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Scoop of the weekend: Munich security forum, arsons in Ukraine

Scoop of the weekend: Munich security forum, arsons in Ukraine

US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said Russia does not want to take any steps to settle the conflict in Donbas during the presidential election campaign in Ukraine. He added that it shows no interest or progress on the matter.

On the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, US Vice President Mike Pompeo assured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about Washington's unwavering support for Kyiv.

Poroshenko said in Munich that "nobody knows who is going to win" the presidential election in Ukraine, which is a symbol of democracy, but he will "surely have an excellent result".

The State Emergencies Service denied radio reports about a radioactive discharge in Ternopil Region. According to local authorities, the alert may have been made due to a glitch of software.

Presidential candidate and MP Yuriy Boyko has stripped MP Vadym Rabinovych of the status of proxy in the single nationwide election constituency. Mykhaylo Makarenko was registered as proxy instead of Rabinovych. Although Boyko is running as an independent candidate, he is supported by the pro-Russian party For Life whose key figure is Rabinovych and political council head is Viktor Medvedchuk, who is close to Russia's Vladimir Putin.

An increase in the number of Israeli tourists who were barred from entering Ukraine is because they cannot explain the purpose of their visit or do not have enough money on them, an aide to the Ukrainian State Border Service chief, Oleh Slobodyan, told LB.ua. Around 85 Israelis were not allowed to enter Ukraine this week.

A car of Odesa tour guide and historian, Oleksandr Babich, burnt down outside his house. He suggested it was set on fire by someone unhappy with his civil activism, including protests against construction in the Summer Theatre park.

In Zaporizhzhya, police detained three individuals who tried to set fire to the church of the Apostle Ion the Theologian of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Unidentified individuals set fire to a door to the Resurrection Church in Kryvyy Rih and painted its walls with "14/88", a white supremacy code. The church belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.

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