world for the fifth year running, closely followed by Vienna, Austria, and Vancouver, Canada.

Conflict in Ukraine is the worst one since Cold War - Steinmeier

The situation in Ukraine has become the most serious crisis since the end of the Cold War, and it can be solved only by moving forward with small steps.

Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier said this, speaking at the conference of the ambassadors in Switzerland on Monday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"In the course of the Swiss Chairmanship in 2014, the OSCE assumed a key role in resolving the Ukrainian crisis," Steinmeier said.

Poroshenko: Putin's visit to Crimea is challenge to civilized world

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko compared the trip of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Crimea with the actions of Russian mercenaries in Donbas.

The President wrote this on Facebook.

"Putin's visit to Ukrainian Crimea without the consent of the Ukrainian authorities is a challenge to the civilized world and part of the scenario to exacerbate the situation, which is implemented by the Russian military and mercenaries in Donbas. Such visits mean further militarization of the occupied Ukrainian peninsula and increase its isolation," Poroshenko said.

EU condemns escalation of military conflict in eastern Ukraine, urges parties to preserve civilians' lives

The EU condemns the escalation of the military actions that took place in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, last night, which caused the deaths of civilians, Catherine Ray, Spokesperson for EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy led by High Representative, Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, has said.

It's completely necessary that both parties maintain the ceasefire regime and take all necessary measures to protect civilians in accordance with international and humanitarian laws, Ray said at a briefing in Brussels.

Electricity tariffs to rise from September 1

Starting from September 1, Ukrainians expect the second phase of increase in electricity tariffs, on the average, the prices will increase by 23% compared to the current tariff.

This has been said in a decision of the national commission that performs the state regulation in the fields of energy and utility services of February 26, 2014 "On establishment of electricity tariffs for population."

In accordance with the decision, from September 1, the prices will rise to an average of 62.8 kopecks per kWh, which is by 23% more than the current tariff.

US Secretary of State expressed concern over situation in Donbas

US Secretary of State John Kerry in a conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed serious concern over the sharp increase in the number of attacks by separatists in Donbas.

A spokesman for the US State Department said this on Thursday, August 13, Radio Liberty reported.

Kerry also called for an immediate ceasefire.

In recent days, the ATO headquarters reported about aggravation of the situation in Donbas. This information was confirmed by the OSCE SMM.

OSCE SMM not planning to leave Donetsk

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM) intends to continue its work in Donetsk although its vehicles were burned down early on Sunday morning.

"In response to reports SMM has no plans to leave Donetsk. Today we're @ work in Donetsk, Luhansk including facilitating water repair works," the mission said in a statement posted on Facebook and on Twitter on Thursday.

Ukrainian Cabinet to endorse second package of sanctions against Russia on Wednesday - PM

The Ukrainian Cabinet of ministers is expected to endorse an expanded package of sanctions against Russia at a meeting on Wednesday, August 12, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has said.

"The expanded sanctions imposed on the Russian Federation by the U.S. government took effect yesterday. Therefore, the Cabinet of ministers is adopting the second expanded package of sanctions today and is passing it to the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council for consideration," Yatseniuk said at a government meeting in Kyiv on Wednesday.

US accuses Russia of aggravation of situation in Donbas

The USA calls on Russia and its separatist forces in Ukraine to adhere to their commitments on ceasefire.

US State Department spokesman John Kirby said this on Monday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"Russia and its backed separatists cannot conduct peace talks and fight at the same time. If they really want peace, they must adhere to the ceasefire, which was agreed in Minsk," he said.

Kyiv plans to increase tourist flow to three mln people in two years

The Kyiv City State Administration plans to increase the tourist flow up to three million people under the complex municipal target program of tourism development in Kyiv from 2016 to 2018.

It has been reported by an Ukrinform correspondent.

According to the department of economics and investments of the Kyiv City Council, the program will increase the tourist flow into the city up to three million people and their average length of stay in the city until five days.

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