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Scoop of the weekend: Two Ukrainian servicemen wounded in Donbas

Scoop of the weekend: Two Ukrainian servicemen wounded in Donbas

Coronavirus

On the morning of 31 January, Ukraine reported 3,177 new Covid-19 cases, 4,126 recoveries and 79 deaths. There were 19,059 tests done.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Covid-19 vaccination will be free of charge for Ukrainians.

According to Chief Sanitary Officer Viktor Lyashko, Ukraine will receive 117,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in February.

Donbas

Russia-backed militants committed four ceasefire violations on 31 January, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said. Near Vodyane, they fired with banned 120-mm mortars, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. Near Lebedynske they used a 82-mm mortar and near Avdiyivka a heavy machine gun.

Two Ukrainian servicemen were wounded on 30 January.

Serviceman Roman Dzyubenko who was wounded near Novooleksandrivka in Luhansk Region died on 30 January.

SBU

The parliamentary committees for national security, defence and intelligence, and law enforcement will hold a joint closed meeting on 1 February to discuss the situation at the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). SBU chief Ivan Bakanov is expected to discuss the allegations of contract murder levelled against some of the service's senior officers.

Sailors released

Six Ukrainian sailors from the Stevia ship who were taken captive in Nigeria in December have been released, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said on Instagram.

Army

The Sevastopol tactical aviation brigade based in Volyn held its first air training this year. MiG-29 fighters flew in pairs performing difficult aerobatics, practiced group and single air battles at day and nighttime in difficult weather conditions, and flew in clouds at low altitudes.

Economy

The state-owned export and import bank Ukreximbank reported 5.6bn hryvnyas in losses in 2020.

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