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Scoop of the weekend: Ukraine gets protective suits, mourns political reprisal victims

Scoop of the weekend: Ukraine gets protective suits, mourns political reprisal victims

Coronavirus

There have been 18,291 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ukraine, including 514 deaths and 5,116 recoveries by the morning of 17 May.

Chinese protective suits bought by the Ukrainian Health Ministry a month ago have been delivered to Ukraine and will be distributed among hospitals and labs, according to Health Minister Maksym Stepanov.

Pro-presidential MP Yevhen Shevchenko has caused an outrage in social media after he said on TV that he wished Ukraine could have "the same health care system as in the Soviet Union".

Political reprisals

Ukraine commemorates victims of political reprisals.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has visited a massive burial site in Bykovnya near Kyiv where dozens of thousands were shot down by the Soviet NKVD from 1937 to 1941. He described the scale of the massacre by the totalitarian machine as "shocking" and "inhuman".

Fake news

US POLARIS journalist J.T. Blatty has denied Luhansk separatists' reports that she was raped by Ukrainian servicemen in Donbas. "There is widespread news being published / I believe out of Ukraine’s occupied territories - that I was raped by Ukrainian soldiers yesterday - and who knows what else these articles say because I can’t read them. Apparently the source of the information is the LNR police - self proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” police. This information is absolute NONSENSE and in the words of the U.S. President - “FAKE NEWS.” And moreover, all the Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers I have worked with are stellar human beings," she said on Facebook.

Surrogacy

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and the Catholic Church have called on the Ukrainian authorities to condemn and ban surrogate motherhood as "shameful" and "morally unacceptable".

International litigations

Ukraine may file a case with the UN International Court over the downing of the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 near Tehran on 8 January, Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Yenin has told Radio Liberty.

The Foreign Ministry is finishing agreeing the text of the memorandum on the Russian attack and seizure of sailors and ships in the Kerch Strait in November 2018, according to Yenin.

Travel

Ukraine International Airlines will not be selling any tickets for international flights until 1 July due a "sad" forecast for the industry due to the coronavirus situation, according to Avianews.

Sport

Well-known Ukrainian basketball player Serhiy Myasoyedov is in coma after falling from a bycicle, the Basketball Federation has said. Doctors say he is in a grave condition because of an intracranial hematoma.

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