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Scoop of the day: Another coronavirus record; Russia blacklists Poroshenko, Vakarchuk

Scoop of the day: Another coronavirus record; Russia blacklists Poroshenko, Vakarchuk

Coronavirus

By the morning of 4 September, Ukraine has registered another daily record in new coronavirus cases, 2,723. Since the start of the epidemic, Ukraine has logged in 130,951 coronavirus cases, including 2,761 fatalities.

The 91-year-old head of the now defunct Kyiv Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Filaret, tested positive for the coronavirus and is being treated in hospital.

Exclusive: The infectious diseases ward in the town of Uman, which is anticipating the annual massive arrival of Jews for Rosh Hashanah, has been filled to capacity, local mayor Oleksandr Tsebriy has said. He noted that the ward only has 14 beds while there are 18 patients already. According to Tsebriy, six pilgrims have already tested positive for Covid-19.

Exclusive: Chernivtsi hospitals are running out of beds for coronavirus patients, according to city mayor Oleksiy Kaspruk. Out of 145 beds, 28 are vacant.

Over the period of the quarantine, Ukraine has paid 7.5bn hryvnyas in unemployment benefits, Economy, Trade and Agriculture Minister Ihor Petrashko has told One Plus One TV.

Local elections

A large-scale black PR campaign has been targeting Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko ahead of the October local elections, Committee of Voters of Ukraine NGO has said. At least two newspapers with the circulation of several thousand copies have been distributed in Kyiv. One is run by MP Oleksandr Dubinskyy, the other one belongs to the Ridna Krayina party.

According to the NGO, Klitschko has the highest ratio of election promises to deliverables. He is followed by the mayors of Dnipro, Lviv and Odesa.

Exclusive: The former head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional state administration, Valentyn Reznichenko, has joined Propozytsiya, also known as the "party of mayors". He will top the party's list in the elections to the Dnipropetrovsk regional council.

Russia

Ukraine has called on the international community to slap Russia with sanctions and give up the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project following the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said.

Russia has updated the list of Ukrainians against whom it is going to impose economic sanctions. The list now includes ex-President Petro Poroshenko and several members of his European Solidarity party, Voice party leader Svyatoslav Vakarchuk and several Voice faction members, Crimean Tatar MPs Rustem Umerov and Akhtem Chyyhoz.

Donbas

Russia-backed militants committed no ceasefire violations on 3 September, according to the Joint Forces Operation HQ.

On 4 September, the militants unblocked the movement of cars and pedestrians through the Novotroyitske checkpoint on the line of contact. The Maryinka checkpoint remains fully closed from their side.

Crimea

Oleh Sentsov and Volodymyr Balukh, former political prisoners of the Kremlin and Crimean natives, have spoken against Ukraine restoring drinking water supply to the Russia-occupied peninsula until Kyiv restores full control of it. They believe that water supply is Kyiv's only leverage against Russia and the problem will "only exacerbate with time".

Forest fires

The fire which has been raging near the village of Horobyivka in Kharkiv Region since 2 September has been localised, the State Emergencies Service has said. There is still smouldering but no open fire.

Albania

Ukraine has opened the embassy in Albania. It is chaired by Volodymyr Shkurov, the Foreign Ministry has said.

Environment

The Delfi oil tanker which ran ashore near Odesa's Dolphin beach in November 2019 and has remained stuck there has caused another oil leak.

Crime

Kyiv's Shevchenkivskyy district court has selected the jury that will hear the case of Andriy Antonenko, Yuliya Kuzmenko and Yana Duhar, the suspects in the murder case of journalist Pavel Sheremet.

The management of the State Customs Service has said that it has recently been receiving multiple threats of physical violence and sabotage, which it will report to police. It blamed "those who are now nervously looking for ways for illegal 'agreements' and personal preferential terms which contradict the legislation".

The president of insolvent Arkada Bank, Kostyantyn Palyvoda, has been arrested for 60 days. Alternatively, he can deposit a bail of 21m hryvnyas. He is suspected of embezzling 50m hryvnyas from the bank.

 

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