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Scoop of the weekend: Zelenskyy congratulates Biden on election success

Scoop of the weekend: Zelenskyy congratulates Biden on election success

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their election success. "Ukraine is optimistic about the future of the strategic partnership with the United States," he tweeted, adding that the countries "have always collaborated on security, trade, investment, democracy, fight against corruption. Our friendship becomes only stronger!"

Coronavirus

Ukraine has registered a daily increase of 9,397 new Covid-19 cases as of the morning of 8 November. Some 2,638 patients have recovered and 138 died.

As of 8 November, the occupancy rate at coronavirus hospitals was at 60.5%, while in four regions it exceeded 70%, according to the Telegram channel "Coronavirus in the regions". The busiest hospitals are in Poltava Region (91.5%), Rivne Region (78.9%), Odesa Region (70.6%) and Sumy Region (70.5%).

As of 9 November, Slovakia will close some checkpoints on the border with Ukraine because of the coronavirus pandemic. Lorries will be processed as normal.

Donbas

According to the trilateral contact group on Donbas, a Ukrainian airborne brigade serviceman died for non-combat reasons, "possibly a suicide", in Luhansk Region. An investigation is underway.

Minister for the Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov has told Radio Liberty that continuing the war against Ukraine might be "unprofitable and non-pragmatic" for Russia.

According to Reznikov, Ukrainian authorities are prepared to deploy humanitarian camps at the administrative border with Crimea due to the aggravating situation with the spread of coronavirus and shortage of medicines in the peninsula.

Zelenskyy visited the Rozsypne border service inspectors' unit in Luhansk Region to watch their tactical special drill. "There must be not a single weak spot on the border. This is a strategic issue for Ukraine's national security," he said.

Local elections

The repeat mayoral election in Boryspil, the town in Kyiv suburbs, will be held on 27 December after its mayor Anatoliy Fedorchuk, who won another term in the 25 October election, died of coronavirus.

The run-off in Kherson will be held on 15 November, with Ihor Kolykhayev facing Volodymyr Saldo.

Rally

Automaydan and the Centre for Preventing Corruption NGOs have held a motor rally which culminated outside the house of Constitutional Court head Oleksandr Tupytskyy in Vasylkiv. The activists demanded his resignation over the recent controversial rulings and staged performances to support their calls. Around 40 cars joined a motorcade.

Crime

The National Police will enhance security at the diplomatic offices of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Ukraine after reports that shots were made at the honorary consulate of Azerbaijan in Kharkiv. Police are treating the incident as a case of hooliganism.

A 37-year-old resident in Kryvyy Rih, the home city of President Zelenskyy, has stabbed two passers-by to death and injured eight more. Police have detained the attacker.

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