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Top 5 News Stories 1 June

Top 5 News Stories 1 June

1. As of 31 May, 23 672 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Ukraine. Over the past day, 468 cases of the disease were recorded. In total, 9 538 patients have recovered and 708 have died.

2. Eleven couples from Argentina have arrived in Ukraine to pick up their babies born from surrogate mothers. Those who arrived were met by Ambassador of Argentina to Ukraine Elena Leticia Teresa Mikusinski. Prior to this, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry had given permission to parents from Argentina who could not pick up their children born from surrogate mothers due to closed borders to enter Ukraine.

3. A member of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has gone missing near the Chonhar Peninsula, Kherson region, close to the administrative border of Russia-occupied Crimea. He has reportedly been abducted. Evidence of a fight between unidentified people was found near the observation post

4. The pandemic will not affect the visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU, said Katarina Mathernova, deputy director general of the European Commission for European Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations.

5. Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal said Ukraine expects the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board to approve the first portion of the agreed Stand-By Arrangement for the next 18 months on 5 June. He pointed out that the first payment from the IMF will be $1.9 billion, which Ukraine expects on 5-6 June. Another $1.6 billion will be allotted in autumn, and $1.5 billion next year.

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