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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: APRIL 1 – 5

Read about Donbas, presidential elections in Ukraine, NATO anniversary, human rights in Crimea, and other news of the week on one page
22:30, 5 April 2019

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About Donbas conflict

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine hailed the extension of the mandate of the Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE in Ukraine.

Russian foreign Minister Sergei Larvov stated that Moscow is opened for dialogue with Kyiv, which is directed at the implementation of Minsk Agreements, but the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko ‘does not want that’.

16 people died from natural causes and another 20 people died because of the combat actions during the crossing of the demarcation line in Donbas since the beginning of the winter. Chairman of Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE in Ukraine (OSCE SMM) Ertugrul Apakan stated that in his report this week.

Russia-backed sniper fired at the entry-exit checkpoint Mariinka in Donetsk region. A worker of Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service was wounded.

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About presidential elections in Ukraine

On Sunday, March 31, first round of presidential elections was over. On April 1, the exit polls carried out by 112 Ukraine, 1+1 and National exit poll revealed the results, according to which Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko enter the second round of the elections.

On April 4, the Central Election Commission finished processing all the protocols, Zelensky (30,24%) and Poroshenko (15,95%) have officially entered the second leg.

The gap between the leading candidates made 2 million votes.

Voter’s turnout made 62,78%.

Yet, the current President of Ukraine won in the foreign electoral district.

Poroshenko summoned Zelensky to debates before the second round. Zelensky, in his turn, agreed, yet, presented his demands. In particular, to hold debates at Olimpiyskiy stadium and undergo blood tests.

National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine began negotiations on the debates of Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko, winners of the first round of Ukraine's election, but before, NSC Olimpiysky's administration needs information on certain essential issues, such as technical requirements, the security matters and the presence or absence of the audience on the stadium.

On Friday, April 5, candidate for the presidency in Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky came to Eurolab to get tested for drug and alcohol use. It was negative.

Poroshenko’s results did not show any psychoactive substance.

Poroshenko and Zelensky underwent these procedures in different labs – at Olimpiyskiy and Eurolab respectively. Therefore, the President of Ukraine, Zelensky evades independent drug and alcohol probes.

Neither did he liked Zelensky’s proposition to make Tymoshenko an arbiter during the debates.  

It should be noted, that on the international stage, the first leg of the presidential elections in Ukraine were recognized fair and transparent.

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About NATO anniversary

As NATO celebrated its 70th anniversary on April 4, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the program of intensification of Ukraine-NATO partnership. On April 4, the head of the Ukrainian state congratulated the Alliance on Facebook. ‘Congratulations to all allies in the NATO on the important anniversary. 70 years ago, the civilized world united to create the North Atlantic Alliance. Over the years, the Alliance proved it is about peace, stability and human dignity. Over these years, the Alliance also proved it is the most solid and effective team of like-minded people, - not a single case of a member threatening somebody else', Poroshenko wrote.

Besides, NATO warships from Canada and Spain arrived in the seaport of Odesa, southern Ukraine. They remained in Odesa until late Wednesday. Santa Maria and Toronto were available for visits of civilians.

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About Ukrainian political prisoners

On April 2, Crimean court sentenced “Ukrainian saboteurs” Volodymyr Dudka and Olexiy Bessarabov to 14 years in jail. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry urged the world society to enhance the pressure put on Russia due to it.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb has been eating regularly; he also takes his medications and shows quite lively interest for the political situation in Ukraine.

Besides, Ukraine demanded Russia to release 113 Ukrainians, who were illegally imprisoned and those who are kept in annexed Crimea.

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About gas talks

On April 3, Naftogaz-Ukraine and Wikborg Rein Advokatfirma AS (Norway) have signed a new contract worth 14 million dollars. Moreover, Naftogaz involved EU energy experts to prepare the unbundling procedure in this country.

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About Handziuk case

This week, Kyiv Shevchenkivsky District Court ruled to partially satisfy the motion of the prosecution concerning Vladyslav Manger. In particular, Manger has to wear electronic monitoring facility.  

However, main suspect in Handziuk’s case still does not wear the electronic monitor.

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Boxing

An unnamed American promotion company offered the Ukrainian К2 Promotions to lead WBO International champion Denys Berynchyk in lightweight together. Berynchyk, by the way, is soon to fight experienced Japanese boxer Nihito Arakawa. The fight will take place at Kyiv’s Palace of Sports on April 20.

The media also reported that Ukraine's Vasyl Lomachenko, the lightweight champion of the world (WBA, WBO) will get USD 2.2 million for the fight against Anthony Crolla. On April 12, the Ukrainian will be defending his belts from the British contender.  

Ukrainian WBC light heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk will have his next fight in autumn. Gvozdyk’s opponent will be the U.S. boxer Marcus Browne. According to RingPolska, the Ukrainian champion will be defending his title for the second time.

 

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