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Scoop of the day: Vakarchuk hands in MP mandate, Sternenko suspected of murder

Coronavirus

Ukraine has registered the highest single-day increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases, which peaked at 689. There have been a toal of 29,070 cases, including 854 deaths and 13,141 recoveries.

Ukraine plans to open cinemas as of 2 July due to the delay of Ukrainian and world premieres, Culture and Information Policy Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko has said.

Citizenship

Ukrainians should be allowed to have dual citizenship, except for government officials and the citizenship of Russia, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said on the air of One Plus One. He noted that it is his personal opinion.

Foreign policy

Ukrainian presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak has paid a working visit to Belarus to prepare President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's official visit tentatively planned for this October.

Vadym Omelchenko, president of the Gorshenin Institute think-tank, has been appointed Ukraine's ambassador to France. He replaced Oleh Shamshur.

Domestic politics

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has declared public activist Serhiy Sternenko a suspect in the case on premeditated murder and illegal handling of cold arms after he stabbed to death one of two men who attacked him in May 2018.

A former head of the presidential office, Andriy Bohdan, dismissed the president's criticism and accused him of "throwing the country into chaos" and "swapping dreams about a country of happy people for a hot bath".

Voice party leader and rock singer Svyatoslav Vakarchuk has decided to step down as MP. His seat is likely to be taken by Alina Sviderska, the head of the Norwegian company AICE Hydro in Ukraine. She is also the wife of former Defence Minister Andriy Zahorodnyuk.

The Central Electoral Commission has allowed citizens without registered residence to cast votes in elections. This is expected to potentially bring over 1m voters to polling stations.

The approval ratings of Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his Servant of the People party have gone down by 5 percentage points over the month, according to a survey by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology. However, they are keeping the firm lead over their contenders.

Economy

The IMF has published the text of the Letter of Intent and the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies on a new 18-month Stand-by Arrangement for Ukraine. The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved an 18-month Stand-by Arrangement for Ukraine, with access equivalent to SDR 3.6 billion (about $5 billion or 179 percent of quota).

The Cabinet of Ministers expects the growth of economy to resume in Q3 2020, according to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

The Board of the National Bank of Ukraine has decided to cut the key policy rate from 8% to 6% effective 12 June 2020. This is the lowest level of the key policy rate since Ukraine gained its independence.

Army

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has appointed Rear-Adm Oleksiy Neyizhpapa as new Naval Commander of Ukraine instead of Ihor Voronchenko.

Air Force Command Col Mykola Romanov died in a road accident on 10 June.

 

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