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Scoop of the day: More officials test positive for Covid-19

Coronavirus

By the morning of 14 September, Ukraine has registered 2,462 new cases, 32 deaths and 650 recoveries. Overall, Ukraine has logged in 156,797 coronavirus cases.

Ukraine will allocate 2.6bn hryvnyas to the purchase of coronavirus vaccines, according to Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko. The total spending on health care in 2021 will amount to 27bn hryvnyas.

The Cabinet of Ministers has decided to hold an audit of the Covid-19 Fund.

Kharkiv mayor Hennadiy Kernes has been on a sick leave since 10 September. ZN.ua quoted sources as saying that Kernes was hospitalised with double pneumonia and has a very bad case of the coronavirus. However, these reports have not been verified.

The head of the Zhytomyr regional council, Volodymyr Shyrma, tested positive for the coronavirus. He is on a sick leave.

The head of the Mykolayiv regional state administration, Oleksandr Stadnik, also tested positive for the coronavirus.

Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander Col-Gen Ruslan Khomchak has recovered from the coronavirus and returned to work.

Metropolitan of Pereyaslav Khmelnytskyy Oleksandr (Drabynko) has recovered from the coronavirus.

Servant of the People

MP Oleksandr Yurchenko has made a voluntary decision to leave the pro-presidential Servant of the People faction for a period of investigation into corruption allegedly committed by his aide, according to MP Oleksandr Kachura.

Security

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has endorsed the National Security Strategy of Ukraine. It relies on a premise that "Ukraine strives peace which is a pledge of state development while a person, his or her life and health, honour and dignity, inviolability and safety are the highest social value". The strategy is built on three fundamentals of state security policy: containment, endurance and interaction.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has exposed a private Internet provider based in Cherkasy Region who routed traffic through closed channels to the separatist Luhansk People's Republic, providing the occupying administrations with free Internet and allowing local users to commit cybercrimes under the guise of Ukrainian users.

The State Investigation Bureau has interview the ex-head of the presidential office, Andriy Bohdan, about whether he knows any circumstances of Ukrainian officials' contacts with the Russian authorities, which he earlier mentioned in his interview. It turned out that he has no proof of them and only heard about them from open sources and mass media.

Donbas

Ukraine has not assumed any obligation to revise the parliament resolution on local elections in Ukraine scheduled for 25 October, presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak has told Ukrayina TV. He added that they had only informed others at the Berlin meeting of the Normandy Four advisers one of the pro-presidential MPs had registered a draft resolution to this effect, which is yet to be considered.

Pro-Russian militants opened random fire on three occasions since midnight, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said. The incidents tool place near Avdiyivka and Maryinka.

Vitold Fokin, an 87-year-old former prime minister, was appointed the first deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation to the trilateral contact group on Donbas thanks to his granddaughter Mariya (Masha) who is on friendly terms with presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak. She said this in an interview with the Svitske Zhyttya lifestyle TV show.

Economy

President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a law ratifying the Memorandum and Credit Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union on receiving EU macro-financial assistance in the amount of up to 1.2bn euros.

The Finance Ministry has developed a state budget for 2021 based on the exchange rate of 29.1 hryvnyas per dollar.

Some 195 miners have been protesting underground in Kryvyy Rih Region, demanding a pay rise and better working conditions.

Uman

A conflict broke out between residents of Uman and Hasidic Jews over the construction on a synagogue. The locals believe it was built in violation of construction standards and caused cracks in the walls of their houses. In protest, they blocked access to a cesspit with a lorry full of timber.

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