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Scoop of the day: Man threatens to blow off Kyiv Metro bridge

Scoop of the day: Man threatens to blow off Kyiv Metro bridge

Incident

A man who threatened to set off the Metro bridge in Kyiv has been detained, the patrol police have said. According to Kyiv police chief Andriy Kryshchenko, the man did not have a bomb. It was a wired canister filled with soil. The man was hyped up and did not behave adequately.

Coronavirus

There have been 24,012 confirmed Covid-19 cases by the morning of 1 June, including 718 deaths and 9,690 recoveries.

The third stage of the lockdown easing began on 1 June. Pools and gyms are not allowed to reopen.

Lviv Region has postponed the easing of the quarantine until 5 June due to the high number of coronavirus cases in Lviv.

The Ukrainian railway company Ukrzaliznytsya has resumed long-distance train services as of 1 June.

Igor Sikorsky Kyiv International Airport (Zhulyany) will resume international and domestic services, in particular by servicing flights by Belavia, LOT, WizzAir and Motor Sich, as of 16 June.

USA

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on the USA not to pull Ukraine into its presidential election campaign due to the recordings of alleged conversations between former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and former US Vice President Joe Biden, which were leaked by MP Andriy Derkach.

Protest

Around 30 people rallied outside parliament against calls for the revision of the language law. They were outraged by speaker Dmytro Razumkov's remarks to this effect.

Government

Exclusive: A former director-general of One Plus One Media and Servant of the People MP, Oleksandr Tkachenko, may become a new culture minister, his fellow party member Yevheniya Kravchuk has said. The party faction supported him almost unanimously.

Exclusive: A former foreign minister and the incumbent deputy prime minister for European integration, Vadym Prystayko, may become Ukraine's ambassador to Great Britain. The Servant of the People faction discussed Olha Stefanyshyna's appointment to the post instead of Prystayko.

Donbas

The Prosecutor-General's Office has opened a criminal case over the recruitment of minors by illegal paramilitary groups in Donbas. By now, courts have sentenced 29 Ukrainian minors for participation in the armed conflict within illegal armed formations.

Military

The body of a serviceman of one of the units of the 95th detached airborne brigade was found in Kherson Region. According to preliminary information, he committed a suicide.

Other

Composer Myroslav Skoryk, 81, died. The wakes for the late musician will be held in Kyiv and Lviv.

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