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Health
Fitness influencer Dmitriy Stuzhuk dies from Covid-19 after denying its existence
Fitness influencer Dmitriy Stuzhuk dies from Covid-19 after denying its existence
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Dmitriy Stuzhuk, a fitness influencer promoting healthy living, had contracted Covid-19 on a trip to Turkey. After his return to Ukraine, he had tested positive and subsequently been taken to a hospital. After eight days of treatment, he had been discharged but rushed back soon after due to heart complications.

His ex-wife has announced his death via Instagram stating that "only warm memories remain, three beautiful kids and valuable experience".

Regional News • Europe
Thousands of Belarusians protest peacefully as Lukashenko claims foreign attack on country
Thousands of Belarusians protest peacefully as Lukashenko claims foreign attack on country
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During the day thousands of Belarusians have protested peacefully. Workers all across the country have gone on general strike including hospital, metro and factory workers.

Videos have surfaced that show police convoys apparently leaving the area around the independence square in Minsk. Lukashenko has appeared on television claiming that outside forces from Poland, Netherlands, Ukraine, and Russia have infiltrated the country in order to spark protests and destabilize it. He ordered all people to stay in their homes and not go outside.

Regional News • Europe
Ukraine: Lockdown extended until end of August
Hospital worker in protective gear in a hospital in Chernivtsi, Ukraine.
Hospital worker in protective gear in a hospital in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Credit: Mstyslav Chernov / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The government of Ukraine has extended the nationwide lockdown until August 31st after high levels of new infections. The lockdown has been eased in May after being imposed in early March to lessen the economic impact of the pandemic. Ukraine has reported over 60,000 total confirmed cases so far.

Climate & Environment
Forest fire near Chernobyl nuclear site leads to radiation spikes

Following a forest fire in the restricted zone around Chernobyl, a spike of radiation has been reported by the Ukrainian state ecological inspection service. To combat the fire the government has mobilized around 100 firefighters and uses planes and a helicopter. The emergency service has said that no increase in radiation in the air has been detected, no people are in danger and that the fire was not visibly burning on Sunday morning.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine says "No One" at the State Department believed Trump Ukraine Election Conspiracy Theory

In a CBS News interview, the former U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Bill Taylor made a statement regarding the conspiracy theory that Ukraine allegedly interfered with the U.S. elections in 2016. The conspiracy theory was heavily promoted by President Donald Trump, but following Taylor "no one [at the U.S. State Department] took it seriously".