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Scoop of the day: SBU exposes private military company linked to ex-MP

Scoop of the day: SBU exposes private military company linked to ex-MP

Coronavirus

The daily coronavirus rate in Ukraine has surpassed the previous record, having reached 342. There were 14,174 new Covid-19 cases registered in 24 hours.

On 22 March, Ukraine registered the highest number of deaths caused by the coronavirus, 333. There were 11,476 new Covid-19 cases registered in 24 hours after running 44,647 tests.

The delivery of a new batch of the CoviShield vaccine to Ukraine may be delayed due to an active information campaign against the Indian vaccine in Ukraine, the head of the parliamentary committee for health care, Mykhaylo Radutskyy, has said.

The state will pay 8,000 hryvnyas to individual entrepreneurs affected by red-zone coronavirus restrictions, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has said. The government expects local authorities to chip in, he added.

The Health Ministry has said that the female contract soldier who died in Odesa Region shortly after getting the coronavirus vaccine suffered from chronic cardiovascular problems.

Security

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has exposed and blocked an illegal private military company allegedly associated with ex-MP Semen Semenchenko and so-called freelance anticorruption agent Yevhen Shevchenko. The PMC consisting of 150 members disguised as security firms and NGOswas reportedly involved in plotting heavy crimes, including against the foundations of national security.

The State Investigation Bureau has declared former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov a suspect in a high treason case over the signing of the so-called Kharkiv agreements under which the Russian Black Sea Fleet's stay in Crimea was extended by 25 years in exchange for gas discount.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has enacted the National Security and Defence Council's decision "On the strategy of deoccupation and reintegration of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol", outlining a set of diplomatic, military, economic, information, humanitarian and other measures aimed at restoring Ukraine;s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

The SBU's counterintelligence in Volyn Region has exposed a Belarusian national recruited by the KGB and dispatched to Ukraine to collect intelligence.

Donbas

Three ceasefire violations have been registered in Donbas since midnight, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said. Separatists fired with 120-mm mortars near Vodyane, grenade launchers near Avidiyivka and heavy machine guns and small arms near Lebedynske.

Human rights

Vladyslav Yesypenko, a freelance journalist for Krym.Realii in Crimea, who was detained by the Russian occupying authorities, was tortured by electrocution, Graty has said, quoting its source which talked to the journalist in a remand centre in Simferopol. Yesypenko was made to say that he was carrying an explosive in his car and sent the video he recorded in Crimea to Krym.Realii and Ukraine's Foreign Intelligence Service.

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