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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: AUG. 12 – AUG. 16

No ceasefire in Donbas, resuming water supply to Crimea, $480,000 bribe - read about major Ukrainian events throughout the week on one page
22:28, 16 August 2019

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Donbas

Roman Bezsmertny is excluded from the political subdivision of Minsk negotiation group, which seeks a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict in Donbas. President Volodymyr Zelensky removed him from this office with his decree - just one month after Bezsmertny's appointment.

Ukrainian tank crews conducted combat exercises in Donbas. The drills included two stages, where servicemen trained in such disciplines as technical support of vehicles and engineering. Crews of the war machines competed in covering the 400-meter barrier line, trying to get a personal best. The tankmen also trained in throwing hand grenades and firing small arms.

Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint is now working by the abridged schedule. According to Ukraine's State Border Guard Service, the checkpoint is to open at 6 a.m and will close at 6 p.m. This is for security reasons, as mine-clearing works around the checkpoint are underway.

Water for Crimea

On August 13, the occupation authorities of Crimea expressed the intention to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to negotiation with Ukraine on the provision of Dnipro River water to the peninsula.

In its turn, Ukraine stated it did not block the bed of Dnipro River but a canal, which supplied water to annexed Crimea. Ukraine has full right to do it.

Number of the Ukrainian officials provided the response to such request of Crimean occupants.

 


High profile case: Deputy Minister Grymchak detained "red-handed" 

On August 14, law enforcers detained Yuriy Grymchak, the Deputy Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs, and his assistant on a $ 480,000 bribe. The official was questioned at Prosecutor General’s Office.

Later, his lawyer stated that the fact of the transfer of funds to Deputy Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs Yuriy Grymchak was not recorded.

Prosecutor General’s Office reported that Grymchak demanded bribery for influence on particular officials of the Culture Ministry and Kyiv State City Administration. In its turn, the Culture Ministry denied a connection with Grymchak.

In its turn, NABU reported that Grymchak and his assistant seized the money in the especially big amount by deception.

As it appeared later, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko did not know anything about Grymchak’s detention.

Prosecution asks to put the Deputy Minister in custody with a right for $497.000 bail.

 


Energy matters in Ukraine

The draft of the Ukraine-EU power bridge that envisages the extension of Burshtyn power hub may contain significant risks for Ukraine's energy system

Besides, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the financial plan for the Ukrhidroenerho, state company of Ukraine that administers a cascade of major hydropower plants along Dnipro and Dniester rivers, for 2020. 

 


Sports achievements - football, boxing

Oleksandr Usyk, Ukraine's undefeated ex-champion of the world in the heavyweight category will hold his next bout in Chicago on October 12. His manager Egis Klimas reported that on his Instagram page. Wintrust Arena in Chicago will host the fight; however, the opponent's name has not been disclosed yet. It was supposed to be Cameroonian Carlos Takam, but he changed his promotion company and, thus, the Ukrainian had to find a new opponent.

It’s been quite a week for Ukrainian football –  for teams, players, coaches and the fans, of course.

Dynamo Kyiv has once again failed to beat the qualification of UEFA Champions League – for three consecutive seasons. The White Blues could not overplay Brugge KV (4-3 on the aggregate of two legs) and thus left the tournament. The team’s management decided things could not be tolerated anymore and fired head coach Aleksandr Khatskevich. Dynamo’s new manager will be Oleksiy Mykhailychenko, another veteran of the Kyiv-based club who already ran it in 2002-2004.

UEFA Europa League Qualification Round 3 is over, too. Zorya Luhansk FC won the the return leg in the fixture against CSKA Sofia. So, its 2-1 on the aggregate, and Zorya qualifies to the next stage of the competition. Mariupol FC was less lucky; AZ Alkmaar crushed their opponents in the second leg after the 0-0 draw in the first. The 4-0 loss in the away game marked the end of Mariupol's performance in this season's UEFA Europa League. 

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