Major global events that shook 2016

Author : Natalia Pushkar

Source : 112 Ukraine

Find out the most significant 11 world developments of the past year
18:00, 30 December 2016

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6 August 2016. Rio de Janeiro. Ukraine’s national team marched at the "Maracana" stadium during the opening ceremony of the XXI Olympic Games. Ukraine’s Olympic team won 11 medals and took 31 seats, and Ukrainian Paralympic players won 117 medals and finished third in the medal standings. Brazil was the first South American country hosting the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games


Related: Rio de Janeiro´s international airport is overcrowded as delegations return


24 November 2016. Brussels. Participants of the EU-Ukraine Summit decided to offer Kyiv financial assistance to almost 120 million euros, of which 15 million should be focused on measures to combat corruption and 104 million - to reform the civil service. President Poroshenko announced that Ukraine fulfilled all conditions for visa free regime.

Related: EU-Ukraine summit: New opportunities and expectations



8 November 2016. Washington. Republican candidate Donald Trump unexpectedly won the presidential elections in the US. He had the support of 306 votes thanks to small superiority in a few (key) States. Interestingly, his rival, the Democratic Party spokeswoman Hillary Clinton, has got three million votes more. During his campaign Donald Trump promised to "make America Great Again." At the same time he was making contradictory statements on Ukraine and Crimea, avoiding criticism of Russia. Therefore it is difficult to predict what policy concerning Russia would he conduct


Related: Putin's war and the silence of Trump


September 28, 2016. Amsterdam. The interim findings of MH-17 tragedy investigation confirmed that the plane was shot down by a BUK missile, brought to the territory of Ukraine from Russia, and then returned back. International investigation team did not identify those responsible for the disaster and left these conclusions for the Tribunal. Previously, Bellingcat experts found that the responsibility for shooting down a plane over Donbas, killing 298 people, lies on the high ranks of the Russian army.

Related: Kremlin: investigation of MH17 crash is doomed to failure


23 June 2016. London. In a referendum on EU membership, 51.9% British men voted for withdrawal from the European community. Then Prime Minister David Cameron, who initiated the holding of this referendum and hoped that his compatriots will make a choice in favor to stay in the EU, resigned. Newly elected Theresa May promised that London will begin Brexit process no later than March 2017. It should be noted that before the voting, the majority of sociologists have made a mistake in the forecast, predicting that the British would vote against Brexit.

Related: Brexit can delay granting visa-free regime for Ukraine

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16 December 2016. Warsaw. Thousands of Warsaw residents joined in a spontaneous protest in front of Poland's parliament against a plan by the conservative ruling party to limit reporters' access to legislators. Mobilized by the civic movement, the Committee for the Defense of Democracy, or KOD, the crowd on Friday waved white-and-red national flags and chanted "Free media!" in cold winter weather



9 July 2016. Warsaw. NATO-Ukraine Summit approved a comprehensive package of assistance in defense and security sector for Ukraine. The aid includes practical assistance in 40 areas. The aid to be provided through eight special trust funds. The number of NATO advisors will also be increased in order to effectively coordinate NATO-Ukraine cooperation.



20 December 2016. Berlin. A terrorist attack, during which a truck was driven into the Christmas market next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, left 12 people dead and 56 others injured. One of the victims was the truck's original driver, Łukasz Urban, who was found shot dead in the passenger seat. A suspect was arrested and later released due to lack of evidence. Anis Amri, suspected to be the perpetrator, was killed four days later during a shootout with police near Milan in Italy. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the attacker answered its calls to target the citizens of states that are fighting against it.


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13 December 2016. Aleppo. As a result of the joint bombing of Syrian pro-government troops and Russian aviation around 31 thousand were killed in Aleppo. The city was under siege, 300 thousand people were cut off from the world, living between life and death, suffering from constant shortage of food, water, and medicine. Last week, first time in four years of conflict, Aleppo came under the control of government troops. All in all, the conflict in Syria, which began with anti-government protests in 2011 and escalated into a civil war, took lives of 300-400 thousand people.

Related: Airstrikes around Aleppo resumed in Syria

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22 December 2016. Mosul. Almost 100 thousand people left their premises, when the soldiers began the liberation of the city from ISIS. Mosul was last big Iraqi city, which since the summer of 2014, has been under control of "Islamic state."



19 December 2016. Ankara. Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was assassinated at an Ankara art exhibit on Monday evening by a lone Turkish gunman shouting “God is great!” and “don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!” in what the leaders of Turkey and Russia called a provocative terrorist attack. The gunman, described by Turkish officials as a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, also wounded at least three others in the assault on the envoy, Andrey G. Karlov, which was captured on video. Turkish officials said the assailant was killed by other officers in a shootout.

Related: Turkey reported about "very important details" in the murder of Russian ambassador

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