Iran air crash
Iran's final technical report on the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS 752 near Tehran is a "cynical attempt to cover up the true reasons behind the downing of our aircraft", Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said. The analysis of the report shows that Iran's technical investigation involved numerous violations of international standards, the Chicago Convention and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
On the morning of 17 March, Ukraine reported 11,833 new Covid-19 cases after carrying out 50,966 tests in 24 hours. Some 289 people died.
Kyiv may move into the red quarantine zone in a matter of days as the infection rate is soaring and hospitals are running out of capacity, mayor Vitaliy Klitschko warned.
Kyiv has banned visitors' access to football matches, including international ones, until the epidemiological situation stabilizes, the Kyiv city state administration has said.
Lviv will announce a lockdown as of 19 March as the city declared the red quarantine restrictions at least until 28 March.
The government has supported a joint initiative of the Interior Ministry and the Health Ministry to create a Single Aeromedical Space, which would include a system for aeromedical evacuation and air transport of anatomical materials of recipients. During the first pilot stage, the ministries will use Airbus H-145 helicopters to be based in Kyiv and Lviv.
Exclusive: Ukraine will not resume water supply to occupied Crimea, Deputy Prime Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has told LB.ua. In his words, the Russian militarization of the peninsula is to blame for the shortage of water on the peninsula.
Vladyslav Yesypenko, who was detained by the Russian FSB in Crimea on suspicion of collecting information about crowded places and carrying an explosive in his car, turned out to be a freelancer with the Ukrainian service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Its president Jamie Fly has expressed concern and demanded Yesipenko's immediate release.
The Cabinet of Ministers has dismissed the board chairman of the Ukrainian Railway company, Volodymyr Zhmak. A day earlier, the company said it saw no reason his dismissal.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has appointed Ihor Brusylo a deputy head of his office. Brusylo was in charge of protocol and ceremonial matters in the president's office.