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PLANE FROM AFGHANISTAN WITH UKRAINIAN CITIZENS LANDS AT BORYSPIL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

A plane from Afghanistan, sent to evacuate Ukrainian citizens and their families, has landed at the Boryspil international airport, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reports.
“Ukraine does not leave its citizens alone, no matter where they are,” said Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Hanna Malyar when meeting the plane at the airport.
There are 96 people on board, including citizens of Ukraine, as well as persons with a permanent residence permit in Ukraine, members of their families, persons whose return was requested by the Vatican and Canada.
Malyar noted that Ukraine will continue to provide assistance to its citizens and citizens of other countries in the future.

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SWISS AUTHORITIES LIFT ENTRY RESTRICTIONS FOR UKRAINIAN CITIZENS

The Swiss authorities have lifted restriction on entry of Ukrainian citizens into the country.
“The restriction on entry into Switzerland has been lifted for citizens of Ukraine since August 2,” the online resource of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reports.
It is noted that in order to enter Switzerland, Ukrainians must present a certificate of a full vaccination course (if 14 days have passed since the last dose), a negative PCR test result (must be done a maximum of 72 hours before entry), a negative rapid antigen test result (must be done a maximum of 48 hours before entry) or confirmation that you have had coronavirus in the last six months and have recovered.
At the same time, only a certificate of vaccination with drugs recognized in Switzerland is taken into account, in particular, Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2/Comirnaty/Tozinameran), Moderna (mRNA-1273/Spikevax/COVID-19 vaccine Moderna), AstraZeneca (AZD1222 Vaxzevria/C, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S), Sinopharm/BIBP (SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell)), Sinovac (CoronaVac).
“For persons who arrived in Switzerland from regions with dangerous variants of the virus and who have been in these regions for more than ten days, and who are not vaccinated or cannot prove that they have had COVID-19 in the last six months, a ten-day quarantine is provided,” the Foreign Ministry said.

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EC CONFIRMS DECISION TO RECOMMEND OPENING BORDERS TO UKRAINIAN CITIZENS

The European Council confirms that the ambassadors of the EU member states have decided to recommend including Ukraine in the list of countries for which restrictive measures imposed on travel to the EU due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can be lifted.
The press service of the European institution said it confirms that the relevant decision was made today by the ambassadors. Further, by the end of the week, it will be formalized in a written procedure.
The list of countries for which it is recommended to be allowed to travel to the EU is reviewed every two weeks and updated as the case may be. Previously, Armenia, Moldova and Azerbaijan were included in it.

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MORE THAN 70% OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS SUPPORT PARLIAMENT DISSOLUTION AND EARLY ELECTIONS

More than 70% of respondents surveyed by sociologists have said they support the idea of dissolving the Verkhovna Rada and holding early parliamentary elections, according to a poll conducted by the Rating sociological group on May 16-21, 2019 and published on Wednesday. At the same time, the highest level of support for the dissolution of parliament and the holding of early elections is in the South and the East of Ukraine which is more than 80%. In other regions, the dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada is supported by at least 60% of the respondents.
“There is a certain difference in the attitude to the holding of early elections among the supporters of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc’s Solidarity Party, most of whom are against this initiative,” the release of the Rating says.
The audience of the survey is the population of Ukraine who is older than 18 years. The sample is representative by age, gender, region, and type of settlement. The sample of population is 2,000 respondents, who were interviewed by means of face-to-face talk. An error of representativeness of the study is no more than 2.2%.

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83,081 UKRAINIAN CITIZENS RECEIVED RUSSIAN CITIZENSHIP IN PREVIOUS YEAR

In 2018, the Russian Federation granted citizenship to 83,081 citizens of Ukraine, according to statistics on the migration situation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. In particular, 83,081 Ukrainians received Russian citizenship (accepted, restored, recognized) in January-December. Also during this period, a decision was made to issue 64,861 residence permits for Ukrainians (currently, 170,638 Ukrainians live by residence permits in Russia).
In addition, in 2018, citizens of Ukraine received 77,075 permits for temporary residence (160,706 Ukrainians currently live under such permits in the Russian Federation).
As reported, 85,119 Ukrainians received Russian citizenship in 2017.

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THAILAND INTRODUCES VISA-FREE REGIME FOR UKRAINIAN CITIZENS

The Government of Thailand has introduced a visa-free regime for citizens of Ukraine visiting that country for tourism for a period of up to 30 days, President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine has said. “I herewith hail the introduction of a visa-free regime for Ukraine by the Government of Thailand! From now on, Ukrainian citizens will be able to travel to that country without spending their time on visa formalities for tourism purposes for a period of up to 30 days,” Poroshenko wrote on Facebook on November 22. As reported earlier, the Government of Thailand discontinued a $60 consular fee applied on arrival to Ukrainian nationals on November 15.

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