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Scoop of the day: massacre on Zhytomyr lake

Scoop of the day: massacre on Zhytomyr lake

Massacre in Zhytomyr Region

A resident of Zhytomyr Region, who leased a local lake, has killed seven people who came there for fishing, Deputy Interior Minister Anton Herashchenko has said. The incident took place near the village of Novoselytsya. Among the victims, some of whom were shot dead in their sleep, are three servicemen of the National Guard, former Donbas war veterans and volunteers. One visitor managed to escape and called the police. The shooter was detained.

Coronavirus

There have been 20,148 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ukraine, including 588 deaths and 6,585 recoveries by the morning of 22 May.

As of 22 May, the Ukrainian government has introduced a so-called adaptive quarantine which may see a certain easing of coronavirus restrictions. However, given that the infection rate is quite high in 11 regions, including Kyiv, they will have to delay the lifting of restrictions.

Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has asked the Cabinet of Ministers to allow the capital to resume public transport although the city's coronavirus rate of 15 cases per 100,000 residents is higher than the required threshold of 12 cases.

Chernivtsi Region has lifted restrictions on the entrance and exit which have been in place since 3 April.

The head of the Kremenets district council in Ternopil Region, Volodymyr Stefanskyy, died from coronavirus on 22 May, his son has said on Facebook.

Security

Ukraine has sent to the UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea the memorandum against Russia in the case on the illegal seizure of three Ukrainian naval ships and 24 crew members in November 2018.

Foreign special services are trying to rock the situation in Odesa Region, according to Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) chief Ivan Bakanov. "The SBU successfully resists such attempts and will do so in the future," he said.

The SBU has banned 41 foreigners from entering the country, including Russian producer Maksim Fadeyev. Russian Communister leader Gennadiy Zyuganov's entry ban has been extended by another three years.

Crime

A judge of the Civil Court of Cassation within the Supreme Court, Valentyn Serdyuk, has been suspended and fined for drink-driving.

The State Investigation Bureau has summoned ex-President Petro Poroshenko as witness in the case on the smuggling of 43 paintings across the border.

Economy

An International Monetary Fund staff team concluded remote discussions with the Ukrainian authorities on 21 May and reached a staff-level agreement on economic policies for a new 18-month Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) with access to about 5bn dollars.

Ukraine has introduced antidumping duties on seamless hot-rolled pipes from China (51.52%), matches from Russia (45.79%) and Belarus (21.32%).

The national oil and gas company Naftogaz Ukrayiny has lowered gas prices for households by 21.4%.

Industrial production in Ukraine in April went 16% down.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto thanked his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy for cooperation in the issue of Ukrainians' participation in seasonal farming work, according to the Ukrainian president's office.

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