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Russian troops hit the villages of Kozatske and Zolota Balka in Ukraine's southern Kherson Oblast on May 29, the regional administration reported. A 61-year-old man was killed in his house as a result of the Kozatske shelling, according to the report.
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Russia shelled two villages in the Kupiansk district of Kharkiv Oblast on May 29, injuring at least seven people, including the elderly, children, and a pregnant woman, Governor Oleh Syniehubov reported.
2:14 PM
Moldova’s President Maia Sandu warned against the dangers of Russian propaganda and disinformation in the country and proposed the creation of a new governmental body to counter this threat. The envisioned “Patriot Center” would coordinate and implement the state's strategy on combatting disinformation, Sandu said during a press conference on May 29.
10:41 AM
According to updated information by the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces, Russia launched 40 cruise missiles and 38 attack drones in the overnight attack. Ukraine’s air defense successfully intercepted 30 Shahed kamikaze drones and 36 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles, the General Staff wrote.
9:32 AM
Ukraine launched an attack on Russian positions in Russian-occupied Berdiansk in the southeastern Zaporizhzhia Oblast, the exiled local authorities reported on May 29. At least five strikes were allegedly conducted on the evening of May 28, the authorities said, while local Telegram channels reported explosions near the airport.
9:08 AM
According to the report, Russia has also lost 3,801 tanks, 7,467 armored fighting vehicles, 6,207 vehicles and fuel tanks, 3,435 artillery systems, 575 multiple launch rocket systems, 331 air defense systems, 313 airplanes, 298 helicopters, 3,054 drones, and 18 boats.

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G7 ambassadors urge Ukraine to appoint head of Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office vacant since August 2020.

by The Kyiv Independent news desk July 11, 2022 10:37 PM 1 min read
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According to the G7 Ambassadors’ Support Group, currently led by Germany, the appointment of the head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) "is critically important for strengthening Ukraine's anti-corruption institutions." The post has been vacant since August 2020, when then head Nazar Kholodnytskyi resigned ahead of schedule.

The chief anti-corruption prosecutor oversees cases led by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) tasked with investigating top-level corruption in Ukraine. Appointing the head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office has been one of the key requests of the European Union, and key donors such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Read also: European Commission recommends granting Ukraine candidate status, reforms must follow

A memorandum between Ukraine and the International Monetary Fund, signed in November, envisaged the election of a new chief by December 2021. European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen also pointed out that Ukraine must appoint the head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, during her speech on the occasion of granting Ukraine and Moldova EU candidate status.

However, the commission tasked with appointing the new head of SAPO has continuously failed to finish the process.

The panel that chooses the anti-corruption prosecutor consists of four international experts and six members delegated by parliament. Three of the pro-government members failed to attend a panel meeting on Feb. 3, and there was no quorum as a result. Since the start of the full-scale war, the commission has not convened.

Read also: Oleg Sukhov: Ukrainian kleptocrats use war to entrench corruption, with Western experts as facade

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