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Scoop of the weekend: Ukraine pays tribute to World War Two victims

Scoop of the weekend: Ukraine pays tribute to World War Two victims

Victory Day

Ukraine marked Remembrance and Reconciliation Day and World War Two Victory Day and commemorated its participants on 8-9 May.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that for Ukrainians, the victory over Nazism is gratitude with no expiry date, borders or geographical division. "Over 8m Ukrainians got killed in World War Two. One in five Ukrainians did not return home. Overall, the war has claimed at least 50m human lives," he said.

Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko paid tribute to fallen soldiers during a traditional solemn ceremony at the war memorial. He noted that there are over 52,000 Kyiv residents who were directly affected by World War Two.

Coronavirus

Ukraine has received another 500,000 doses of the CoronaVac vaccine by Sinovac Biotech, according to Health Minister Maksym Stepanov. Thus, the country has received 1.215m CoronaVac doses under the 1.9m-dose contract.

Now that no regions are marked red, the coronavirus situation in Ukraine has notably improved, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has said. The orange zone still includes Volyn, Donetsk Region, Zhytomyr Region, Kirovohrad Region, Luhansk Region, Ternopil Region and Cherkasy Region, while all other regions are yellow.

On the morning of 9 May, Ukraine logged 5,372 new Covid-19 cases and 193 coronavirus-related fatalities.

Navy

Russian ships were hindering a joint US-Ukrainian exercise during which border guards practised interoperability within an international tactical group near Odesa, the State Border Service of Ukraine has said. The Russian ships announced the fictitious coordinates of closed areas, demanding that the US and Ukrainian ships leave them, maneuvered dangerously and tried to limit the maneuver zone for the Ukrainian and US ships. They did not respond to calls for communication through international maritime security channels.

Donbas

The Russian occupying troops shelled the residential area of Maryinka in Donetsk Region on 8 May, damaging six houses and a car, the Interior Ministry's press service has said. They fired six 100-mm shells from the MT-12 Rapira cannon from the area of the Trudivska mine in Donetsk's suburbs.

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