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Scoop of the weekend: Ukrainian tourists stranded in Greece

Scoop of the weekend: Ukrainian tourists stranded in Greece

Greece

Seventeen Ukrainians have been denied entry to Greece due to the coronavirus restrictions. They have been placed in Athens airport's remand centre. According to the Ukrainian embassy in Greece, they are planned to return home on 6 and 7 July.

Coronavirus

Ukraine has registered 823 new coronavirus cases by the morning of 5 July. Thus, the total number of cases has reached 48,500, the Health Ministry has said.

Volyn, Donetsk, Transcarpathian, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Odesa, Rivne and Chernihiv regions as well as Kyiv still cannot ease the coronavirus quarantine because they do not meet various related indicators.

Navy

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Ukraine will never allow anyone to destroy the Black Sea security system. "Our state goal is to regularly boost the strength of the Navy," he said on the occasion of Ukrainian Navy Day.

Russian forces will try to break from occupied Crimea into Kherson Region to be able to let water from the Dnipro River flow into the Northern Crimean Channel, Ukrainian Navy Commander Oleksiy Neyizhpapa has suggested in an interview with the Odesa-based media outlet Dumskaya.

Donbas

The ambassadors of Estonia, Poland, Slovakia and Latvia have visited Kramatorsk on the occasion on Day of Liberation of Eastern Ukrainian Towns from Russian Occupation. They welcomed the reconstruction efforts and expressed support for Ukraine's territorial integrity.

President Zelenskyy has said that no-one in the international arena can demand anything from Ukraine, including the adoption of the law on a "special status of Donbas".

On 3 July, Berlin hosted a meeting of Normandy Four political advisers. The Ukrainian delegation was headed by Deputy Prime Minister Oleksiy Reznikov and included presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak. The meeting was to discuss progress in the implementation of the Paris summit agreements and prospects for a new meeting of the four heads of state.

According to Yermak, the Berlin meeting brought closer a prospect of a new summit.

Pollution

President Zelenskyy has given the company that owns the Delfi tanker which tipped over in Odesa Region until 20 July to mitigate the consequences of the oil spill. In November 2019, the Delfi tanker ran ashore near the Dolphin beach. An oil spill was detected near the ship in June 2020.

Education

Exclusive: Acting Minister of Education and Science Serhiy Shkarlet, whose appointment prompted wide protests, has said in an interview with LB.ua that he had not said about "support for the views and principles of the Party of Regions". He added that he had not been in touch with ex-President Viktor Yanukovych's former Education Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk and his deputy Yevhen Sulyma since their dismissal.

In memoriam

The leader of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organisations, senior bishop of the Ukrainian Evangelical Church, Vasyl Raychynets, died. He was 67 years old.

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