Zelenskyy imposes sanctions on Georgian Airways, a Georgian airline flying to Russia; Spain to provide €55 million in aid to Ukraine; COVID-19 quarantine ends in Ukraine. We have collected the key news for July 1, 2023.
Sanctions against a Georgian airline
On July 1, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy enacted the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to impose sanctions on 291 companies and 193 people associated with Russia.
In particular, sanctions were imposed against Georgian Airways and its founder Tamaz Gayashvili. Earlier, the airline resumed flights with Russia.
The restrictions are imposed on Georgian Airways and Gayashvili for 10 years and, among other things, include blocking assets, suspension of trade operations, and a ban on the transit of resources, flights, and transportation through the territory of Ukraine.
Help from Spain
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced in a speech to the Verkhovna Rada on July 1 that Spain would allocate 55 million euros to help Ukraine. According to him, 51 million euros will be provided through the World Bank. The funds will be used to finance small and medium-sized businesses.
Another 4 million will be used to ensure an environmentally friendly and sustainable energy system in Ukrainian schools.
The end of the quarantine
On July 1, Ukraine finally ended the quarantine and state of emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 is now classified as a seasonal disease, like influenza.
Vaccinations against COVID-19 will remain recommended, not mandatory, and free of charge. Currently, the country has more than 7 million doses of the vaccine, the Ministry of Health notes.
Situation in the regions
In Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Russians shelled frontline communities. As a result, a 51-year-old man died in Mala Tokmachka. Two more people were wounded. Russian troops also shelled Balakliia in Kharkiv Oblast. Four people were injured there, including a 14-year-old boy.
In addition, Kherson came under Russian fire. One of the shells hit a house. Two children were wounded.
Dismissal of heads of district state administrations
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has dismissed two heads of Kyiv district administrations and relieved two others of their duties due to the inadequate condition of shelters.
In particular, Serhii Kovalenko was relieved of his duties as acting head of the Podilskyi district administration; Pavlo Babii was relieved of his duties as head of Dniprovskyi district administration.