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Scoop of the day: PM seeks health minister's dismissal

Scoop of the day: PM seeks health minister's dismissal

Health minister

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has asked parliament to dismiss Health Minister Maksym Stepanov, the spokesperson for the parliament speaker, Olha Tuniy, has said. If dismissed, Stepanov is likely to be replaced by his deputy, chief sanitary doctor Viktor Lyashko.

On Ukrayina 24 TV, Stepanov denied tendering his resignation and hinted that he hoped there would not be enough votes in parliament to make him go.

Exclusive: Next week MPs will consider the dismissal of Minister of Economy, Trade and Agriculure Ihor Petrashko, Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krykliy and Health Minister Maksym Stepanov, several sources in the presidential office and the Servant of the People party told LB.ua. Petrashko is likely to be replaced by State Tax Service head Oleksiy Lyubchenko, Krykliy by Ukravtodor company head Oleksandr Kubrakov, and Stepanovby Lyashko.

Earlier, sources said that Krykliy and Petrashko had tendered resignation letters.

NSDC

The National Security and Defence Council will subject 61 Ukrainian nationals designated by US individual sanctions to legal verification, its secretary Oleksiy Danilov has said at a briefing after the council meeting.

The NSDC also decided to impose sanctions on 557 world-known crime bosses most of whom are not in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zekenskyy has said. Currently, there are 17 crime bosses in Ukraine.

Crime

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has said that the grenade launcher attack on the office of the 112 Channel News Agency in July 2019 was organized by Semen Semenchenko. "This terrorist act was used by representatives of the aggressor state in the hybrid war against our country," the SBU said.

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