KUCHMA URGES MILOSEVIC TO WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM KOSOVA. Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has welcomed the cease-fire call by Belgrade and urged Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to withdraw Serbian army and police units from Kosova and allow the return of Albanian refugees. "I have reasons to believe that this step would fully terminate all military actions and would bring the warring sides back to the negotiating table," Kuchma said in a statement released on 7 April. The Foreign Ministry said the same day Ukraine has dispatched a convoy of trucks with humanitarian aid-- including tents, blankets, soap, and medicines--to displaced Albanians in Macedonia. JM

UKRAINE CLAIMS TO LOSE $330,000 EVERY DAY DUE TO NATO STRIKES. Andriy Veselovskyy, an official in the Foreign Ministry, said on 6 April that Ukraine is losing $330,000 every day owing to the disrupted navigation on the Danube River after NATO bombed bridges in Novi Sad. According to Veselovskyy, those guilty of disrupting the navigation should compensate the countries incurring heavy losses because they can't use the Danube. Ukraine has called for an urgent meeting of the signatories of the Danube convention in Budapest to discuss the issue. JM

TRANSDNIESTRIAN SUMMIT CANCELED. Moldovan presidential spokesman Anatol Golea announced on 7 April that the summit on the Transdniester conflict planned for the next day in Kyiv has been canceled due to the illness of Russian Premier Yevgenii Primakov, RFE/RL's Chisinau bureau reported. Golea said he believed the meeting will nonetheless be held soon, "maybe even in April." In other news, Prime Minister Ion Sturza told journalists on 7 April that his cabinet "needs a stability period" at least until the end of 1999 and proposed organizing a round table with the participation of President Petru Lucinschi, political parties and the trade unions to work out a program for overcoming the country's economic crisis. Sturza said Moldova's GDP in 1999 may drop by 25 percent due to the loss of its traditional export markets, in particular from the CIS and Romania. MS

UKRAINE, ROMANIA, CUT ENERGY DELIVERIES TO MOLDOVA. Ukraine and Romania have suspended the supply of electricity to Moldova because of Chisinau's mounting debt. The move places the country on the verge of what Anatol Saracuta, chief of the Moldovan state energy company, called an "energy disaster." Chisinau owes Romania about $9 million and Ukraine some $24 million, RFE/RL's Chisinau bureau reported. MS