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Promises can differ. Ukrainians like any other nation have things they want to commit to, like: "I will go to the gym on Monday," "I will take care of myself from the New Year," "I will start jogging in the end of this month." Promises of politicians are slightly different. As a rule, they promise to do something while presenting their election program.
We have monitored implementation of certain promises to be done "until the end of 2017".
Return of the "Scythian gold"
Even before the annexation of Crimea in 2014, a number of the peninsula museums (including the "Chersonese Tavriysky" and the Simferopol Museum of Tauris) transferred their exhibits to the Netherlands, among them so-called "Scythian gold".
Of course, after the annexation of Crimea, a question about the return of those collections has risen. Representatives of Ukraine and Russia began a real war for the right of keeping the "Scythian gold", and the outcome of this "war" was the decision of the District Court of Amsterdam, dated December 2016, to return the exhibit to Ukraine.
Since that moment, a long and difficult process of returning the exhibit has begun.
In December 2016, the Minister of Justice of Ukraine Pavlo Petrenko announced that the collection should be returned to Ukraine before the end of 2017.
He specified that the procedure provided for by the legislation of the Netherlands allowed the other party to appeal the decision of the court within three months, adding that the appeal court "would consider the complaint according to its rules."
The request for clarification of the situation with the "Scythian gold" was sent, no response was given in a statutory time.
The press service of the ministry did not answer our calls.
While preparing this material, there was a comment of the Minister of Culture of Ukraine Nishchuk regarding the terms of the "Scythian gold" return.
According to him, consideration of Russia's appeal will be held in February 2018. That is, before this time Ukraine will not see the collection.
Armed Forces of Ukraine and new military equipment
One of the key issues in the provision of the Armed Forces during the war is the supply of new equipment and weapons.
In October, during a presentation of state awards to servicemen in Zhytomyr region, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that in 2017 Ukrainian army should receive more than 1.3 thousands units of new military equipment, and the total would be more than 1 thousand units by the end of the year.
In response to a request from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, it was reported that as of December 19, 2017, more than 2,200 units of the main samples of military equipment and weapons had been delivered to the army.
Until the end of 2017, the Ministry plans to supply another 500 units to the army.
Construction of a cartridge factory in Ukraine
Another important issue of providing the Armed Forces during the war is ammunition.
A construction of a new patrol plant in Kyiv began; it would produce all kinds of calibers - from domestic to NATO standards.
In the interview with Delo.ua, the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Yuriy Brovchenko said that the plant would be laid on the facilities of one of the private enterprises, and it would begin "in the near future."
Ukraine and the "Silk Road"
The "Silk Road" is a concept of China's new transportation system for moving cargo and passengers overland from China to Europe. Ukraine should have participated in the project.
The first transit through the territory of Ukraine within the framework of the "Silk Road" should have taken place before the end of 2017.
Not a single cargo was received as planned.
The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan said earlier that since November 1 the train schedule No. 1319/1320 on the transit route through Ukraine has been laid in the framework of the "Silk Road" project.
Trains to Europe
Part of the development of "Ukrzaliznytsia" is development and improvement of transport routes to Europe.
Politicians promised to launch two new trains to Europe until the end of 2017. As of today, these are two new trains to Vienna (Austria) and Budapest (Hungary), and the renovation of a train that runs from Odesa to Chisinau (Moldova).
In response to our request, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Ukzaliznytsia reported that a new open-circuit carriage Kyiv-Budapest-Vienna was envisaged in the schedule for 2017/2018 as part of trains 749/145/32519/140-147/32510/146/750.
"Okhmatdyt," specialized hospital for children
At the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers in July this year, the head of government Groysman announced that by the end of 2017, a new building of Okhmatdyt would be opened.
The Cabinet put into operation the first stage of the renewed complex "Ohmadyt". According to the plan, the first in line is a large medical complex with an area of more than 26 thousand square meters. There will be an MRI system and other equipment that will allow conducting complex procedures for children of different ages.
Groysman said that the reception of patients in the renovated medical complex would begin in 2018.
Electronic services in Ukraine
In September of this year, during the Start Business Challenge conference, the Prime Minister Groysman said that until the end of 2017, about 100 electronic services would be available in Ukraine.
While doing the statement only 30 electronic services were available.
Security cameras in Kyiv
Installation of a surveillance system that includes intelligent cameras, necessary to improve safety situation in Kyiv was promised as well.
In October this year, the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, said until the end of 2017, 2,000 more cameras would appear in the capital of Ukraine.
The Department of Information and Communication Technologies responded that by the end of the year, it is planned to install only 1,686 cameras.
In 2018, it is planned to expand the video surveillance system and install 3,680 cameras. As of December 14, 4,129 cameras have already been installed in the capital.