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Scoop of the day: Ukrainian soldier killed in Donbas

Scoop of the day: Ukrainian soldier killed in Donbas

Security

Russia is moving its 76th guards air assault division based in Pskov, which fought in Donbas in 2014, to Crimea, the Conflict Intelligence Team has said. Its conclusions are based on a TikTok video showing a railway platform with a Nona-S self-propelled howitzer which was tracked down to the Pskov paratroopers.

A Ukrainian serviceman got killed in Donbas as a result of an aimed attack from small arms and heavy machine guns near Avdiyivka, the East Operational Tactical Command has said. Ukrainian troops returned fire.

During a telephone conversation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to step up sanctions against Russia. Zelenskyy briefed Johnson on the escalation in Donbas, a Russian buildup along the Ukrainian border and Moscow's attempts to derail the Minsk agreements.

Coronavirus

Ukraine reported 10,179 new cases of Covid-19 and 254 fatalities on the morning of 5 April.

A strict lockdown will be introduced in Khmelnytskyy Region from 7 to at least 18 April.

Tighter rules are in effect in Kyiv as of today. Public transport only carries holders of special permits, restaurants only offer takeaways and schools study online.

Kyiv will introduce a curfew if the number of new Covid-19 cases "goes through the roof", however it will still be up to the government to endorse such a decision, mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has said on Ukrayina 24 TV.

The director of the healthcare department at the Odesa city council, Olena Yakymenko, has said that 4,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to Odesa to be administered to members of vulnerable social groups, retirement house residents and nursing staff. However, the Health Ministry said they knew nothing about the supply and that Ukraine had not received Pfizer.

If the coronavirus infection rate exceeds 25,000 a day, doctors will have to triage the patients, Ukrinform has quoted anaesthesiologist Serhiy Dubrov as saying. He added that this would be a "catastrophe for the healthcare system".

Qatar

Ukraine and Qatar have signed over 10 bilateral agreements during President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's visit to that country. They concern judicial relations, health care, sports, investment, agriculture and other areas.

Fine

The Antimonopoly Committee has fined Google Ukraine 1m hryvnyas (36,000 dollars) for withholding information for over a year.

Incident

A 20-year-old serviceman, resident of Mykolayiv, committed suicide while on a patrol of the state border with Belarus in Volyn Region on 2 April, the National Police have said.

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