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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK – SEPT 10 – 14

Donbas conflict zone, Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, Crimea and corruption, sanctions - news for the week on one page
22:35, 14 September 2018

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About Donbas

Another week of hostilities in Donbas is over – though the whole conflict is not, apparently. OSCE Coordinator in the humanitarian group at the Minsk talks Toni Frisch visited the Ukrainian hostages illegally kept in Donetsk region.   

Kurt Volker, the US Special Envoy in Ukraine is visit Kyiv. Shortly before, he  said that the elections announced by the self-proclaimed so-called ‘republics of Luhansk and Donetsk’ are illegal. Later, US Department of the State also condemned the election in its official statement.

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About Crimea

Two Ukrainian fishermen were detained by Russia’s FSB in offshore Crimea.

Concerning the chemical emission, it was reported that situation at peninsula normalized. The investigation in this case continues, moreover, Ukraine will appeal to OPCW.

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About corruption

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine was quite active this week, as it:

-  prepared the note of suspicion in the illicit enrichment to SBU Deputy Head Pavlo Demchyna

-  informed Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan of suspected illicit enrichment. Though, it was  later reported that anti-corruption bodies would not detain Volodymyr Omelyan for his crimes are not grave.

- together with the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecution (SAP) is preparing a filing to strip the leader of Radical Party Oleh Lyashko of his deputy’s immunity.

-  investigates illegal enrichment of the MP Anton Herashchenko

- will open the case against Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko for declaration of false information.

 

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About anti-Russian sanctions

The European Union prolonged individual sanctions against Russians and legal entities involved in the actions against Ukraine’s territorial integrity on September 13.

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About Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia

Sentsov’s condition is getting worse. The international community urges Russia to release the political prisoner, including the U.S. Ambassador. On September 10, Sentsov wrote testament to his creativity.

Ukraine’s Ombudsman asked the Russian side to visit prisoner Balukh, whose health condition is getting worse. Besides, on September 10, Crimean Court refused appeal on Balukh’s parole.

On September 12, it was reported that Stanislav Klykh, the Ukrainian political prisoner in Russia, does not have the access to his mother's letters, which she sends on a regular basis.

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About Ukrainian market

The Saudi Agricultural & Livestock Investment Co might purchase Ukrainian “Mriya” agricultural holding. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko welcomed the decision, adding it was a major contract in agricultural sector over the period of Ukraine’s independence.

Also, IKEA, the famous Swedish enterprise enters the Ukrainian market. IKEA confirmed intention open the first store in Kyiv in 2019.

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About Russia‘s military drills Vostok 2018

Perhaps this week’s most discussed event in the military area is Vostok 2018, the huge drills planned and executed by the Russian Armed Forces. Russia's largest military training exercises since the Cold War are taking place in the country's Far East. The exercises involved about 300,000 servicemen, a thousand airplanes, helicopters and drones; 36,000 armored vehicles and 80 ships.

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