On Monday, July 26, illegal armed groups in Donbas violated the ceasefire and fired at the positions of the Ukrainian army from heavy artillery weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements. As a result of the shelling, seven servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were injured.
Russian mercenaries have been constantly meddling with the work of OSCE observers in Donbas. HQ of the Joint Forces Operation reported that on July 28.
The number of ceasefire breaches in Donbas is still measured in hundreds every day. On July 29 alone, the number made 225.
Ukrainian special services have been trying to strip the Chechen volunteers from the battalion named after sheikh Mansur off their combatant status. Muslim Cheberloevsky, the commander of the battalion said so in his commentary for Donbas.Realii outlet.
On July 26, it became known that the group of scientists who work in the universities of the UK and the U.S. has found evidence of a tie between the coronavirus infection and malfunctions of the brain.
In addition, scientists from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claimed that the Delta Covid strain is significantly more infectious than all other known versions. Moreover, it is more likely to overcome vaccine and can cause more serious illness. Vaccinated people can spread it easily, however less frequently than non-vaccinated.
To make things worse, the Delta strain is spreading around the world. In particular, the United States does not yet plan to lift travel restrictions due to Covid-19 for foreign citizens due to the spread of the Delta strain.
Moreover, due to the Delta strain spread, Ukraine is tightening its entry rules.
Meanwhile, Israeli Healthcare Ministry agreed on letting the medical establishments vaccinate the children aged from five to eleven years old. Nevertheless, the vaccine against coronavirus can be injected only if kids face the risks to develop tough forms of coronavirus infection or lethal outcome.
Summer Olympics in Tokyo
It was an incredibly tough first week for Ukraine’s Olympic team in Tokyo. As of July 30, the athletes from this country have not collected a single gold or silver medal. All their awards are bronze so far.
Young and talented Daria Bilodid came third in the judo tournament. Olena Kostevych and Oleg Omelchuk defeated Serbs in the 10 m air pistol shooting event (mixed pairs) and won bronze. Ihor Reizlin who, just like Bilodid, debuted in Ukraine’s Olympic team in Tokyo scored his medal in the tough face-off against Swiss athlete Benjamin Steffen. Finally, swimmer Mykhailo Romanchuk collected another bronze.
Ukraine’s top tennis player Elina Svitolina lost the semifinal fixture against Marketa Vondrousova. But there’s still hope for a bronze, as she is supposed to face Kazakh athlete Elena Rybakina.
However, it did not go without scandals – and Ukraine was mentioned a couple of times here, unfortunately. On Thursday, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has suspended three Ukrainian athletes from further participation, citing the insufficient number of taken doping tests.
Prior to that, triathlete Yuliya Yelistratova was suspended from participation in the Tokyo Olympics the day before the competition. The regulation authority reported that the analysis of samples taken from the Ukrainian showed the presence of erythropoietin in her body.
Eventually, Ukrainian wrestler Kejau Nyabali got disqualified in the Round of the Last 16 of judo competition held within the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. The judges apparently decided that Nyabali performed a banned move, the elbow lock, which the athlete denies.
Anniversary of Christianization of Kyiv Rus
On July 28, Ukraine celebrated the 1033rd anniversary of the Christianization of Kyiv Rus'. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian Orthodox Church believers held the Cross Procession from Saint Volodymyr Hill to Kyiv Pechersk Lavra this year.
Nord Stream 2 controversies
On July 28, it was announced that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is finished by 99%.
At the same time, Russian Gazprom refused to book extra gas transit capacity through Ukraine for August.
Meanwhile, in the USA, senators from the Republic Party demands from the administration of President Joe Biden to impose new sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.