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Zelensky ready to pay fine for indoor meeting amid quarantine

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Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he is ready to pay a fine if his indoor meeting at a café in the city of Khmelnytsky is considered a violation of the quarantine rules, according to local media.

The police are studying a possible quarantine violation committed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a working visit to Khmelnytsk, Ukrainian Deputy Interior Minister Anton Herashchenko said.

The president is facing a fine in the amount of Hr 17,000 for a violation of a quarantine. However, it must first be determined if Zelensky is guilty in this incident, Herashchenko said.

On June 3, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said the Cabinet of Ministers plans to let cafés and restaurants serve visitors indoors from June 5 as part of the easing of quarantine-related measures.

Until then, cafés and restaurants are allowed to work as open-air seating subject to 1.5-meter social distancing rules.

So far, Ukraine has 25,411 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 747 related deaths. 

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