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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: JAN. 28 – FEB. 1

Author : News Agency 112 International

Donbas conflict, Azov crisis, upcoming elections and the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, - read this week's main news of Ukraine
22:30, 1 February 2019

112 Agency

About Donbas conflict

The collected evidence of Russia violating the humanitarian law in Donbas will be passed to the International Criminal Court. Andriy Lysenko, the press secretary of Prosecutor General's Office reported this on Facebook. According to him, more and more cases of violation of humanitarian law are observed in Luhansk region, as the Russian armed mercenaries launch attacks on civilian infrastructure. On January 25, the militants used heavy artillery to shell the inhabited locality of Lobachevo, Luhansk region; this particular locality is under control of the Ukrainian government.

Pavlo Klimkin, Anders Samuelsen and Tomáš Petříček, the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Denmark and the Czech Republic visited the entry-exit checkpoint in Hnutove, Donetsk region. The press service of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry reported that on Tuesday evening.The officials inspected the checkpoint that lies on the division line in the combat area in eastern Ukraine. They also arrived in the Mariupol seaport and then took a ride on a boat of Ukraine's Maritime Guard of the Border Guard Service. 

Ukraine’s representative to the subgroup on humanitarian issues of the Trilateral Contact Group on settlement of the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Ukrainian Presidential Envoy for Donbas conflict settlement Iryna Gerashchenko stated Russia’s representatives to the group and subgroup on humanitarian issues refused from exchange of Russians convicted in Ukraine for Ukrainians illegally kept in Russia.

The UN updated the statistics on the death toll in Donbas. The current number makes 13,000 fatalities; another 30,000 people suffered injuries of various kinds.

Citizens who were detained on the occupied territories of Donbas before the conflict in eastern Ukraine began will be transferred to Ukraine in early February, as Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova wrote on Facebook.

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About Azov crisis

This week injured Ukrainian sailors Andriy Eider, Andriy Artemenko and Vasyl Soroka were transferred to Lefortovo prison in Moscow. On January 28 the lawyer Mykola Polozov confirmed it.

Ukraine protests due to the fact that Russia does not provide information on the real state of the wounded Ukrainian POWs.

The international community does not stand by – Denmark urged the EU to impose sanctions against Russia for confrontation in the Azov Sea and illegal detention of the Ukrainian sailors. While Markus Ederer, Permanent Representative of the EU to Russia, has undertaken the official demarche against Alekdandr Hrushko the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia. Germany in its turn reassured that it was ready to provide military presence of the naval vessels of German Navy in the Black Sea.

On January 30, the lawyer Olha Oparenko reported that the Ukrainian sailor Viktor Bespalchenko kept in Moscow remand center got only one letter from relatives.

Two of the Ukrainian POWs need medical treatment - Andriy Eyder and Vasyl Soroka.

Ukraine’s Ombudsman asked the Council of Europe and Russia to provide necessary treatment for the Ukrainian sailors.

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About presidential election in Ukraine

The closer the election, the more serious security measures in Ukraine are. Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service will be checking all the international observers, especially the Russian reporters who come to Ukraine during the presidential elections. The Head of the National Police said that some 60,000 employees would be maintaining public order on the polling stations across Ukraine on the voting day.

Two of the candidates who got the best chances to win the election, Petro Poroshenko and Yuriy Boiko officially presented their election programs; it took place on the same day, January 29, on the conventions of their respective political forces. 

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About Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia

This week Ukrainian political prisoner Yevhen Panov was taken to Omsk.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry claimed that Russia did not allow to see the illegally detained in Russia Ukrainian Pavlo Gryb, who has symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

On January 29, it was reported that the European Court for Human Rights returned to consideration of cases of Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko in the priority order. Yet, later, Human Rights in Ukraine informed that this information was premature.

In addition, Russia refused from prisoners’ exchange again, as Ukrainian Presidential Envoy for Donbas conflict Iryna Gerashchenko reported.

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About Mykolaiv shooting

On January 30, a man and a woman were shot in Mykolaiv near “KosmosPlaza” mall building. An unknown shot people with hunting carbine “Saiha”. Soon the police detained the second shooter, who turned out to be a son of the first attacker. Later the name of a shooter was announced and the video of the tragedy was released.

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About Ukraine on the international arena

On January 29, U.S. Intelligence director said that Russia would attempt cyber attacks to interfere in Ukraine's elections.

The next day, January 30, the U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin had a meeting at the G20 Summit in Brazil without officials, who could record the conversation. The conversation lasted for around 15 minutes. They discussed international politics, Azov crisis and Syrian conflict in particular.

On the same day, G7 Ambassadors Support Group admitted reforms in Ukraine successful.

In addition, Ukraine is withdrawing from another CIS agreement. It is the agreement on the general conditions of delivery of goods between the organizations of member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said Ukraine would file application for entering EU in 2024. He noted that EU and NATO need Ukraine as their full-fledged member.

Ukraine’s parliament will amend Constitution on entering NATO on February 7 and the Cabinet upheld Ukraine-NATO annual national program for 2019.

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About Orthodox Church in Ukraine

On January 28, Petro Poroshenko signed law on subordination of religious organizations and it was published two days later. On January 31, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was registered as entity.

Besides, Russian Patriarch Kirill stated he is hoping to visit Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and meet the parish of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate. In response, the presidential press service said that Kirill’s statement is of merely political nature

In his turn, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia will protect Ukrainian believers in their right for freedom of religious belief.

However, Ukrainian official stated that Ukraine will not to let Russia use religion in its "games".

 

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