The illegal armed formations of Russian mercenaries keep using restricted weaponry to attack Ukrainian positions in Donbas. On Thursday, 122 mm artillery shells landed in the vicinities of Galitsynivka, Donetsk region. The enemy also shelled living quarters in Krasnohorivka, which resulted in an injury for civilian resident. Another civilian succumbed to the wounds that she had suffered during another attack on residential neighborhood.
Office of Prosecutor General of Ukraine informed a Russian national of suspicion of torturing captured Ukrainian troops in Donbas; the man who served with the Russian military intelligence was the supervisor in “prisons” in Donetsk region in summer 2014.
President Volodymyr Zelensky gave an interview, in which he shared his view on the ongoing Russian aggression in Ukraine. He commented on Russia’s massive passport issuance campaign in Donbas, urged the Russian government to provide Red Cross teams with safe entry to the occupied areas in eastern Ukraine, and claimed that the residents of occupied regions who see Donbas as part of Russia are welcome to move there.
Soon, the new coronavirus outbreak might start in Ukraine. Besides, Kyiv prepares for strict quarantine due to expected Covid-19 outbreak in autumn. As of now, 147 cases of Delta strain officially confirmed in Ukraine.
This week, Moderna claimed the third vaccine is effective against Delta strain. Besides, Sweden plans to administer third dose of Covid vaccine. However, WHO urges to introduce moratorium on the third dose of anti-Covid vaccine.
Crimean Platform and Crimea
This week, Zelensky said that 29 countries had confirmed participation in Crimean platform summit on August 23. Later, the number grew to 32. In addition, four thematic panels of the summit were named:
- on non-recognition of the attempt to annex Crimea;
- on the militarization of the Azov-Black Sea region;
- on ways to reintegrate Crimea through human rights and sustainable development;
- on the restoration of the rights of the Crimean Tatar people.
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Belarusian athlete Tsimanouskaya
Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya criticized her country's Olympic officials over a lack of doping tests and a decision to move her into a relay race. She had to replace one of the athletes who left the competition.
Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation reported on August 1 that Krystsina Tsimanouskaya there were attempts to transfer Krystsina Tsimanouskaya forcibly from Tokyo. The athlete urgently got tickets and she was taken to the airport.
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya stated she is afraid to return to Minsk as she can face jail.
Tsimanouskaya was excluded from Olympic national team of Belarus.
Later it was reported that the athlete arrived in Poland.
Ex-judge Mykola Chaus
This week, the High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine (HACCU) chose a restrictive measure for ex-judge Mykola Chaus. He will stay under the house arrest until August 18. Chaus will be guarded by the Security Service of Ukraine.
Summer Olympics in Tokyo
The second week of Summer Olympics in Tokyo turned out to be far more fruitful for Ukraine’s team. As of Friday noon, Ukraine’s chest included one gold, two silver and ten bronze awards.
Greco-Roman wrestler Zhan Beleniuk secured the first gold for his country, and his teammate Parviz Nasibov claimed silver in a dramatic comeback victory. Artistic swimmers Marta Fedyna and Anastasia Savchuk won bronze in the duet event. Rower Lyudmyla Luzan also took bronze in the canoe sprint event. Karateka Anzhelika Terlyuga took silver, and wrestler Alla Cherkasova claimed bronze.
The Games will soon be over, but the decisive fixtures are yet to be played in some sports. Ukrainians will perform there, too. Stanislav Horuna, the Ukrainian karate fighter qualified to the semifinal stage of Olympic competition in the weight category up to 75 kilograms. Thus, he guaranteed another medal for his team and country. Besides, boxer Oleksandr Khyzhniak reached the finals in his weight category, and he’s about to fight for a gold or silver. Finally, four Ukrainian rowers successfullly qualified to the semifinals; two men and two women will represent their country in their respective events.