1)Ukraine's Finance Ministry has published a list of eight paths to replacing its natural gas imports, an energy source that has been in peril since Russian gas giant Gazprom,
previously the provide of half of Ukraine's gas, shut off deliveries last month.
Acknowledging an impending energy crisis the Ukrainian parliament on Fri day passed in its first reading a law that could allow the government to tightly govern the energy
sector in tlae case of limited gas supplies. In the long term, the ministry's list proposes using multiple energy alternatives to replace natural gas.
On the list is liquefied natural gas, or LNG, which could serve as"an alternative to Russian natural gas," the minisry's statement said. There are a number of outstanding
issues, however, including locating suppliers, allocating land for the construction of LNG terminals and attaining permission from Turkey to transit gas through the Bosphorus,
The ministry also proposed employing a number of unconventional fuels, including biofuels, or fuels produced from conversions ofbiomass; coal-water slurry a fuel consisting of
fine coal particles suspended in water, and synthesis gas, or syngas, produced via the gasification of coal. Two particular kinds of syngas received their own spots on the
list: synthetic natural gas, an analogue to natural gas produced through the gasificatior of coal, and a from of synthetic gas to be used in the chemical industry.
2)Hackers Target Major Ukrainian Bank
In an act of cyber retribution, a group of pro-Russian hackers calling themselves the Kiberberkut have obtained and published customer information stolen from one of Ukraine's
largest commercial banks, PrivatBank, according to statement on the group's Vkontakte social network page.
Privat Bank in May became a target for pro- Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine after the bank suspended its operations in the restive cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, and its
co-owner billionaire Igor Kolomoisky - was appointed head of the nearby Dnipropetrovsk region.
One of his first acts as governor of the region was to place a $10,000 bounty on the heads of Russian"saboteurs" fighting in the region.
Kolomoisky even attracted the attentio of President Vladimir Putin, who called him a"unique imposter" earlier this year, Reuters reported .
Kolomoisky in response described Putin as"a schizophrenic, short in stature."
The information published by Kiber berkut or Cyber Berkut, a reference to the security forces that allegedly fired on anti-Russian Maidan protesters in
Kiev in February on the orders of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych includes such confidential information as passport data, account information and phone numbers.
Kiberberkut warned Privat Bank customers that their money is at risk and strongly recommended that they transfer their money to any state-owned bank.
"We are Kiberberkut! We will not forgive!" the group said Friday on Vkontakte