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Scoop of the day: Ukraine joins Afghan evacuation effort

Scoop of the day: Ukraine joins Afghan evacuation effort

Afghanistan

As many as 90 Ukrainians and their family members expressed their willingness to leave Afghanistan for Ukraine. Diplomats are drafting the lists of evacuees, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko has said, as quoted by RBC-Ukraine.

Ukrainians in Afghanistan are asked to report their whereabouts to Ukraine's embassies in Tajikistan or Pakistan, or call the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's hot line.

Ukraine has already evacuated 71 citizens of the Netherlands, Croatia, Belarus and Afghanistan. Some Afghan nationals have requested a refugee status, State Border Service spokesman Andriy Demchenko has said.

Kyiv mayor

Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has recorded a video address following today's searches at municipal enterprises and subcontractor companies. He described the "months-long" searches as "systemic political pressure on the Kyiv authorities", seeking to discredit them and him personally. He suggested that the goal is to replace him with a "side protégé".

Coronavirus

An outbreak of the coronavirus was registered in the Young Guard children's summer camp in Odesa Region after 42 children and two staff members revealed relevant symptoms. The camp is quarantined now, the local news website Dumskaya has said.

Chief sanitary doctor Ihor Kuzin has said that the coronavirus infection rate in Ukraine is expected to peak in October-November, just like last year. It may happen sooner, he added and called on Ukrainians to get vaccinated.

Crime

A faculty dean of the Kharkiv Internal Affairs University was caught accepting a 15,000-dollar bribe for granting a graduate studies application.

A former first deputy head of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Serhiy Semochko, has won a lawsuit in which he contested his dismissal in Kyiv's district administrative court, RBC-Ukraine has learnt. President Petri Poroshenko dismissed Semochko in spring 2019.

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