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Scoop of the day: Polio detected in western Ukraine

Scoop of the day: Polio detected in western Ukraine

Polio

Specialists of the Ukrainian Health Ministry have found the virus in Transcarpathian Region during an investigation into a polio case in Rivne, chief sanitary doctor Ihor Kuzin has said.

"For the first time in many years, polio returned to Ukraine and left an unvaccinated 17-month-old child in Rivne Region paralysed. An epidemiological investigation of the case has been conducted and a circle of contacts has been identified. A separate team worked in Transcarpathian Region, where the presence of poliovirus was also confirmed. Samples were sent to the WHO Reference Laboratory in Helsinki," Kuzin told a briefing.

Donbas

Three Ukrainian servicemen were wounded in Donbas amid nine ceasefire violations by Russia-backed militants, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said.

Shelling

Investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) have qualified the shelling of civilian facilities in the front-line village of Tryokhizbenka as an act of terrorism, the Joint Forces Operation HQ said.

"On the evening of October 27, the enemy shelled the village from large-calibre cannons prohibited by the Minsk agreements. As a result, five houses of local residents were damaged, a private garage was destroyed, and a resulting fire burnt a hectare and a half of dry vegetation," it added.

Arms

The Ukrainian Defence Ministry has confirmed that the UK may supply the Ukrainian Armed Forces with Brimstone Sea Spear missiles, the Department for Military and Technical Policy, Arms and Military Equipment Development has told Ukrinform.

"The British company MBDA UK is developing a new Brimstone Sea Spear missile, which in the future, among other things, may be supplied to Ukraine to meet the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces," the response said.

Coronavirus vaccination

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged people to "turn on their brains" and get vaccinated against COVID-19. He said this at a meeting of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities under the President of Ukraine in Odessa on 29 October.

"Increasing the percentage of vaccinated people is the way out of this collapse," Zelenskyy said.

He added that the current vaccination rate - about 290,000 vaccinations per day - is not bad, but still needs to be increased.

President visits icebreaker

During a working trip to Odesa Region, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy inspected the research icebreaker Noosphere (previously James Clark Ross), which will provide logistics for the Ukrainian Antarctic Vernadskyy research base. The vessel was bought at the state expense from Great Britain.

Ukraine plans to form a fleet of 36 research vessels, including 12 ice-class ocean-going ones, Zelenskyy said at a meeting of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

The fleet is expected to include both state-purchased and Ukrainian-made ships.

Crimea

The Russian occupying forces detained 30 people in Simferopol, Crimea this morning. These were activists who rallied in support of four Crimean Tatars from the third Bakhchysaray group of the Hizb ut-Tahrir case who were accused of terrorism.

Two journalists are also among those detained, the Crimean Solidarity Facebook page reported. Initially, 28 people were reported to have been detained, but their number increased later.

Environment minister

Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Minister Roman Abramovskyy has explained his decision to resign by criticism from National Security and Defence Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov.

On 15 October, Danilov said at the NSDC meeting that the ministry does not implement the presidential decrees in a timely manner, Abramovskyy told Interfax-Ukraine.

Crime

A citizen of Ukraine who said that he had murdered another citizen in a Kyiv hotel room on the night of 28-29 October has turned himself in to the State Bureau of Investigation.

The man said he was a former employee of the Security Service of Ukraine. According to him, he was recently approached by an acquaintance who offered him "help" in organising terrorist acts in the capital.

After the former law enforcer refused to take part in the terrorist attacks, his acquaintance tried to kill. A scuffle followed in which he stabbed the "recruiter".

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