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Scoop of the day: Zelenskyy discusses Covid-19 vaccines, Donbas in Berlin

Scoop of the day: Zelenskyy discusses Covid-19 vaccines, Donbas in Berlin

Germany

Germany will share 1.5 million Covid-19 vaccines withUkraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said at a press conference with VolodymyrZelenskyy in Berlin.

Merkel has called on Ukraine to introduce the so-called "Steinmeierformula" to the Ukrainian legislation, which provides for elections in thetemporarily occupied territories of Donbas. She added that Germany wouldfurther speak for progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Moldova

Zelenskyy has congratulated Moldovan President Maia Sandu byphone on the victory of pro-democratic forces in the early parliamentaryelection. He expressed hope that Ukraine and Moldova would coordinate theirEuro-integration efforts even more effectively.

Voice party

Voice faction MP Oleksandra Ustinova has said on Facebookthat Roman Kostenko has replaced Yaroslav Zheleznyak as acting faction head. Zheleznyak,for his part, said that this decision was taken in violation of the factioncharter.

Security

The National Security and DefenceCouncil will hold its first ever field meeting this Friday, according to its SecretaryOleksiy Danilov. He noted that the meeting would focus on the problems of theregion and the country's topical agenda but did not specify where exactly theNSDC plans to meet.

Poll

A survey by the Ilko Kucheriv DemocraticInitiatives Foundation and the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology hasfound that 74.2% of Ukrainians do not trust political parties. Only 19.5% saidotherwise.

Coronavirus

The Health Ministry has greenlightedthe use of the Comirnaty vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech at mass vaccination centres.It will be available to all but priority will be given to aged people andpeople with particular diseases.

Donbas

The Russian occupying troopscontinue to block checkpoints on the line of contact in Donbas, the JointForces Operation HQ has said. All seven checkpoints are open at the Ukrainianside but the only operating one is in Stanytsya Luhanska.

Drill

The Ukrainian-British militaryexercise Cossack Mace has kicked off in Mykolayiv Region. Around 2,000servicemen and over 300 units of military hardware from Ukraine, the UK,Canada, the USA and Sweden are taking part. The exercise will last until 24 July.

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