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Scoop of the day: Ukraine's former road manager detained in Poland

Scoop of the day: Ukraine's former road manager detained in Poland

Nowak's case

The former acting head of the State Road Service of Ukraine, Slawomir Nowak, was detained in Poland on suspicion of corruption and running a crime group. The head of the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine, Artem Sytnyk, said that the crime ring was embezzling international funds allocated to the construction and repairs of roads in Ukraine. It was investigated in parallel in Ukraine and Poland.

Sheremet's case

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called the murder case of Belarus-born journalist Pavel Sheremet, who was blown up in a car in central Kyiv on 20 July 2016, a "shame for Ukraine". He said that it was a "duty of the state and law-enforcement bodies to do everything so that Ukrainians and the whole civilized world could see in court the true murderers of Pavel Sheremet".

Sheremet's friends and colleagues unveiled a memorial to him in Kyiv's Ivan Franko Street, not far from the tragic site, this morning.

Ukrainian prisoners in Russia

Around 7,000 Ukrainian nationals are serving sentences abroad, 2,000 of them in Russia, according to ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova. Some of them are victims of human smuggling who were involved in the delivery and distribution of narcotics in foreign countries, she noted.

Top banker

President Volodymyr Zelensky has introduced the new governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, Kyrylo Shevchenko, to his staff. According to Zelenskyy, the NBU must be professional, courageous sand responsible in addition to being independent.

Donbas

The Russian occupying troops lethally wounded a Ukrainian serviceman near Shumy in Donetsk Region today, the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) HQ has said.

According to the HQ, Russia-backed militants carried out 17 attacks on 19 July, firing with 152-mm and 122-mm artillery, 120-mm and 82-mm mortars banned by the Minsk agreements, grenade launchers, heavy machine-guns and small arms.

Switzerland

Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga has arrived in Ukraine on a three-day state visit. This is the first official high-level visit after the strict quarantine.

UK

Former Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko has replaced Nataliya Halibarenko as Ukraine's ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and permanent representative at the International Maritime Organization.

USA

The US embassy in Ukraine has said that sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns Ukraine control over Crimea and withdraws its troops from eastern Ukraine.

Army

The Armed Forces of Ukraine have accepted into service a tactical combat vehicle Dozor-B designed by the Kharkiv Morozov Engineering Design Bureau.

Incident

A lorry of the National Guard hit a passenger car head-on on a road in Dnipropetrovsk Region, killing two and injuring three more. The lorry driver, 22, was detained.

A leak of a toxic gas took place in the village of Hannivka in the Sumy suburbs, deputy city head Oleksandr Zhurba has said. It may irritate skin and eyes, cause diarrhea and shortness of breath.

Football

Dynamo Kyiv FC has cancelled the contract with club manager Oleksiy Mykhaylichenko and his assistants. The club said that neither the management nor fans could be satistfied with the team's current performance.

Administrative reform

Exclusive: Gorshenin Institute will host a roundtable on "New administrative and territorial order in Ukraine" at 9.30 a.m. on 21 July. The event will feature Minister for the Development of Communities and Territories Oleksiy Chernyshov among others and will be broadcast on the LBTV YouTube channel.

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