MainPolitical

Scoop of the day: Dovzhenko Film Centre declares insolvency

Film centre scandal

The Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre, the recently renovated advanced state film archive and culture hub, has declared itself insolvent, causing an uproar against the government in social media. Later in the day the centre was raided by the Security Service of Ukraine in a different case. Dovzhenko Centre director Ivan Kozlenko has resigned due to the suspension of budget funding.

According to a deputy head of the presidential office, Yuriy Kostyuk, a new culture minister may be selected as soon as next week. Svitlana Fomenko has been acting culture minister since Volodymyr Borodyanskyy stepped down.

Coronavirus

There have been 22,382 confirmed coronavirus cases in Ukraine, including 669 deaths and 8,439 recoveries, by the morning of 28 May. Some 477 new cases have been registered over the day, which indicates a sharp increase compared with the previous daily increment of 321 cases.

Ukraine has passed the peak of the coronavirus infection and is now on a plateau, researchers from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine have said.

There is an outbreak of the coronavirus among medics in the Kyiv city emergency care hospital, doctors have told LB.ua. They say that 21 medics have tested positive, however the hospital management said that there were fewer than 10 cases.

Propresidential Servant of the People MP Valeriy Bozhyk tested positive for coronavirus, according to Ukrinform.

Donbas

The commander of the 1st detached tank Northern brigade, Col Yuriy Mezhakov, died of heart problems in the Joint Forces Operation area in Donbas. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has awarded him the 2nd class Bohdan Khmelnytskyy Order post mortem.

Ukraine's ambassador Yevhen Perelyhin has called on the Italian media to provide an unbiased coverage of the trial of Ukrainian National Guard member Vitaliy Markiv. He in custody in Italy on suspicion of involvement in the death of reporter Andrea Rocchelli in Donbas.

Foreign policy

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has appointed Oleksiy Makeyev ambassador at large for sanction policy.

Defence industry

There are plans to create a Military-Industrial Policy Ministry as part of defence industry reform, the secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, Oleksiy Danilov, has said.

Education

The way classes will be held in the next school year will depend on the epidemiological situation but the Education Ministry has a clear intention to see pupils back in classrooms, its acting head Lyubomyra Mandziy has said at the online roundtable "Education after the pandemic. Will the quarantine change the quality of education in Ukrainian schools?" organized by Gorshenin Institute and LB.ua.

Economy

The Social Policy Ministry forecasts the level of poverty in Ukraine to reach 45%, its head Maryna Lazebna has said in an interview with LB.ua.

Crime

Ex-President Petro Poroshenko will not report to the State Investigation Bureau (SIB) for questioning on 29 May because summoning by video is not foreseen by Ukrainian law, his lawyers have said. The SIB wanted to question him in two criminal cases concerning customs duties on paintings moved in from abroad and illegal use of technical means for information collection. The lawyers said the raid of the Ivan Honchar Museum where Poroshenko was exhibiting his art collection on 25 May was illegal.

The chamber of appeal of the High Anticorruption Court has upheld an earlier court decision to put former VAB bank owner Oleh Bakhmatyuk into custody in absentia. He is suspected of misusing a stabilization loan issued to the bank in October 2014.

Energy

The generating capacity of coal cogeneration plans has for the first time exceeded that of nuclear power plants, parliamentary committee head Andriy Herus has said on Facebook. He added that the Energy Ministry forced the NPP operator Enerhoatom to further reduce their production.

Read LB.ua news on social networks Facebook, Twitter and Telegram