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Scoop of the day: Shootout in Kharkiv Region

Scoop of the day: Shootout in Kharkiv Region

Crime

Unidentified attackers have blocked a minivan carrying representatives of pro-Russian For Life (Za Zhyttya) NGO and shot at it, wounding one person, the National Police said. The incident happened near Lyubotyn in Kharkiv Region. Opposition Platform-For Life MP Vadym Rabinovych accused the Azov regiment and the far-right party National Corps of carrying out the attack. The National Corps denied any involvement.

Later in the evening, Deputy Interior Minister Anton Herashchenko said that the suspected attackers have been apprehended. He described the attack as a conflict "between two groups of support of different political forces".

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has blocked a financial pyramid whose participants had misappropriated over 250m dollars of over 600,000 depositors. They used this money to buy an island on the Dnieper, 18 luxury offroad cars, jewelery and real estate.

Coronavirus

By the morning of 27 August, Ukraine has registered 1,974 new cases, including 49 fatalities and 763 recoveries. Thus the total number cases has now reached 112,059. Since the start of the epidemic, 2,403 patients have died and 54,217 have recovered.

The red zone now includes 10 cities, mostly in western Ukraine, and 11 districts.

The Cabinet of Ministers has sealed Ukraine off from foreigners as of the midnight of 28 August. Exceptions include close family members, holders of work permits, transit travellers, education and military service in Ukraine, diplomats, official visitors and asylum seekers.

The State Travel Agency has asked the Cabinet of Ministers to reconsider the entry ban on foreigners by limiting it to countries from the red zone only.

Appointments

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has appointed Andriy Nazarenko as head of the Kirovohrad regional state administration. Nazarenko used to be a deputy director of a pig farm. Earlier, he worked for the Foreign Ministry and was Ukraine's consul in South Korea.

Economy

The national oil and gas company Naftogaz Ukrayiny has raised the monthly gas tariff for households by 45% up to 4.7 hryvnyas per cu.m. and the annual one by 10% as of September due to an increase in gas prices at European hubs. The company noted that the increase in the tariffs only concerns its own clients, which account for only 2% of the household gas supply market.

The new director of Ukrainian Railways (Ukrzaliznytsia), Volodymyr Zhmak, plans to divide the company in four business units focusing on freight transportation, passenger transportation, infrastructure and container transportation.

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