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Scoop of the day: Ex-prosecutor insists popular politician killed in 1999

Scoop of the day: Ex-prosecutor insists popular politician killed in 1999

Politician's death

The leader of the People's Movement of Ukraine (Rukh), Vyacheslav Chornovil, did not die in a car incident in 1999, he was killed with a knuckleduster already after it, former Deputy Prosecutor-General Mykola Holomsha said on the air of Channel 4.

There were four knuckleduster blows to the back of Chornovil's head and his driver was finished off with the same knuckleduster, according to Holomsha.

Previously, it was believed that Chornovil and his driver died when their car hit a semi-trailer truck making a U-turn on a motorway outside Kyiv on 25 March 1999.

Chornovil's son Taras told Suspilne that Holomsha's statement is not new and that the allegations are not conclusive because they were made based on photos of his father's body.

Donbas

The Ukrainian delegation in the trilateral contact group has called on Russia to release prisoners, observe the ceasefire and "respectfully implement the decisions which were adopted with the participation of the Russian leadership and the partner states – France and Germany – during the Paris summit in December 2020".

One ceasefire violation has been registered in Donbas since midnight when Russia-backed militants fired on the Ukrainian army's positions near Novoluhanske with small arms.

USA

The presidential office has confirmed reports that Ukraine may receive new air defence and anti-missile systems from the USA, including the Iron Dome system. This would be in line with agreements reached during President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's visit to the USA, it said.

Economy

The government has presented the 2022 budget draft, dubbed as "the budget for modernization of Ukraine" by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. It is based on the premise that the budget deficit will decrease to 3.5% while GDP will show a record-high 4% increase.

The Cabinet of Ministers has removed the state-owned stakes in the Ternopil, Zaporizhzhya, Kharkiv, Mykolayiv and Khmelnytskyy regional energy distribution companies from the list of assets for privatization.

MP under fire

Prosecutor-General Iryna Venediktova has opened a criminal case against MP Geo Leros after a video showing a person looking like the MP and reportedly arranging an imitation of an attack on him was leaked on Telegram. The State Investigation Bureau will probe Leros for misleading investigation.

Coronavirus

The number of Covid-19 infections is growing faster than expected possibly due to Independence Day mass celebrations, the start of a school year and a more aggressive Delta strain, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine has said. Thus, it expects the new wave to be faster and more destructive.

On 14 September, Ukraine registered 4,640 new Covid-19 cases and 93 Covid-related deaths.

Incident

Two people got killed after a Nissan Primer they were in exploded this morning in Dnipro. The victims were later identified as the spokesperson for the regional office of the State Emergencies Service, Darya Hrechishcheva, and Donbas veteran and paramedic Oleksiy Kavlak.

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