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Scoop of the day: Health Ministry says weekend quarantine not so effective

Scoop of the day: Health Ministry says weekend quarantine not so effective

Coronavirus

On the morning of 30 November, Ukraine registered 9,946 new Covid-19 cases. Some 114 people died, 5,571 recovered and 1,161 were hospitalised within 24 hours.

Health Minister Maksym Stepanov has said that the weekend quarantine has not reached the desired effect therefore his office would not recommend extending it. Speaking on Ukrayina 24 TV, he added though that there was a downward trend in surges.

Ukrainian presidential spokesperson Yuliya Mendel has said on Instagram that lockdown is still a possibility but its exact date has not been set yet.

Up to 2 million people may be eligible for a one-off assistance of 8,000 hryvnyas foreseen by the bill on support for business during the quarantine, which would require around 15bn hryvnyas, according to government officials. The money will be taken from the Covid-fund.

According to the online national health care system, over 5,000 specialist doctors have resigned since April and 1,000 new experts have joined.

Local elections

Businessman Roman Klichuk has been elected mayor of Chernivtsi, having scored 59.54% of the vote, Suspilne has quoted the local election commission as saying. His opponent Vitaliy Mykhaylishyn received 37.5%.

Russia

Russia will sooner or later leave occupied Crimea, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said in an interview with the Turkish news agency Anadolu. "Russia is russifying Crimea. The Majlis of Crimean Tatars, their representative body, is banned. Only 0.2% of pupils in Crimea can study Ukrainian. All of these are clearly violations of international humanitarian law," he said.

A news presenter on the Russian RBC TV was barred from Ukraine for three years for illegally visiting Crimea in 2018. The woman, who is a Moldovan national, was stopped in Vinnytsya Region when she was about to enter Ukraine by bus on her transit way to Russia.

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has decided that the case Ukraine v. Russia (re Eastern Ukraine) no. 8019/16 (concerning children in Donbas) should be extended to include Ukraine v. Russia no. 43800/14 (concerning children from state institutions who were illegally moved to Russia at the beginning of the war) and the Netherlands v. Russia no. 28525/20 (concerning MH17), Ukrainian Deputy Justice Minister Ivan Lishchyna has said on Facebook.

The case is now called Ukraine and the Netherlands v. Russia nos. 43800/14, 8019/16 і 28525/20. 

Church

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has said at a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal that he will visit Ukraine in August 2021, Interfax-Ukraine has quoted Orthodox Times as saying. He will attend Ukraine's Independence Day festivities on the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Crime

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has searched the official of an official of a charity foundation campaigning for the establishment of an ethnic autonomy in Transcarpathian Region. He is being investigated for a possible interference in Ukraine's domestic affairs and causing damage to state security. The search also revealed materials promoting "Great Hungary".

The counterintelligence of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has detained a resident of Donetsk Region as he was attempting to blow up a power substation in the Joint Forces Operation area in Donetsk Region. The SBU learnt that he was acting on the order of the so-called state security ministry of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic to destabilise the situation in the region and intimidate the public.

The military counterintelligence of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has exposed two applicants to the National Guard of Ukraine who did not disclose their Russian citizenship. One of them, a former policeman, was issued with a Russian passport during his stay in Russia-annexed Crimea.

Economy

President Zelenskyy has submitted a bill suggesting that the mandatory introduction of cash registers for individual entrepreneurs, which caused massive protests during the autumn, be delayed by a year for some groups of entrepreneurs.

The State Property Fund has sold the Luzhany alcohol distillery in Chernivtsi Region for 21m hryvnyas.

The Kyiv economic court has upheld the claim of Sky Financial Company LLC to the Guarantee Fund and the National Bank of Ukraine and recognised the purchase and sale agreement of Delta Bank's pool of assets, which was sold at an auction in June 2019, Finbalance has reported. The end beneficiary of Sky LLC is businessman Andriy Verevskyy.

Ex-officials' project

Former Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, former Prosecutor-General Ruslan Ryaboshapka and former Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk have established the Centre for State Sustainability and Development. It is a "new platform that will develop specific professional solutions in response to pressing challenges" in national security, rule of law, deoligarchization and anti-corruption, according to Ryaboshapka.

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