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Scoop of the day: new coronavirus record, shooting in Donbas

Scoop of the day: new coronavirus record, shooting in Donbas

Coronavirus

By the morning of 10 September, Ukraine has registered the highest daily increase of 3,144 new cases. There were 53 deaths and 1,128 recoveries. Overall, Ukraine has logged in 148,756 coronavirus cases.

Donbas

The Minsk agreements on Donbas cannot be currently implemented because of the opposite positions taken by Ukraine and Russia with regard to an order in which elections in Donbas should be held, Ukraine's top negotiator Leonid Kravchuk has said on the air of Radio NV. He suggested that a solution may be found in the Normandy Four framework.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the OSCE chairman and Albanian prime minister, Edi Rama, have discussed the coordination of efforts aimed at a peaceful settlement in Donbas. Zelenskyy complained to Rama about the recent targeted shooting by the separatists.

The coordination group of the Antiterrorist Centre under the Security Service of Ukraine's (SBU) main directorate in Donetsk and Luhansk regions has held a two-day anti-terrorist training at several strategic facilities in Mariupol. Various kinds of troops practised response to terrorists' plans to stage an act of sabotage in the city and seize a vessel in the Mariupol seaport.

On 10 September, the Russian occupying troops violated the ceasefire three times, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said. The separatists fired with small arms at the Ukrainian army's positions near Shumy, Donetsk Region, where a so-called joint inspection was to take place. Two attacks were registered near Zolote. The Ukrainian army did not return fire.

Belarus

Ukraine has protested to the Belarusian Foreign Ministry over the fact that the car of Ukrainian ambassador Ihor Kyzym was searched at the Belarusian border when he was returning to Minsk. The search of a diplomatic car is a violation of the Vienna Convention.

Poland

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda have discussed coronavirus efforts and the situation in Donbas over the phone. Duda accepted Zelenskyy's invitation o visit Ukraine in October 2020.

Crimea

Exclusive: Ukraine will shortly submit the updated resolutions on human rights and militarization of occupied Crimea to the UN General Assembly, First Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzheppar has said in an interview with LB.ua.

Defence

Ukraine will increase its defence spending from 5.45% of GDP to 5.92% in 2021, according to the National Security and Defence Council.

Local elections

As of 11 September, 92,000 have changed their election address ahead of the 25 October local elections, the Committee of Voters of Ukraine has said. This is only 1.6% of the total number of voters who may require changing their election address (5.5m-6m people).

Human rights

Fifteen more criminal cases have been opened against ex-President Petro Poroshenko, according to his lawyer Illya Novikov. Lawyer Ihor Holovan noted that most new cases were opened by the Poltava directorate of the SBU.

Police in Uman have opened a criminal case against a café owner who put up a sign that Hasidic Jews would be denied service. The United Jewish Community of Ukraine, which filed a formal report, said that the sign discriminates against Breslav Jews. The owner said that it was a coronavirus preventive measure.

Crime

According to the Turkish news website Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish intelligence agents detained a member of the PKK/KCK, which Ankara considers to be a terrorist organization, in Ukraine and brought him back as a result of a special operation. The National Intelligence Organization (MIT) determined that Isa Özer, who had escaped from Turkey after an arrest warrant was issued for him, was staying in the city of Odesa. 

 

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