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Scoop of the day: Sternenko partly acquitted, Shariy loses refugee status

Scoop of the day: Sternenko partly acquitted, Shariy loses refugee status

Activist's case

The Odesa court of appeal has found activist Serhiy Sternenko not guilty of attacking local pro-Russian councilor Serhiy Shcherbych in 2015, having thus cancelled the 7-year sentence slapped on Sternenko and his friend Ruslan Demchuk by the city's Prymorskyy district court.

The court of appeal, however, upheld the district court's verdict concerning the abduction of Shcherbych, but that charge has already expired. The court of appeal discarded the charge concerning carrying the firearms but found Sternenko guilty of keeping a single 5.45mm bullet. Thus, he was given a three-year jail term with a year-long probation period.

Pro-Russian blogger's case

Lithuania has stripped notorious Ukrainian blogger Anatoliy Shariy of his refugee status, Yevropeyska Pravda has reported, quoting a source. Shariy is suspected of high treason in Ukraine.

The next EU-Ukraine summit will take place on 12 October 2021, the head of the Ukrainian parliament's permanent delegation to the PACE, Mariya Mezentseva, has said on Telegram.

Space

Ukraine's Pivdenne design bureau and the Dutch company ISILaunch have signed a contract to take the Sich-2-30 spacecraft to orbit, Deputy Prime Minister Oleh Uruskyy has said. The satellite will be launched from the SpaceX platform with the help of the Falcon-9 carrier.

Coronavirus

Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova have sent a joint letter to the European Commission, asking it to develop a mechanism under which a coronavirus vaccine can be shared with the Eastern Partnership members the way it was done with the Western Balkans.

New party

A former member of Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions and a functionary in his government, Borys Kolesnikov, has set up a new party, Ukraine – Our Home (Ukrayina – nash dim). The party's core includes former Antonov designer Dmytro Kiva, SaceFOP entrepreneurs' movement leader Serhiy Dorotych and the president of a children's cancer charity, Valentyna Markevych.

Education

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has signed a decree on establishing the presidential University of the Future, "an institution which will train people of the future, which will concentrate the best teachers and train specialists who will be able to solve important tasks to defend our country". Some of the core fields are expected to include IT, cyber security, AI, nanotechnology, aerospace, energy and biotechnology.

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