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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 18 – 22

Read about Donbas conflict, Azov Crisis, upcoming presidential elections, Crimea, Heavenly Hundred and other news from Ukraine for this week
22:30, 22 February 2019

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About Donbas

Among this week’s most discussed news related to Donbas conduct was the OSCE’s statement about a Russian bomber over the combat area. The actual incident was reported by the OSCE this week, though it actually took place last week, on February 15. The HQ of Ukraine’s Air Force denied this piece of information, saying that no Russian combat aircraft entered the country’s airspace in the said period.

The main power supply source of entry-exit checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska was cut off the grid on February 20. Press service of Ukraine's State Border Guard reported that on Wednesday morning. 'The border guards of Lysychansky unit who represent the Joint Forces provided the checkpoint with reserve power supply sources. The checkpoint will be working as scheduled', the message said. The entry-exit operations across the checkpoint began as scheduled.

The representatives of “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) Denis Pushilin and “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LPR) Leonid Pasechnik agreed on the direct negotiations with Kyiv on the plan proposed by Head of Political Council of Party “Opposition platform – For life” Viktor Medvedchuk and facilitated by the European partners on settlement of Donbas Conflict.

Ukraine is not going to lead any direct negotiations with the self-styled 'republics' in Donbas or facilitate the legitimization of Kremlin's puppet regimes. Iryna Gerashchenko, the representative of Ukraine in Minsk trilateral contact group posted that on Facebook. 

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About the anniversary of the beginning of the Russian aggression and the tribute to the Heroes of Heavenly Hundred

This week included quite memorable dates in the Ukrainian history. Thousands of Ukrainians remembered the victims of the Heavenly Hundred, the collective name for the unnamed protesters and law enforcers who were killed by the snipers and government-hired thugs on February 18-20, 2014. A number of rallies and other solemn events were held to pay tribute to the fallen citizens who did not live to see the victory of the Revolution of Dignity. Even now that five years passed, the Ukrainian government could not do much to identify, arrest and punish those behind these hideous murders conducted in the European city, by the light of day.

These very days also marked the beginning of the Russian aggression in Ukraine, as Russian troops, the so-called ‘green men’ with no insignia on their uniforms, invaded Crimea and captured the buildings of authoritative bodies. By the official estimates of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry, at least 13,000 Ukrainian citizens have lost their lives since then.

The Ukrainian Parliament hosted an extraordinary session timed to the fifth anniversary of these events, with the Head of the European Council Donald Tusk holding a speech as the special guest.

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About Azov Crisis and Poroshenko speech in UNGA

Council of Europe agreed on Azov anti-Russian sanctions. 28 EU member states join “Azov package” of anti-Russian sanctions. 

On February 19, Russia closed area in Azov Sea near Kerch Strait for holding firing practice.

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About Crimea

Ukrainian photographer Alina Smutko was forbidden to enter annexed Crimea for 10 years.

Besides, the Russian Federation has closed the area in the Sea of Azov near Kerch Strait. Moreover, the first passengers' train will process on Crimean Bridge on December 8, 2019.

It was also reported that the enrollment of the Ukrainian people in the “Wagner Group” took place in annexed Crimea. Later these people were sent to Sudan.

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About Handziuk

This week Vladyslav Manger suspected in the organization of Handziuk’s murder returned to work. He handed over his passport, but remains without an electronic bracelet because of their absence in Kherson. Later Manger got the digital bracelet. Meanwhile, it was reported that Manger refused to testify twice.

On February 22, it was reported MPs of Kherson city council decided to rename Lyuteranska Street after Kateryna Handziuk.

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About the upcoming elections in Ukraine

This week, Central Election Commission (CEC) of Ukraine has created 199 district election commissions for the upcoming presidential election on March 31.

National Security Secretary assumes Russia to use cyber means to interfere in Ukraine’s elections.

Ukraine’s Security Service promised to counteract Russia’s interference in elections through messengers.

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About sports

Ukrainian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko, the WBA and WBO lightweight champion of the world, will face British Anthony Crolla. The bout will be held in Los Angeles.  Lomachenko had to stand against Richard Commey, the IBF title holder, but he got injured in the title fight and thus cannot go toe-to-toe with the Ukrainian.

Oleksandr Usyk, Ukraine's undisputed world champion in the heavyweight division could face Russian boxer Aleksandr Povetkin, said the latter's promoter Andrey Ryabinski. 'So far, I can say there is an opportunity of such fight; but one cannot tell for sure if all's been settled. This is, for now, a project, and we're considering options of hosting such fight. There are options, including the bout with Usyk', Ryabinski claimed.

Dynamo Kyiv defeated Olympiakos in the UEFA Europa League game on Thursday; the White Blues will continue struggling in the playoffs and face Chelsea in the tournament’s Round of the Last 16. Shakhtar Donetsk, on the other hand, lost the away game to Eintracht Frankfurt (4:1) and left the competition. Besides, Shakhtar fans suffered injuries in the fight with the attackers in Frankfurt after the game.

 

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