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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: JULY 15 – 19

Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, Ukrainian political prisoners, MH17 flight, Ukrainian sailors, and other news from Ukraine for this week
22:33, 19 July 2019

112 Agency

About Donbas conflict

Minsk Trilateral Contact Group agreed on the bilateral ceasefire in Donbas; it is expected to start working since the early hours of July 22.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated he liked the idea to exchange all the prisoners in Russia and on the occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea. Yet, the lists of the people should be specified.

OSCE SMM spotted military vehicles kept outside the designated places of storage in Donbas.

UNHCR and Red Cross sent humanitarian convoys to the occupied area of Donbas.

Talks are the only way for Ukraine to finish the ongoing armed conflict in Donbas. But Russia-backed armed occupants are not the ones to talk to; it's the Kremlin that makes decisions. Dmytro Razumkov, the Head of Servant of the People party said so on air at ICTV channel.

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About Ukrainian political prisoners

The health status of Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh gets worse. Olga Dinze, the lawyer said so. According to her, the diagnosis has not been set yet. Balukh's kidneys hurt, and the swellings got bigger. However, the independent doctor and a psychologist cannot reach the colony where Balukh is staying. 

The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation will consider the appeal against the sentence for Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb on July 23. The investigator involved in the case of the Ukrainian has been put on the wanted list, Ukraine’s SBU reported.

The ombudswomen of Ukraine and Russia, Lyudmyla Denisova and Tatyana Moskalkova met in Kyiv to discuss the issue of the release of the Ukrainians kept in the territory of Russia and annexed Crimea, and the Russian citizens imprisoned in Ukraine. 

Moskalkova stood against the exchange of 24 Ukrainian sailors for Kyryrlo Vyshynsky, the Editor-in-Chief of RIA Novosti news agency. However, the Office of the President of Ukraine offered another option, proposing that Moscow release Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov in exchange for Vyshynsky. On July 19, the Ukrainian court ruled that Vyshynsky would remain in custody until September.

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About Ukrainian sailors

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About MH17 flight tragedy

Ukraine and the rest of civilized world mourned for the victims of MH17 tragedy, which shook the world five years ago. On July 17, 2014, Russian armed mercenaries shot down Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, as the aircraft was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. An anti-aircraft missile hit the plane over Grabove village in the occupied sector in Donetsk region, killing everyone aboard. 298 people, most of them Dutch citizens, lost their lives in that horrible attack. 

On that occasion, the EU urged the Russian Federation to take responsibility for MH17 crash and cooperate with the investigation according to the declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU.

Workers of the SBU, Ukraine's State Security Service detained the driver of a towing truck that transported Buk missile launcher across Donetsk; this particular vehicle is considered to be the same the Russian mercenaries used to shoot down the aircraft.

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About language law

On July 16, the law on Ukrainian language came into force. Not all of it though, the most high-profile ones will take effect later. Read here which spheres to be ‘Ukrainianized.’

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About snap parliamentary election

Ukraine is choosing 450 MPs to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Sunday, July 21. Snap parliamentary elections will be held this weekend. The polling stations will be open from 8:00 until 20:00.

Saturday, July 20 is the day of silence. On this day, any election campaign is prohibited by law, and the voters can make a free of any influence choice.

On May 20, in his inauguration speech, newly-elected president Volodymyr Zelensky announced the dissolution of the current parliament, chosen in the fall of 2014.

22 political parties will be included in the ballots, they will get 225 seats on a proportional basis after passing a 5% barrier. Another 225 MPs will be elected in single-member districts on a majority-win basis.

 

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