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Scoop of the day: Ukraine receives 600m euro in EU financial aid

Scoop of the day: Ukraine receives 600m euro in EU financial aid

EU aid

Ukraine has received from the European Commission the second tranche of the fifth programme of macrofinancial assistance in the amount of 600m euros, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said.

"Following the 23rd Ukraine-EU summit, today we received €600m of macrofinancial assistance from the European Union," he said, thanking President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis "for the fruitful cooperation and effective support of the reforms".

"Together we are building a European Ukraine," Zelensky's official tweet reads.

Coronavirus

Cases of a new mutated variant of the COVID-19 Delta strain have already been recorded in Ukraine, the secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, Oleksiy Danilov, has said on the air of the ICTV channel.

"On Friday, our scientists finished their research, and we have confirmation that the 'Delta' mutation, which started from the UK, is now on the territory of our country. Most cases have been detected in Lviv, Ternopil, western Ukraine and are starting to appear in Kyiv," Danilov said.

Crimean Tatars

Russian law enforcers today illegally detained over 20 Crimean Tatar activists and lawyers in occupied Simferopol under the building of the Crimean garrison military court, according to the press service of the Ukrainian presidential representative office in Crimea.

The activists gathered to hear the lawyers who were to take part in the consideration of an appeal against the verdict on the Hizb ut-Tahrir case via video conferencing.

Among those detained were Crimean Solidarity coordinator Dilyaver Memetov and Crimean Solidarity correspondents Zidan Adzhikelyamov, Ruslan Paralamov and Dlyaver Ibragimov.

Donbas

One Ukrainian serviceman was wounded in Donbas amid four ceasefire violations by Russia-backed militants, according to the Joint Forces Operation HQ.

Digital fraud

Digital Transformation Minister Mykhaylo Fedorov has said on Telegram that fraudsters have created a fake Diia app for Android in which vaccination details, age and other information can be edited.

"Here some craftsmen have made a fake copy of an ID app for Android in the design style of Diia, which is installed via a link, not from Google Play (apk format). The aim is to create fake Covid certificates, fake passports for the purchase of alcohol by minors. Of course, documents are not validated via QR," Fedorov wrote.

The minister said that anyone who buys such "services" could fall under the article "document forgery".

Covid fraud

Last week, police conducted 20 searches as part of an investigation into detected cases of fake Covid documents, during which more than 150 international vaccination certificates and PCR test certificates were seized, as well as 300 blank forms from medical laboratories, the Interior Ministry has said.

In total, investigators launched more than 80 criminal proceedings last week. Of these, 65 violations were discovered by employees of the State Border Service during document checks of those crossing the state border.

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