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Scoop of the day: SBU raids former tax officials, Saakashvili gets job

Scoop of the day: SBU raids former tax officials, Saakashvili gets job

Coronavirus

There have been 13,691 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ukraine, including 340 deaths and 2,396 recoveries by the morning of 7 May.

Parliament decided that medics who died from Covid-19 should have the status of participants in combat action.

Parliament has passed the bill under which Ukrainians should be tested for coronavirus en masse.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal have ruled out a chance that subway may open before 22 May.

Reforms

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has appointed Georgian ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili head of the Executive Reform Committee.

Ukrainians' mistrust in reforms is the lack of trust in a potentially totalitarian state, strategist Yevhen Hlibovytskyy has said at a roundtable "Reforms in Ukraine. Are positive changes possible in conditions of an economic crisis and quarantine?" hosted by Gorshenin Institute.

According to Marcel Röthig, Country Representative of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Ukraine and Belarus, who also spoke at the roundtable, Ukrainians do not accept reforms because of social misbalance and because reforms have been "not voluntary" but rather pushed for by international institutions.

The stream of the roundtable is available here.

Donbas update

Six Ukrainian servicemen were wounded as a result of 13 attacks by the Russian occupying troops on 7 May, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said in the evening update.

Presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak has said that Ukraine has Plan B in case peaceful talks on Donbas fail, according to Ukrinform. However, he did not give any details of such plan, only saying it does not imply walling off the separatist areas.

Crime

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) suspects the former management of the State Tax Service of creating a mechanism of the illegal formation of a tax loan worth "billions of hryvnyas". That is why it has carried out around 100 searches all over Ukraine, including at the former head of the Tax Service, Serhiy Verlanov, and territorial department heads.

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