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The United Kingdom has allocated an additional £1 bln to support Ukraine. The funds will be used to support investments, trade, and security. The announcement was made by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, who is on a visit to the United Kingdom at the invitation of his British counterpart Liz Truss. During this visit, the UK officially confirmed the increase in funding for Ukraine by £1 bln to the amount of £3.5 bln. Kuleba said that the allocated funds will be used for projects in infrastructure, healthcare and clean energy.
Politics

The US imposed no sanctions against Nord Stream-2, but might allocate $300 mln for Ukraine. Whilst the draft U.S. Defense Budget for the fiscal year 2022 (NDAA) does not include proposals for sanctions against Russia’s Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, which Republican senators have been advocating. The compromise draft budget includes $300 mln to support Ukraine, which is $50 mln more than President Biden requested, including $75 mln for lethal weapons, reported Politico.
Infrastructure

Ukraine will invest UAH 142 bln in infrastructure development. In 2022, UAH 141.8 bln ($5.22 bln) will be allocated for the construction and maintenance of state and local roads and the modernization of railways, airports, and river transport said the Deputy Finance Minister, Oleksandr Kava. In addition to this investment, funds will also be provided to construct and reconstruct bridges. In particular, the Zaporizhzhya Bridge and the left-bank exit from the Darnytskyi Bridge in Kyiv. The construction of a new bridge in Kremenchuk will also go ahead.
Agro

The price of farmland increases an average by 217%. The price of plots at electronic land auctions is growing by an average of 217%, said the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Roman Leshchenko. He noted that the transparency of land relations is ensured through land auctions in the electronic system Prozorro.Sales. To date, 1,542 auctions have been announced, and 8,000 hectares of land plots in various regions of Ukraine with a total value of UAH 570 mln ($21 mln) have been put up for lease or alienation. The minister said that the price per hectare grew by 217%, with an average price of almost UAH 40,000 ($1470).
Agro

Ukraine will change the algorithm of automatic land valuation. The State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPFU) will soon introduce changes in the service of automated land valuation. This will avoid the overstatement of the estimated value of the land. “We plan to use more average values, which will prevent cases of unreasonable overestimation of the estimated value and, accordingly, tax payments that occur today,” said the First Deputy Head of the State Geocadastre, Anatoly Miroshnichenko. He added that information on special permits for subsoil use and land composition of land plots is available through the Public Cadastral Map and in extracts from the State Land Cadastre.
Investments

A new $15M VC fund has launched in Ukraine. The new VC fund called SID Venture Partners I has launched in Ukraine. The trust fund is valued at $15 mln. Its focus is on early-stage funding of the projects with Ukrainian founders. The fund is managed by 9 representatives of the Ukrainian IT industry and combines the efforts of 3 companies. Sigma Software, Ideasoft, and Datrics to create a synergy of service and product business. The fund will focus on Ukrainian tech startups, preferring projects in deeptech, b2b, blockchain, fintech, and the automotive industry.
Privatization

Ust-Danube commercial seaport to be privatized. The State Property Fund (SPF) of Ukraine intends to privatize the Ust-Danube Commercial Sea Port State Enterprise in the first quarter of 2022, reported Interfax. The Fund noted that after including the single property complex of the State Enterprise “Ust-Danube Commercial Sea Port” in the list of small privatization objects, an inventory of the company’s property was carried out.
Infrastructure

The first autobahn in Ukraine will be built in 2022. The autobahn will be between the Polish city of Krakow to Brody and Rivne. The length is 280 kilometers, and traveling time is expected to be reduced from 4 hours 20 minutes to 2.5 hours. The autobahn will be designed for a speed of 130 kilometers per hour, and the project will be implemented in three stages. The autobahn from the Polish border will be a part of the road to Kyiv, said Denys Shmygal during the Ukrainian-Croatian business forum.
Infrastructure

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will invest $50 mln to develop industrial and logistics real estate in Ukraine. The EBRD will finance Dragon Capital Investments Ltd in its development and management of industrial and logistics real estate. The decision to allocate funding to the EBRD Board of Directors will be made on January 12, 2022.
Economy

Ukraine abolished 35% duty on the imports of Belarusian MAZ vehicles. The Interdepartmental Commission on International Trade (ITC) has abolished a special duty on imports of buses, trucks, and special cars from Belarus in the amount of 35% of the customs value, which came into force in May 2 of this year.
Tech

YouTube launches Shorts Fund in Ukraine to support short video authors. The Minister of Digital Transformation, Mikhail Fedorov, met with the Google team in Washington earlier this year to discuss the inclusion of Ukraine in the YouTube Shorts program. The launch of the Shorts Fund means that starting in December, Ukrainian content makers will be able to receive funding for short videos that will become popular on the social network.
Tech

Ukrainian MedTech startup DrugCard has raised €255,000 from Think Bigger Capital and Farmak. DrugCard is a platform for automatic monitoring of medical literature. The product helps pharmaceutical companies reduce costs, optimize routine processes, and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements in pharmacovigilance. During the two years, the pharmaceutical company Farmak met more than 80 startups in the field of medical technology and related fields and invested more than $ 500,000, reported ain.ua
Privatization

Distillery in the Lviv region sold 16 times more than the starting price. At the privatization auction for the sale of property of Vuzlivsky MTD in the Lviv region, the price increased from the starting UAH 21 mln ($772,000) to UAH 333 mln ($12.2 mln), (Prozorro.Sale). The distillery is located in Radekhiv, which is in the Lviv region. A total of 7 companies took part in the bidding. The proposed UAH 333 million is the highest price among all privatized distilleries in Ukraine.
Economy

The share of new cars in the Ukrainian electric car market is growing. In November 2021, 905 battery-powered vehicles were added to Ukraine’s fleet, 76% more than in November last year, reported Ukravtoprom. The most popular passenger electric car is the Nissan Leaf, next is the Tesla Model, and Chevrolet Bolt. Of the 57 commercial electric vehicles that received Ukrainian license plates in November, 44 were Renault Kangoo. In just eleven months since the beginning of the year, 7.9 thousand cars powered by rechargeable power sources have passed the first registration in Ukraine, 16% more than in 2020.
Tourism

Medical tourism in Ukraine to recover in 2022. From 2017 to 2019, the number of foreigners receiving treatment and diagnosis in Ukraine has doubled, reported Interfax. “Statistics speak for themselves: both trends and demand for medical services in Ukraine will only grow, despite even a temporary timeout due to pandemic”, said Bogdan Zadorizhny, surgeon-oncologist of Spizhenko Clinic.
Editor’s note: Many travelers come to Ukraine for medical tourism. It is a trend that has been popular for the past 3-5 years. One US student shared his experience visiting Ukraine as a tourist and decided to have some dental work. He spent $700 on visits to the dentist in Kyiv, whilst in NYC the price would have been around $5000. You will say that medical insurance could cover dental expenses. However, the average cost of Medical Insurance in NYC is at least $400-$500 per month. The quality of medical treatment in Ukraine is rising, along with the number of medical tourists. Maybe Ukraine can develop this business following the Thai model where you see international standard medical facilities serving both residents and ex-pats in the South East Asian region. Best Regards, UBN Editorial Board.

Lockdowns in Ukraine

So, there are still stringent, business-destroying (and health destroying) measures in place in Ukraine, but as is common, I think, in post-communist societies, enforcement is lax. Most stores, and even shopping centers fail to check people’s certificates. I recently went to a shopping mall in Kyiv and only one of about six stores asked for it. The guard at the entrance seemed to only be spot checking.

I also know many people who’ve gotten fake vaccine certificates. I don’t like this, as it’s better to fight the lie than become a part of it. But we do what we must to survive.

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MUST SEE compilation of Doctors commenting on the “epidemic” and the experimental gene therapy which they’re calling a “vaccine.”

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The Obvious Hypocrisy of our “Leaders”



Does the shot alter your DNA? Forbes changes headline twice in 8 hours.

Grammarly Founders Become Billionaires From Fixing Your Sloppy Writing

A $200 million investment round announced last week by popular grammar checking tool Grammarly didn’t just catapult the company’s value to $13 billion, but minted billionaires out of two of its founders: Max Lytvyn and Alex Shevchenko. The Ukrainian-born entrepreneurs, who started the automated writing assistant in 2009 with the help of programmer Dmytro Lider, are now worth at least $4 billion each thanks to the recent funding, Forbes estimates.

About 22% of Grammarly is owned by the investors involved in its two funding rounds in 2019 and 2021, according to data collected by Pitchbook. Meanwhile, Lider, the third co-founder, holds onto a stake of just 1%, a company spokesperson previously told Forbes Ukraine, a licensed edition of Forbes. That leaves Lytvyn and Shevchenko with an estimated 35% each of Grammarly’s equity, worth roughly $4 billion apiece after taking into account Forbes’ discount for private companies. A source familiar with the business confirmed these numbers.

Grammarly disputes Forbes’ estimates but has not provided any evidence to support a different valuation of its cofounders. “Grammarly is a private company and does not disclose company ownership distribution or figures,” the company’s communications head Senka Hadzimuratovic said in an email.

The San Francisco-based company was launched over a decade ago under the quickly abandoned name Sentenceworks as a subscription-based product aimed at helping students with their grammar and spelling. It has since evolved away from its sole focus on education and opened up access to its intelligence-driven grammar checker, which can be used to easily weed out the errors in emails, documents and more. The company has also released spin-off products like Grammarly for Business, an edition of its grammar checker for corporate use which boasts big-name clients like Zoom, Cisco, Dell and Expedia.

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This isn’t the only company Lytvyn and Shevchenko have started together. The pair, who met while attending the International Christian University in Ukraine, say the idea for Grammarly actually came from their previous venture, MyDropBox, which dates back to their college days.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jemimamcevoy/2021/11/23/grammarly-founders-become-billionaires-from-fixing-your-sloppy-writing/

Anti Vaccine Mandate Protests in Kyiv

The media is ignoring these protests, and diminishing their size — as they’re doing with other, much larger and more violent anti-jab protests in Europe:

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🇧🇪 BELGIUM :

🇭🇷 CROATIAN MAN CLIMBED UP TO GET A GOOD VIEW OF THE PROTEST 😆 :

🇦🇹🚨 VIENNA, AUSTRIA RISING UP AGAINST COVID TYRANNY:

🇵🇹 LISBON, PORTUGAL RISING UP AGAINST COVID TYRANNY:

🇨🇭 Torch protest tonight in Zurich, Switzerland against vaccine passports and a covid law.

🇮🇹 Protest in Italy against vaccine passports

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Cardiologist Medical Doctor who Wanted to Punch Anti-Vaxxers in the Face DEAD After COVID Booster Shot

Sohrab Lutchmedial: 52-year-old Canadian cardiologist tells the non-vaxxed “I won’t cry at your funeral,” dead two weeks after third (booster) mRNA injection

https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/cardiologist-medical-doctor-who-wanted-to-punch-anti-vaxxers-in-the-face-dead-after-covid-booster-shot/

Whistleblower Nurse in Neighboring Slovenia Claims Politicians and oligarchs received Saline Shots

A crisis has hit the eastern European country of Slovenia, with a whistleblower nurse telling the public that politicians and other high ranking citizens receive saline instead of the mRNA experimental medication.

During the conference she showed codes on the bottles where each contains 1, 2 or 3 digits, and then explained the meaning of those numbers.

She says she personally witnessed the jab of all the politicians and tycoons and everyone who received the number 1 bottle, claiming they received the saline solution, a placebo.

https://dailytelegraph.co.nz/covid-19/crisis-in-slovenia-whistleblower-nurse-says-politicians-receive-saline-instead-of-mrna-jab/

In a video on Facebook, which has been deleted by YouTube, the woman claiming to be the head nurse of the University Medical Center in Ljubljana, which takes care of receiving and managing the jab bottles for politicians, resigned and gave a press conference on the scandal.

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Kyiv Post Shut Down !?

Since 2008 the English-language Kyiv Post, under the leadership of editor-in-chief Brian Bonner, has consistently uncovered corruption and cronyism in Ukraine’s highest circles, despite sometimes ferocious opposition from the oligarchs, officials and politicians on the receiving end of their reporting.

But on Monday, the paper’s owner, Syrian-born construction mogul Adnan Kivan—who also owns a TV station, Channel 7 in Odessa, where he is based—fired the entire Kyiv Post newsroom. Bonner says he was blindsided by the decision. As was the Ukrainian expat community.

Bonner has a long and colorful history of surviving disaster. In 2011, the New York Times reported on his refusal to kill a story critical of the Ukrainian agriculture minister (said to have been involved in a scandal known as “The Great Grain Robbery”); upon its publication he was summarily fired by then-owner Mohammad Zahoor. The newsroom went on strike in protest. Its reporters took their laptops to a city park from where they posted reports on the dispute via Facebook. Bonner was eventually reinstated.

In 2014, CJR reported on the Kyiv Post and its independence, citing an editorial in which Bonner had defended telling the truth about corruption and war to a group of angry businessmen.

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https://www.cjr.org/q_and_a/the-kyiv-posts-brian-bonner-on-why-silence-is-not-golden.php

Pharma-tyranny in Ukraine

The push in Ukraine over the course of the past month has been insane. You can’t travel in public transportation. You can’t order food in a restaurant. You can’t go a store . . . unless you’ve taken the experimental shot.

This is particularly absurd because the experimental shot neither prevents you from getting nor from transmitting Covid! So why do only un-vaccinated people need testing. (Answer: probably because only testing unvaccinated will produce data indicating that unvaccinated people are at higher risk.)

I know many people concerned about these experimental shots who caved in. It seems Ukrainians are too poor and uncertain about their economic station to resist.

Though I do also know many, including my son’s chess tutor, who quit their jobs.

The pressure is very intense right now. It’s very demoralizing.

Here’s a video compilation of headlines about DOZENS of athletes who’ve had heart attacks during and after their games. Yeah, perfectly normal.

American Gulag – a heartbreaking letter

I never thought America would so resemble the Soviet Union.

The American Gulag project tracks the plight of the January 6th trespassers who are being tortured in DC prisons. 9 months of solitary confinement. Physical beatings. Threats. Psychological abuse.


Dear Fellow Americans

I never thought I’d write a letter like this, but we’re living in very different times. This is my cry for help.

My name is Nathan DeGrave, and as a non violent participant at the Jan 6th rally, I’ve spent the last 9 months detained as a political prisoner in pod C2B at the DC DOC…otherwise known as DC’s Gitmo.

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The vile filth of what has become our daily life is being illegally HIDDEN from the members of OUR OWN CONGRESS.

So…let me tell you about what me and many of the other Jan 6ers have been experiencing in DC’s Gitmo. It is my hope that with MEDIA EXPOSURE and the awareness of the American public, that SOMETHING may be done and this never happens to anyone ever again.

OUR CONDITIONS

For the first 120 days in DC’s Gitmo, Jan 6ers experienced DAILY LOCKDOWNS for 23-24 HOURS before being allowed to leave our small 120 sq. ft cell. The PHYSICAL and MENTAL ANGUISH that results from this kind of SEVERE ISOLATION has caused many people to go on a RAPID mental decline.

As a result, a large percentage of us are HEAVILY MEDICATED with anti-anxiety and anti-depressant drugs, which helps to cope with the psychological and mental ABUSE we endure.

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Noam Chomsky Endorses Holodomor 2.0 Strategy to Starve The Unvaxxed Into Submission

Leftist intellectual Noam Chomsky in a recent interview endorsed segregating the unvaccinated from society and denying them food in a neo-Bolshevik Holodomor 2.0 strategy to starve them into submission.

“Such people have to be– they should have the decency to remove themselves from the community, if they refuse to do that, then measures have to be taken to safeguard the community from them,” Chomsky told the Primo Radical YouTube show over the weekend. “Then comes the practical question that you asked: How can we get food to them? Well, that’s actually their problem.”

“Of course, if they really become destitute then yes you have to move in with some measure to secure their survival, just as you do with people in jail,” Chomsky said.

http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=62627

Yes, the title is a bit sensational, but I know that leftist ideology is a train with no brakes. By design it mobilizes a societies angriest, most resentful, psychopaths and narcissists.

What scares me even more than all the public figures who are now explicitly threaten ing me and my family, are the large number of by fellow diaspora Ukrainians cheering them on. If it were a hundred years ago, exactly these people would be beating the village priest to death because the media said he’s standing in the way of a workers’ paradise.

I will buy enough land for a small farm.

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How do they live with the cognitive dissonance?

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Study Destroys Justification for Vaccine Mandates
CDC and State Health Department scientists find similar or higher viral load of Covid-19 virus among the vaccinated as compared to the unvaccinated

The CDC and State Health Department scientists just released a study that again reflects the dangers of making civil and individual rights contingent on a medical procedure. This study, titled Shedding of Infectious SARS-CoV-2 Despite Vaccination, reviewed swab specimens from 36 counties in Wisconsin from the end of June to the end of July 2021. They then checked the viral load of SARS-CoV-2 in each swab.

What did they find? High viral load in “158 of 232 unvaccinated (68%…) and 156 of 225 fully vaccinated (69%…) symptomatic individuals.” Meaning there was effectively no difference between the symptomatic vaccinated and unvaccinated in terms of who was carrying, and therefore spreading, the virus.

But the study does not end there. It also found high viral loads in “7 of 24 unvaccinated (29%…) and 9 of 11 fully vaccinated asymptomatic individuals (82%…).” Meaning, among asymptomatic individuals, the vaccinated had a higher percentage with a high viral load. As I explained in an interview with Shannon Bream, this reflects that the unvaccinated that catch the virus are more likely to be at home in bed with symptoms, while the vaccinated that catch the virus are more likely to have no symptoms and hence continue their daily routine unknowingly spreading the virus.

https://aaronsiri.substack.com/p/study-destroys-justification-for

A Ukrainian Story About Ivermectin

I was sharing some heavily censored information about Ivermectin with a close friend of mine here in Ukraine. He related this story from about a year ago:

He’d been diagnosed with Covid, and telephone a well known Ukrainian politician with whom he’d met a few days prior to inform him. The politician wasn’t the least bit worried. He provided a phone number to a head doctor and told him to drop his name when they spoke. The doctor treated him immediately with Ivermectin, and told him not to advertise it because it’s not officially approved.

My friend never even had any symptoms.

Covid Tyranny comes to Ukraine

Ukraine had been the least-vaccinated country in Europe at 5.5%. Last I saw, this number was 15%. It’s probably rising still higher — because in a shopping mall in Lviv, there’s a line out the door of people getting vaccinated, despite the 19-year-old Ukrainian boy who recently dropped dead with heart failure seven hour after getting the vaccine.

Why?

Because the neo-Bolsheviks are manipulating people in a cruel and heartless way. 100 years ago, they said you don’t get food unless you collectivize. Today, they’re basically saying you can’t work unless you get this experimental and dangerous shot.

Most government jobs seems to require it now. Worse, trains and some buses require proof of vaccination. This is horrible. The most vulnerable Ukrainians absolutely rely on public transportation. Officially, there are tests as an alternative to vaccines, but my brother-in-law was recently kicked off a bus for not being vaccinated (FYI – this seems only only apply to buses which travel between different regions of Ukraine, not local buses.).

I’m sure it isn’t that hard to get fake vaccine passports from Ukraine’s corrupt institutions, but it reminds me of something that Polish dissident (and Nobel Prize winner) Czeslow Milosz wrote about — they make you party to the lie. You have to join the lie.

It’s very sad. One of the nannies we interviewed told us – hesitantly – that she wasn’t vaccinated. I was delighted!!! I think we’ll hire her. There’s some evidence that vaccinated people are just as much carriers of the virus, but because of their gene therapy shot, they shed mutated variants.

The policy has no regard for the fact that natural immunity seems greatly superior to vaccination. Also, Ivermectin seems like a miracle cure for Covid – and it’s been used for 40 years with virtually no side effects, unlike this shot, which according to VAERS has already KILLED 16,000 people in the US alone. Previous vaccines were halted after just 50 deaths.

Earlier post about Ivermectin: http://romaninukraine.com/ivermectin/

Japan Officially recommends Ivermectin: http://romaninukraine.com/japans-medical-association-recommends-ivermectin-to-all-doctors-for-all-covid-patients-australia-criminalizes-it-threatens-doctors/

Dr Syed Haider on Ivermectin:

CNN Hit Job on Ivermectin:

Regulatory Capture:

Harvard Research Confirms What We’ve Been Saying for Months
https://covidreason.substack.com/p/harvard-research-confirms-what-weve

the CDC data mapping vax rates to COVID-19 case rates shows ZERO impact of the former on the latter:

https://twitter.com/justin_hart/status/1419769561889468420?s=20

Now this Harvard research notes:

At the country-level, there appears to be no discernable relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days (Fig. 1). In fact, the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people.

How the Amish Handled Covid – no restrictions since May 2020

“Vaccine effectiveness” summed up in 2 minutes 20 seconds

Czech voters oust communists from parliament for first time since 1948

Between this and their recent 2nd-amednment-like right to bear arms, I should consider moving to the Czech Republic.

Czech voters evicted the communists from parliament on Saturday for the first time since the end of World War Two, voting out a party whose forebears ruled the central European nation from 1948 until the Velvet Revolution of 1989 that ushered in democracy.

The communists jailed tens of thousands in forced labor camps in the 1950s and brutally repressed dissidents such as playwright-turned-president Vaclav Havel, but remained in parliament following the revolution.

In this week’s election, the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia took 3.62% of the votes with nearly all precincts reporting, less than the 5% needed to enter parliament and potentially marking a final chapter for a party that has gradually shrunk as its ageing membership dwindled.

“It pleases me, it pleases me a lot,” Jiri Gruntorad, 69, a former dissident who signed the dissident Charter 77 statement and was jailed for subversion from 1981 to 1985 by the communist authorities, told Reuters. “But it’s coming too late.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/czech-voters-oust-communists-parliament-first-time-since-1948-2021-10-09/