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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: OCTOBER 1 – 5

Author : News Agency 112 International

Donbas conflict zone, anthrax, restrictions of freedom of speech, Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia - the whole week on one page
22:31, 5 October 2018

1. Developments in Donbas conflict zone

2. Freedom of speech under threat in Ukraine

3. Sentsov ceases hunger strike

4. Anthrax outbreak

5. Hungarian Consul from Ukraine

6. Holodomor recognized in U.S. Senate

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About developments in Donbas conflict zone

This week, Ukraine boasted a couple of victories on the battlefields in Donbas.

A new TV tower, which made 190 meters in height has been built in the town of Hirnyk, Donetsk region; the new facility is supposed to broadcast the Ukrainian TV programs to the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk region.

It was also reported that since August, the Ukrainian military has increased the government-held territory of Donbas by more than 10 square kilometers.

Certain events may just be referred to as memorable; specifically, Ukraine’s Envoy in Minsk talks group Leonid Kuchma left the negotiation group.

The Ukrainian Parliament extended the special status of separate areas of Donbas for another year – till December 31, 2019.

U.S. and Canada urged Russia to stop the preparations to elections in ’republics’ in Donbas.

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About freedom of speech in Ukraine

Ukrainian Parliament recommended National Defense Council to apply sanctions against the 112 Ukraine TV channel.

The staff of 112 Ukraine TV channel insists that the steps made by the Parliament are nothing but a political decision; there is not enough evidence to make such decision, which badly lacks argumentation and may be considered unconstitutional.

112 Ukraine TV channel published an open letter to attract public attention to the urgent need to protect one of the most popular Ukrainian TV channels.

112 Ukraine TV channel also turned for help to international organizations for the protection of journalist rights.

Related: Freedom of speech under threat in Ukraine

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About Sentsov ceases hunger strike

Political prisoner Klykh asked Sentsov to stop his hunger strike, which is very supportive as Ukrainian film maker is in a very bad health condition – here are the photos of Sentsov, published on September 29. Media reported that Russia was ready to exchange him for three Russians convicted in the U.S., yet official Kremlin denied this information.

On October 5, Russia informed that Sentsov ceased hunger strike. Ukrainian Ombudsman explained that it means he is in a critical condition.

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About Anthrax outbreak

On October 2, an outbreak of anthrax was spotted in Odesa region. The possible source of the disease is a domestic cow, who was slaughtered for meat. Later a woman with suspicion of anthrax was hospitalized in Zhytomyr region.

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Hungarian Consul from Ukraine

On October 1, Hungary informed it would not withdraw its consul from Berehove due to the scandalous video about issuance of Hungarian passports to the Ukrainians. Later, Ukraine gave a response - if Hungary’s Foreign Ministry does not withdraw its consul from Berehove, Ukraine will offer him to leave the territory.

On October 4, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry declared the Hungarian consul persona non grata and obliged him to leave Ukraine within 72 hours. And Hungary reacted to that – the country expels the Ukrainian consul in Budapest.

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Holodomor recognized in U.S. Senate

On October 4, the U.S. Senate recognized the Holodomor 1932-1933 as the genocide of the Ukrainian people. Later President Petro Poroshenko urged the EU member countries and the international organizations also to recognize this tragedy as genocide.

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