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Scoop of the day: MPs appoint several ministers

Scoop of the day: MPs appoint several ministers

Appointments

Parliament has appointed Yuliya Svyrydenko as first deputy prime minister and economy minister, Pavlo Ryanikin as minister for strategic industries, Iryna Vereshchuk as deputy prime minister and minister for the reintegration of temporarily occupied territories.

Oleksiy Reznikov, who was appointed defence minister, has pledged to ensure cooperation between the Defence Ministry and the General Staff.

Putin's visit to Crimea

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has strongly protested over yet another uncoordinated visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the temporarily occupied Crimea and Sevastopol.

It is noted that the trip is taking place in defiance of Ukraine's repeat reservations.

"We consider this visit, as well as other visits of Russian officials to the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula not agreed with the Ukrainian side, as a gross violation by Russia of Ukraine's sovereignty, norms of international law, UN General Assembly resolutions, Russia's obligations under the agreements to which Ukraine and Russia are parties," the statement reads.

Kharkiv mayoral election

The Kharkiv city territorial electoral commission partially satisfied complaints filed by OPORA civic network coordinator Mykola Zinchenko over discrepancies found at 10 polling stations as a result of reconciling protocols. However, it refused to void the decision on Ihor Terekhov's election as Kharkiv mayor.

Avakov questions NSDC sanctions

Members of the National Security and Defence Council received information about the companies and people to be put on the sanctions lists five minutes before the meeting. The files often did not contain a single piece of evidence, former Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Ukrayina 24 TV.

He said that at some point, the NSDC started "stamping out" sanctions. Such actions, in his opinion, were unacceptable.

Donbas

The new head of the Ministry for the Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories, Iryna Vereshchuk, has told journalists in parliament that her work will be based on the concept of "soft power".

"We need soft power for that. We need to do everything to make people feel that our state needs them, that regardless of whether we are from Lviv, Kramatorsk, Donetsk or Luhansk - we are all Ukrainians, we have our own state to fight for and hold on to. I hope that soft power will work for reintegration. De-occupation is our army, this is a different strategy," Vereshchuk said.

Rally

A rally to mark the anniversary of Kherson activist Kateryna Gandzyuk's death was held in Kyiv on 4 November. Around 100 people took part in it. The goal of the rally is to remind the authorities that a fair investigation into the case of Kateryna Gandzyuk is a much-needed victory for the Ukrainian society.

Russian hackers

The Security Service of Ukraine has established that the FSB directorate in Crimea and Sevastopol includes a hacking group Armageddon, whose task since 2014 has been intelligence-subversive activity against Ukraine.

Five members of the hacker group have been declared suspects under Article 111 (state treason) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, the SBU said.

The SBU has managed to identify several Crimean hackers by name, intercept their conversations and obtain evidence of their involvement in the attacks.

Thermal coal

The Russian Federation has stopped the transit of thermal coal from Kazakhstan to Ukraine, the head of the Ukrainian parliamentary committee on energy and housing and utility services, Andriy Herus, has said on Telegram.

"The Russian Federation has stopped the transit of coal from Kazakhstan, which was going to Ukraine. All relevant supplies were blocked in November. The technical blockage takes place at the level of Russian Railways, which does not confirm the passage of cars with such coal through Russia," he said.

Media

The National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council has decided for the fourth time to ask the court to revoke the license of Nash 365 Ltd. (Nash channel).

The new lawsuit concerns a July broadcast featuring former Party of Regions member Olena Bondarenko, who "used Ukraine-phobic language in her speech" and used "techniques of inciting hatred". The interview with Bondarenko was repeated seven times without any editorial intervention.

Crime

The State Bureau of Investigation has served 11 employees of the Kryvyy Rih district police department with suspicion of systematically taking bribes from motor carriers. Three of them, including the acting head of one of the police departments, were detained on 3 November while accepting another 40,000 hryvnyas.

Polio

Five children in Transcarpathian Region were diagnosed with polio. All of them did not have a routine vaccination against poliovirus. These are two different outbreaks of poliovirus. One of them is linked to a recent outbreak of the disease in Rivne region, BBC Ukrainian reported.

Obituary

Vitaliy Malakhov, a 67-year-old Ukrainian theatre director and artistic director of the Kyiv Podol Drama Theatre, has passed away, his daughter Dasha Malakhova announced on Facebook.

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