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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: April 6 - 10

Author : 112.ua News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

Briefly about COVID-19, Donbas conflict, oil, Crimea, MH17, etc.
22:30, 10 April 2020
112 Agency

Donbas conflict, prisoner swap agreed

Militants from the so-called self-proclaimed republics in Donbas have declared their readiness to send 19 people to Kyiv in the framework of the prisoner swap. The exchange is supposed to take place on Monday, April 12.

Pro-Kremlin mercenaries shelled the civilian vehicle with journalists of Ukraina TV channel. The vehicle took damage, but no one of those inside was hurt.

Ukraine and Russia did not agree on new phase of disengagement of forces in Donbas.

A ceasefire breach occurred in Donbas, involving a threat to the lives of civilians. Pro-Kremlin mercenaries opened fire from 82 mm mortars and automatic grenade launchers. No casualties were observed; shell fragments hit the windows and the rooftop. Ukrainian military serviceman deceased in combat on the same day.

Related: Expensive buckwheat: What foods can go up in price due to coronavirus?

COVID19 

Ukraine’s Health Ministry adds new drug to protocol of Covid-19 treatment.

Planes from China and South Korea continue to supply tests for Covid-19 and medical means.

Meanwhile the morbidity rate goes over 2000 in Ukraine

Related: Coronavirus in Ukraine dashboard: online


Oil and Crimea

This week, it was found that the Black and Azov Seas near Kerch in annexed Crimea are polluted by oil products and other combustive and lubricating materials from the tankers of the Russian Federation. The pollution is spotted in the neutral waters of the Black Sea to the south from Kerch Strait and at another three sites, with the total square of more than 24 square km.

Criminal proceeding were opened due to marine pollution in Crimea by oil products from Russian tankers.

 

Economy - Ukraine's export and import

On April 7, it was reported that Ukraine cut wheat exports in April. Ukraine's weekly wheat seaport exports show dramatic drop.

In addition, the country has suspended electricity imports from Russia and Belarus during quarantine and plans to apply special duties on coal imports from Russia.

Related: Problems in the Ukrainian military food supply system: Coronavirus or symptom of slowdown in reforms?


Wildfire in Chornobyl exclusion zone

A fire began in Chornobyl exclusion zone; it appeared to be the arson, as the police have found and detained the man who burned dry grass in the forest, and then could not put out the fire. The flames engulfed the area of 25 hectares. By the afternoon of April 6, the State Emergency Service reported that the fire was extinguished. However, several hectares of forest were completely burned down.

Related: Ukraine's economy in freefall: New authorities make it worse?

MH17

Ukraine, which is a member of the Joint Investigative Group, calls on the Russian Federation to implement UN Security Council resolution No. 2166 in the case of the downed Malaysian Boeing of flight MH17.

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