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Scoop of the day: Another fatality in Donbas; Ukraine envoy returns to Belarus

Scoop of the day: Another fatality in Donbas; Ukraine envoy returns to Belarus

Donbas

One of the two Ukrainian servicemen who got wounded after their ARS-14 decontamination vehicle hit an unidentified explosive near Novhoroske died, the Joint Forces Operation HQ said. They were going to join firefighting efforts near one of the smouldering sites.

Ukraine considers the 6 September shooting in Donbas as two separate "provocative" incidents. "We demand that Russia interfere in the situation and influence the provocative behavior of illegal paramilitary groups in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in order to save the ceasefire," the Ukrainian presidential office said. The president is "deeply worried about the provocative shooting and an escalation of tension" in Donbas.

The Russian occupying troops violated a ceasefire in Donbas on 7 September by opening fire from Kruta Balka in Donetsk Region in the direction of Kamyanka. They made several shots from small arms and one froma an RPG. The Joint Forces did not report any casualties.

The head of the Luhansk regional state administration, Serhiy Hayday, has spoken in favour of restoring trade with the separatist-controlled areas of the region. "We have been losing around 2bn hryvnyas a year," he said, insisting that the disruption of economic ties was due to "political speculations".

Russia is paying mercenaries from over 30 countries to fight against Ukraine in Donbas, Ukrainian Deputy Prosecutor-General Gyunduz Mamedov has told Radio Liberty. There are active criminal cases on the participation of over 100 foreigners in Russian paramilitary groups in Donbas.

Belarus

Ukrainian ambassador Ihor Kyzym has returned to Belarus after consultations at the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. He said that Ukrainian-Belarusian relations will depend on the situation in Belarus and integration processes within the Union State of Belarus and Russia.

Economy

According to preliminary data, Ukraine's international reserves reached an equivalent of 29.048bn dollars, the National Bank of Ukraine said. In August, they increased by 1% thanks to the favourabe situation in the currency market.

According to the head of the Zhytomyr regional state administration, Vitaliy Bunechko, there is no illegal amber extraction in the region now. In an interview with Interfax-Ukraine, he thanked law enforcers and said that 27 land plots will be auctioned off soon, where amber may be legally extracted then.

Coronavirus

By the morning of 7 September, Ukraine has registered 2,174 new cases, 31 deaths and 379 recoveries. Since the start of the epidemic, Ukraine has logged in 138,068 coronavirus cases, including 2,877 fatalities.

Society

Parliament speaker Dmytro Razumkov told Ukrainian News that Ukrainian society is not ready to legalise light drugs, prostitution and arms.

Sport

The cyber sport has been officially recognised as a sport in Ukraine, Deputy Digital Transformation Minister Oleksandr Bornyakov said, describing it as a "historic moment".

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