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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 4

Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, Belarus protests, coronavirus and other important news of the week
22:30, 4 September 2020

112 Agency

About Donbas

Entry-exit checkpoints in Donbas switched to a different operation mode: operations will be carried out daily from 07:00 to 18:30, but citizens will not be allowed to enter the occupied territories after 18:00.

Self-styled "Luhansk People's Republic" denies reaching the agreement with Ukraine in terms of division of forces in certain areas in Donbas.

The ceasefire has been kept in Donbas since September 1; the Ukrainian side have not reported any attacks since then.

About coronavirus

As of September 4, 130,951 Covid-19 cases observed in Ukraine. Currently, Ukraine remains to be one of the leaders among the European countries with high coronavirus daily growth. Meanwhile, the occupancy rate of hospital beds for patients with Covid-19 is already 44% in Ukraine. Besides, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko underlined that public transport might be stopped in Kyiv if the hospitals lack beds for coronavirus patients.

Prime Minister Denys Shmygal noted that the lockdown in Ukraine might be extended in November. Meanwhile, Health Minister stated Ukraine may resume its domestic production of vaccines.

However, the WHO stated that the large-scale vaccination against Covid-19 will take place not earlier than in mid-2021.

About situation in Belarus

Alexander Lukashenko accused Ukraine of interfering in Belarus’ internal affairs. The same statement had been previously made by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Meanwhile, Lukashenko himself met with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. The president of Belarus promised to provide information regarding the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

Belarusian oppositionists Viktor Babariko and Maria Kolesnikova announced their decision to create a new political party – “Vmeste” (“Together”). The primary task of this political force is to carry out constitutional reform in Belarus.

About searches of Crimean Tatars

Russian law enforcers hold searches at the houses of the Crimean Tatars in the occupied Sudak, as well as Nyzhniohirsky and Sovetsky districts of Crimea.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry demands to release all the detainees.

Turkey also joined the protest, claiming that Ankara views the detention of Crimean Tatars in the Russian-occupied Crimea as another example of a systematic campaign of oppression and intimidation by the Russian occupation authorities.

About fires raging in Ukraine

On September 2, the forest fires started in Luhansk and Kharkiv regions. A village was burnt during the fire in Kharkiv region. Moreover, a military man died in the fire in Luhansk region. As of the morning of September 4, the rescuers continued to extinguish the fires. Later, they succeed to localize fire near one of the villages in Kharkiv region. Besides, the forest fire was eliminated near Kluhyno-Bashkyrivka village, Kharkiv region.

About sports 

Former WBC junior welterweight champion Viktor Postol was not able to become a two-time world champion. The Ukrainian boxer lost to WBC/WBO champion Jose Ramirez via a close majority decision.

The national football team of Ukraine hosted Switzerland in the Round 1 game of the UEFA Nations League. The Yellow Blues were the ones who managed to get a victory – 2:1.

Dynamo Kyiv FC is expected to face the Dutch AZ Alkmaar in its first match of the UEFA Champions League. In case of a successful result, the Kyivites will play in the Champions League play-off qualifiers.

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