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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: JANUARY 21 – 27

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, 25 January 2019

112 Agency

About Donbas conflict

A missile attack claimed the life of a Ukrainian army serviceman on Friday, as Russian mercenaries used an anti-tank guided missile to attack the car of Ukrainian military in Donbas. On another occasion, the militants opened fire in the residential area of Chermalyk, Donetsk region.

The UN released the report, which claimed that some 13,000 people deceased in the armed conflict that has been running in eastern Ukraine since April 2014.

The law on the mine action in Ukraine took effect on January 25. It defines how much the designated area needs mine action, as well as the funding sources of this action. It also foresees creation and control of the list of operators of the mine action

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About Unity Day

On January 22, Ukraine traditionally marked the Unity Day with making live chains throughout the country, specifically in Kyiv. The holiday is hard to understand, so read the short explanation here.

Many politicians get used of the patriotic feelings of hte Ukrainians and announced their candidacies for presidency on this day. 

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About Azov crisis

On January 22, it was reported that the EU will impose sanctions against Russia due to capture of the Ukrainian sailors in Kerch Strait.

Besides German MP Andreas Nick submitted the draft report on the Azov Crisis to PACE. Later it was reported that the report was approved by the PACE Committee for Political Affairs and Democracy. On January 24, it was adopted by PACE itself.

It was also reported that the status of the Ukrainian sailors detained in the Russian Federation after Kerch Strait incident will be determined by the rules of Geneva Convention.

Moreover, three Ukrainian prisoners were transferred to Lefortovo prison, where they will not be able to get the proper treatment. One of 24 sailors, Vasyl Soroka, has a trouble recovering after the injury he suffered during the Russian Navy attack in the Sea of Azov.

On January 23, Ukrainian President Poroshenko and German Chancellor Merkel agreed to continue putting pressure on Russia to release all Ukrainian POWs during the negotiations at World Economic Forum in Davos.

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About upcoming elections in Ukraine

Another week of the election campaign in Ukraine is over. The list of presidential candidates who officially stated they would run for the presidency now includes ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, former Energy and Fuel Minister Yuriy Boiko and the widely popular comedian Volodymyr Zelensky.

Besides, Ukraine decided to forbid Russian observers during the elections that are slated for March 31.  

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About Viktor Yanukovych and the state treason case

This week, Kyiv Obolonsky Court found ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych guilty of addressing the Russian President Putin and asking him to deploy troops in Ukraine.

The fugitive president in his turn was not present at the court room while the judge was announcing the verdict. His lawyers explained that Yanukovych had surgery. In fact, they could not inform him about the scheduled hearing as it was appointed only a day before.

Though the prosecution asked the court to sentence Yanukovych for 15 years of imprisonment, the former President will spend 13 years behind bars

Besides, the court decision in the case of Viktor Yanukovych could make the groundwork for further evidence against the Russian government for its crimes against Ukraine when such cases are considered in the international courts, as the court ruled in absentia.

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About measles outbreak

This week the quarantine was announced in Lukyanivska pre-trial detention in Kyiv, because of a measles outbreak. 

Moreover, five people died from measles in Ukraine since the beginning of 2019.

In Lviv, five infants got sick with measles right after the birth, despite the fact that their mothers were vaccinated.

Besides, Ukraine’s Health Ministry will prepare documents for summoning special commission to consider the need to declare measles epidemic in Ukraine.

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About the Orthodox Church in Ukraine

Ukrainian parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate continue to move to the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Besides, this week, the Ukrainian delegation came to Israel to visit Theophile III, the Patriarch of Jerusalem and all Palestine.

Interestingly, the very name of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine became the topic for a heated discussion this week.

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About economics

Europe offers Ukraine new gas transit contract for 10 years.

IMF Head noted reforms progress in Ukraine. And Ukrainian President Poroshenko reported that 83 plants have been built from the ground in Ukraine in 2018.

Ukraine's National Bank receives award of Central banking awards first ever. The bank can receive this award for achievements of the central bank in terms of transparency concerning the stakeholders.

At the same time, Ukraine's public debt has gone up by 4,77% in December 2018.

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About snowstorms

This week, record amounts of snow covered Ukraine.

The situation on the roads was worsened with such bad weather conditions – huge traffic jams and car accidents were observed in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Vinnytsia and Zhytomyr.

390 units of heavy equipment and 50 hand-cleaning teams were involved in cleaning up the streets and roads.

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