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Scoop of the day: Zelenskyy defends bill on oligarchs

Scoop of the day: Zelenskyy defends bill on oligarchs

Oligarchs

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that he will initiate a nationwide referendum on the status of oligarchs if attempts are made to derail the respective bill in parliament. He insists that the bill on deoligarchization is just the first steps towards laying a framework for counteracting oligarchic influence.

Military and security

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has ruled out that the trilateral contact group on Donbas would resume its meetings in Minsk after Alyaksandr Lukashenka "has discredited himself". Choosing another venue for negotiations would require the OSCE and Russia's consent.

Ukraine will slightly increase its contingent in the UN mission in the DR Congo, the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) has decided.

President Zelenskyy has made Economy, Trade and Agriculture Minister Oleksiy Lyubchenko a member of the NSDC.

Cyber experts of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) have identified targeted attempts by the Russian special services to gain unauthorized access to Ukrainian public offices, local self-government and critical infrastructure by infecting them with malware using malicious emails. The experts have identified control-and-command servers, some of them based in Russia.

Ex-officials

According to NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov, the first 20 former high-ranking officials are now leaving their rented state-owned property in Kyiv's expensive suburbs of Koncha-Zaspa and Puscha-Vodytsya.

Crime

A deputy head of the National Assets Recovery and Management Agency, Volodymyr Pavlenko, has sustained a medium-gravity injury after unidentified attackers made several gunshots at him outside his house, the agency has said. His life is not at risk.

The SBU counterintelligence has apprehended a Russian national who has been wanted internationally since December 2020. He is suspected of committing grave crimes as part of an organized crime ring. The man has been put in custody.

The State Investigation Bureau has found 704,300 dollars in cash in the trunk of a car belonging to a shift leader at the Yahodyn customs checkpoint, Mykhaylo Burdeynyy. He was among the 100 officers of the State Customs Service who were suspended over smuggling suspicions. He resumed his work after the suspension expired.

Media

Ukraine's Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR (Atlant-SV TV Company Ltd.) will receive 25m hryvnyas from the state budget, according to the Reintegration Ministry. After Russia did not extend the channel's license in 2015, it has been broadcasting from Kyiv.

Animals

The Ukrainian railway company Ukrzaliznytsya will send two bears, which have been on the books of the Zaporizhzhya children's railway, to the Ouwehand Zoo in the Dutch city of Rhenen.

Coronavirus

Some 2,211,683 Ukrainians have been infected with Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, 2,080,382 have recovered and 51,054 have died.

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