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Good morning, this is Sophie. On Sunday night, the suspension of Ihor Bakanov, the head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), and of Iryna Venediktova, Prosecutor General of Ukraine, rocked the country’s domestic politics. Our correspondent Olga Golovina explores whether it is a fair removal of traitors or a greater concentration of power?

Today, I’m looking at some of the other stories we published in the last few days from Ukraine and Russia. Our journalist Oleksii Platonov and Natalia Romanenko interviewed Vitaliy Kim, Mykolaiv’s governor and social media star. Meanwhile our correspondent Tatyana Bezhenar investigated the future of employment in Ukraine amid 5 million lost jobs.

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Sophie Woeldgen


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Foreground: The Baikalsk Pulp and Paper Plant. (Credit: Nikolay Rutin/Sputnik/Keystone)

Russia dismantles its environmental standards. Lake Baikal is the “Pearl of Siberia” and contains 20% of the world's freshwater reserves. But the UNESCO World Heritage is one of many sites under threat since the start of the war in Ukraine.

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Odesa, 28 June 2022. (credit: Tatyana Bezhenar)

The future of employment in Ukraine amid 5 million lost jobs. If war escalates further, a total of seven million roles could be suppressed, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Thousands fleeing war zones have moved to Odesa, in the southwest. They are looking for jobs and are reskilling, in the hope to find work in Ukraine’s overwhelmed labour market.

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