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Scoop of the day: Ukrainian PM says Russia plotting coup attempt

Scoop of the day: Ukrainian PM says Russia plotting coup attempt

Anticipation of coup

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal told Reuters that Russia is "absolutely" behind what he called an attempt to organise a coup to overthrow the pro-Western government in Kyiv, citing intelligence.

Central Kyiv will be blocked for traffic due to planned mass events, the patrol police have warned.

US warns Russia

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated a warning for Russia on Tuesday to stay away from aggression in Ukraine, saying "any renewed aggression can trigger serious consequences", CNN has reported.

Belarus

Self-proclaimed Belarusian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka told Russian media that "Crimea was de facto Russian" and after the referendum unrecognised by Ukraine and the international community it "became de jure Russian". He also plans to visit Crimea.

Counterintelligence

President Zelenskyy has appointed Oleksandr Poklad as chief of the Counterintelligence Department of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). Poklad was an aide to Party of Regions MPs Ivan Myrnyy and Ravil Safiullin.

Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court has refused to swear in Oleksandr Petryshyn and Oksana Hryshchuk, who were appointed on the quota of the Ukrainian president. The court postponed the swearing in of the new judges as it has no relevant vacancies, Dzerkalo Tyzhnya reported, quoting sources.

Presidential spokesman Serhiy Nykyforov told Kyiv Independent: "Volodymyr Zelensky is upset with the CCU's refusal to swear in candidates for the vacant presidential quota positions. For the presidential office, this looks like a stalling in the hope that mutual cover-up in the judiciary will work again and the Supreme Court will make favourable decisions for the compromised leadership of the CCU."

Energy Community

Ukraine has taken over one-year chairmanship of the Energy Community from Serbia, Deputy Energy Minister for European Integration Yaroslav Demchenkov said on Facebook.

Apple

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Ukraine will conduct a census with the help of the US company Apple. The relevant memorandum was signed in Kyiv today.

Party

MP Roman Sokha (constituency 75, Zaporizhzhya Region) has left the Party of Regions faction. According to him, over a dozen MPs elected in single-seat constituencies may follow his suit.

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