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Check out this week's news from Ukraine: Donbas conflict, coronavirus, Nord Stream 2, Ukrainian language law, Defense Council sanctions and more
22:33, 16 July 2021

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Donbas conflict

OSCE monitoring mission keeps recording dozens and hundreds of ceasefire violations in Donbas every day. On July 14, the number exceeded 900 such cases.

Russia stated that residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, who received Russian passports, would participate in the 2021 elections to the State Duma.

Pro-Kremlin mercenaries opened fire on Taramchuk village, Donetsk region, dealing damage to residential quarters. 122 mm artillery shells hit the living houses, destroying some of them completely. No civilians were hurt in the attack.

Head of the Ukrainian state Volodymyr Zelensky wants to involve the United States in the negotiation process regarding the solution to the Donbas conflict.


The WHO announced that the world is in the early stages of a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic, and Delta strain is becoming dominant.

Furthermore, scientists predict Covid-19 outbreak due to decrease in patients’ average age.

In Ukraine, the new wave of coronavirus is expected this autumn, as Ukraine's Healthcare Ministry assumes.

But if 80% of elderly Ukrainians get vaccinated by this time, lockdown can be avoided.

Meanwhile, Poland wants to start vaccination among children younger 12 years to prevent the next wave.

Ukrainian language law

There will be more of Ukrainian language in Ukraine. On July 16, new requirements for culture sphere came into force on July 16. Movies, books, tours, museums and exhibitions in state language. Read which articles of language law took effect in Ukraine.

Earlier, on April 25, 2019 the Verkhovna Rada by 278 votes of lawmakers passed the law on the state language. According to this law, the only official state language in Ukraine is Ukrainian.

This status provides for the mandatory use of the Ukrainian language throughout the country in public authorities and local governments, as well as in public spheres of public life. The law does not apply to private communication and religious rites.

The status of Ukraine's state language will be endorsed over the course of the next ten years when the government implements the respective program. 

Nord Stream 2

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Nord Stream 2 is not an economic project, but a security issue for Ukraine and other European Union countries. According to Zelensky, many countries understand that the gas pipeline is a security issue not only for Ukraine, but also for many other EU countries.

German leader Angela Merkel confirmed her country's stance on keeping the gas transit across Ukraine after the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is launched. 

US President Joe Biden claimed that introduction of sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project participants makes no sense because the pipeline construction is now almost over.

Internal minister's replacement

Arsen Avakov, the Interior Minister of Ukraine filed a resignation letter on Tuesday, July 13. He served in the office for seven consecutive years, from 2013 to 2021. Soon after that, Denys Monastyrsky was nominated as his successor; it was president Volodymyr Zelensky's initiative.

Eventually, the Parliament supported Monastyrsky's candidacy for the office, and he chaired the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

EU entry

On July 14, the Council of the European Union has included Ukraine in the 'green list' of third countries for which entry restrictions should be lifted.

However, this is only a recommendation, as EU member states will decide on their own whether to allow the entry.

Ukraine's Ministry for Foreign Affairs is already preparing to hold talks with EU representatives in order to simplify entry for Ukrainians as much as possible.

To note, EU Council updates the 'green list' countries every two weeks, so if the epidemiological situation in Ukraine gets worse, Ukraine may be excluded from the list.

To remind, on July 15, Slovenia has allowed entry for Ukrainian tourists who have been fully vaccinated with vaccines approved in the country.

However, the WHO urged the governments not to demand vaccination certificates from people who travel abroad. Instead, it offers to use tests and self-isolation during border control procedures.

Relevant information on restrictions for Ukrainians traveling abroad could be observed on an interactive map from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Defense Council meeting

The meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine took place in the President's Office on July 16, in Kyiv.

Ukraine imposed sanctions against citizens under US sanctions, as Defense Secretary Danilov reported.

On May 14 Danilov reported that the United States of America imposed sanctions against 61 Ukrainians

Ukraine will also launch system to monitor oligarchs' activities.

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