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Scoop of the day: Ukraine to get 12m vaccine doses in February - minister

Scoop of the day: Ukraine to get 12m vaccine doses in February - minister

Gorshenin Institute

Gorshenin Institute will hold a roundtable "Financialization of the world economy and increase of the global debt: challenges and opportunities for Ukraine" at noon on 10 February. The event is organized by Growford Institute and Gorshenin Institute with LB.ua support. Growford Institute will present a large-scale research on global financial trends and their influence on the Ukrainian economy.

Media

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has recorded another episode of his Facebook vlog in which he advised Ukrainians against "reading mass media and watching pocket TV channels". He said that mass media are not to be trusted because they "do not report all the victories", therefore he will describe them on his own. He was speaking Russian because that "infinite rivers of lies were poured into the ears" of Ukrainians in this language.

Donbas

Russia-backed militants have opened fire three times since midnight, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said. They used small arms and handheld anti-tank launchers near Novomykhaylivka. An enemy drone crossed the line of contact here to remotely drop POM-2 anti-personnel fragmentation mines. Near Bohdanivka militants opened targeted fire from an automatic mounted grenade launcher.

Russian saboteurs are damaging video surveillance systems to cover up the activities of the occupying forces in the so-called "gray zone" and avoid being implicated in violations of the Minsk agreements, according to the Ukrainian Defence Ministry's Main Intelligence Department.

Coronavirus

Health Minister Maksym Stepanov has told the president that today Ukraine received a confirmation that it would receive 12m doses of AstraZeneca and Novavax coronavirus vaccines this February.

Hospitals in Nadvirna and Kolomyya districts of Ivano-Frankivsk Region have nearly run out of beds again because of a new outbreak of the coronavirus, according to local chief sanitarian officer Ruslav Savchuk.

On the morning of 5 February, Ukraine reported 4,923 new Covid-19 cases.

Security

In addition to the war in Donbas and the information war, Russia is engaged in the "spy war" in Ukraine, the secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, Oleksiy Danilov, has said at the Kyiv Security Forum held online. He said that Ukraine did wrong when it did not disband the Soviet KGB once it became independent.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has said that its counterintelligence agents have exposed a network of Russian FSB agents, which included former Ukrainian military intelligence officers. The network operated in Kyiv, Odesa, Mykolayiv, Zhytomyr and Chernihiv regions. The agents were allegedly instructed to carry out acts of sabotage in Mykolayiv Region, help saboteurs and scouts from the temporarily occupied areas to enter the government-controlled territory and arrange a special training for a selected group.

Servant of the People

Exclusive: The pro-presidential Servant of the People party has postponed its congress until 10 February, its member MP Oleksandr Kachura has told LB.ua. Another source said that the party's supreme board plans to discuss whether it should remove MP Oleksandr Dubinskyy from the post of head of the party's office in Kyiv Region.

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