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Scoop of the day: Riffmaster's arrest extended; coronavirus rate peaks

Scoop of the day: Riffmaster's arrest extended; coronavirus rate peaks

Sheremet's case

Kyiv's Shevchenkivskyy district court has again extended the arrest of musician and serviceman Andriy Antonenko (Riffmaster) until 19 December. He is a suspect in the murder case of journalist Pavel Sheremet on what many see as hardly any evidence. The court also extended the 24-hour arrest of Yuliya Kuzmenko and personal recognisance of Yana Duhar, who are suspects in the same case.

Activists who believe that the three are not guilty attempted to block the court. Clashes broke out amid heavy police presence.

Coronavirus

As of the morning of 21 October, Ukraine has registered 6,719 new coronavirus cases, a record-high daily increment so far. Most cases were registered in Kharkiv Region (713), Odesa Region (614), Poltava Region (580) and Kyiv (559). The case total has reached 315,826.

Local elections and poll

The poll which President Volodymyr Zelenskyy plans to hold on local elections day is an illegal campaigning technique, according to ex-President Petro Poroshenko. He said such actions "push Europe from Ukraine and Ukraine from Europe".

Zelenskyy's Servant of the People party has decided to finance the poll. For this, it will sign a contract with a sociological company. The party dismissed allegations of political campaigning.

Around 100 MPs from the Servant of the People party went to Donbas on a two-day working trip.

The Central Electoral Commission has warned that vote count in the local elections will take a while as it will become a "serious test for all polling commissions".

Russia

Ukraine fully trusts the recently published results of the investigation by the US Department of Justice and the indictment of six employees of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate for their involvement in a number of cyberattacks around the world, namely in Ukraine, the United States, France, Georgia and South Korea, the Foreign Ministry has said. It appealed to the international community to continue coordinated pressure on Russia to stop its systematic violations of norms and principles of international law.

Naftogaz

Given the public response to the publication of excerpts from the findings of the audit at the national oil and gas company Naftogaz Ukrayiny, the Yevropeyska Pravda website has decided to publish all related documents it has in its disposal. The company's management earlier dismissed the audit conclusions that its actions had inflicted losses worth 75.5bn hryvnyas on the state.

National Bank

The board of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has stripped first deputy governor Kateryna Rozhkova of banking regulating authority and handed it over to the bank's governor Kyrylo Shevchenko.

Donbas

Russia-backed militants violated the ceasefire six times on 20 October, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said. One serviceman sustained ear barotrauma. The shooting took place near Svitlodarsk, Mayorsk and Avdiivka. Militants used small arms and grenade launchers of various systems.

Crimea

Ukrainian ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova has said that the health condition of Crimean Tatars Dzhemil Gafarov and Enver Omerov imprisoned in Russia has deteriorated.

Early preparations for 2021 Independence Day

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has signed a decree on preparations for the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence in 2021. In particular, a military parade is planned. Both are in severe pain and are kept in overcrowded and infested cells. The prison authorities have ignored their requests for medical assistance.

Soviet archives

The Cabinet of Ministers has declassified a number of Soviet documents adopted in 1937-1987. Some of them concern the allocation of land for defence needs.

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