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Scoop of the day: Ukraine unhappy about US-German deal on Nord Stream 2

Scoop of the day: Ukraine unhappy about US-German deal on Nord Stream 2

Nord Stream 2

The Foreign Ministry has said that Ukraine was not involved in negotiations on the US-German deal concerning the Russia gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.

Naftogaz board chairman Yuriy Vitrenko has put in doubt Germany's ability to guarantee gas transit across Ukraine in an interview with Radio Liberty.

Weather

Odesa streets have been flooded as a result of severe thunderstorms that hit the city in the early hours of 22 July. According to meteorologists, 31 mm of rain fell in the city within an hour.

Two people got killed and seen injured after storms, gusty wind and showers hit Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Hungary

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has arrived in Kyiv on an official visit. He and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba will visit the area of hostilities in Donbas. The sides have already signed an agreement under which Ukraine and Hungary recognize each other's education certificates.

Economy

The NBU Board has decided to raise the key policy rate to 8% per annum as of 23 July, the National Bank has announced on its website. Given the significant increase in underlying inflationary pressures, this step is necessary to return inflation to 5% in 2022 and keep inflation expectations in check, it said.

As anticipated, inflation in H1 2021 breached its 5% ± 1 pp target range, but the deviation, driven by both short-lived and fundamental factors, was more significant than expected.

Security

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has said it has blocked a spy network run by the Russian FSB in Kherson Region. The network consisted of Ukrainian law enforcers and officials recruited to collect intelligence about security and law-enforcement activities.

Coronavirus

Six cases of the Delta strain were identified during tests in Kyiv's Oleksandrivska hospital.

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