Top 5 News Stories 30 May
1. On the morning of 29 May in the city of Brovary, there was a shootout between businesses that provide transportation services. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on Twitter the shootout “is an echo of corruption with regard to the definition of quotas for transportation services and the involvement of gangs in the war for passenger routes.” As a result of the shooting, three participants were injured. The police have already arrested 10 people involved.
2. Starting 1 June, Nova Poshta will go back to its standard conditions for storing parcels: parcels will be stored for free for seven days, and on the eighth day, fees will be charged. Due to the COVID-19 quarantine, the company introduced storage that was free of charge. “In the cities, the movement of public transport is restored, and it is planned to restore long-distance and inter-regional passenger traffic”, the company said on its website. “Therefore, we decided to resume the operation of the service.”
3. As of 29 May, 22 811 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Ukraine. In total, 8 934 people have recovered from the virus, while 679 people have died. Over the past day, 429 new cases of the virus were confirmed in the country, and 495 people recovered.
4. The European Commission has approved the disbursement of a 500 million euro loan to Ukraine as part of its fourth macro-financial assistance (MFA) program. This is reported by the press service of the commission. “This latest 500 million euro loan is further proof of our determination to actively support Ukraine and its people in these challenging times”, said Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentilioni. Taking into account this payment, the European Union has provided Ukraine with 3.8 billion euros in MFA loans since 2014. This is the largest amount of MFA that the EU has allocated to any of its partner countries.
5. On 29 May, Vodafone users in a number of Ukrainian cities were temporarily left without voice communication. The company has not yet explained what caused the failure. “Voice services may not be available in certain cities. We have unforeseen technical problems, but we are already working to solve them quickly. Now the problem is directly related to voice communication, the internet network is working normally”, the company said on Facebook on 29 May.