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Scoop of the day: Will the Kyiv subway open?

Scoop of the day: Will the Kyiv subway open?

Coronavirus

There have been 16,847 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ukraine, including 456 deaths and 4,143 recoveries by the morning of 14 May.

The Cabinet of Ministers has allowed non-grocery markets to open, provided they meet sanitary requirements.

The Kyiv subway has said that it is ready to resume operation as of 25 May, once the government decides so. Health Minister Maksym Stepanov suggested that the subway could re-open if it follows epidemiologists' advice. However, Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krykliy is against the reopening.

Incident

One employee of the Mariupol-based Azovstal steel company got killed and one injured when their lift basket crashed down from the 11-metre height, the Donetsk regional prosecutor's office has reported.

Two servicemen were killed during a scheduled training in Donbas, according to the Joint Forces Operation HQ. The case is being investigated.

USA

US President Donald Trump has sent Keith Dayton's nomination for ambassador to Ukraine to the Senate.

A court has obliged Trump's administration to disclose emails concerning military aid to Ukraine, including the president's instruction to suspend it. The decision was taken on request of The New York Times.

MH17

Militant Leonid Kharchenko (Krot) who is being tried by the Dutch court in the MH17 crash case, has been arrested in Donetsk, according to the BBC. He was allegedly detained for participation in an illegal search in 2014 and illegal storage of weapons.

Libya

Fourteen Ukrainian sailors have announced a hunger strike in Libya, demanding their release from custody. The crew members of the Ruta tanker were detained in April 2017 on suspicion of smuggling.

Activist

An Odesa activist and former head of the local branch of the Right Sector, Serhiy Sternenko, has been summoned to appear at the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on 18 May where he is likely to be declared a suspect in a criminal case. Earlier, Prosecutor-General Iryna Venediktova said that he would be charged for lethally wounding a man in May 2018 during self-defence.

Complaint

The director of the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine, Artem Sytnyk, has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights against Ukrainian courts' decision to find him guilty of an administrative offence for failing to report spending his leisure time in Rivne Region at third parties' expense.

Society

There are 3,150 citizens of Ukraine whose income exceeds 1 million hryvnyas [37,000 dollars], according to official income statements.

Economy

The Swedish homeware chain IKEA has opened its online store in Ukraine (www.ikea.ua). The company has made attempts to enter the Ukrainian market since 2006.

Data leak

The National Police have not found any evidence of cyber-attacks on the Diia automated data system and accused the Opendatabot data service of leaking the data, which the later strongly denied.

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