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Scoop of the day: Access to officials' e-declarations disabled

Scoop of the day: Access to officials' e-declarations disabled

Coronavirus

Since the start of the pandemic, Ukraine has registered 363,075 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19, including 6,755 fatalities and 148,642 recoveries, the Health Ministry has said. The latest daily increase included 7,474 new infections. There were 3,306 recoveries and 165 deaths over the day.

The Institute of Microbiology and Virology of Ukraine is not developing a prototype of the Ukrainian vaccine against Covid-19, LB.ua has learnt from the institute. Only the head of the department of interferon and immunomodulators, Mykola Spivak, who was present at the presentation of the project to Volodymyr Zelensky, Is involved in this.

The Cabinet of Ministers has extended emergency coronavirus measures all over Ukraine until 31 December 2020.

Boryspil mayor Anatoliy Fedorchuk, who was likely to be re-elected, died of coronavirus.

Anticorruption reform

The National Agency for Preventing Corruption (NAPC) has closed access to the Single State Register of Income Statements. "It means that state agencies and the public no longer has open 24-7 access to officials' electronic income statements, and the National Agency for Prevent Corruption stops their verification, storage and disclosure," the NAPC said. Its head Oleksandr Novikov called the closure of the register a "crushing defeat of anticorruption reform in Ukraine".

Earlier today, the Constitutional Court published its ruling which invalidated the NAPC's authority to check, store and publish officials' income statements, having thus liquidated electronic income reporting in Ukraine.

Donbas

At today's meeting of the trilateral contact group, Ukraine's negotiator Leonid Kravchuk suggested that the sides come up with a plan on how to unblock the negotiations and further steps towards implementing the Minsk agreements. The meeting agreed that two checkpoints – Zolote and Shchastya in Luhansk Region – would open on 10 November.

Military blogger Oleksiy Arestovych has said on Facebook that he has been appointed information policy adviser to the trilateral contact group on Donbas.

Diplomat Markiyan Lubkivskyy has said on Facebook that he has turned down the proposal to become the speaker for the trilateral contact group.

Government

The Cabinet of Ministers has appointed Pavlo Ryabikin new head of the State Customs Service. He is the director-general of Boryspil airport and a former MP of three convocations.

The Cabient of Ministers has cancelled caps on salaries of managers and supervisory board members at state-owned enterprises.

Air crash probe

The government commission has completed an investigation into the crash of the An-26 training aircraft which killed 26. According to Deputy Prime Minister Oleh Uruskyy, the crash was caused by a set of factors, including the failure of the control system of the left engine; the crew did not equalize the thrust of the left and right engines; the release of flaps by the crew at the landing stage at the 38-degree position; untimely transition to descent and wrong trajectory. 

Museum case

The Amsterdam Court of Appeal granted Ukraine's request in the case of "Scythian gold" to remove the judge after it was confirmed that the presiding judge had a connection with the lawyers of the Crimean museums, which may indicate his bias.

The decision was announced in writing without public hearings, Ukrinform said.

Crime

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has exposed a scheme under which three Soviet air defence systems worth 110m hryvnyas were brought to Ukraine, as if for the Armed Forces. However, the criminals then re-exported part of them.

Incident

Two people got killed and nine injured in an explosion at a gas distribution station near Berezivske, 20 km from Kharkiv.

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