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Final News Summary For September 1, 2017

-- EDITOR'S NOTE: We have started a new Ukraine Live Blog as of September 2, 2017. Find it here.

-- Ukraine says it will introduce new border-crossing rules from next year, affecting citizens of “countries that pose risks for Ukraine.”

-- The Association Agreement strengthening ties between Ukraine and the European Union entered into force on September 1, marking an end to four years of political drama surrounding the accord.

-- The trial of Crimean journalist Mykola Semena will resume later this month after the first hearing in weeks produced little progress toward a resolution of the politically charged case.

*NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Kyiv (GMT +3)

20:15 14.11.2016
Yulia Marushevska
Yulia Marushevska

Two Allies in Ukraine Of Odesa Region's Former Governor Quit Posts

Two close allies in Ukraine of Georgia’s former President Mikheil Saakashvili have resigned from their posts, just days after Saakashvili himself stepped down from his post as the governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region.

Yulia Marushevska, the head of the Odesa region’s customs service, and Ukraine’s National Police Chief Khatia Dekanoidze announced their resignations on November 14.

Marushevska, who headed Odesa’s customs service since October 2015, said she was resigning because of what she said was sabotage by President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman of her anticorruption reform efforts.

There was no immediate comment from Poroshenko or Groysman about Marushevska’s allegations.

Dekanoidze said she was resigning because she had not been given enough powers to carry out radical reforms within Ukraine’s police forces.

Dekanoidze said she had “failed to root out corruption” within Ukraine’s law-enforcement bodies because of her limited powers.

She said police reform would only work if the courts and prosecution service also were reformed.

Based on reporting by The Kyiv Post and 112UA
Khatia Dekanoidze
Khatia Dekanoidze

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Here is today's map of the security situation in eastern Ukraine, according to the National Security and Defense Council:

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