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Scoop of the day: Kyiv police chief replaced

Scoop of the day: Kyiv police chief replaced

Germany

The fact that German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to visit Ukraine on 22 August shows that European security matters cannot be discussed without President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's participation, his press secretary Serhiy Nykyforov has said.

The two leaders will discuss "specifically how Germany will guarantee the implementation of its commitments in case Russia tries to abuse its monopoly stand after launching Nord Stream 2".

They will also discuss the sitution in Donbas and ways of resuming peace talks.

Police reshuffle

Col Ivan Vyhivskyy has been appointed chief of the National Police directorate in Kyiv to replace Andriy Kryshchenko who announced his resignation earlier today.

Sources told LB.ua that Kryshchenko was made to leave over his working relationship with Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko who is on rough terms with Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Ukrainian railway

The Cabinet of Ministers has accepted the resignation of the acting board chairman of the Ukrainian national railway company Ukrzaliznytsya, Ivan Yuryk, and appointed Fortior Capital managing partner Oleksandr Kamyshin to the post.

Kharkiv governor dismissed

President Zelenskyy has accepted the resignation of Ayna Tymchuk as head of the Kharkiv regional state administration. Her deputy Oleksandr Skakun will temporarily fill in the post.

Donbas

An 86-year-old civilian resident of the village of Novoselivka Druha in Donetsk Region was killed by separatist fire, the head of the regional military-civil administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, has said.

According to the Joint Forces HQ, separatists were shelling the area from banned 122-mm artillery.

One Ukrainian soldier was killed and two wounded amid 16 ceasefire violations by separatists on 10 August, the HQ said in its morning update. In particular, militants shelled Vodyane with 122-mm artillery and 82-mm mortars.

Coronavirus

The Cabinet of Ministers has extended the so-called adaptive quarantine until 1 October 2021, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has announced.

Ukraine reported 1,122 new Covid-19 cases this morning. There were 25 coronavirus-related fatalities in 24 hours.

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