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Scoop of the day: Ukraine's foreign reserves shrink by 5%

Scoop of the day: Ukraine's foreign reserves shrink by 5%


Ukraine had USD 29,287.1 million in international reserves as of 1 February 2022, preliminary data show. The NBU said that in January, the international reserves reduced by 5.3%, however still exceeded the yearly average indicator in 2021. The international reserves decreased last month on the account of FX interventions of the NBU intended to alleviate fluctuations on the FX market associated with psychological factors.

Ukraine's foreign policy

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has listed the three "red lines" from which Ukraine will never retreat.

At a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock he said: "We will not make any concessions on Ukraine's territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders […] We will not enter into direct dialogue with the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics. This is not stipulated by the Minsk agreements. The attempt to establish such a dialogue is in the interest solely of the Russian Federation to get rid of the status of a party to the conflict and turn itself into a mediator, and the third is that the Ukrainian people will always be the only source of decisions on our state's foreign policy."

Military aid

Ukraine will soon receive aid from the UK, Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said on Facebook.

"We discussed with my colleague and good friend of Ukraine, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, the current situation in the region and exchanged views on possible scenarios. I am grateful to our British partners for their consistent support, including the assistance that Britain is sending to Ukraine. By the way, we expect to receive such a cargo soon," Reznikov said.

Germany has officially confirmed that it will transfer 5,000 helmets to Ukraine, Reznikov tweeted, thanking "Ukraine's close friend Anka Feldhusen" for this.

Crimea Platform

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has announced that a new summit of the Crimea Platform will be held in August 2022. He said this at a briefing after a meeting with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock that parliamentary delegations from different countries will take part in it.

Security exercise

For the first time, the full 112th Territorial Defence Brigade was assembled for an exercise in Kyiv, with all nine battalions taking part at once. The exercise took place on 5 February at a Kyiv-based training centre.


A Ukrainian serviceman was wounded when separatists opened fired with small arms near Pisky, the Joint Forces Operation HQ said.

The foreign ministers of Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, who are visiting Ukraine today, are in Stanytsya Luhanska where they have the opportunity to see with their own eyes the consequences of Russian aggression and Ukraine's efforts to overcome it, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said at a briefing today. Kuleba will meet them in Kyiv tomorrow.


In January 2022, natural gas transit through Ukraine's gas transport system (GTS) reached 1.664bn cu.m. This is 57% lower than in the same period of 2021, the press service of the Ukrainian gas transport system operator has said.


Employees of the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine have detained MP Serhiy Kuzminykh, who was caught red-handed accepting a bribe.

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