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Ukraine Live Blog: Zelenskiy Takes Charge

Oleh Lyashko (center), leader of the Radical Party, holds a copy of the Ukrainian Constitution during an extraordinary hearing of parliament in Kyiv on May 22.

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– A decree issued by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy on disbanding parliament and holding snap elections in July has taken effect.

-- Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who served as the governor of Ukraine's Odesa region, has asked Ukraine's new president to reinstate his Ukrainian citizenship.

*Time stamps on the blog refer to local time in Ukraine

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-- EDITOR'S NOTE: We have started a new Ukraine Live Blog as of September 3, 2018. You can find the previous version archived here.

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Police say suspect detained in stabbing of historian:


Ukraine's National Police says a suspect has been apprehended in the stabbing death of Ukrainian historian Mykola Shytyuk.

The National Police directorate in the southeastern region of Mykolayiv said on September 2 that a 25-year-old man detained in the investigation confessed that he stabbed the historian over a personal argument.

Police said earlier that the slain historian's body was found in an apartment in the city of Mykolayiv on September 1.

Authorities said Shytyuk's body showed signs of a violent struggle, including numerous stab wounds.

Shytyuk was known for his works on the Holodomor famine that killed millions in Ukraine in the early 1930s.

The Holodomor famine took place in 1932 and 1933 as Soviet authorities forced peasants in Ukraine to join collective farms by requisitioning their grain and other agricultural production.

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