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Scoop of the day: Ukrainian vessel damaged in Black Sea

Scoop of the day: Ukrainian vessel damaged in Black Sea

Naval emergency

An emergency situation occurred in the Black Sea due to bad weather, resulting in damage to a national fleet vessel. There is no threat to the lives of personnel or the loss of the vessel so far, the Ukrainian Navy has said.

" After assessing the situation, a decision was made to anchor the vessel in order to ensure the implementation of survivability measures," the statement reads.

Energy crisis

Ukraine is on the verge of a major energy crisis as, according to media reports, the country has 10 times less thermal coal in its power plants than it should have, ex-President Petro Poroshenko has said. According to him, this means that the country may be left without electricity by the start of the heating season. He was speaking on the steps of the Prosecutor-General's Office (PGO) where MPs from his European Solidarity party and the Voice party were demanding a meeting with PGO chief Iryna Venediktova over the Wagner PMC case probe.

Coal case

Individuals from the then leadership of the Ukrainian presidential administration were involved in the supply of coal from mines in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and in organising this process in 2014-2015. Prosecutor-General Iryna Venediktova said this in a column for Ukrayinska Pravda regarding the second suspicion served to MP Viktor Medvedchuk. He is accused of treason and aiding and abetting terrorism for undermining Ukraine's energy security.

Coronavirus

The Education and Health Ministry has suggested that schools go on autumn holidays one week earlier, that is as of 18 October. The Kyiv authorities, however, said that they would not heed the recommendations, noting that they have guaranteed safe studying. Under 0.3% of all pupils is currently sick and over 86% of teaching staff has been vaccinated.

The National Academy of Sciences has said that the autumn wave of COVID-19 could reach the spring level in one or two weeks, according to its forecast for 13-26 October.

The Cabinet of Ministers on 11 October approved a draft resolution on attracting a 21m-pound loan from the UK Export Finance for four years to buy PCR kits, the Finance Miistry has said.

On the morning of 13 October, Ukraine reported 16,309 new cases of Covid-19. As many as 4901 people have been hospitalized, 471 patients died and 6,462 people recovered.

Antonov to build An-32

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has decided to provide state guarantees to the state-owned enterprise Antonov to raise a loan for the construction of the An-32 aircraft. According to government decree No 1053 of 22 September 2021, the loan will be used subject to approval by the State Emergencies Service, for which the aircraft is being built.

New ombudsman

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has appointed Alyona Verbytska as an advisor - presidential commissioner for ensuring the rights of Ukraine's defenders.

Verbytska is the head of the advisory council for ensuring the rights and freedoms of Ukraine's defenders. She has become the first presidential ombudsman on this issue. She is a Cherkasy-based volunteer and chairman of the charitable foundation With Faith in Yourself.

Russia

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has reacted to the appointment of Crimean prosecutor Nataliya Poklonskaya as Russian ambassador to Cape Verde.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry recalled that the former prosecutor of the Russian occupying administration in Crimea is wanted for high treason in Ukraine and is subject to sanctions by the EU, the USA, Canada and Japan.

"Hiding even in Africa will not help her," the ministry said.

Crime

The High Anticorruption Court has granted a request of a National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine detective and ordered that the son of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Oleksandr, be held in custody. He is charged with aiding and abetting misappropriation of property, money laundering and fictitious entrepreneurship in the Mezhyhirya residence case.

 

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