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Scoop of the day: Parliament speaker dismissed

Scoop of the day: Parliament speaker dismissed

Speaker's ousted

MPs have voted to dismiss speaker Dmytro Razumkov. The move initiated by the pro-presidential Servant of the People party was backed by 284 MPs, including 215 from Servant of the People, 20 from Yuliya Tymoshenko's Fatherland, six from Voice, 18 from Trust, 19 from For the Future, and six unaffiliated MPs.

Servant of the People said that it was yet to decide whether it should strip Razumkov of MP's mandate. For his part, he said he would sue the party if it takes this step. He was No 1 on the party's election list in 2019.

There are three candidates for the speaker's post: Ruslan Stefanchuk (Servant of the People), Yana Zinkevych (European Solidarity) and Oleksiy Honcharenko (European Solidarity).

Border security

Russia has left 19 battalion-tactical groups of the Russian Armed Forces near the border with Ukraine after the end of the Zapad 2021 military exercise. Russia should provide clarifications on this matter within the framework of the OSCE Vienna Document, Ukraine's permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, Yevhen Tsymbalyuk, said at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on 7 October, as reported by the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform.

Babyn Yar

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Israeli President Isaac Herzog took part in celebrations to mark the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar massacre at the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Kiev.

Kakha Kuchava, speaker of the Georgian Parliament, Andreas Norlen, speaker of the Swedish Riksdag, Tomasz Grodzki, Marshal of the Polish Senate, representatives of the Czech, Austrian, Lithuanian and Latvian parliaments, Ellen Germain, the US State Department's Special Envoy for Holocaust, and Baron Ahmad of Wimbledon, the UK Prime Minister's Special Representative, also took part in the commemoration.

US role in Donbas talks

The head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Andriy Yermak, and US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland discussed ways of strengthening the US role in Donbas negotiations.

"I've had a constructive conversation with Victoria Nuland. We discussed the security situation around Ukraine, the prospects for dialogue in the N4 format, and the importance of strengthening the US role in the negotiation process for a peaceful settlement in eastern Ukraine," he tweeted.

Coronavirus

Kharkiv will tighten coronavirus restrictions as it moves into the orange quarantine zone as of 10 October. Cinemas, theatres and gyms will have to work at half capacity.

Yanukovych's case

The High Anticorruption Court has selected a measure of restraint on ex-President Viktor Yanukovych in the case on the appropriation of the Mezhyhirya residence. The court decided on 7 October to arrest Viktor Yanukovych.

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