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Scoop of the day: Hungary sets condition to Ukraine's participation in NATO events

Scoop of the day: Hungary sets condition to Ukraine's participation in NATO events

Hungary

Hungary will lift its veto on Ukraine's participation in NATO-related events once Kyiv settles all the issues concerning the laws on language and education, which, in Budapest's opinion, infringe on the Hungarian minority's rights, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has told his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in Kyiv.

Szijjarto visited Kyiv for the first time since the outbreak of the language row.

Floods

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has arrived in Ivano-Frankivsk Region to check the scale of aftermath recent heavy rains and consequent floods have had on western Ukraine. In particular, a helicopter took him from Ivano-Frankivsk to the village of Lanchyn where many people were waiting to meet him.

According to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, as a result of the flooding, 10,000 houses were swamped, 117 km of motorways and 64 bridges were destroyed, 500 km of motorways and 135 bridges were damaged.

The Cabinet of Ministers has allocated 672m hryvnyas to mitigate the flooding aftermath.

Coronavirus

Ukraine has registered another anti-record of new cases per day, 994, the highest number since the start of the outbreak. The total number of coronavirus cases has thus reached 40,008, including 1,067 deaths and 17,758 recoveries.

President Zelenskyy has urged Ukrainians to observe the quarantine rules to prevent the coronavirus from peaking. "It will affect everyone. No-one will be glad about the softening of the quarantine then," he said.

The Cabinet of Ministers has allowed cinemas to resume operation as of 2 July and cancelled mandatory self-isolation for visitors to Ukraine.

Russia

The economic crisis in Russia offers Ukraine and the global anti-Putin coalition a unique chance to make the aggressor state leave the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas, ex-President Petro Poroshenko has said in an interview with Serhiy Zhadan on Tryzub FM.

The Foreign Ministry has accused Russia of trying to discredit Ukraine in Portugal after one of the most popular local dailies, Publico, published three articles at once on 21 June in which Ukraine was called a "cradle of the world modern Nazism" and a "training ground for neo-Nazis from all over the world".

Intelligence Committee

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has chaired a meeting of the Intelligence Committee formed on 17 June 2020. He said the committee had a particularly important task of coordinating, directing and supervising Ukrainian intelligence agencies.

Crime

The head of the Kirovohrad regional state administration, Andriy Balon, and his subordinate were detained for extorting a bribe of 1.8m hryvnyas in exchange for "not putting obstacles to the head of a regional office of one of the government agencies in the region", the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine said. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said in the morning that the government had agreed to dismiss Balon.

The High Anticorruption Court has released ex-Transport Minister Volodymyr Omelyan under his personal recognizance until 19 August. He is suspected of inflicting 30.4m hryvnyas in losses on the state by lowering portal fees in 2018.

Parliament

Serhiy Yevtushok has been sworn in as Fatherland MP instead of Olha Belkova who stepped down on 18 June.

Education

The Cabinet of Ministers has appointed the rector of the Chernihiv National Technological University, Serhiy Shkarlet, as acting science minister although on 19 June, the parliamentary committee for education, science and innovations did not support his nomination for the post.

Deputy Education and Science Minister Yehor Stadnyy has resigned.

Animals' rights

Justice Minister Denys Malyuska has altered the rules of auctioning off bankrupts' assets, having barred pets and wild animals from them. Pets will be handed over to shelters, wild animals to zoos and natural reserves.

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