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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 10 – 14

Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, spread of coronavirus, investigation of MH17 plane crash, Munich Security Conference and other news from Ukraine
23:30, 14 February 2020

112 Agency

About Donbas conflict

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that he had a feeling that holding elections in Donbas would be possible this fall - at the same time as local elections throughout the country are supposed to take place.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky sacked Valeriya Lutkovska from the working subgroup of the Minsk contact group. This is mentioned in the decree of the President. She will be replaced by Hennadiy Kuznetsov, the officer of Ukraine's Special Forces. He is the former head of the Security Service (SBU) Special Operations for Counter-Terrorism. Kuznetsov enjoys the rank of the SBU Major.

The police of Arkhangelsk region (Russia) detained Benes Ayo, the mercenary of the so-called DNR, Donetsk People's Republic. He is known by the alias Black Lenin. A bit later, they released him.

The citizens who returned from captivity in Donbas in 2019 ask the government to provide them with a place to live. Lyudmyla Denisova, the Ukrainian Parliamentary Envoy for Human Rights reported that on Facebook.

The ongoing disengagement in Donbas does not significantly affect the security situation; that is more like a way to solve humanitarian problems for the locals. Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk reported that as quoted by Radio Liberty

Prosecutor's Office of Luhansk region opened the criminal proceeding due to forcible issuance of the so-called passports of Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) to the citizens of the temporarily occupied region as the Prosecutor General’s Office reported. The forcible passportization of the citizens of Ukraine was qualified as the violation of the laws and customs of war.

About coronavirus

At the beginning of the week, the WHO stated that the situation with the spread of the coronavirus can only turn out to be the "tip of the iceberg". Later, it was revealed that the official name of the new coronavirus from China is Covid-2019. Besides, the number of coronavirus cases in China increased by almost 15,000 after the method for counting infections was revised in the Hubei Province.

It was also underlined that the airborne transmission or direct contact is most frequent way of Covid-2019 transmission. WHO stated that two-thirds of the world population may get infected with the new Chinese coronavirus.

Meanwhile, there are two infected Ukrainians at Diamond Princes cruise liner. They stay in Japanese hospital. By the way, Diamond Princess with 174 infected people on board will be released from quarantine on February 19.

On February 10, the evacuation of the Ukrainians from Hubei was announced. However, the evacuation was postponed and later it was announced that the evacuation flight should take place on February 18.

On February 12, JSC Ukrainian Postal Service (UkrPoshta) temporarily suspended all kinds of delivering to China.

About MH17 tragedy

The Netherlands denied the request of Moscow on the transfer of the right to judge three Russian citizens identified as the suspects in the involvement in the MH17 case as Reuters reported citing Dutch Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus.

About Munich Security Conference

This week, it was reported that Zelensky would participate in Munich Security Conference on February 14-15. He will deliver an address at a separate session dedicated to Ukraine and will hold bilateral meetings with leaders of foreign countries. Later it became known that Pompeo’s assistant would discuss fight against Russian aggression in Ukraine at Munich Security Conference.

Who else will gather in Munich and for what?

About new head of President's Office

On Tuesday, Andriy Yermak has replaced Andriy Bohdan as head of President's Office. Yermak spoke about the principles of President’s Office saying there would be no phone rule or intrigues. Zelensky entered Yermak in the Defense Council, expelling Bohdan. With Bohdan out and Yermak in, what's next for Ukraine?

About case against Fedyna

The State Bureau of Investigation notified Sofia Fedyna, an MP from European Solidarity party, of suspicion and summoned for an interview, as she is suspected of "threatening to kill" President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.

It is related to Fedyna’s video, which she released in autumn 2019 with volunteer Marusya Zvirobiy regarding Zelensky’s working visit to Donbas. The State Bureau of Investigation considered certain sentences "threatening" and opened the investigation against both of them.

About sports

Ukraine’s Semen Novikov won the European Championship in Greco-Roman wrestling. Ukrainian wrestler was able to secure the gold medal in 83kg division via a dominant victory over decorated Hungarian sportsman Viktor Lőrincz.

Oleksandr Usyk’s bout against Dereck Chisora was postponed. According to the co-promoter of the Ukrainian boxer, he has to deal with an injury of the left elbow. However, Usyk dismissed these claims, stating that “everything is great”.

WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. intends to get a rematch against Vasyl Lomachenko. The American wants to avenge his only loss on professional record, willing to move up two weight divisions.

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