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Scoop of the weekend: Easter holidays in Ukraine

Scoop of the weekend: Easter holidays in Ukraine

Easter

Orthodox Christians and Greek Catholics in Ukraine marked Easter on 2 May.

Over 740,000 citizens took part in night and morning services in over 12,000 churches, the National Police have said.

Odesa march

Around 700 people, mostly Donbas war veterans and patriotically-minded residents, took part in the City Defenders March in Odesa on 2 May, according to the local news website Dumska. The march was held in commemoration of the 2014 deadly events in Odesa. In 2014, as a result of the clashes between the supporters of united Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists, 48 people got killed and 124 were injured.

Donbas

One Ukrainian serviceman was injured amid 12 ceasefire violations in Donbas on 1 May, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said. Apart from other weapons, the separatists fired with 82-mm mortars near Shumy, Pivdenne and Pisky.

Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be able to avoid the issue of Crimea during a pending meeting with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has told Radio Liberty, commenting on Putin's remarks that he is only prepared to talk about bilateral relations.

Naftogaz

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will raise the issue of the reshuffle at the national oil and gas company Naftogaz of Ukraine during his visit to Ukraine on 5-6 May, US Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip T. Reeker has said at a briefing. "Any attempt to change governance and the selection procedures at government agencies is troubling. Corporate governance is a critical part of a stable democratic society, and we will continue to call on Ukraine’s leaders and representatives to respect transparent corporate governance practices, particularly in the management of state-owned enterprises and particularly in the energy sector, which is so important in its economy," Reeker said.

Members of the committee for recruitment to supervisory boards will stop their operation in Ukraine until it becomes clear how the government is going to proceed with corporate management reform. This goes from their letter to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, Economy Minister Ihor Petrashko and Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko, which was made available to Ekonomichna Pravda.

Court

The Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court has upheld the resolution which recognised as void the Central Electoral Commission's protocol on the by-election in constituency No 87. According to that protocol, Vasyl Virastyuk of the pro-presidential Servant of the People party was declared winner.

Military

The Ukrainian Defence Ministry has successfully tested UOF12 ammunition that goes with MT-12 anti-tank cannons. Ukraine bought this ammunition from the Czech Republic. Sixteen shots were made at the Rivne shooting range.

Coronavirus

Ukraine has signed the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer to supply an additional 10m doses of the coronavirus vaccine, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov has told President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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