The Ukrainian competition authorities have given the green light to the UK's Scottish and Newcastle's acquisition of Finland's Hartwall, which has extensive operations in the Ukraine.

"Hartwall has today received confirmation from S&N that the Anti-Monopoly Committee of the Ukraine has given its unconditional approval to the combination of Hartwall and S&N," Hartwall said in a statement.

Approval by the Ukrainian authorities is another hurdle out of the way for S&N, which still requires its shareholders to approve the takeover. Its shareholder meeting is scheduled for May.