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Scoop of the day: Clashes as court selects measure of restraint for Sternenko

Scoop of the day: Clashes as court selects measure of restraint for Sternenko

Coronavirus

Ukraine has registered 656 new Covid-19 cases over the past day. The total number of coronavirus cases has reached 31,810, including 901 deaths and 14,253 recoveries.

More than 4,000 coronavirus have been registered in Chernivtsi Region, according to the head of the regional state administration, Serhiy Osachuk.

The Foreign Ministry has advised Ukrainians against travelling abroad without particular need because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ukraine has resumed international air travel. Kyiv Boryspil airport is in operation while Kyiv Sikorsky airport (Zhulyany) is not.

Sternenko's case

Five people who were detained outside Kyiv's Shevchenkivskyy district court as it was selecting a measure of restraint for public activist Serhiy Sternenko have been released, Voice MP Olha Stefanishina has said. Sternenko is suspected of deliberately murdering his attacker in 2018.

Two police officers were suspended for beating Sternenko's supporters, according to Kyiv police chief Andriy Kryshchenko.

Handzyuk's case

Kyiv's Pecherskyy district court allowed law enforcers to detain the head of the Kherson regional council, Vladyslav Manher, in order to bring him to a court sitting in Kyiv. He is suspected on involvement in the murder of Kherson activist Kateryna Handzyuk in 2018.

Domestic political

Ex-President Viktor Yanukovych's minions are returning to Ukraine craving power, European Solidarity leader Petro Poroshenko has said after testifying in Yanukovych's high treason case in court. He called on the incumbent authorities to foil attempts to revise the achievements of the Revolution of Dignity which are being taken "to appease Putin and pro-Russian forces".

Fatherland leader Yuliya Tymoshenko has supported Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko, who only recently called her a "Moscow cuckoo" and a "gas princess", in his bid to run for parliament in by-elections in Chernihiv Region.

Foreign policy

Ninety Canadian servicemen have arrived in Lviv as part of the ninth rotation of Operation Unifer (Canadian Armed Forces Joint Task Force-Ukraine).

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has quoted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as agreeing that Canada should consider relaxing visa regulations for Ukrainians.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has dismissed Ukraine's ambassador to Indonesia Volodymyr Pakhyl and ambassador to Libya Mykola Nahornyy.

Economy

The grand chamber of the Supreme Court has ruled that the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) legitimately defined the Surkis family as Privatbank's affiliated persons and found the bail-in contracts void.

Ukraine has launched a programme seeking to speed up to private investment in agriculture under which it expects to receive a $200m loan from the World Bank.

Education

Exclusive: The Servant of the People faction is interviewing the rector of the Chernihiv National Technological University, Serhiy Shkarlet, for education minister, LB.ua has learned. Shkarlet is known to have supported Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions in 2010.

Earlier, Chief Sanitary Doctor Viktor Lyashko said that the cancellation option is indeed being considered if the incidence rate grows sharply.

The Education and Science Ministry has warned against cancelling external independent testing for school leavers over coronavirus concerns. The testing system is considered one of the best achievements of education reform, ruling out corruption during university enrolment and adding transparency to the whole process.

Crime

The High Anticorruption Court has handed down its first prison term. It jailed Kyiv regional councilor Oleksandr Mefodiy for five years and confiscated his property.

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