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Scoop of the day: Ambassador says Ukraine does not need US MNNA status

Scoop of the day: Ambassador says Ukraine does not need US MNNA status

USA

Ukraine's ambassador to the USA, Oksana Markarova, has said the country does not need a Major Non-NATO Ally status because it is for countries which do not plan or cannot join NATO for political and geographic reasons. "This is clearly not our case," she added.

She was reacting to parliament's plans to hold an extraordinary session on 8 September where MPs plan to adopt an address to US Congress with request to grant Ukraine such a status.

Naftogaz of Ukraine

Three independent members of the national oil and gas company Naftogaz of Ukraine's supervisory body have decided to resign, RBC-Ukraine has reported. "This has to do with a new spin of the conflict over the fact that the company is headed by Yuriy Vitrenko, and the supervisory board has failed to pass the decision on his dismissal," it said.

Speaking on Savik Shuster's TV talk show last night, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Ukraine has offered the USA to establish a free trade area.

Coronavirus

Some 50% of Kyiv residents have been vaccinated against Covid-19, and 46% of the total number of the vaccinated have received two doses, the director of the healthcare department, Valentyn Ginzburg said, as quoted by the Kyiv city state administration.

Ivano-Frankivsk mayor Ruslan Martsinkiv has said unvaccinated city residents would not be able to claim the city's financial assistance for Covid-19 treatment. Since the start of the year, nearly 4,000 city residents have received this type of assistance.

On 6 September, Ukraine logged in 2,197 new cases of Covid-19.

Survey

Were a snap parliamentary election be held these days, the pro-presidential Servant of the People party would no longer have a majority in parliament as it would only get 25.8% of votes, not 43.2% it had two years ago, a survey by the Rating pollster has revealed. Other parties that would make it to parliament are Petro Poroshenko's European Solidarity, 14.1%, pro-Russian Opposition Platform-For Life, 12.4%, and Yuliya Tymoshenko's Fatherland, 10.6%.

The survey also showed that 27.4% of all voters would support Volodymyr Zelenskyy for president, 11.7% would vote for Petro Poroshenko and 9.6% for Yuriy Boyko.

Parliament

Sumy native Anton Shvachko was sworn in as a new MP of the Servant of the People faction after Denys Monastyrsky gave up his mandate because he was appointed interior minister.

Donbas

Nine people got killed at the Chervonyy Partyzan mine in the separatist-controlled part of Luhansk Region, Interfax-Ukraine has reported. There were 25 miners in a cage when the cable holding it snapped.

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