1. Donbas conflict in Ukraine
2. Downpours in Ukraine
3. 1030th anniversary of Christianization of Kievan Rus
4. Deadly car accident: Hummer vehicle runs over a girl
5. Gryb: court hearings kick off
6. Chlorine deficit
No major breakthroughs are observed in the conflict zone in Donbas this week. However, in terms of policy and casual statements made by high-level officials, there’s still a thing or two to report.
Russia sent another humanitarian convoy to Donbas. The representatives of the Russian State Border Service ensured that all of the convoy vehicles were checked by the representatives of the customs and border service. It is noted that the convoy had more than 500 tons of the humanitarian cargo, including children’s food packages, medication and medical equipment.
The first meeting of political directors of foreign ministries of Normandy Four member countries took place in Berlin. Ukrainian foreign ministry's press service reported that on July 26. The authority reported that the substantive discussion about the prospects of the future peacekeeping operations under UN mandate took place. The ministry added that despite significant disagreements with the Russian side, Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia came to the conclusion that the basic principles of the peacekeeping operation in the conflict area will be defined further.
U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker claimed that the US does not support the idea of the holding of any kind of the local referendums in occupied Donbas as it will not be legitimate as he claimed to 112 Ukraine. “In the terms, when the Ukrainian authority has no control over these territories, people live in danger, has no freedom of movement, there are people who left it…There can be no referendum, it will not be legitimate. That is why the US and all others reject the offers of any referendum, the diplomat said.
The U.S. official also offered the Ukrainian government to extend the law about the special status of Donbas. As we reported, the Kremlin offers the White House to consider a possibility of the referendum in the occupied Donbas. The idea is that local residents, who live in the militant-controlled areas could vote for the status of this region.
Russia’s military command sees to it that the local militants continue to serve after their contracts expire, so they can’t resign. Ukrainian Defence Ministry reported that on Friday.
‘The Russian command is taking additional measures to prevent the decrease of the manning of the occupation troops units. In particular, the mercenaries among the locals, who serve in the First Army corps of Russian Armed Forces (there are two Russia’s Army Corps in Donbas, - ed.) were banned from resigning the military service after their contracts expire or under health condition,’ the message said.
Thomas Greminger, OSCE Secretary General arrived in Donbas on Friday to inspect the current developments in the area that borders the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. The updates on his visit will follow.
Ukraine’s Government adopted a strategy of informational reintegration of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The respective decision was made at the Government’s session. The information strategy foresees that the full restoration of the broadcasting of the Ukrainian TV and radio companies is possible only if the occupied territories of Donbas are completely released.
A downpour occurred in Kyiv again followed by a thunderstorm and even hailstorm. The streets were flooded, the cars were literally drowning in water, the underground walkways were flooded. Huge traffic jams occurred in the capital’s downtown. A bridge partially collapsed among other damages.
Heavy rains hit many other Ukrainian cities. Due to the bad weather, the trenches of the Ukrainians soldiers in Donbas also became flooded.
As we reported Ukraine celebrates the Christianization of Kievan Rus on July 24. The traffic will be restricted on July 24, 27 and 28 because of the events timed to the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Kievan Rus.
Kyiv police reported about 100,000 people, parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of both Kyiv and Moscow Patriarchates, participated in the sacred procession
On July 27, eight holy relics reached Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra - the main shrine of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). The holy relics will be available for the worshippers at Kyiv Pechersk Lavra on July 27 and 28, around the clock. They will also be seen publicly during the procession in Kyiv, which is slated for Friday. The worshippers will walk across the downtown city.
Also, there is information about the celebration of the Christianization of Kievan Rus, its history, peculiarities of the holiday.
A deadly car accident occurred in Kyiv on July 25: Hummer vehicle ran over a girl, which resulted in her death in the ambulance car.
“Hummer driver mowed down a little girl who was using the crosswalk to pass the street. After that, the car driver fled the scene,” Kyiv police reported.
On the same day, the Prosecutor's Office intended to serve additional charges to the perpetrator of the deadly car accident in Pechersk district of Kyiv if his attempt to flee the scene is confirmed. Nadiya Maksymets, the spokesperson of the Kyiv Prosecutor's Office, said that the motion on the choosing of the restrictive measure for the perpetrator in the car accident was prepared.
Later, driver of Hummer Kyrylo Ostrovsky has partially pleaded guilty during the session of Shevchenkivsky court. The suspect claimed that he did not attempt to flee site and regretted the accident. He added that his family was helping the family of the deceased girl. Ostrovsky also said that two kids accidentally ran out in the road that evening: the first one successfully crossed the road and he ran over the second.
On July 26, the court arrested the driver. The jury granted the motion by the prosecution, which means that Ostrovsky will remain behind the bars for 60 days.
The investigation goes on.
The situation with supplies of liquid chlorine has stabilized, all companies operate in normal mode without limiting the water supply. Chlorine prices have tripled after Dniproazot, the only producer in Ukraine, resumed its operation.
Hungary sent 3 tons of chlorine to Zakarpattia as a humanitarian aid.
Besides, Ukraine will buy liquid chlorine for the water utilities in Uzbekistan and Romania.
Dniproazot, the only manufacturer of liquid chlorine in Ukraine terminated its operation due to the increase of the price of gas. Clean water supply was threatened in a number of cities. Ukraine’s Security Service began the check of the actions of the Dniroazot officials that led to the deficit of liquid chlorine, the main reagent for the continued provision of the drinking water for the population.
Russian court started considering the case on the Ukrainian Pavlo Gryb in Rostov. Ukrainian political prisoner, kept in Russia, pleads not guilty in fostering terrorism, insisting that there were some “critical errors” made during the investigation. The case was returned to the prosecutors for the review.
Ihor Gryb, father of Pavlo Gryb claimed that he is not aware of the actual health condition of his son. He said that Ukrainian doctors are still not allowed to his son. Due to the absence of information on his health condition, it is difficult to guess, if there is any point to convey medicine to him.