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Scoop of the day: Ukraine develops Crimea deoccupation strategy

Scoop of the day: Ukraine develops Crimea deoccupation strategy

Donbas

Russia continues to bring arms, ammunition, fuel and other military equipment to occupied parts of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions through the uncontrolled section of the border, the main intelligence directorate of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry has said.

Ukraine has welcomed the decision on a full ceasefire reached by the trilateral contact group but is concerned that Russia refuses to endorse the 13 areas for demining which have already been approved, Ukraine's permanent representative in international organizations in Vienna, Yevhen Tsymbalyuk, has said.

Crime

In Kharkiv Region, police have released a man who was abducted by an ethnic crime group which demanded a 20,000-dollar ransom for his release. Three abductors were detained.

Dmytro Mykhaylenko, a likely Kharkiv accomplice of Lutsk hostage-taker Maksym Kryvosh, was arrested until 18 September. He can be bailed out for 175,700 hryvnyas.

Kyiv businessman Ihor Plekan, whom some claimed organized an attack on the life of C14 far-right group coordinator Serhiy Mazur, was shot dead near Boryspil. The 44-year-old vice-president of a boxing club was on his way to his summer house when unidentified attackers jumped out of the bush and fired on his car with assault rifles point-blank.

A search operation is underway in Poltava Region after the man identified as Roman Skrypnyk tried to steal a car, briefly abducted a policeman and later escaped in a wooded area.

Coronavirus

Ukraine has registered 972 new daily coronavirus cases by the morning of 24 July. There have been a total of 62,823 Covid-19 cases, including 34,886 recoveries and 1,571 deaths.

As of 24 July, the Cabinet of Ministers has distributed all 66bn hryvnyas of the Covid-19 Fight Fund. Some 35bn hryvnyas out of this sum will be used to restore, repair and maintain motorways.

Crimea

The former secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, chief of staff of the European Solidarity, Oleksandr Turchynov, told Censor.net that President Vladimir Zelenskyy decides to attack Russia-occupied Crimea, he will be in the first ranks of the assault battalion. He recalled that in 2014, the Russian troops staying in Crimea used the pretext of the Kharkiv agreements, under which Russia could legally have a strong army group on the peninsula.

The Ukrainian government has developed the Crimea Deoccupation Strategy, but the document is not for public, Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova has said.

Human rights

Musa Suleymanov, the three-year-old son of Crimean Tatar political prisoner Ruslan Suleymanov, went missing in the village of Strohanivka, Simferopol District in Russia-annexed Crimea, the Krymska Solidarnist Facebook community reports. Search and rescue efforts by police and local residents are underway. Ruslan Suleymanov is a suspect in the case of Hizb ut-Tahrir, the pan-Islamic movement banned as terrorist in Russia, but not in Ukraine.

An inspection of the Kropyvnytskyy remand centre has revealed multiple violations of inmates' rights which can be considered rude, improper or humiliating attitude, the Ukrainian ombudsman's office has said.

Egypt

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi discussed the coronavirus situation and prospects for safe tourism over the phone. As of 1 July, Ukrainian airlines resumed flights to the most popular Egyptian destinations.

Economy

Ukraine will buy out Eurobonds due in 2021 and 2022, worth $434.819m and $371.341m respectively, using Eurobonds worth $2bn which are due in 2033, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

Sea Breeze 2020

A US sailor got injured during the Sea Breeze 2020 international exercise in the Black Sea, according to Ukrinform. He received first aid at the scene and later was flown to a US military base in Italy.

Football

Dynamo Kyiv fans angry with Shakhtar ex-coach Mircea Lucescu's appointment as the club's top manager covered the eyes of the statue of legendary Kyiv coach Valeriy Lobanovskyy with an eyemask in protest, according to sport.ua.

Former Dynamo coach Oleg Blokhin called Lucescu's appointment a "spit in the soul".

Paid cells

The Justice Ministry has launched gift certificates for stay in paid cells of pre-trial detention centres. "Give a friend a certificate, and if he is taken into custody, he will be able to get into a cell with improved conditions," Justice Minister Denys Malyuska said on Facebook.

The deciphering of the flight recorders from the Ukraine International Airlines PS752 shot down near Tehran on 8 January 2020 has confirmed an illegal interference with the aircraft operation, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Yenin has said. "We are waiting for the Iranian side for the first round of talks next week," he added.

Environment

Efforts to remove the damaged Delfi oil tanker, which ran aground off the Odesa coast in 2019, have failed so far, according to businessman Andriy Stavnitser whose company is involved in the operation. More attempts will be made on 25 July.

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