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Scoop of the day: Hasidic Jews stuck at Belarus-Ukraine border

Scoop of the day: Hasidic Jews stuck at Belarus-Ukraine border

Belarus

The Ukrainian parliament has adopted a resolution on the situation on Belarus, which says that the official results of the Belarusian presidential do not reflect the true will of people and calling for sanctions responsible for violence against protesters.

Exclusive: If President Alyaksandr Lukashenka steps down peacefully, his personal safety will be guaranteed, Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanowskaya has said in an exclusive interview with LB.ua. "And the opinion of all people will be taken into account on the matter," she added.

Tsikhanowskaya also accused the Belarusian authorities of using Russian money to pay for the dispersal of protests, arrests and equipment for the OMON riot police.

Lukashenka has instructed his government to negotiate a "green corridor" with Ukraine for Hasidic Jews that got stuck at the buffer zone on the border on their way to Ukraine's Uman for Rosh Hashanah. Since late August, Ukraine has stopped letting foreigners in to prevent a spread of Covid-19.

Earlier, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry asked Belarus not to clear pilgrims for travel to Ukraine unless they fit the profile for exceptions to Ukraine's border regulations in effect.

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri has asked Zelenskyy in a letter "to permit, on extraordinary humanitarian grounds, the entrance into the Ukraine of those who are on the Belarusian border for the period of the Jewish New Year only, subject to restrictions, and to complete adherence to all the health regulations of the Covid-19 period, as your country sees fit".

Vienna visit

Zelenskyy has said he hopes advisers to the Normandy Four leaders will meet again within 10 days to discuss the situation in Donbas.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said that his country will allocate an additional 1m euros in humanitarian assistance to war-hit eastern Ukraine.

Coronavirus

By the morning of 15 September, Ukraine has registered 2,905 new cases. Overall, Ukraine has logged in 159,702 coronavirus cases.

Kyiv has registered the record-high number of nine coronavirus deaths per day, mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has said.

During a visit to Vienna, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that several companies in Ukraine are prepared to manufacture a Covid-19 vaccine once it is created.

Military

Joint flights by US bombers and Ukrainian fighter jets near Russia-annexed Crimea will become regular, according to the Ukrainian Air Force Command. Such patrols are part of the long-planned deployment of six B-52s at the Royal Air Force Fairford base.

US and British units will take part in the 10-day strategic command-and-staff exercise Joint Endeavour 2020 in Kherson Region on 17-26 September, according to Ukrainian Maj-Gen Oleksiy Taran.

Donbas

Two Ukrainian servicemen – Col O. Appolonov and brigade spokesman V. Zalevskyy – got wounded near the village of Shumy in Donetsk Region presumably after they tripped a wire connected to an RGD-5 grenade, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said.

Another Ukrainian serviceman set off an unidentified explosive device during engineering works near Vodyane, the East Operative Command has said. He sustained wounds of medium gravity.

Corruption

The High Anticorruption Court has arrested Servant of the People MP Oleksandr Yurchenko's aide Ivan Fishchenko who is suspected of extorting a bribe together with the MP. Fishchenko may be bailed out for 1,000,552 hryvnyas.

The presidential office said that it would be appropriate for Yurchenko to leave the faction and cooperate with the investigation.

Local elections

Exclusive: Ex-President Petro Poroshenko's European Solidarity will support Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko in his re-election bid, the supervisory board chairman of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Forecasting, Ihor Hryniv, has said in an interview with LB.ua.

Economy

The State Property Fund has started selling state-owned spirits distilleries. The first to be auctioned off is the Nemyriv distillery in Vinnytsya Region.

Incident

The high-pressure gas pipeline (Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhhorod) lost integrity last night in Chabany on the outskirts of Kyiv. The leak was quickly mitigated, there were no casualties. Gas supply to Europe has been diverted through a bypass route.

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