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Scoop of the day: Ukrainian soldier killed in Donbas

Scoop of the day: Ukrainian soldier killed in Donbas

Killed in action in Donbas

The Russian occupying troops have committed nine ceasefire violations today, two of which involved the use of weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said.

They used an unmanned aerial vehicle to drop explosives near Hranitne, as a result of which one serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was deadly wounded.

Donbas talks

The Russian delegation to the trilateral contact group (TCG) on Donbas has demanded that MP Halyna Tretyakova be expelled from the Ukrainian delegation and replaced with pro-Russian MP Viktor Medvedchuk, a representative of the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG, journalist Serhiy Harmash, has said.

"The Russian side has again effectively blocked all issues of the humanitarian subgroup. Now they are already dictating who should be included in our delegation […] They want to deal with the father of Putin's goddaughter only," Harmash wrote.

Probe

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is checking possible terrorism financing by Ukreximbank following a journalistic investigation by Radio Liberty's Schemes into a multimillion currency loan issued by the state-owned bank.

Radio Liberty said that the Prosecutor-General's Office opened proceedings under the "financing of terrorism" article. The pre-trial investigation is being carried out by the Main Investigation Department of the Security Service of Ukraine.

Crime

Right Sector activist Oleksandr Ivanina was gunned down in front of his house in Sumy, the head of the regional state administration, Dmytro Zhyvitskyy, has said on Facebook.

"This is terrible and unacceptable!" he noted.

Coronavirus

Fifteen Ukrainian regions will end up in the red quarantine zone as of 30 October, chief sanitary officer Ihor Kuzin has said on the air of Dom TV. The list can be further extended if the situation does not get better, he warned.

Electricity

Ukraine will resume importing electricity from Belarus starting from 1 November due to a shortage of coal at state-owned thermal power plants, RBC-Ukraine has reported, quoting the results of Ukrenerho's auction for the right to import electricity in November, in which the state-owned company Enerhoatom bought the respective capacities.

Appointment

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has dismissed the head of the Kherson regional state administration, Serhiy Kozyr, and appointed Hennadiy Lahuta to the post.

Before his appointment, Lahuta served as deputy chairman of the regional council and is the chairman of the We Live Here party.

Switzerland

Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis has arrived in Odesa on a three-day visit to Ukraine, the Swiss embassy has said.

Sport

The director of the National Anti-Doping Centre, Ivan Kurlishchuk, and his deputy, Yaroslav Kruchek, have resigned amid allegations by WADA that they have violated the organisation's code, Minister of Youth and Sport Vadym Huttsayt has announced.

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