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Scoop of the weekend: Euromaidan activist killed in Donbas

Scoop of the weekend: Euromaidan activist killed in Donbas

Donbas

Five Ukrainian servicemen have been wounded as a result of 11 attacks by pro-Russian militants since midnight, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has reported.

On 11 July, militants carried out 10 attacks, wounding three Ukrainian servicemen.

Lt Taras Matviyiv, 31, was killed near Troyitske in Luhansk Region on 10 July. He was a member of the 24th detached mechanized brigade and, previously, a journalist and activist of the Revolution of Dignity.

Coronavirus

Ukraine has registered 678 new cases of the coronavirus and 457 recoveries by the morning of 12 July. The total number of cases has reached 53,521, the Health Ministry added.

After two days of coronavirus recoveries exceeding deaths, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has thanked the authorities for "coordinated action" and thanked Ukrainians for observing the quarantine.

An outbreak of the coronavirus has been registered in the Kyiv Technology and Design University. Five foreign students were diagnosed with the virus, two of them are being treated in hospital while the whereabouts of the other three are unknown.

Hungary has tightened the quarantine due to new outbreaks of the coronavirus and banned citizens from countries of the red zone from entering. Ukraine, Montenegro and Albania are currently in the red zone.

Church

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate will not hold a procession to mark the 1,032nd anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus this year, Culture and Information Policy Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko has said. The churches heeded the Health Ministry's recommendations.

Tobacco

British American Tobacco has asked President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to explain remarks made by his Servant of the People party's MPs regarding a possible nationalization of tobacco factories.

Gas

Ukraine has pumped the record-high daily volume of gas, 70m cu.m., from Europe, according to the director-general of the Operator of Ukraine's Gas Transport System, Serhiy Makohon. This was achieved thanks to the creation of virtual points on the border with Poland and Hungary and the launch of virtual reverse supply.

Crime

Public activist Serhiy Sternenko, who is suspected of premeditated murder during self-defence, has said that the attack on him in May 2018, the third in a row, is no longer being investigated because the attacker, Oleksandr Isaykul, has been declared wanted for hooliganism.

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