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Scoop of the day: Ukrainians may travel to 10 countries

Scoop of the day: Ukrainians may travel to 10 countries

Coronavirus

Ukraine has registered 543 new coronavirus cases by the morning of 6 July, which is considerably fewer than a day earlier. Thus, the total number of cases has reached 49,043, the Health Ministry has said.

The EU and WHO will provide Ukraine with all the necessary equipment for 27 laboratories in Ukraine to boost its Covid-19 testing capacity.

Lviv Region is relaxing the coronavirus restrictions by allowing hotels, public eateries and gyms to reopen.

Kyiv allowed cinemas and restaurants to extend working hours after 10 p.m. after the Health Ministry decided that the capital may now ease the restrictions after the incidence rate went down to 59 per day.

Ukrainians are now allowed to enter Albania, the UK, Slovenia, the USA, Serbia, Turkey, Egypt, Montenegro, Croatia and Mexico. The Foreign Ministry, however, said that they should consider travelling only if it is really necessary.

Tehran crash

The flight recorders of the Ukraine International Airlines passenger flight shot down near Tehran on 8 January 2020 will be examined as of 20 July for five days at most, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Yenin has said, according to Ukrinform. Ukrainian experts will trvel to France to join the examination.

Language issue

The secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, Oleksiy Danilov, has ruled out a possibility of the Russian language being granted official status in Ukraine. He suggested that children should start learning English as early as in kindergartens.

Central bank's ex-chief

Exclusive: Yakiv Smoliy, who resigned as governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) last week, has told LB.ua that he is not going into politics. Neither is he going to leave the country, he added.

In his opinion, the pressure on the NBU, over which he resigned, began last autumn and was mostly directed against him and his first deputy Kateryna Rozhkova, later on against his deputy Oleh Churiy. He suggested that the cases against NBU staff members were "fabricated" and may have favoured the former owners of nationalized PrivatBank.

Antimonopoly Committee

The first deputy head of the Antimonopoly Committee, Yuliya Pishchanska, will temporarily act as its head after parliament dismissed Yuriy Terentyev.

Crime

The State Investigation Bureau has detained a Security Service major suspected of extorting a $3,000 bribe for settling an employment issue.

A serviceman of the 95th detached air assault brigade based in Zhytomyr was found hanged. According to preliminary information, he may have committed a suicide over an unhappy relationship.

The State Investigation Bureau has charged former MP Serhiy Pashynskyy with armed assault over the December 2016 incident and sent his case to court. Pashynskyy insists the case was falsified.

Unidentified individuals fired with an anti-tank grenade launcher on a recreation centre in Mukacheve, Transcarpathian Region. They damaged the building and a gazebo but did not hurt anyone, the local police said.

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