1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed or wounded. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk sector of the front twice, with mortars. The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported that on January 21, one civilian was killed and one civilian was injured when Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on a civilian bus.
2. Address by Ukraine’s President on Day of Unity of Ukraine
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko spoke on the Day of Unity of Ukraine and the 100th Anniversary of the proclamation of independence of the Ukrainian National Republic. Poroshenko stated, “The Act Declaring the Independence of Ukraine would have been impossible without the Fourth Universal.
If our glorious ancestors hadn’t sowed the seeds of the idea of independence in 1918, they wouldn’t have grown to almost unanimous support in the referendum of 1991. […]The Fourth Universal and the Act Zluky are one of the most important documents of the national liberation. […]
Our independence will become 100% irreversible when we prove to the whole world and, first of all, to ourselves that we have become a successful country of successful people. […]
Having survived the most painful shock caused by the war and economic aggression of Russia, we are returning to the path of recovery and development. We have to overcome the external aggression, build a European Ukraine, pass it on to the hands of our children and grandchildren. This is our mission.”
3. Six Ukrainian citizens among victims of terrorist attack in Kabul
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported, “Senior Afghan security officials say at least 30 people were killed in an attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel by Taliban militants, and they warn that the death toll could climb higher. […]
The militants, dressed in army uniforms, launched the assault on the luxury hotel in the Afghan capital in the evening on January 20.
Officials said the gunmen charged through the hallways and sought out foreigners and Afghan officials inside the hotel. […] Eleven of the 14 foreigners killed were employees of KamAir, a private Afghan airline […]
Six of those killed were Ukrainians, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, who added that his office was working with Afghan law enforcement agencies ‘to clarify the circumstances of this terrorist act.'”
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko stated, “Shocked by tragic news from Afghanistan. Ukrainian citizens, employees of the Ukrainian airline, fell victim of the terrorist attack in Kabul. My sincere condolences go to the families of all the deceased. I have instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to urgently send the Ukrainian Consul from Dushanbe to Kabul to carry out the appropriate consular operations. We maintain contact with the US consular representatives who are now at the scene of the terrorist attack in Afghanistan.”
4. EBRD, Raiffeisen Bank Aval sign Risk Sharing Facility
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reported, “Loans to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ukraine and to selected larger companies, as well as for renewable energy projects, will become available to a greater number of domestic firms following the signing of a Risk Sharing Facility (RSF) between the EBRD and Raiffeisen Bank Aval in Kyiv today.
Under the programme, the EBRD will share the risk on individual loans made by Raiffeisen Bank Aval to SMEs in the total amount of up to €20 million over a period of three years. The RSF will help increase the size and tenor of loans to businesses across the country. This will be achieved through the enhanced risk-taking capacity of Raiffeisen Bank Aval in partnership with the EBRD.
Borrowers under the RSF will benefit from various technical cooperation programmes, including a comprehensive package of technical assistance available through the EU4Business programme, financed by the EU and managed by the EBRD. In particular, Ukrainian firms will tap into the best international expertise available in areas such as financial management, IT development, and the optimisation of production and management processes.”