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Scoop of the weekend

Eleven flights due to land at Kyiv Boryspil Airport had to be diverted after a Belavia plane rubbed against light fixtures on the ground. A runway had to be closed temporarily to clean up the debris, the airport explained. There may also be delays because of thick fog.

President Petro Poroshenko asked the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC MP) to help free the 24 Ukrainian sailors arrested by Russia after the Kerch Strait attack. The church said that negotiations with Russia "along the church line" are held regularly and they "expect some results".

UOC MP head Onufriy (Berezovskyy) returned Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's invitation to a unification council without answer. Earlier, the UOC MP advised its clergy against attending the council.

President Poroshenko dismissed Oleksandr Ovcharov from the post of Ukraine's ambassador to Senegal, Gabon, Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia.

The International Monetary Fund will discuss cooperation with Ukraine under a new stand-by programme on 18 December.

A reservist wounded a fellow soldier in the leg from an AK rifle during a shooting practice at the Yavoriv training range. The press service of the 24the brigade said safety rules were violated.

The Interior Ministry has put its units all over the country on high alert because of martial law and set up an operative staff under the leadership of Deputy Interior Minister Vadym Troyan.

Ukrainian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko added the WBO lightweight world title to his WBA belt with a unanimous 12-round decision over Jose Pedraza 

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