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Scoop of the day: Biden invites Zelenskyy to White House

Scoop of the day: Biden invites Zelenskyy to White House

USA

President Joe Biden has invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for a White House visit this summer. National security adviser Jake Sullivan said Biden extended the invitation during a phone call on Monday with Zelenskyy, ABC News said.

Sullivan said Biden and Zelenskyy had the “opportunity to talk at some length about all of the issues in the U.S.-Ukraine relationship and President Biden was able to tell President Zelenskyy that he will stand up firmly for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and its aspirations as we go forward."

NATO

NATO has no consensus regarding granting Ukraine a membership action plan, NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană has said, as quoted by Yevropeyska Pravda. He pointed out that Ukraine and Georgia would not be granted MAPs at the June summit, however alliance members would confirm their membership prospects.

Opposition

European Solidarity party leader Petro Poroshenko has said that pro-European opposition forces need to form a coalition "that will bring back the professional authorities, save Ukraine from chaos, incompetence and dilettantism".

Belarus

The Kyiv Shevchenko National University has stripped disgraced Belarusian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka of his honorary directorate. This is the first such decision in the university's history.

Donbas

The occupying troops have been jamming the OSCE SMM's drones in the government-controlled territory of Ukraine, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said. The area in question includes Kostyantynivka, Stepanivka and Bakhmut.

An arms cache presumably made for militants of a Russian separatist commander, Igor Girkin, was uncovered outside Slovyansk in Donetsk Region, the Security Service of Ukraine has said.

Climate policy

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said he has signed a decree to launch a programme under which 1m hectares will be planted with forest trees. In particular, he wants 1bn trees to be planted within three years.

Crime

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has neutralised an organized criminal group involved in large-scale production and sale of amphetamine. The operation was carried out jointly with the Central Investigation Bureau of the Polish Police.

According to intelligence, drug trafficking was organised by five residents of Ivano-Frankivsk Region. Allegedly, one of the organizers who was convicted of violent crimes and drug trafficking coordinated the drug dealing activities of the gang members.

A former official of the presidential administration and the National Security and Defence Council has been declared a high treason suspect. The person allegedly colluded with a representative of a foreign special service and passed on information he had access to. The SBU did not disclose the suspect's name.

Law enforcers in Luhansk Region have detained a Ukrainian national who was recruited by the Russian FSB in 2020 to carry out subversive activities in Ukraine. He was caught planting and trying to detonate an explosive under the car of the head of a Kharkiv-based research institute involved in novelty weapons and drone programmes.

Anti-corruption efforts

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on MPs to pass the Law "On the foundations of state anti-corruption policy for 2020-2024", which was adopted in principle back in November 2020.

Economy

The National Bank of Ukraine's international reserves decreased by 160m dollars in May down to 27.84bn dollars on 1 June, its press service has said.

Party moves

Showman and army support volunteer Serhiy Prytula has announced that he is leaving the Voice party over disagreements with its leadership policy.

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