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Scoop of the weekend: Mariupol liberation anniversary, Ukraine's football success

Scoop of the weekend: Mariupol liberation anniversary, Ukraine's football success

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has appointed Oleh Pruhla as acting head of the Poltava regional state administration and Svitlana Shatalova as acting head of the Odesa regional state administration.

Zelenskyy also dismissed ambassador to Sweden Ihor Sahach, who has held the post since March 2015.

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has complained about a "hostile" law-enforcement system which allegedly existed under ex-President Petro Poroshenko. "I've managed to do something but a lot has failed to be done because the whole system around me was hostile… I had no levers to change anyone in this system. Today I hope that with the arrival of the new president, the entire law-enforcement system will be purged, normal people will come there to work on creating adequate conditions for the economy," he said on ICTV TV. "Unfortunately, the previous president had no such will and what I said ended in nothing. Now I have a chance."

Former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said he never owned an offshore company. "That is why I was never mentioned in any Panama Papers," he told journalist Dmytro Gordon in an interview.

Donbas

The Russia-waged war in Donbas took the lives of 977 civilians while 1,528 more people got wounded, according to Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Vadym Chernysh. Mine clearance on the area of thousands of kilometres can take decades, he added.

Ukrainian law enforcers have said they suspect three Italian nationals of fighting as mercenaries in Donbas alongside pro-Russian militants, according to the National Police. These are Palmeri Andrea, Karugati Gabriel and Cavalleri Massimiliano.

Mariupol, the biggest city in the government-controlled part of Donbas, held a military parade to mark the fifth anniversary of its liberation from Donetsk separatists. Servicemen in full combat gear walked through the city centre and were greeted with applause by local residents, according to an LB.ua correspondent.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the city to attend the celebrations. He also attended the opening of the Mine Clearance Centre of the State Emergencies Service in Mariupol. It will oversee mine clearance on 7,000 sq.m. of the government-controlled part of Donbas.

Crimea

Crimean residents travelling to mainland Ukraine will be asked to specify the purpose of their visit to allow the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons "to analyse more thoroughly the problems faced by residents in occupied Crimea and identify trends", first deputy minister Yusuf Kurkchi said. Crimeans will be asked to fill in anonymous forms.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has exposed a ring selling arms and ammunition in Odesa. Two members were detained red-handed as they were selling an automatic rifle and a Browning rifle.

Church

Honorary Patriarch Filaret, the leader of the disbanded Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, has ignored the warning of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and sent out invitations to a congress of the Kyiv Patriarchate.

Animal rights

A protest against the use of animals in circuses was held outside the presidential administration on the evening of 16 June. The event organised by the UAnimals movement featured circus artists to show that such shows could be entertaining even without animals.

Crime

A strong explosion in a garage in Turhenivska Street in central Kyiv on 15 June was likely to be caused by a gas leak, according to the police. Three garages were destroyed and some of the windows in the next building were smashed. No casualties were reported.

Sport

Ukraine beat South Korea 3-1 to win the Under-20 Football World Cup final in Poland on 15 June. The country won the title for the first time.

Ukraine also won the 9th European Deaf Football Championship the same day.

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