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Scoop of the day: SBU to check MPs who voted for 2010 Kharkiv agreements

Scoop of the day: SBU to check MPs who voted for 2010 Kharkiv agreements

Security

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) will check the motivation of MPs who voted for the so-called 2010 Kharkiv agreements which enabled Russia to extend the stay of its Black Sea Fleet in Crimea until 2042 in exchange for gas price discount, the secretary of the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC), Oleksiy Danilov, has said at a briefing following the council's meeting.

The NSDC has approved the draft Strategy on the Deoccupation and Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol. "This is the first fundamental document since the occupation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation, which offers a clear roadmap which we should be moving towards the deoccupation of Crimea," NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov said.

The NSDC has decided that the Ukrainian aircraft engine maker Motor-Sich (Zaporizhzhya) should be returned into state ownership for security reasons, Danilov said. Investors will be reimbursed, he added.

The SBU has uncovered a large-scale scheme of the shadow sale of poor-quality oil products which resulted in tax evasion to the tune of around 240m hryvnyas. Interfax-Ukraine quoted its sources in law enforcement as saying that the network of filling stations in question is Glusco, which is associated with Viktor Medvedchuk, a friend of Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Donbas

A Ukrainian serviceman was wounded near Novozvanivka in Luhansk Region, the North Operational and Tactical Command has said. Russia-backed militants targeted the Joint Forces' positions in the area with grenade launchers and small arms.

Since midnight, militants have also fired grenade launchers near Pyshchevyk.

One Ukrainian serviceman was killed near Starohnativka on 10 March.

In 2020-2021, the counterintelligence of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) registered 90 attempts by Russian special services to recruit residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The attempts were mostly made when Ukrainians visited Russia for personal reasons.

Coronavirus

On the morning of 11 March, Ukraine reported 9,084 new Covid-19 cases (47,365 tests), 4,250 were hospitalized, 5,330 recovered and 262 died.

The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine warned that the fatality rate may reach last autumn's peak in two to three weeks.

Incident

The Volgo Balt 179 cargo ship with a Ukrainian crew sank near Romania's Black Sea shore on 11 March its way from Russia's Rostov-on-Don to Constanta. Ten crew members were rescued, one went missing and two died.

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