Ukrainian gambling regulator to grant 152 licences in Q1

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Ukrainian gambling regulator to grant 152 licences in Q1

The Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL) has issued 152 gambling licenses in the first quarter of the year.

These include 138 gaming machine licenses, three gambling service provider licenses, nine table game licenses, one online casino license, and one license for a roulette wheel.

Out of 194 license applications received, two were rejected due to insufficient documentation, while one was directly denied.

Meanwhile, there is a growing call for the government to prohibit members of the armed forces from engaging in gambling. A petition initiated by a soldier quickly garnered over 25,000 signatures, qualifying it for presidential consideration.

Pavlo Petrychenko, a member of the 59th brigade, initiated the petition to raise awareness about the negative impacts of the gambling industry on the Ukrainian army and society. He advocates for a ban on online gambling for all military personnel during martial law.

Petrychenko noted that certain gambling companies target military personnel by using military symbols and masking their business through small charitable donations. He also expressed concerns that Russian gambling operators may be targeting Ukrainian soldiers to gain access to personal data.