Russia is to give Ukraine a $225m loan to pay for the completion of reactors for the Rivnenskaya and Khmelnitskaya nuclear power stations. $120m will be allocated over the next two years in the form of equipment for the new reactors, and $105m will be allocated in the form of nuclear fuel for the reactors. The credit will be allocated for 16 years at a 6% interest rate. The first credit repayment will be due in six years, Ria-Novosti announces. Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma spoke of the credit at a meeting with employees of the Chernobyl nuclear power station and called it "favorable for Ukraine."
Volodymyr Saldo, Acting Governor of the Kherson region, said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine were suffering heavy losses while trying to cut across the Dnieper Rvier