About Donbas and Armed Forces of Ukraine
This week’s developments in Donbas include the new law on the procedure of clearing mines in the combat area; another batch of humanitarian supplies from the Red Cross, which reached the occupied territories on Friday; and the deployment of Russian combat vehicles in the militant-controlled areas – according to the OSCE aerial intelligence.
Apart from that, Ukrainians celebrated two quite special days this week. One of them is the Ukrainian Army day (December 6), the other one is the Volunteer Day. Together, these two major bodies create a powerful alloy that effectively fights the pro-Kremlin militants and the regular Russian troops in Donbas, maintaining peace in the rest of Ukraine.
About Sea of Azov
On December 3, a U.S. Air Force drone performed a number of reconnaissance flights over the occupied Crimea, Kerch Strait and Kuban (southern Russia). Later it was reported that the U.S. is preparing to send a military vessel to the Black Sea. Besides, the U.S. Air Force has performed an out-of-schedule flight over the territory of Ukraine.
Considering the Ukrainian sailors, the Ukrainian side demanded at Minsk Talks to immediately release 24 Ukrainian sailors without any pre-requirements and exchanges as they are the prisoners of war. Meanwhile, the Russian prosecutors officially accused them with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the Kerch Strait incident. Igor Voronchenko, Ukraine’s Naval Commander, offered himself in exchange for 24 Ukrainian sailors.
At the same time, the Russian Federation continues to obstruct the navigation of ships through Kerch Strait to the Ukrainian ports despite the international law.
About anti-Russian sanctions
Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine said U.S., EU can extend anti-Russian sanctions due to capture of Ukrainian sailors. He also noted that Russian banks might be disconnected from SWIFT international network. Russia in its turn expects new sanctions and wants to refuse from Visa and MasterCard
About international treaties of Ukraine
Ukrainian President presented a draft law on termination of Treaty of Friendship with Russia to Parliament and 3 days later Ukraine's Parliament ruled to terminate Treaty of Friendship with Russia.
Meanwhile, Ukraine assumed chairmanship in GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development, replacing Moldova.
About Hungary- Ukraine relations
Despite conflicts, Ukraine and Hungary agreed to boost the interregional cooperation and implementation of the joint transborder infrastructure projects.
At the same time, Hungarian consulates in Ukraine have ceased to grant citizenship for Ukrainian citizens.
About boxing and football
As far as sport news is concerned, perhaps the major event of this weekend is the boxing night in New York. Vasyl Lomachenko intends to retain his WBA champion’s belt and grab the WBO belt from Puerto-Rican Jose Pedraza. ‘I had a good time at the training camp. I'm looking forward to getting back to the ring.’
Ukrainian football fans also had something to watch this week – and something to celebrate. Andriy Lunin, the goalkeeper of CD Leganes and the national team of Ukraine has deflected the penalty kick in the Copa del Rey game against Rayo Vallecano. As Lunin helped his team score a clean sheet, and Rayo Vallecano scored an own goal, it was Leganes that proceeded in the competition.