EU includes Ukraine on its ‘green zone’ list

BRUSSELS – The Council of the European Union announced on July 15 that Ukraine has been added to its list of countries it believes no longer require certain travel restrictions. Member states of the EU use those recommendations to decide whether to impose COVID-19-related travel restrictions.

Powerful Internal Affairs Minister Avakov resigns without giving reason for the move

KYIV – Arsen Avakov, one of the most powerful and independent-minded government officials, tendered his resignation as internal affairs minister on July 13.
As the nation’s longest-serving top cop overseeing personnel in various agencies numbering more than 300,000 people, Mr. Avakov, 57, is one of the last officials not perceived as part of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s inner-circle.

Nathan’s Famous hotdogs extends global reach to make Ukraine 17th foreign market

KYIV – Nathan’s Famous, New York’s legendary hotdog vendor, made its way to Ukraine’s capital on July 14 with much fanfare.
In typical U.S. style complete with loud American music, muscle cars, beer and, of course, sausage links served in a bun with six topping choices, the once Coney Island nickel stand held a grand opening with U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires George Kent, American Chamber of Commerce President Andy Hunder and the company’s Senior Vice President for Restaurants James Walker among those in attendance.

Ukraine’s fertile farmland goes up for sale after two-decade moratorium

KYIV – About 44 percent of Ukraine’s territory has been freed from a moratorium that was lifted on July 1 when agricultural land went up for sale.

After two decades of the freeze, more than 42 million hectares (103 million acres) – larger than Italy or California – is now purchasable as Ukraine left the club of the few remaining countries that don’t have a farmland market. The remaining countries are North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela and Belarus.