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Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, Verkhovna Rada, dust storm in Kyiv, coronavirus updates, prisoner swap and other news of the week
22:31, 17 April 2020

112 Agency

About Donbas conflict 

Ihor Vivcharenko, the serviceman of the Special Forces’ 3rd Detached Regiment passed away due to the live-fire accident that occurred during the combat drills in Donbas.

The European Commission has approved the allocation of 13 million U.S. dollars of  humanitarian assistance for residents of the war-torn eastern Ukraine.

The next meeting in the Normandy Format will take place in the video conference mode. The Russian side explained that such a decision is due to the spread of coronavirus.

The European Parliament offers to create the international peacekeeping mission on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

Ukraine’s Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories reported that authorities of occupied territories of Donbas and annexed Crimea conceal the real number of people infected with coronavirus and deny the presence of lethal cases.


About Verkhovna Rada extraordinary sessions

This week Ukraine's Parliament had 2 extraordinary sessions. They voted to reduce 2020 state budget and unlocked signing law on land sale market despite13 resolutions on the abolition of this law, which blocked its signing by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov and for the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.

MPs also adopted a law on the processing of personal data of patients with coronavirus infection without their consent and on the creation of temporary observers.

Ukrainian parliament has also adopted the draft law No. 1043, which provides for consideration of amendments to the bill rejected by the committee only if a separate procedural decision is made by the Verkhovna Rada.

Finally, Verkhovna Rada ratified agreement between Ukraine and European Investment Bank.


About fire in Chornobyl and dust storm

Forest fires hit Chornobyl exclusion zone since the beginning of April. State bodies poorly reported of some fires extinguished.

On April 14 the rain helped a lot. But in a day, a new fire ignited in Chornobyl exclusion zone; this time, the location is Korohod village of Ivankiv district, Kyiv region.

This ended with Kyiv covered with heavy smoke. The index of air quality in the Ukrainian capital was defined as "unhealthy". The thick fog in Kyiv poses no chemical or radioactive threat to citizens. The press office of the State Emergency Service reported that on April 17. 

Besides, the dust storm hit the Ukrainian capital and Kyiv region on April 16.

To note: April 26 marks the anniversary of the most horrific nuclear catastrophe in the history of the humankind.


About coronavirus

As of Friday morning - 501 people infected over 24 hours, overall number of cases reaches 4,662.

Chernivtsi region and Kyiv currently remain the "record holders", with 759 and 705 cases since the beginning of the epidemic, respectively. 427 cases are observed in Ivano-Frankivsk region, 353 - in Ternopil region. 296 cases took place in Vinnytsia region. The smallest number of cases is now observed in Donetsk and Luhansk regions (eastern Ukraine), and Chernihiv region (northern Ukraine).

Lockdown mode is still on.

We post daily stats for Ukraine, world and Eastern Europe on our official Facebook and Twitter pages.

About prisoner swap

On April 16, the prisoners’ swap between Ukraine and occupied Donbas took place. The so-called Donetsk People’s Republic passed nine people to the Ukrainian side, while the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic handed over eleven people.

You can see the list of release prisoners here.

The International Committee of the Red Cross acted as neutral mediator during the exchange of prisoners.

Later, it was reported that 200 people are on the exchange list but the verification is needed to figure out the exact number of detainees. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that a larger prisoners’ swap may take place after the end of quarantine caused by Covid-19 pandemic.

About Crimea

The EU condemns military draft of residents of Crimea into Russia’s Armed Forces. The campaign began this month, and the EU immediately urged Russia to put an end to illegal actions that violate international law

Given the spread of Covid-19, Ukraine urged Russia to provide due health protection of the population in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and the annexed Crimea; as the occupant state, Russia is obliged to do so, according to the international law.

About sports

Italian football club AC Milan wants to acquire Dynamo Kyiv’s centre-back Denys Popov. Kyivites are ready to sell the Ukrainian player for 15 million euros.

IBF lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez promises to feel no remorse after knocking unified champion Vasyl Lomachenko out. According to the American boxer, he just cannot wait for the fight to take place.

Another social project has been successfully launched in Ukraine: the “Sports for All” programme will allow children living under challenging life circumstances to learn and practice sambo.

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