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Scoop of the day: President's party okays two ministers' dismissal - source

Scoop of the day: President's party okays two ministers' dismissal - source

Government reshuffle

Although Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal seeks to have Health Minister dismissed over the low pace of coronavirus vaccination, the relevant parliamentary committee did not support his motion today.

However, sources have told LB.ua that the pro-presidential party Servant of the People has agreed to support the dismissal of Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krykliy and Trade Minister Ihor Petrashko. The vote in parliament is likely to take place on Tuesday.

EU aspirations

Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova have formed the Associated Trio, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said. "Today, we join forces on our European Integration path in this new format established in Kyiv," he tweeted following a meeting with Georgian counterpart David Zalkaliani and Moldova's Aureliu Ciocoi.

Security

The coordinating group of the Antiterrorist Centre under the Security Service of Ukraine's directorate in Vinnytsya Region, involving around 1,000 personnel and 100 pieces of special equipment. They practised detection of saboteurs, release of hostages and mitigation of emergencies' aftermath.

President's news conference

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will hold a news conference on 20 May to look back at his two years in office.

False abduction?

A controversial former judge of Kyiv's Dniprovskyy district court, Mykola Chaus, who went missing in Moldova in early April 2021, has recorded a video address. He said he is safe and that he had not been abducted. He added he was ready with law enforcers with full information on individuals who abducted him in 2016 in exchange for safety guarantees.

Economy

The national postal service Ukrposhta has decided to buy a bank, its director-general Ihor Smilyanskyy has said. He added that the company had already selected two or three banks to negotiate with.

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