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Scoop of the day: Parliament passes bill on oligarchs

Scoop of the day: Parliament passes bill on oligarchs

Bill on oligarchs

Parliament has given the second reading to the bill on prevention of threats to national security connected with excessive influence of individuals with significant economic or political influence on society (oligarchs).

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed the adoption of the law, saying it gives Ukraine a historic chance to build civilized and transparent relations between big business and the state. He thanked his Servant of the People party's MPs for providing most of the votes despite "much pressure, many intrigues and even blackmail".

The secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, Oleksiy Danilov, called the adopted of the bill the most important day in Ukraine's recent history.

Afghan evacuation

Ninety-six people have arrived in Ukraine on an evacuation flight from Afghanistan, the Defence Ministry has said. These are Ukrainians and their family members, Ukrainian residence permit holders, and individuals whose return was requested by Vatican and Canada.

G7

G7 Ambassadors have expressed their disappointment with the Council of Judges' timetable for selecting candidates for the High Council of Justice Ethics Council after international partners nominated theirs.

"The proposed timetable does not reflect the importance and urgency of this reform. Ambassadors continue to call on the Council of Judges and all Flag of Ukraine partners to ensure the swift nomination of Flag of Ukraine experts to the HCJ Ethics Council," the Ambassadors tweeted.

Donbas

Two Ukrainian servicemen were wounded in Donbas amid 12 ceasefire violations on 22 September, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said. In particular, militants shelled Prychepylivka with 120-mm mortars.

Coronavirus

Ukraine registered 7,866 new Covid-19 cases on 22 September. Some 2,070 patients were hospitalized, 123 died and 2,305 recovered.

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