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Scoop of the day: Land bill signed into law, virus alert in nuclear plant town

Scoop of the day: Land bill signed into law, virus alert in nuclear plant town

Land reform

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has signed the bill on farmland market into law. It provides for the gradual lifting of the long-standing moratorium on farmland sale to Ukrainians, initially, as of 1 July 2021.

Coronavirus

Oleksandr Suprunyuk, the mayor of Netyshyn in Khmelnytskyy Region, have filed a complaint against the Moscow-run Ukrainian Orthodox Church after nine cases of coronavirus were registered in the town. Among those who tested positive were a priest, a deacon and a doctor, who had close contacts during Easter services, and two employees of the local nuclear power plant.

Kakhovka in Kherson Region will be closed for entry, except for local residents, due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in the town.

Police have said that they will check media reports that pro-presidential MP Mykola Tyshchenko's restaurant Velyur operated discreetly despite the blanket ban on public eateries during the quarantine.

Crime

A former deputy head of the Kyiv city state administration, Volodymyr Slonchak, will have to stay under night house arrest at least until 26 June over an assault of a police officer.

The High Anticorruption Court has obliged the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine to open a case over the alleged unreporting of some property by Prosecutor-General Iryna Venediktova in response to a motion filed by activist Serhiy Sternenko. Earlier, she said that Sternenko would be declared a suspect in the case on the lethal injury of an attacker during self-defence in May 2018.

Chornobyl

Firefighters have extinguished the two remaining sources of fires in the Chornobyl exclusion zone.

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