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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: DECEMBER 27 – 31

Source : 112 Ukraine

Check out this week's news from Ukraine: Donbas conflict, Covid -19, Russian aggression, Nord Stream 2, and others
22:34, 31 December 2021

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Donbas Conflict

The United Nations Organization (UN) transferred over 28 tons of humanitarian aid to Donbas.

Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine detained a militant from the so-called Luhansk People's Republic group in Donbas. Soon after that, the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) notified the detained militant of suspicion. It appeared that the detainee was the commander of the enemy's motorized rifle unit. Under his leadership, militants of the group participated in the shelling of Ukrainian military positions.

Pavlo Korsun who is being held illegally in the Makiivka Correctional Colony №32 in the temporarily occupied part of Donetsk region has serious health problems. According to the Ukrainian ombudsman Liudmyla Denisova, Pavlo has a chronic disease - bilateral purulent sinusitis, which at any time can cause inflammation of the meninges and even brain abscesses; it could also become a source of generalized infection. The man was also diagnosed with myocarditis and kidney damage.

Fighters of the Ukrainian military sent their holiday wishes to fellow Ukrainians. The warriors wish civilians peace and victory over the aggressor state.

Covid-19

A booster dose of the Moderna vaccine could protect against Omicron. Besides, revaccination in Ukraine will start in January.

This week, WHO Representative Hans Kluge stated that humanity might never get rid of the Covid-19. At the same time, WHO named five major tools to combat the pandemic in 2022. The WHO also stated that Delta, Omicron could trigger a tsunami of coronavirus diseases.

Researchers reported that the Covid-19 virus can spread throughout the human body, including the brain. Besides, Covid damages kidneys, facilities shaping of scars on tissues.

At the same time, Israel boosted the quarantine, as well as Greece enhanced the quarantine: mask mode, remote work, and a ban on listening to music.

Russian aggression

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov claimed that Moscow could provide an "adequate reply" to "any possible military provocations of Kyiv against Donbas". According to him, the Western governments keep supporting Ukraine's "militaristic aspirations", and Kyiv "treats such support as a carte blanche to conduct a military operation".

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov stated that Putin wants Ukraine to fall apart into two or three parts. “With the help of internal destabilization, the country can be divided into two or three parts. This is what Putin wants. This is the task that comes first for him. And it is through internal destabilization. If he can't do that, then weapons can be used as an option, but we are ready for that," Danilov said. The official also added that Ukrainian civilians can celebrate New Year safely, as the National Security Council does not see any immediate threats on the border of Ukraine.

Biden-Putin talks, US-Russia relations

US Vice President stated that Russia will face unprecedented sanctions in the event of a further invasion of Ukraine. US National Security Adviser said US is ready to support NATO in their response to Russian threat.

US President Joe Biden held a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, December 30, 2021. They discussed, among other topics, de-escalation on Ukraine. Biden asked Putin to withdraw troops and threatened that the invasion of Ukraine would have consequences for Russia. He also stressed that the beginning of the nuclear war is unacceptable.

Negotiations on security guarantees between Russia and United States will take place after the New Year holidays, and a conversation between Presidents Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelensky is expected in the near future.

Nord Stream 2

Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks that beginning exports via the Nord Stream 2 pipeline under the Baltic Sea would lead to a reduction in gas prices in Europe. Germany does not rule out stopping Nord Stream 2.

The Yamal-Europe pipeline that usually delivers Russian gas to Western Europe was sending the fuel back to Poland six days straight.

Ukrainian dairy producers are threatening to close their plants due to catastrophic gas prices. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine plans to limit the gas price for bread production companies and producers of social products.

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