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Scoop of the weekend: Controversial video, Kharkiv protest

Scoop of the weekend: Controversial video, Kharkiv protest

Controversial video

Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoliy Matios is convening a meeting with uniformed agency heads on 4 June to discuss a provocative video posted online. The clip discusses Romania's alleged plans to occupy Ukraine's Chernivtsi Region and part of Odesa Region after Russia wages a full-scale war on Ukraine.

Relations with Russia

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has called on the international community to step up pressure on Russia to force it to comply with the ruling of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea obliging it to release 24 Ukrainian sailors and three vessels attacked and captured off the Kerch Strait in November 2018.

Well-known Russian journalist and TV presenter Vladimir Pozner was added to the Ukrainian vigilante database of people who committed crimes against Ukraine or carry potential risks, also known as Myrotvorets (Peacekeeper). The reason is his visit to Yalta in Russia-occupied Crimea in April in violation of Ukraine's laws.

Kharkiv protest

There was a protest outside the Sports Palace in Kharkiv which was hosting a congress of the "Trust Acts" party, also known as the "mayors' party" of Hennadiy Kernes and Hennadiy Trukhanov, heads of the city councils of Kharkiv and Odesa respectively. The protesters toppled the monument to Soviet World War II Army Marshall Georgiy Zhukov, whose removal they have been demanding for years. Police used tear gas against the protesters.

Kernes has already pledged to restore the monument.

The "mayors' party" decided at its congress that it would take part in the 2019 parliamentary election. Kernes told journalists that Ukraine should hold direct negotiations with Russia "because there is public demand" to resolve the Donbas conflict.

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