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Scoop of the day: Day of Defender in Ukraine

Scoop of the day: Day of Defender in Ukraine

Ukraine marked Day of Defender on 14 October.

Day of Defender

Photo: Oleksandr Rudomanov

Several thousand people took part in the annual Ukrainian Insurgent Party march in Kyiv. It is traditionally held on 14 October when Ukraine marks Intercession of the Theotokos. This year it was held under the motto "Fight the collaborators". Its participants walked through central Kyiv towards the presidential office. Representatives of the far-right Freedom party, the National Corps, Traditions and Order took part in the march.

Photo: Oleksandr Rudomanov

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived at the Naval Operations Centre in Donbas "to thank [servicemen] for our lives, our peace, for protecting Ukraine, our independence, our sovereignty".

The commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Col-Gen Ruslan Khomchak, has told Ukrayina TV that all processes taking place in the Armed Forces should be brought in line with NATO principles.

"We are now at the implementation stage because the reform began in 2015, but practical measures began in 2019. We must bring our army and all the processes taking place in the Armed Forces to NATO principles because the principles are the framework which we have to accept and implement," Khomchak said.

Election day poll

President Zelenskyy has said that the first out of five questions to be asked during the poll on election day is "Should especially large-scale corruption be punishable with life-time sentences?"

According to the presidential office, the question was prompted by the political environment's reluctance to tighten anticorruption policy. "Even today, no longer having a direct influence on the government, powerful corrupt people still plan their return, negotiate with each other and concentrate the necessary resources - financial, media, party. What they care about in power is only what belongs to people, the budget, what they want to appropriate. Only the real will of the people can change this, "the presidential office said.

Parliament speaker Dmytro Razumkov has said that no additional money is planned to be allocated for the poll announced by President Zelenskyy. The poll is to be held on the local elections day on 25 October.

MI6

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy indeed met the chief of the UK Secret Intelligence Service, Richard Moore, during the visit to London, as some Ukrainian media reported. According to the presidential office, they discussed fight against misinformation and fake news.

"They said that we have a big problem with the fact that the media are funded not only by Ukrainians. That in Ukraine, unfortunately, many of the TV channels that you and I know are funded by different groups," Zelensky said. He also denied discussing any leaks of information from his entourage.

Coronavirus

As of the morning of 14 October, Ukraine has registered 5,590 new Covid-19 cases, 2,137 recoveries and 107 deaths in 24 hours. The case total has reached 276,177.

Donbas

Russia-backed militants opened random fire with small arms on the positions of the Joint Forces near Vodyane, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said. No casualties have been sustained. 

Incident

Donbas war veteran Mykola Mykytenko who set himself on fire in protest against the authorities' policy three days ago died of sustained injuries, his daughter has said on Facebook.

Prominent linguist and Ukrainian language studies researcher Oleksandr Ponomariv died, 84.

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