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Scoop of the day: Controversial Donbas inspection plans

Scoop of the day: Controversial Donbas inspection plans

Donbas

The presidential office has announced that the trilateral contact group on Donbas has reached an agreement on a joint inspection of Ukrainian positions near the village of Shumy, Donetsk Region, with the involvement of the "OSCE mediator, accompanied by representatives of the parties".

Negotiation adviser Denys Kazanskyy raised concern that Ukraine had agreed to a joint inspection with the participations of separatists although the OSCE had earlier confirmed that Ukraine had not violated the terms of the ceasefire.

The JFO Command has warned Mariupol residents about planned anti-terrorism and anti-sabotage measures to be held in the city on 10-11 September. They are advised to abstain from unnecessary travel around the city, report any suspicious persons or items to duty police, and carry IDs if they do go outside.

Presidential office

Kyiv's Shevchenkivskyy district court has obliged the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) to open a criminal case over state treason and espionage against presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak, according to MP Volodymyr Aryev. He said that the case concerns reports that critical information about the planned special operation against the Wagner private military company was leaked from the presidential office.

Exclusive: Commenting on the news for LB.ua, Yermak described the opening of the case as black PR. "All the authorised individuals who have real access to information about the activities of the special services of our state have repeatedly dismissed untrue media statements about some 'operation' against Wagner members," he said.

PrivatBank

The Supreme Court has suspended the lower court resolution ordered nationalised PrivatBank to pay $350m to the Surkis brothers. Thus, the judges upheld an appeal by PrivatBank's lawyers.

Crime

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has said it has detained one of the leaders of the Islamic State terrorist organisation who was wanted by Interpol. He allegedly took part in combat actions in Syria and Iraq, recruited and trained militants, and organised terrorist acts.

The SBU has found 112 kg of cocaine worth around $17m in a banana container which arrived at the Odesa port from South America.

Prosecution

Maksym Yakubovskyy, a former lawyer of a company associated with pro-Russian Opposition Platform-For Life leader Viktor Medvedchuk, has been appointed Deputy Prosecutor-General Iryna Venediktova, anticorruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin has said.

Coronavirus

By the morning of 9 September, Ukraine has registered 2,551 new cases, 45 deaths and 1,157 recoveries. Overall, Ukraine has logged in 143,030 coronavirus cases.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused mayors who defied stricter coronavirus restrictions of trying to appease voters ahead of the local elections.

 

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