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Scoop of the day: Kyiv to go into lockdown as of 20 March

Scoop of the day: Kyiv to go into lockdown as of 20 March

Coronavirus vaccination

Ukraine expects to receive the first batch of the Pfizer vaccine in April, Oleksandr Zaika from the Public Health Centre has told Dom TV.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Ukraine to receive the first batch of the Chinese vaccine Sinovac Biotech in late March.

Speaking at a briefing with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, he said that he saw no reason for limiting the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Ukraine despite "serious information counteraction".

Coronavirus restrictions

Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has warned that the city will go into lockdown as of 20 March, which will last at least until 9 April. Shopping and entertainment centres will close, except for essential goods, while restaurants will offer takeaways only.

Lviv Region will go into lockdown from 19 to 29 March.

Health Minister Maksym Stepanov, for his part, told One Plus One that he does not deem a nationwide lockdown necessary at the moment.

Coronavirus update

Ukraine has reported 15,053 new cases of Covid-19, having thus crossed the 15,000 threshold for the first time since December. Some 267 people died in 24 hours.

There have been 1,360 cases of repeat infection with the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, the director of the Public Health Centre, Roman Rodyna, has said.

Ukraine's EU prospects

Zelenskyy and Nauseda have signed a Joint Declaration on Ukraine's European Prospects. The document stipulates that, in accordance with Article 49 of the Treaty on European Union, Ukraine, like any European state that respects the values enshrined in Article 2 of this Treaty and undertakes to follow them, may apply for membership in the European Union in the case of observance of all conditions and obligations.

Iran

Ukraine will demand that the ICAO Council review Iran's report on the downing of the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 and that Iran continues its technical investigation into the case, Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Yenin has said. Earlier, Ukraine severely criticized the Iranian report.

Servant of the People

The head of the Servant of the People faction, Davyd Arakhamiya, has dismissed as untrue MP Oleksandr Dubinskyy's allegations that the presidential office was behind a leaked conversation between Joe Biden and Petro Poroshenko. Dubinskyy claimed that the presidential office demanded that he take part in Andriy Derkach's news conference on the leaked recordings. The USA slapped Derkach with sanctions over his suspected meddling in the US presidential election.

Donbas

A Ukrainian serviceman was killed near Pivdenne in Donbas, the North Operational-Tactical Command has said.

Crime

The Vasylkiv city district court in Kyiv Region has acquitted ex-MP Serhiy Pashynskyy in the case of Vyacheslav Khimikus whom he wounded in 2016, Graty has reported. The court found that the prosecution had not proven Pashynskyy's guilt.

The counterintelligence of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has detained a man in Dnipro who may have been collecting sensitive information for Donetsk separatists.

Incident

Seven subway stations had to be temporarily closed in central Kyiv in late afternoon over a hoax bomb alert.

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