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We want to see those responsible for MH17 crash being hold accountable - Kerry

On one year anniversary of the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has noted Washington's support for the international investigation into the crash with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice.

This is said in Kerry's statement issued by the U.S. Department of State on Thursday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

MH17 crash takes off hybrid war camouflage - Poroshenko

The Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash would not have happened without the direct instructions to the militants from their leaders, so Russia's involvement in the so-called hybrid war in Donbas became apparent after the tragedy.

This is said in the official statement of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on the anniversary of MH17 crash, published on the official website of the President.

Ukraine to transfer management of some customs offices to British company

The Ukrainian government is negotiating with a well-known British company, Crown Agency that has similar experience in EU and other countries, on transferring management of certain Ukrainian customs offices, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has said.

"I expect the negotiations to end and the management of a few customs offices to be transferred to the British company," he said in the Verkhovna Rada on Friday.

Switzerland ready to invest $100 mln in Ukrainian agriculture in next four years

Switzerland is ready to invest $100 million in Ukrainian agriculture in the next four years, Swiss Ambassador to Ukraine and Moldova Christian Schoenenberger has said.

"We'd like to present that in next four years the program of cooperation between Switzerland and Ukraine with a total investment of $100 million which we're ready to spend on agriculture will be in effect," he said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Oilseeds Black Sea crushing plant in Odesa region on Thursday.

Jaresko sees progress in talks with creditors, not rules out the default

Finance Minister of Ukraine Natalie Jaresko praises talks with the creditors on restructuring of sovereign debt, which took place in Washington on Wednesday, but she’s not ruling out a possibility of default.

The Minister said this to Ukrainian reporters in Washington after a series of meetings, including with the IMF, Ukrinform reports.

"The final agreement was not reached, but the great steps in mutual understanding were made. We are talking about tens of differences of opinion about figures, statistics, the vision of economy growth," the Finance Minister said.

Poroshenko: Mukachevo is a Kremlin plan

Rising tension on the conflict line in Donbas, observed in recent weeks, is evidently synchronized with the attempts to destabilize the situation inside the country.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said this in Uzhgorod yesterday, press office of the Head of State reports.

OSCE plans to double it's mission in Ukraine

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine could be expanded up to a thousand people.

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said this, speaking at the joint meeting of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee and Subcommittee on Security and Defence in Brussels on Tuesday, Interfax reports.

According to him, the organization plans to nearly double its mission up to a thousand people.

"But it does not mean we'll do that overnight," Zannier said.

Kyiv won the cheapest beer and travel lists in Europe

Kyiv has beaten other European cities in cheapest beer and travel. The capital made it to two lists of cheapest European cities at once.

Kyiv has always been cheap compared to the rest of Europe, but the conflict and uncertainty that Ukraine has gone through in 2014 caused its currency to plunge and inflation to skyrocket. It’s hard to say what prices may be at any given moment in 2015, but at least it should continue to be cheap for outsiders.

Five countries ask UN Council for an MH17 tribunal

Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine have officially asked the UN Security Council to set up the international criminal tribunal to prosecute those responsible for MH17 crash.

This is said in the statement of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations.

Confirmed: Chevron leaves Ukraine, Shell still remains

Chevron energy corporation leaves the project on shale gas extraction in Ukraine. Spokesperson for the Energy and Coal Industry Ministry of Ukraine Hanna Dudka said this in a commentary to an Ukrinform correspondent.

“Chevron actually announced its withdrawal from the market. The agreement on shale gas extraction was signed with the two companies, Shell and Chevron. Shell still remains on the market, however, no works for gas extraction are carried out," Dudka said.

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