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Scoop of the day: Kobolyev dismissed as Naftogaz CEO

Scoop of the day: Kobolyev dismissed as Naftogaz CEO

Naftogaz

The Cabinet of Ministers held a meeting of the national oil and gas company Naftogaz of Ukraine's shareholders today, at which it heard the company's report for 2020. As a result, the government dismissed Andriy Kobolyev as the company's board chairman and appointed the company's former manager, Yuriy Vitrenko, to the post.

Kobolyev said on Facebook that he had learnt about his dismissal from the newswire. He added that he had not tendered his resignation.

Naftogaz of Ukraine, for its part, described Kobolyev's dismissal as "legal manipulation" and "return to the practice of manual control of state companies".

Russia

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is convinced that his meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin will take place after all. He told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that he wanted this meeting to take place in Vatican.

Russia has not started withdrawing its troops from Ukraine's eastern border, the chief of the State Border Service of Ukraine, Serhiy Deyneko, has said in an interview with RBC-Ukraine. He added, quoting intelligence, that the process had "partially begun" in Crimea, but not near Voronezh.

Donbas

The trilateral contact group has failed to agree the Easter ceasefire at its meeting today, according to Ukraine's representative of certain areas of Donetsk Region, Serhiy Harmash.

Coronavirus

Kyiv will move from the red to yellow quarantine zone as of 1 May.

Ukraine reported 9,590 new Covid-19 cases this morning after 43,841 tests done in 24 hours.

PACE

Ukraine's permanent delegation to the PACE has issued a statement after its member Oleksiy Honcharenko was deprived of voting rights for three months. The delegation said that it was "deeply disappointed" by this decision and described the reasons for it as "debatable".

Ambassadors

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has dismissed Oleksandr Shcherba as Ukraine's ambassador to Austria. Zelenskyy also appointed Ukraine's ambassador to France, Vadym Omelchenko, as non-resident ambassador to Monaco. Larysa Herasko was appointed ambassador to Ireland and Yuriy Pyvovarov to Senegal.

Far-right march

Nationalist and far-right groups have held a march of embroidered shirts to mark the foundation of the Waffen SS Galicia Division in 1943, according to an LB.ua correspondent. The event was organized by representatives of C14, Freedom and the Right Sector and brought together several hundred people.

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