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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: APRIL 15 – 19

Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, presidential elections in Ukraine, Azov crisis and other news for this week
22:30, 19 April 2019

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About Donbas conflict

Joint Forces of the Ukrainian military held anti-aircraft defense exercise in Donbas conflict. This is mentioned in the message of the press center of the HQ of Joint Forces Operation. Serhiy Nayev, the Joint Forces Operation Commander ordered the anti-aircraft drills to take place in Ukraine - as a response to Russian drills held in Rostov region. The Joint Forces' troops were represented by jet fighters, anti-aircraft defense systems S-300, Buk M-1, Osa-AKM, Strela-10, 2S6 Tunguska and ZU-23-2.

20-year-old soldier-volunteer and paramedic Mykola Volkov from Mariupol died at the Mechnykov hospital in Dnipro. Yana Zinkevych, the head of battalion Hospitallers, posted this on Facebook. According to the report, the soldier died after the headshot, mortally wounded by the enemy sniper. Volkov had been in a coma several days and then perished. According to Zinkevych, Mykola Volkov had a nickname Smurf; he served in the Hospitallers battalion.

A group of Hummer IFVs from the U.S. reached the seaport of Odesa, southern Ukraine. Stepan Poltorak, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine has announced this during his working trip to the HQ of the 58th Separate Infantry Brigade in Konotop, Sumy region, northeastern Ukraine.

Russia moved another battalion task group close to the border with Ukraine. Stepan Poltorak, the defense minister of Ukraine said that, specifying that the movement was observed after the first round of the presidential election in Ukraine. UNN news agency reported that on April 17.According to the minister, Russia has been increasing the number of troops deployed near the border with Ukraine. 'There were 28 [task groups], and now it's 29', Poltorak said.

Parties to the Minsk talks group could not come to terms regarding the Easter ceasefire. Iryna Gerashchenko, the representative of Ukraine in this group posted that on Facebook.'The Skype conference of the Trilateral Contact Group and the security subgroup, where we discussed the initiative of Easter ceasefire. The talks have just finished. No deal', she wrote.

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About presidential elections in Ukraine

It was the last week before the second round of Presidential Elections.

In short: 2 candidates: the incumbent head of state vs a comedian contender. They both approached public from various TV channels and talk shows, though never met each other in person. Today, on Friday 19, they debated on air.

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About Azov crisis

On April 17, the Russian court extended the arrest of 24 Ukrainian sailors captured in Azov Sea. The defense of the seamen will appeal this decision.

Earlier the European envoys stated they would come to the court hearings on case of sailors.

Besides, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will consider the lawsuit of Ukraine on the immediate release of three Ukrainian vessels and 24 members of their crews in two weeks on April 29-30.

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About Nadia Savchenko

On April 16, court ruled to release Volodymyr Ruban and Ukrainian MP Nadiya Savchenko accused of the preparation of armed coup d'état. Besides, Savchenko is going to return to work on April 23. However, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office will not drop the charges against Nadia Savchenko and Volodymyr Ruban.

Later Savchenko also stated that she and her party plan to run for the parliament during the election in autumn 2019. In the interview, Savchenko stated that judicial system in Ukraine is ill because of the people like Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko.

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About human rights in Crimea

The Russian law enforcers detained imam Rustem Abilev near Sevastopol after his house had been searched in Shturmove village, as Crimean Solidarity reported on Facebook. “Rustem was detained after searchers,” the report said. According to Crimean lawyer Rustem Kamilev, the imam has been transferred to the department of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation.

Russian Federal Security Service, the FSB took in Raim Aivazov, the Crimean Tatar. The man was detained at Kalanchak checkpoint in the occupied Crimea. Crimean Solidarity organization posted this on Facebook. 'He was detained at about midnight; he was last seen online at 3 a.m. The connection has been lost for more than five hours. Raim Aivazov lives in Kamyanka, a microdistrict of Simferopol district. He's a Crimean Tatar activist who organized the sending of parcels to political prisoners in Rostov-on-Don', reads the message.

Foreign Ministry of Ukraine demands that Russia stop the violation of the human rights on the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea once more and condemns another illegal persecution of the Crimean Tatars, as the ministry reported. ‘Ukraine demands that the Russian Federation stop the violation of the human rights on the temporary occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, immediately release all illegally detained citizens of Ukraine, provide the compliance with obligations of Russia as the occupant state in accordance with the international law, fulfill the resolution of the UN General Assembly,’ the message said.

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About PrivatBank nationalization

On April 19, District Administrative Court of Kyiv ruled in favor of the former owners of PrivatBank in the case on nationalization of the body.

District Administrative Court of Kyiv granted the claim of Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoysky against the National Bank of Ukraine and Ukraine’s Government on nationalization of PrivatBank.

In her turn, Kateryna Rozhkova, the Deputy Head of National Bank, said that the establishment had  legal grounds for making the decision to nationalize Privatbank. Earlier, NBU informed that Privatbank cannot be returned to ex-owners after nationalization.

April 15, the current President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko also commented on the situation:

“The reverse (in the nationalization of PrivatBank, - 112.international) will cause the deep crisis in the relations with the IMF with the relevant risks for the macroeconomic stability, for a course and possibly can lead to the new crisis. We cannot allow the return of the threat of the default”.

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About Russia's petroleum ban

On April 18, Russia imposed a ban for export of petroleum and petroleum products to Ukraine.

“I have signed the regulation of the government on this topic. We extend the ban for the import of particular kinds of the production to Russia; this measure will concern the Ukrainian products of the machinery, light industry, metalworking, which cost made almost $250 million last year,” Russian PM Medvedev said.

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