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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: AUG. 30 – SEPT. 3

Source : 112 Ukraine

Check out this week's news from Ukraine: Donbas conflict, Covid -19, Nord Stream 2, MH17 case and others
22:33, 3 September 2021

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Donbas conflict

Russian industrial holding Kolmar organized transportation of Ukrainian coal miners from the occupied Donbas to Russia's Far East. Artem Levin, the chairman of Kolmar reported that, specifying that the holding moved 2,000 miners and their families from Donbas to Yakutia.

Russia refused to prolong the mandate of the OSCE mission on the border with occupied territories of Donbas. Thus, it will expire on September 30. The Ukrainian side reacted to this decision, claiming that it’s a sign of deliberate sabotage of Minsk agreements. Press office of the Ukrainian delegation in the trilateral contact group for solution of Donbas conflict released the respective statement.

The participation of Joe Biden's administration in possible solution to Donbas conflict will be one of the main topics for discussion during the visit of President Volodymyr Zelensky in the USA. Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's foreign minister reported that as cited by RBC-Ukraine. According to him, this matter will be up to a discussion. He added that the Ukrainian side wants to get the U.S. involved in solution of the Donbas conflict and de-occupation of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Another Ukrainian defender succumbed to his old wounds that he had suffered in Donbas. Lieutenant Colonel Oleksandr Petrakovsky was severely injured in combat zone in August 2014. In spite of the surgical assistance and due treatment, he passed away on August 29, 2021.

Covid-19

On September 2, it was reported that Mu coronavirus strain was found in Japan. Earlier. it was reported that WHO monitored a new Covid-19 strain Mu that can be resistant to vaccines. The WHO notes that Covid-strain Mu has mutations that scientists believe may reduce immunity after vaccination.

The United States promised to donate vaccine refrigerators and $12.8 million to Ukraine to fight coronavirus.

National Academy of Sciences reported before that Ukraine’s Chernivtsi region has worst coronavirus situation: number of new cases triples.

Zelensky's visit to the United States

Zelensky-Biden meeting started in Washington on September 1 after being postponed twice

During the meeting, president of Ukraine presented a plan of "transformation" of Ukraine, gave Biden a list of 450 prisoners held in occupied Donbas, Crimea and Russia and offered him the format of U.S. participation in Donbas Conflict settlement.

The US president promised to provide $3 billion to Ukraine for countries’ projects, donate vaccine refrigerators and $12.8 million to Ukraine to fight coronavirus and allocate $463 mln to support programs on democracy, human rights and decentralization in Ukraine

Nord Stream 2

This week, Russian Gazprom announced that the first string of Nord Stream 2 is almost ready for launch.

During the visit to the United States, President Zelensky discussed the dangers of Nord Stream 2 with the US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm. Later he said that US was ready to use sanctions if Nord Stream 2 poses a threat to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Gazprom Head Alexei Miller said that the first supplies through Nord Stream 2 can be held in the heating season of 2021.

MH17 case

The Joint Investigation Team that looks into the downing of MH17 aircraft turned to the Russian military, asking for extra information about the circumstances of downing of the airplane. The Dutch side asks Russians to share information on the Buk anti-aircraft missile launcher, which was used by Russian militants in Donbas to hit the plane.

Football and Paralympic Games

Ukraine's Paralympic team puts up quite a performance in the ongoing Paralympics. As of Friday, September 3, the squad has collected 93 medals (22 gold, 44 silver and 26 bronze). When it comes to achievements of separate athletes and new records, one will definitely remember the performance of Maksym Krypak. The swimmer collected five medals alone and set the new Paralympic record in men's 200 m medley. 

Meanwhile, Ukraine's national football team played the away game of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification. Oleksandr Petrakov’s team stood against Kazakhstan. The Ukrainians led the way 2-1 until the added time; eventually, the Kazakhs sneaked the victory from the Yellow Blues, making the final score 2-2. This complicates matters for Ukraine, which needs more victories to preserve chances to qualify to the group stage. More qualification games are coming up, and there's France coming as the undisputed leader in the group; it's not going to be a walk in the park for the Yellow Blues.

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