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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: JANUARY 7 – 11

Read this week's news of Ukraine - about Donbas conflict, Sea of Azov, Tomos for Ukrainian Orthodox Church, sports
22:26, 11 January 2019

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About Donbas conflict 

Military actions continue in Donbas. The infrastructure is under attack, and sometimes maintenance crews face life hazards when working in the combat area.

Repair works in Donetsk and Katerynivka, Luhansk region were recently completed. “Scheduled works were carried out in Donetsk filtering station in Avdiivka. Safe passage for the workers of the station has been provided,” the Ukrainian side of the Joint Centre of Control and Coordination reported.

The Kremlin’s been leading its wicked game in Ukraine, with creating new fakes to discredit the Ukrainian military in Donbas. The Joint Control and Coordination Centre (JCCC) reported that on Facebook, with the Joint Forces Operation HQ quoting it.

OSCE is ready to support the deployment of UN peacekeepers in Donbas combat zone. Miroslav Lajcak, the Slovakian foreign minister said that during the press conference in Vienna. 'I discussed this issue with the UN Secretary General. I will also report to the UN Security Council in several weeks. So, if there's a decision to implement this mission, the OSCE will use its local experience to render support', Lajcak said. 

Three men were hurt in the attack on Yasynuvata town in the militant-held area of Donetsk region. The men appeared to be the workers of 'Voda Donbasu', the local water utility company. Novosti Donbassa outlet reported this with the reference to the militant-controlled media. One of the wounded was taken to a hospital. 'Two men were shell-shocked, but they refused from hospitalization', the outlet reported.

Volodymyr Krupsky, the serviceman of the Ukrainian military passed away in the accident in the combat area in Donbas on January 10. The man suffered hypothermia, as his armored car fell in the water storage of a quarry. He died before the evacuation was complete.

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About Azov crisis 

On January 7, Ukraine submitted a full-fledged statement against the Russian Federation on the violation of the rights of 24 Ukrainian sailors captured near the Kerch Strait in November last year to the European Court of Human Rights. Besides, Ukraine expects the rapid consideration of the statement. Moreover, it reinforces the legal position of captured sailors.

On January 10, Ukraine’s Ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova flew to Odesa to meet the relatives of the Ukrainian sailors. Moreover, she will visit Moscow next week and possibly meet the captive sailors.

Besides, Russian lawyer Ilia Novikov reported that the court sessions in the case of Ukrainian sailors is unlikely to start over 2020. Later it was stated that Russia might exchange 24 Ukrainian sailors.

It was also reported that the Russian spacecraft “Kosmos-2430” with Oko missile attack warning system, which was launched in October 2007, fell from the orbit and burned down in the atmosphere.

 

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About Orthodox Church of Ukraine

On January 7, Tomos on autocephaly for Ukraine was set for public view at St. Sophia in Kyiv. Also, Tomos becomes word of year in Ukraine.

On the same day, Ukrainian Canadian Congress welcomes delivery of Tomos.

Honorary Patriarch of Ukrainian Orthodox Church Filaret hopes Orthodox Church of Ukraine will be recognized as patriarchy.
At the same time, Orthodox Church of Ukraine warns about religious provocations.

On January 9, the Synod of Ecumenical Patriarchate signs Tomos on autocephaly and after that, Tomos returned to Ukraine.

Later, Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of the State stated that granting the autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine became a historic achievement.

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About Ukrainian political prisoners 

This week it was reported that 37 people in total were detained for political reasons in annexed Crimea in 2018.  

Here is an update on the Ukrainian political prisoners kept in Russia and occupied Crimea:

- Crimean Tatar Kazim Ametov, detained in occupied Simferopol has serious health issues, as Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova reported. It was also noted that Ametov does not receive any medical aid;

- Political prisoner Yevgen Panov will be transferred to Omsk prison. It should be mentioned that no reports have been made on his location for a long time;

Stanislav Klykh imprisoned in Russia suspects he has skin cancer, as his mother informed. Klykh  also has problems with his legs – some spots appeared on the skin;

- Political prisoner and filmmaker Sentsov has written a novel while serving a sentence in a Russian jail;

- Court kept activist Edem Bekirov under arrest.

Besides, this week Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service states on the further decrease in the number of people who cross the administrative boundary line with the occupied Crimea.  While Russia carried out missile drills on the occupied peninsula – it tested an anti-ship coastal missile complex “Bal”.

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About Ukraine 

In 2018, Ukraine occupied the 41st place in the Henley & Partners Company list, improving its position for three points. Besides, Ukrainian state took the 84th place in the Democracy Index 2018 out of 167 countries of the world and the 17th place in Europe.

This week Ukraine also made a decision on the withdrawal from the Agreement on the development of exhibitions and fairies activity within the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Besides, IMF funding program provides three tranches for Ukraine in 2019.

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About Turkey ship crash

 

This week, on January 7 a cargo ship with nine Ukrainians on board was wrecked near the coast of Turkey. As a result, four citizens of Ukraine died. It was informed that the accident happened due to a wave hit.

On the next day, names of the sailors who survived in a boat crash in Turkey were revealed. Moreover, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Turkey Andriy Sybyga visited Ukrainians who survived.

On January 8, bodies of three citizens of Ukraine out of four died were found.  

On January 10, the Ukrainian sailors suffered in the results of the wreck of the ship near Turkey were discharged from Samsun City Hospital.

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About sports

Football fans in Ukraine had some news to follow this week, too. Manchester City and Oleksandr Zinchenko triumphed in the Carabao Cup game against Burton. Meanwhile, another Ukrainian player, Yevhen Seleznev decided to move on from Akhisar to Malaga CF.

Italy's AS Roma started negotiations with KRC Genk, offering the Belgian team to sell them Ukrainian midfielder Ruslan Malynovsky. The preliminary sum of this transfer made 12 million Euros. In this season, Malynovsky scored 10 goals and made 9 assists in 29 games for Genk. 

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