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Scoop of the day: Zelenskyy, Merkel, Macron discuss Donbas, Normandy summit

Scoop of the day: Zelenskyy, Merkel, Macron discuss Donbas, Normandy summit

Donbas talks

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has held a video conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. They discussed peace efforts in Donbas and preparations for the next summit of the Normandy Four leaders, which include Vladimir Putin in addition to the three above leaders.

One Ukrainian serviceman was wounded in Donbas amid four ceasefire violations by the Russian occupying troops, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said.

Gas tariffs

The local authorities in Khmelnytskyy and Transcarpathian regions have announced an emergency situation due to the lack of gas for budget-sustained establishments for the autumn-winter period. The situation poses risks to the life and well-being of the population, they said, noting that contracts on gas supply signed at the beginning of the year were annulled due to a steep rise in gas prices.

Banker steps down

The supervisory board of the state-owned Ukreximbank, has dismissed CEO Yevhen Metsher after his conflict with Radio Liberty journalists. Serhiy Yermakov will fill in as acting board chairman until a new CEO is selected in a competition.

Kyiv's Holosiyivskyy district court placed Metsher and the bank's spokesman Volodymyr Pikalov under house arrest. Both are suspected of obstructing lawful journalist activity and illegal holding of people.

Coronavirus restrictions

As of 21 October, drivers and passengers travelling between regions in the yellow, orange or red quarantine zones will have to display a vaccination certificate or a PCR test conclusion.

10 October saw the highest number of ambulance calls (over 44,000) and hospitalisations per day, mostly due to the coronavirus, the Health Ministry has said.

Crime

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has exposed three men who recruited Ukrainian nationals for military operations in Syria. Candidates with combat experience were promised from 5,000 to 10,000 dollars a month.

The High Anticorruption Court has granted Odesa mayor Hennadiy Trukhanov bail of 30.2m hryvnyas which needs to be deposited within five days. He allegedly plans to appeal the court decision because he does not have this amount.

The State Investigation Bureau has asked the court to arrest pro-Russian MP Viktor Medvedchuk in the case on coal purchase from the separatist republics. He may grant bail of 1bn hryvnyas. He is currently under house arrest in another case which concerns prospecting at the Black Sea shelf in occupied Crimea.

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