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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: AUG. 5 – AUG. 9

No truce in Donbas combat zone - 6 Ukrainians die, Bohdan's resignation, Zelesky's meeting with Erdogan, Patriarch Bartholomew, Dynamo lost qualification match in UEFA Champions League, - read in brief
22:30, 9 August 2019

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About Donbas

Four Ukrainian soldiers died near Pavlopil after a shell with a mine launched from grenade launched reached a trench.

President of France Emmanuel Macron assured Volodymyr Zelensky he would push the issue related to the death of four Marines in Normandy Format. The issue will be discussed during the meeting between Macron and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on August 19.

Germany also confirmed readiness to activate negotiations in Normandy format. Zelensky and Erdoğan observed a moment of silence to the four Marines killed in Donbas zone.

Pro-Russian militants continue violating ceasefire on a daily basis. The latest report was on August 9 – pro-Russian militants shelled the school building in occupied Horlivka using heavy machine guns.

Meanwhile, another stage of mine clearing works in Stanytsia Luhanska is over.

 

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Head of Office of President resigns

President’s Office’s Head Andry Bohdan filed the resignation letter - on his own request as sources reported. Later President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed this information but added that he did not sign the letter.

Besides, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yury Lutsenko announced he would submit a resignation letter as soon as the Ukrainian parliament starts working.

 

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President's international visits

Ukraine’s President Zelensky had a phone conversation with Prime-Minister of Great Britain Boris Johnson about relations between Ukraine and Great Britain after Brexit, and with Vladimir Putin, when both agreed on reinforcing efforts on release of detained people.

On August 7-8 Zelensky was in Turkey on his first official visit, where he met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Erdogan stated that Turkey has never recognized and would never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea.

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Sports

Dynamo Kyiv lost the first leg in the fixture with Brugge KV; the teams played their first game in UEFA Champions League 2019-2020. The Belgian team defeated the guests from Ukraine (1-0), and now it is up to the White Blues to try and change the situation in the return leg, as it will be played in Kyiv.

Two Ukrainian teams, Zorya Luhansk and Mariupol FC played their openers in UEFA Europa League. Mariupol and AZ Alkmaar played a 0-0 draw in Ukraine, and the intrigue clearly remains in this face-off; Zorya and CSKA Sofia also went for a draw, and 1-1 score means that everything will be solved in the return leg.

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Political prisoners

This week Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Steshenko was released from the colony in annexed Crimea and transferred to Kharkiv.

Meanwhile, another political prisoner and journalist Roman Sushchenko signed the document on the agreement to serve sentence in Ukraine.

Illegally kept in jail Crimean Tatar activist Edem Bekirov demanded "immediate medical emergency care and appropriate treatment”. Earlier he stated he would announce hunger strike and refuse from medicine if Supreme Court rules to pass his case to Krasnoperekopsk.

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...and here are the major events of July...

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