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Check out this week's news from Ukraine: Donbas conflict, Covid -19, Russian aggression, Nord Stream 2, and others
22:37, 6 January 2022

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On January 1, Ukrainian media reported that a Joint Forces serviceman deceased in Donbas. However, on January 3 and 4, there were no reports about any shooting there.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian intelligence detected the strengthening of the advanced positions of the militants in Donbas. “The militants deployed additional elements of the reconnaissance system along the line of contact, increased the number of sniper pairs. Under the guidance of the illegal armed formations’ officers, training in the management of artillery fire with the specification of targets to hit the positions of the Joint Forces units," reads the report.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell visited Stanytsia Luhanska located in Donbas combat zone. The official warned Russia of the huge consequences and high price of any further aggression against Ukraine.


This week, Ukraine introduced a booster Covid vaccination for all citizens aged 18 and older. Besides, President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the most effective drugs will be available for revaccination. Eight more countries recognize Ukrainian Covid certificates. Meanwhile, Israel opened borders for vaccinated Ukrainians. At the same time, India tightened lockdown restrictions.

South Korea recorded its first deaths from the Omicron strain. While the unknown strain of coronavirus was detected in France.

The WHO believes that the Covid-19 pandemic can finally end in 2022.

Russian aggression

This week, the US reaffirmed its readiness to defend Ukraine from Russia. US House intelligence chair stated that Russia is very likely to invade Ukraine without enormous sanctions. Besides, Finland stated that if Russia invades Ukraine, it will receive strong economic sanctions. Ukraine and the UK approved a package of measures to restrain Russia. Besides, Ukraine and Czechia agreed to assume joint measures against Russian aggression.

The US and Greece discussed new sanctions against Russia over the threat to Ukraine. While Latvia believes that the EU and NATO should pay attention to different scenarios of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

However, Deputy Prime Minister for Eurointegration stated that other countries will not send their soldiers to fight in Ukraine. Besides, Antony Blinken stated that getting Russia to make progress on de-escalation around Ukraine would be difficult.

Putin and Erdogan discussed Russia's proposals on security guarantees. Later, the US State Secretary of State and the Turkish MFA discussed tensions between Russia, Ukraine.

Protests in Kazakhstan

After the protests erupted in Kazakhstan in the beginning of 2022 after the increase in the price of liquefied gas, the demonstrators announced an indefinite action. Demands to reduce the price of gas have grown into calls for the resignation of the president and government. The Internet has been shut down in the country, law enforcement agencies seized military equipment, made arrests.

After a couple days of antigovernment protests the Cabinet of Kazakhstan has filed a resignation letter, and President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev accepted it. A state of emergency was declared first in some cities and regions, and then in all of Kazakhstan.

Protesters stormed the administration building (akimat) in Almaty, attacked gun shops, demolished the monument to first president Nursultan Nazarbayev, seized the Almaty International Airport and stormed the Koktobe TV tower and the District Department of Internal Affairs (ROVD) building among other.

Kazakhstan President ordered to limit gas, fuel, food, communal prices, threatened to "act harshly" towards the protesters. Law enforcers conducted special operations, the Internet was turned off in all of Kazakhstan, security officers surrounded protesters on armored personnel carriers.

Over 500 civilians were beaten, including women and the elderly, more than 30 protesters died317 security officials were injured; at least 13 law enforcers were killed.

The European Union called on all parties in Kazakhstan to avoid escalation and violence, and the U.S. have condemned the acts of violence in Kazakhstan. The supplies of the contracted coal from Kazakhstan to Ukraine were blocked by Russia, global uranium prices jumped by more than 17% due to the situation with the mass unrest in Kazakhstan.

Tokayev called for military assistance from the CSTO member states, which agreed and sent its troops. First detachments of the Russian military have already arrived in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan expects arrival of 3,000 security officers.

Nord Stream 2

Ukraine’s ambassador in the United States Oksana Markarova claims that Kyiv has been regularly feeding Washington with the updates about the Nord Stream 2; Ukraine wants to see to it that the sanctions against the Russian gas pipeline are extended.

The US Senate plans to vote for a sanctions bill against the Nord Stream 2 on January 14. Republican Senator Ted Cruz offered the respective bill in the Senate.

Disputes over the Nord Stream 2 in the new German government make its launch unlikely before February 2022, given that the certification process has been suspended. European Truth that, reported citing Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken believes that Europe may use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to put pressure on Russia to try and resolve the situation around Ukraine.

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