War in Donbas
The illegal armed units of pro-Russian militants continue shelling positions of Ukraine’s Armed Forces and the civilian infrastructure along the division line, thus rudely violating Minsk agreements and the ceasefire, which was many times offered by parties to the Minsk trilateral group.
Militants shelled ATO positions near Krasnohorivka. On Wednesday, the ATO HQ reported on their Facebook that the situation stabilized and the enemy attacks noticeably decreased.
Ukrainian officers from the joint control center for ceasefire in Donbas accuse pro-Kremlin mercenaries of deliberate escalation of conflict in eastern Ukraine.
That day Turchynov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) of Ukraine, said that Russian-Belarusian drills may be the preparation to the full-scale offensive operation.
Poroshenko visited UK for talks on cooperation in defense area.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a telephone conversation with President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande. During the talks, regret was expressed in connection with the cases of threats against the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.
Poroshenko and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May discussed visa-free regime for Ukrainians, judicial reform in Ukraine and introduction of financial investigation service. The parties have, inter alia, discussed the expansion of security cooperation. United Kingdom also assured that they maintain sanctions against Russian Federation until full implementation of Minsk agreement.
On April 19, Poroshenko has met with high Britain’s officials including the leader of the Conservative party, head of "friendship group" on liaison with Ukraine in British parliament and the head of parliamentary committee on foreign affairs. Issues of Ukrainian-British cooperation in terms of NATO and realization of structural reforms program in Ukraine were also discussed during the meeting.
A bit more of diplomacy
Ukraine’s and European Parliament agree to cut parliamentary committees down to 20.
The former head of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Elmar Brok visited Ukraine and said that the European Parliament prolonged cooperation with the Ukrainian Parliament Verkhovna Rada till 2019.
April 19, UN International Court of Justice adopted interim decision on Ukraine’s application against Russia. UN Court found Ukraine’s evidence on Russia terrorism financing insufficient, but obliged Russia to stop discrimination of Crimean Tatars. Read the full text here.
- The High Court of England
The High Court of England started consideration of the claim of the Russian Federation against Ukraine on $ 3 billion debt today, on January 17.
Ukrainian citizen Stanislav Klykh, illegally detained and put behind bars in Russia in August 2014, could have been ratted out by a woman he fell for in Russia. His mother Tamara Klykh said that while talking to a group of human rights activists from Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine. The latter gathered information about Klykh and his detention in Russia to be spread across foreign media abroad – for further awareness of numerous trumped-up political cases fabricated in Russia.
The court of Rostov-on-Don in Russia started the debates on case of Ruslan Zeitullayev, Crimean Tatar national accused of organizing the cell of Hizb-Ut Tahrir, which is forbidden in Russian Federation. Russian prosecutor Gennady Trukhanov during the debates asked to sentence Crimean Tatar national to 17 years of imprisonment in the colony.
Dnipro, Zaporizhya and Kharkiv under April snow
Due to heavy snowing in Dnipro, the Southern Ukraine, temporary limitation for heavy vehicles is introduced in the region. The entry to Dnipro was blocked.
Traditionally, people blamed the mayor.
Seven people died in Ukraine due to abnormal weather and road accidents.
As of Friday, April 21, 318 Ukrainian towns and villages cut off from electricity. Most of these towns and villages (245) are in Odesa region.
National Competition Invictus Games will take place in Kyiv on April 21-24.
The IIHF World Hockey Championships Division 1A will be held in Kyiv from 22 to 28 April.