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Scoop of the weekend: Media scandal, president's foreign plans

Scoop of the weekend: Media scandal, president's foreign plans

Andriy Bohdan, head of the presidential office, said that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's team does not need journalists to communicate with society. He was commenting on the 31 July incident when a number of reputable media outlets reported, quoting its sources, that Bohdan had tendered his resignation. The presidential office did not immediately comment on the reports, although its deputy head Ruslan Ryaboshapka denied the news. The next day Zelenskyy said that every member of his team had written a resignation letter with a view to the future. He added that he did not sign Bohdan's letter.

The propresidential party Servant of the People is planning to use an AI software, conventionally called the Big Brother, to analyse its future MPs' voting patterns, its member Davyd Arakhamiya said, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

Oleksandr Korniyenko will replace Dmytro Razumkov as head of the Servant of the People party, sources told LB.ua.

The Servant of the People has already assigned its members to key parliamentary committees.

The Central Electoral Commission officially established the results of the 21 July parliamentary election on party lists. The Servant of the People will have 124 mandates, other parties 101.

Zelenskyy said that the next meeting of the Normandy Four foreign ministers representing Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia would take place in France in late August.

Zelenskyy said that he was planning to meet US President Donald Trump in Washington in September.

Zelenskyy suggested Ukraine should cancel visas for those countries whose residents often come to Ukraine for treatment.

A former commander of the Kyiv riot police Berkut, Serhiy Kusyuk, was seen among law enforcers in Moscow during the dispersal of protests on 3 August. He was in charge of the brutal crackdown on protesters in Kyiv's Independence Square on 29-30 November.

Fugitive Ukrainian judge Mykola Chaus, who is suspected of corruption and wanted by Interpol, was spotted in Chisinau, Moldova. He did not answer a journalist's questions and attempted to run away.

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