Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ukrainian consulate opens in Yekaterinburg

The Ukrainian consulate opened in Yekaterinburg this week after Ukraine opened previous consulates in Novosibirsk and Vladivostok.

Ukraine also opened a consulate in Nizhny Novgorod and Donetsk. Opening the consulate in Yekaterinburg was a step in the country's attempt to optimize its presence in Russia, Oblgazeta.ru reports.

"Our main job - is to protect the natural and legal persons," Vladimir Bondarenko, the consulate general of Ukraine, said, according to Oblgazeta.ru. "This work as existed, and will continue. But in addition, it is added to a very important task - to promote trade and economic cooperation and regional cooperation. It is these two components have been deployed, to reshuffle and move the consulate from Tyumen to Yekaterinburg."

Approximately 4,900 ethnic Ukrainians in the Sverdlovsk region have become Russian citizens. Estimates of the number of Ukrainians becoming Russian citizens throughout the nation range from 390,000 to one million people.

The opening of the consulate general in the city will simply the number of procedures for Ukrainian individuals while opening up possibilities for business in the Sverdlovsk region. There are 34 businesses in the region that are owned by Ukrainian partners, Oblgazeta.ru reports.

In the short-term, the consulate will become familiar with regional authorities, the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and the Chamber of Commerce. The consulate is also seeking to install a monument of Nikolai Gogol in Yekaterinburg.