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Scoop of the weekend

Ukraine is prepared to attend a meeting of the Normandy Four at the level of political advisers to demand the return of PoWs by Russia and the unblocking of the Kerch Strait for navigation towards the Ukrainian ports, President Petro Poroshenko told France 24 TV.

He also said that Russia had been ignoring his request for a phone conversation with Vladimir Putin, which he made immediately after the attack on three Ukrainian naval ships off the Kerch Strait.

Poroshenko said Russia had concentrated around 80,000 servicemen, around 1,400 artillery and rocket systems, 900 tanks, 2,300 armoured vehicles, around 500 aircraft and 300 helicopters in occupied Donbas and Crimea.

Ukraine's prosecutor for occupied Crimea, Gyunduz Mamedov, said the sailors captured Russia are prisoners of war and must be treated according to the Geneva Convention.

Foreign journalists planning to visit occupied Crimea will need a passport and a special one-entry permit from the Information Policy Ministry of Ukraine, according to new regulations.

By 6 p.m. local time on 2 December, the Joint Forces HQ has registered no ceasefire violations by pro-Russian militants in Donbas. On 1 December, the occupiers carried out 15 attacks. 

Seven Ukrainian nationals were detained in Tbilisi, Georgia for illegal storage of weapons, the Georgian Interior Ministry said. One of them is Luka Chkhetia who fought in Donbas. His family says he was there for opposition protests.

The State Border Service barred 100 Russians from entering Ukraine during three days, its chief Andriy Demchenko said. Russia did not let 110 Ukrainians during the same time.

The average salary in Ukraine reached 9,218 hryvnyas in October, or 24.9% more than a year ago, according to Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. This is around 325 dollars at the current exchange rate.

The roof of a new sports centre in Vyshneve, Kyiv Region collapsed when there were people inside. Luckily, no-one was hurt.

A new express train service between Kyiv and Boryspil broke down on the first day of service causing a one-hour delay in schedule.

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