● Poroshenko changed the composition of the RNBO [National Security and Defense Council] to include newly appointed ministers and officials.
● The National Bank of Ukraine lowered the official rate of the Hryvnia against the US Dollar by 2.5 kopecks. Today the rate is 11.88 UAH/$.
● In Ukraine, automobile fuel consumption fell more than 20%.
● Kyivenergo, the company that belongs to Rinat Akhmetov, warned 754 residential buildings about disconnecting them from hot water for debts.
Theater of war:
● During the meeting between the representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the Donbas terrorists with the participation of the OSCE, an agreement on a cease-fire until June 27 has been reached. Negotiations between the representatives of Ukraine, DPR and LPR [Donetsk- and Luhansk People’s Republics] terrorist organizations were held in the building of the Donetsk Regional State Administration, seized by terrorists. The Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, representative of the OSCE chairperson-in-office Heidi Tagliavini, as well as former Ukrainian President Kuchma, sent by Poroshenko, pro-Russian politicians Medvedchuk and [Oleg] Tsaryov, the leaders of DPR and LPR terrorist organizations, took part in negotiations.
● The water reserves in Donetsk, considering backup reservoirs, will last for 12 more days.
● Despite the declared ceasefire, terrorists continue to attack Ukrainian military units.
● Russian wireless companies are in no hurry to enter the Crimean market, Ukrainian [companies] have almost no opportunities for operation.
● The SBU [Security Service of Ukraine] detained another “People’s Mayor” Gruzdenko in Mariupol, who, alongside her associates, gathered information to be forwarded to the DPR terrorists.
● The Defense Ministry refuted rumors about disbanding the volunteer Aidar Battalion.
● In a telephone conversation, almost entirely devoted to Ukraine, President Obama informed President Putin that Russia would face new sanctions if it didn’t stop escalating the situation in Eastern Ukraine.
● PACE [Parliamentary Assembly of then Council of Europe] called the emergency presidential elections in Ukraine democratic.
● European experts will help Ukraine to reform the police.
● The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has officially announced Syria’s transfer of its last officially declared batch for disposal.
● Sunni insurgents in Iraq captured the country’s largest oil refinery north of Baghdad.
● Polish Prime Minister [Donald] Tusk ended up in the middle of a scandal over the wiretapping of politicians’ conversations, which could lead to early elections.