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Scoop of the day: Odesa coast guard deputy chief goes missing

Scoop of the day: Odesa coast guard deputy chief goes missing

Security

The first deputy commander and staff chief of the Odesa coast guard detachment of the State Border Service of Ukraine, Oleksiy Chertkov, went missing on the morning of 1 June, the local news website Dumskaya has reported, quoting the unit's press service. He left his house at 6.30 in the morning but did not report to the unit. The search for him is underway, involving the SBU military counterintelligence among other units.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that an escalation of the war with Russia may happen any moment until 12-16 September. "We know that there will be the West 2021 [military] exercise. Therefore, I expect the situation to be dangerous until that period," he said.

Zelenskyy suggested that a new format of negotiations is necessary, which would also include Donbas, Crimea and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. This format could be more global and merge with the Normandy Four, he added.

Lithuania plans to provide additional assistance to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, its Defence Minister Arvydas Anusauskas has said at a meeting with the secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov.

USA

A delegation of US Senators, including Jeanne Shaheen, Rob Portman and Chris Murphy, has arrived in Ukraine, Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Yenin has said.

Belarus

A rally in support of Belarusian teenagers arrested by the Lukashenka regime for political motives was held in Kyiv's central Independence Square on 1 June. According to the rally organisers, at least six teenagers have been arrested after the disputed presidential election in Belarus in August 2020.

The so-called prosecutor's office of the separatist Luhansk People's Republic has asked Belarus to send arrested blogger Raman Pratasevich over for a crime re-enactment, Russian media have reported, quoting a local prosecutor. He was allegedly involved in "firing on Donbas civilians and destroying civil infrastructure".

Iran

An Iranian delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Baharvand has arrived in Ukraine to discuss the investigation into the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 near Tehran on 8 January 2020.

Society

The level of anti-Semitism in Ukraine has significantly decreased since the USSR collapse and is now lower than in a number of European countries, the spokesman for Kyiv's Jewish community, Leonid Barats, has said, as quoted by APNews. He noted that despite occasional manifestations of anti-Semitism, they are "not like what is happening in Europe".

Energy

Olena Zerkal, a former adviser for the head of the national oil and gas company Naftogaz of Ukraine, has become an adviser for Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko.

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