Pro-Russian MP Diagnosed With Coronavirus in Ukraine
15 April, 2020
MP Vadym Novynskyi (R) with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill (C) and head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate Onufriy on June 16 in Moscow, Russia. Vadym Novynskyi / Facebook

Vadym Novynskyi, a pro-Russian MP (no faction) and business partner of the oligarch Rinat Akhmetov, has a confirmed coronavirus infection, according to the results of the first test, Novynskyi himself wrote on his Facebook page.

He noted that he was feeling well, did not feel any symptoms of the disease, and the body temperature was normal.

“Before retesting, doctors are still cautious in their conclusions and projections, but I have been advised to spend a few days in the hospital under their supervision,” Novynskyi wrote.

The MP added that he decided to take the test because the Health Ministry requires this from the people who contacted an infected person, though he did not specify with whom he was in contact.

However, Novynskyi is a well-known supporter of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is now one of the coronavirus epicenters in the Ukrainian capital. A number of opposition MPs (Novynskyi himself was elected to the parliament as an Opposition Bloc lawmaker) have tested positive, too.

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According to the data from the Verkhovna Rada, Novynskyi was not present at the last plenary session on April 13.

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