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Russian forces used tanks, high explosive aerial bombs, and guided munitions in attacks in civilian areas of Donetsk Oblast that killed one and injured four others on Sept. 27, the regional prosecutor’s office reported on Facebook.
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The German Federal Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation into the alleged shooting of civilians, including a German citizen, by Russian troops at the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the German news agency Tagesschau reported on Sept. 27. The prosecutor’s office is investigating evidence that Russian troops shot at and injured civilians in Hostomel, a suburb of Kyiv and the site of major battles in February-March 2022.
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Timofey Sergeytsev, a columnist for the Russian-state run news agency Ria Novosti, Mikhail Tereshchenko, a photographer for state news agency TASS, and military expert Konstantin Sivkov said they had found the heads at their homes over during the week of Sept. 19-26.
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The spokesperson said that of roughly 8,000 Wagner fighters in Belarus, some departed for Africa, and around 500 are returning to Ukraine's eastern front. Russia's Defense Ministry is renegotiating contracts with these mercenaries to serve either as combatants or instructors, Yevlash clarified.

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Ukrainians spend Hr 1,000 vaccination bounty on cinemas, books, theaters

by Victoria Petryk December 20, 2021 7:03 PM 1 min read
Ukrainians started getting their Hr 1,000 rewards for getting fully vaccinated on Dec. 19. Many are spending the money on movies, books and theaters. (Unsplash)
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Ukrainians who got Hr 1,000 from the government for getting their coronavirus shots are mainly spending it on cinema, books and theaters, according to new stats from the Ministry of Culture.

The government began paying its promised cash rewards on Dec. 19 through the Diia mobile app. The bounty, meant to incentivize more people to complete their Covid-19 vaccinations, can be used to pay for movies, museums, concerts, fitness and domestic travel.

"The top three places where this money was spent are within the cultural and creative industries," Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko said on Telegram. "Movie theaters were in the first place, bookstores were slightly behind them in second place and theatrical production agencies were third."

People also spent their bounties on music, shows and tourism.

Tkachenko expressed the hope that these payments would help cultural and creative industries to overcome challenges of Covid-19 pandemic.

President Volodymyr Zelensky first announced the creation of the incentive in mid-November. The Verkhovna Rada allocated Hr 8 billion to the program.

The state budget for 2022 also allocates Hr 9.2 billion to finance and support cultural institutions.

Currently, 34% of Ukrainians and 41% of Ukrainian adults received both doses of vaccine.

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