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Weekly Wrap-Up: Ukraine's Handling of Coronavirus Pandemic
18 March, 2020

Over the course of a week, Ukraine has implemented restrictive measures to contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus – closing its borders for foreigners and instituting a near-total ban on civilian air travel. It’s shut down intercity transport and subways in major cities and has prohibited mass events involving more than 10 people. Kindergartens, schools, and higher education institutions, as well as restaurants, cafes, shopping and entertainment centers, other entertainment establishments, fitness centers, and cultural institutions, are under quarantine. In short – nearly the entire country has shut down. Almost all of the measures will stay in place at least until April 3. But are they timely and reasonable?

And coronavirus isn’t the only story in the country – during an emergency parliamentary session, Irina Venediktova was appointed as the new Prosecutor General of Ukraine, after PG Rouslan Riaboshapka was sacked by parliament.

We’ll discuss these topics with the First Deputy Director General of the Oberig Clinic Oleksandr Linchevskyy, and Eugene Krapyvin, a lawyer and expert from the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform.