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Scoop of the day: NBU governors steps down due to "political pressure"

Scoop of the day: NBU governors steps down due to "political pressure"

National Bank

National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) governor Yakov Smoliy has tendered his resignation due to "long-time systemic political pressure". "With my resignation, I want to warn against further attempts to undermine the institutional foundations of Ukraine's central bank," he said. In May, Smoliy told the BBC that he expected to remain in charge of the NBU until 2025.

The NBU board expressed support for Smoliy but will continue operation to maintain macrofinancial stability.

According to the head of the committee for tax and finance, Danylo Hetmantsev, Smoliy's resignation may affect Ukraine's relations with the International Monetary Fund.


Ukraine has registered 664 new coronavirus cases. Thus, the total number of cases has reached 44,998, the Health Ministry has said.

Ukrainians not wearing face masks in public places and transport will be slapped with fines of 170 to 255 hryvnyas, according to the Cabinet of Ministers' resolution.

Tehran air crash

France has invited Ukraine to join the efforts to decipher the flight recorders of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 shot down above Tehran in January 2020.


Ukraine is technologically unprepared for distance education in conditions of the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the parliamentary committee for education and science and representative of the pro-presidential Servant of the People, Serhiy Babak, has said as quoted by Radio Liberty.

The Cabinet of Ministers has dismissed four out of six deputy education ministers as well as State Secretary of the Education and Science Ministry Pavlo Polyanskyy. Acting Education Minister Serhiy Shkarlet, whose appointment prompted fierce public objections, still has two deputies, Lyubomyra Mandziy and Svitlana Danylenko.


A judge of Kyiv's Pecherskyy district court, Serhiy Vovk, has adjourned a court session to select a measure of restraint for ex-President Petro Poroshenko until 8 July. He is suspected of issuing a "clearly criminal order" to force Foreign Intelligence Service chief Serhiy Bozhko to appoint Serhiy Semochko as his first deputy.

Law enforcers have detained a former member of the Supreme Council of Crimea, Vasyl Hanysh, who was earlier sentenced to 12 years in prison for high treason. He has been placed in the Kyiv remand centre.


Restaurants and entertainment outlets in Kyiv will have to close their daily operation by 10 p.m., the city authorities have decided.


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