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Scoop of the day: Ukraine readies for new coronavirus wave, elections

Coronavirus

Ukraine has registered 706 new coronavirus cases. Thus, the total number of cases has reached 44,334, including 1,159 deaths and 19,115 recoveries.

The number of coronavirus cases among medics has decreased by half since early April, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov has told G7 ambassadors and the EU Delegation to Ukraine. Whereas in early April, medics accounted for 20% of all infected patients, currently, they make 9%.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Ukraine is preparing for the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic. There are almost 30,000 available beds and enough lung ventilators.

Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska continues her coronavirus treatment in one of Kyiv's hospitals. According to the presidential office, she feels better but is still in isolation under doctors' supervision.

Lviv Region has extended quarantine regulations until 7 July due to an increase in the infection rate.

Reforms

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has convened the first meeting of the National Reform Council. Among the priorities, he listed judiciary and health reforms, cheap loans, tax reform and privatization.

France

Ukraine's First Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzheppar has met the French ambassador and asked Paris to react to reports about the visit by a group of French members of the European Parliament to Russia-annexed Crimea. The ambassador confirmed France's unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and integrity.

Ukraine considers the temporary occupation of Crimea by Russia to be illegal and will not request a compensation, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has told Krym.Realii.

EU

Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna has said that Ukraine plans to launch an open dialogue with the EU on the updating of the Association Agreement.

Donbas

Two Ukrainian servicemen were wounded near Novozvanivka in the Luhansk sector. The Russian occupying forces used 120-mm mortars banned by the Minsk agreements, handheld anti-tank grenade launchers and small arms. On 29 June, they carried out 12 attacks, wounding two Ukrainian servicemen.

Hryhoriy Sinchenko, who escaped from separatists' remand centre in Donetsk, has been taken in captivity for the third time, according to his mother Tetyana Hulevska. His sister was detained a week earlier.

Gas

Russia has increased the transit of its gas across Ukraine after the Turkish Stream pipeline was shut for repairs.

Elections

Were the presidential election held soon, in the first round 35% of Ukrainians would vote for Volodymyr Zelenskyy, 20% for Yuriy Boyko of pro-Russian Opposition Platform-For Life and 16% for ex-President Petro Poroshenko, according to a survey by the Razumkov Centre.

MPs Iryna Vereshchuk, Mykola Tyshchenko, Oleksandr Dubinskyy and Oleksandr Kachura will take part in the Servant of the People primaries to nominate a single candidate for Kyiv mayor.

The former secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, will head the election HQ of the European Solidarity party ahead of the local polls scheduled for this autumn.

Education

Several hundred people, including students and scientists, joined a protest against the appointment of Serhiy Shkarlet as acting education and science minister outside the Cabinet of Ministers. They accuse the rector of the Chernihiv National Technological University of plagiarism, luxury lifestyle and siding with the Party of Regions in the past.

Crime

Kyiv's Shevchenkivskyy district court has acquitted three Chechen men who assaulted then MP Mustafa Nayem in April 2018, his brother and lawyer Masi Nayem has said on Facebook.

The same court found a former judge of Kyiv's Pecherskyy district court, Oksana Tsarevych, not guilty of issuing deliberately unlawful rulings. On 29 September 2016, President Petro Poroshenko dismissed her for breaching the oath when she issued rulings against Euromaidan activists in 2013-2014.

Transport

Urban railway in Kyiv will resume operation in full as of 1 July, the Kyiv passenger transport company has said.

The Ukrainian railway company Ukrzaliznytsya will move some of its staff to a four-days-a-week work schedule to cope with consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Essential staff engaged in repairs, maintenance, cargo and passenger service will not be affected.

Kyiv airport will lay off half of its staff to avoid bankruptcy after a step fall in passenger traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Army

A Mi-2MSB helicopter equipped with a test arms system and a serial system of unguided missiles has been put to special tests in Chernihiv Region, the Defence Ministry has said. It is a Ukrainian modernized version of the Mi-2 multi-purpose helicopter. 

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