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Scoop of the weekend: Risk of flooding in western Ukraine

Scoop of the weekend: Risk of flooding in western Ukraine

Weather alert

The State Emergencies Service has warned that rivers in Transcarpathian Region and Volyn Region may swell tonight and tomorrow because of heavy rains, which is fraught with flooding.

Coronavirus

By the morning of 18 July, Ukraine has registered 731 new cases per day. Since the start of the epidemic, it has logged 58,842 coronavirus cases, including 1,485 fatalities and 30,879 recoveries.

The editor in chief of the Censor.net website, Yuriy Butusov, has been diagnosed with Covid-19. In a Facebook post, he said that he did not have a high temperature and was in self-isolation at home together with his family.

Donbas

One Ukrainian serviceman was wounded despite 13 attacks by the Russian occupying troops, according to the 19 July morning update by the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) HQ.

On 18 July, separatists fired on the disengagement area No 3 near Bohdanivka with small arms from the direction of Petrivske, according to the JFO HQ.

Militants are checking people travelling to areas under their control at checkpoints in accordance with some lists, the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation HQ has reported. Travelers are advised to take this into account.

Kyiv elections

Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko, who is celebrating his birthday today and eyeing the third term as city head, has said that his elder son Yehor is planning to run for Kyiv mayor. "I have blessed him, naturally," he said on Facebook, adding happy smiles.

MPs' salaries

Pro-presidential MP Halyna Tretyakova, who heads the parliamentary committee on social policy, has told Hromadske that MPs' salaries of 32,000-35,000 hryvnyas (1,170-1,270 dollars) are insufficient to ensure their decent performance.

MH17

The Netherlands has launched a new investigation into the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on 17 July 2014, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Yenin has told RBC-Ukraine. However, Russia is trying to use it for its propaganda purposes. He noted that Russia was still to explain why it had closed its airspace near the border with Ukraine exactly as of midnight that day, after the Russian BUK missile system crossed the border into Ukraine and several hours before it the Malaysian Boeing.

Culture

Culture and Information Policy Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko has said that Ukraine will resume international TV broadcasting in Ukrainian. He specified that it would be a separate TV channel that would broadcast to foreign countries.

Pirates

Thirteen out of 19 crew members of the Curacao Trader ship have been taken captive as a result of a pirate attack off the Nigeria coast in the Gulf of Guinea. According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, six of the captives are Ukrainians.

Incident

Viktor Ryashko, manager of the Munkach football club, and his two children were killed in a road accident near Mukacheve, Transcarpathian Region.

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