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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: APRIL 27 – MAY 1

Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, coronavirus, Normandy Four meeting, land market, and Chornobyl fire in the main news of this week
22:32, 1 May 2020

112 Agency

About Donbas

On April 30, Joint Forces Commander said that Russia may grant citizenship to 300,000 Donbas residents this year. He also reported that General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia in Donbas had formed and maintained the army corps of over 35,000 people, including over 2,000 regular Russian officers.

It was also reported that authorities of occupied Donbas hide information about Covid-19 incidence.

Whereas, next negotiations on Donbas are due to take place on May 14.

About coronavirus

The city mayor of Dnipro Borys Filatov loosened quarantine measures in Dnipro city starting from April 30. Pharmacies, supermarkets, hardware shops, gas stations, banks, car service stations and dry-cleaners will be opened in the city.

This week, Ukraine’s government allowed the opening of food markets while meeting requirements.

As of April 30, there are 10,406 cases of coronavirus infection in Ukraine. And as of May 1, the number is 10,861.

About Normandy four meeting

On April 28, Ukraine’s MFA spoke about the upcoming meeting in Normandy format, saying that a video conference between the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia (Normandy format) would take place on Thursday, April 30. 

Heiko Maas, the German Foreign Minister said there was a need to urgently improve humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine, since the closure of disengagement line due to the Covid-19 pandemic causes locals a trouble.

About land sale

This week, Zelensky signed the law on opening of land market. On April, 30, the law on land sale market was officially published in parliamentary agency.

According to the law, ordinary Ukrainians can become land market participants. Legal entities, directly founded by citizens of Ukraine, the state and territorial communities shall become land sale market participants only from 2024.

About gas

Polish State Oil and Gas Company reported that Gazprom continued to set Poland inflated price for gas, despite decision of Stockholm court. 

This week, Executive Director of Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine Serhiy Makohon noted that Ukraine may provide Poland with gas after end of contract with Russia.

It was reported that Ukraine was also ready to provide its gas storage facilities to Gazprom

About Chornobyl fire

Last week, Zelensky awarded Ukrainian rescuers who extinguished fires in Chornobyl zone

And on April 28, the fire in Chornobyl exclusion zone was completely localized. Rescuers continue to extinguish individual fires in Chornobyl zone and Zhytomyr region.

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