A water pipeline break is observed in Donbas, which left residents of five settlements without any access to water supplies. Press office of Ukraine's State Emergency Service reported that on January 6. The break took place at Horlivka-Toretsk pipeline, which reaches 900 mm in diameter. The incident occurred on January 4.
Ukrainian law enforcers detained a man who tried to cross Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint, carrying antiquities to the occupied Donbas territory. Among the revealed goods were two icons, one of them dating back to 1800, and several books of late 19th and early 20th centuries, which pose historic or any other cultural value and are forbidden to be shipped across the division line in Donbas.
The American government considers the possibility of cutting the Moderna vaccine dose in half to accelerate the vaccination against the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the Indian regulation authority allowed the urgent use of Covaxin, the locally produced vaccine from Covid-19.
The WHO stated that the so-called ‘British’ strain of coronavirus was found in 41 countries and territories.
It was reported that Turkish scientists developed the ultra-fast Covid-19 testing device.
The WHO reported over 30 countries have started the vaccination campaign, including Serbia this week; France boosted the vaccination process.
Ukraine also expects to receive the Covid-19 vaccine from COVAX soon. Meanwhile, another lockdown started in Ukraine on January 8.
Some progress in Sheremet case?
At the beginning of the week, the National Police of Ukraine stated it received certain information about possible contractors of the murder of reporter Pavlo Sheremet in 2016. Ex-employee of Belarusian Special Forces Igor Makar expressed readiness to testify to Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office on Sheremet’s murder case.
Later, official Anton Herashchenko stated Ukraine holds an expert study of audiotape with possible talks of the leadership of the Belarusian KGB about the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet.
Capitol attack in the United States
On January 6, supporters of the incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump breached the Capitol building in Washington D.C. while Congress was approving the presidential election's results.
Four people died as a result of the protests. Trump, however, pledged to implement a peaceful transfer of power to Joe Biden, despite not agreeing with the election results.
Facebook and Twitter blocked Trump’s social accounts due to policy violations regarding the accident.
Tragic Flight PS752 from Iran
On December 31, 2020, Iran finally submitted a draft technical report on the causes of the UIA plane crash in Tehran to Ukraine, Deputy Foreign Minisyer Yevhen Yenin said. Now, Ukraine has 60 days to comment and make suggestions on it. After that Iran will have another month to finalize it.
Canada's former Liberal public safety minister Ralph Goodale declined Iran's offer to pay USD 150,000 to the families of victims. Meanwhile, Ukraine holds a study of the in-flight tablet found at the plane crash site, Prosecutor General Iryna Veneditkova said.
Nord Stream-2 constriction
The parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern approved the Climate and Environmental Protection Foundation, which will allow Germany to take risks of the U.S. sanctions against contractors of Nord Stream 2.
The Czech Republic put a new gas pipeline, which is connected to the Nord Stream 2, into operation. The 150-kilometer pipeline begins on the Czech border with German Saxony and ends in the west of the country at a gas distribution center next to the border with German Bavaria.