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Scoop of the day: Russian militants detained in Belarus

Scoop of the day: Russian militants detained in Belarus

Belarus

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has summoned the ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine over the detention of 32 militants from the Russian private military company Wagner near Minsk. Security Council State Secretary Andrey Rawkow said that the Ukrainian ambassador was summoned because 14 of the militants fought alongside separatists in Donbas.

Donbas

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov will temporarily head the Ukrainian delegation to the trilateral contact group on Donbas after Leonid Kuchma stepped down.

Hungary

Hungary will keep the veto on Ukraine-NATO ministerial meetings until it sees any progress in ensuring minorities' rights on the part of Ukraine, ambassador István Íjgyártó has said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine. He said there are three reforms in Ukraine which are "very negative" for Hungarians: education reform, the use of language and administrative reform.

According to Íjgyártó, Hungary supports the policy of sanctions against Russia "however we must point out that sometimes we also need to discuss whether this helps Ukraine and whether it indeed creates problems for the Russian Federation".

Latvia

The embassy of Ukraine in Latvia condemned the actions of the head of the so-called Liepaja Ukrainian Community Svitanok, Larysa Davydenko, who took part in the events held by the Russian consulate general on the occasion of Russian Navy Day in Liepaja on 26 July 2020. "The participation of the head of the Ukrainian community in the events which, according to the organizers, should glorify the greatness of the Russian army, which has been carrying out armed aggression against Ukraine for more than six years, is a betrayal of the memory of more than 14,000 people who died fighting to restore the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine," the embassy said.

Economy

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal expects GDP to grow by 4.6% in the coming years.

Prosecution

Prosecutor-General Iryna Venediktova has appointed Roman Hovda as her first deputy. He was the first deputy prosecutor of Kyiv.

Crime

The counterintelligence of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has exposed a scheme using which militants of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic received social payments from the state budget of Ukraine, according to Interfax-Ukraine. The SBU tracked down criminals who did the paperwork for them.

The SBU has tracked down an international crime ring engaged in the smuggling and distribution of cardiovascular, oncological and reproductive drugs of unconfirmed origin in Ukraine. The criminals from Kyiv and Kharkiv Region received the drugs from Russia and one of Western Asian countries, including by mail.

The SBU has detained two organisers of a series of explosions in Kyiv, including near the Shulyavska subway station. They demanded 50 bitcoins from the SBU, the Interior Ministry and other government agencies after the first explosion or else they would blow up something else.

The SBU has said that the office of the president's representative in Crimea was attacked by hackers controlled by the Russian FSB. They were looking for information about the office's operations.

The body of a 35-year-old man from Donetsk Region was found in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class car pierced by bullets in Pyryatyn District of Poltava Region.

Elections

Exclusive: Parliament is unlikely to be disbanded this autumn, the deputy head of the Voice parliamentary factions, Yaroslav Zheleznyak, has said in an interview with LB.ua. However, in his opinion, Denys Shmyhal's government may be dismissed.

Coronavirus

The number of people infected with the coronavirus at the Institute of Special Communications and Information Protection of the National Technical University of Ukraine has increased to 133, the Kyiv city state administration has reported.

By the morning of 29 July, Ukraine has registered 1,022 new coronavirus infections. Thus the total count reached 67,597 cases, including 37,394 recoveries and 1,650 deaths.

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