Situation in Donbas
This week witnessed the use of Minsk-banned weaponry in Donbas. Russian occupants fired 120 mm mortars to shell positions of the Ukrainian military in Donetsk region. Besides, a sniper opened fire near Mariinka.
The SBU, Security Service of Ukraine announced that a Russian mercenary, the founder and leader of the Pyatnashka terrorist organization is now on the wanted list. The man is also suspected of torturing captured Ukrainian servicemen.
The Kremlin states that Russia and the U.S. are facing serious differences in terms of the approach to solution of Donbas conflict. But that doesn't halt the dialogue between them much. Dmitriy Peskov, the Russian presidential press secretary said so in a recent interview.
This week, the lockdown ended in Ukraine and the country returned to the quarantine. President Zelensky stated that the vaccination in Ukraine would start in February.
However, the Economist reported that Ukraine would not get massive access to the vaccines until 2023. Health Minister Stepanov denied this information, underlining that February is the start of the vaccination in Ukraine. It is expected that at least 50% of the population will be vaccinated in Ukraine until 2022.
Meanwhile, Novavax stated about the readiness of its vaccine from Covid-19. AstraZeneca vaccine was approved for the use in the EU; while Moderna Company started trials against new mutations of the coronavirus.
Nevertheless, the WHO stated that the world would not get rid of Covid-19 in 2021.
Entrepreneurs rallied in Kyiv, marching from Constitutional Court to US Embassy building. They demanded the MPs to adopt bills protecting the simplified system of taxation, accounting and reporting.
PACE winter session
PACE ‘hybrid’ winter session started on January 25. Ukraine tried to challenge Russia's powers in PACE. However, PACE confirmed powers of Russia’s delegation and proposed not to apply sanctions to Russian delegation.
Ukrainian teenager beaten in Paris
Last week, Yuriy Khruchenyk, a teenager from Ukraine, was brutally beaten by a group of thugs. At this point, the young man is recovering at a hospital.
Nevertheless, new information popped up this week. The investigation team is currently checking data on his potential involvement with gang activities, which could lead to such an assault.
The law enforcers are also taking a closer look into his mother who is suspected of concealed employment, illegal work, and human trafficking.
Snow in Ukraine
Due to the bad weather and heavy snowfalls in southern Ukraine, rescuers declared the ‘red’ level of danger. The blizzards affected roadway traffic in some regions of the country. Temporary restrictions for the movement of large vehicles on highways of state importance have been introduced in central and southern Ukraine.
Holocaust victims commemoration
On January 27, the world commemorated millions of victims of the Holocaust and held different education programs to keep the tragic lessons in the memory of generations and prevent their recurrence. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for countering anti-Semitism. In Kyiv, the Look into the Past installation was opened dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust.
Ukrainian basketballer Oleksiy Len debuted for Washington Wizards, scoring 11 points, making five rebounds, one assist, one interception with one foul, and two losses.
Two Ukrainian footballers led their team to a victory this week: Ruslan Malinovskyi’s goal helped Atalanta B.C. outplay S.S. Lazio in the 1/4 finals of the Italian club, while Maryan Shved scored twice in favor of K.V. Mechelen.