About Donbas conflict
Several Ukrainian defenders lost their lives in Donbas this week. Specifically, this week’s most outrageous attack took place on July 1. Army medic Iryna Shevchenko died because of the shelling of the ambulance car near Vodyane in Donbas. Another two medics were killed in the skirmish, too. This obnoxious violation of ceasefire by Russian forces became the topic for discussion during the session of Minsk talks.
OSCE Mission spotted a Russian radio wave interference station in Donbas combat area.
A fire occurred in the forest area near Stanytsia Luhanska. The flames were extinguished, thanks to the efforts of the Ukrainian military and local residents. The situation was a tough one, as the forest had landmines planted all over it; a local civilian suffered an injury because of one of the mines going off. The fire took over the area of almost five hectares.
Workers of the State Security Service of Ukraine detained Volodymyr Tsemakh, the former chief of anti-aircraft defense of Slovyansk Brigade of the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic".
OSCE failed to verify the disengagement of forces near Stanytsia Luhanska.
Canada expressed readiness to prolong sanctions against Russia because of the Kremlin's violations of the international law and the Russian invasion in Ukraine in 2014.
However, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated during his visit to Italy that he hopes that Italy will fight for the restoration of full-fledged relations with the EU and Russia. Moreover, he expects the anti-Russian sanctions to me lifted.
After talks, it was stated that Canada is ready to pass Ukraine weaponry and combat vehicles. Moreover, it was reported that Canada will not recognize Russian passports issued to the residents of the occupied Donbas.
Meanwhile, Zelensky reported that Canadian company will develop three oil and gas sites in Ukraine. Besides, he urged the Canadian business to invest in Ukraine and offered to establish a special investment fund.
Later Zelensky met Canadian MPs and representatives of the group of friendship with Ukraine.
About Ukraine and PACE
Ukraine is ready to withdraw PACE members’ invitations for snap elections. It happened after PACE adopted a resolution which changes the sanctions regime and allows Russia to return to work in the organization without limitations to the right to vote. PACE pre-electoral delegation ceases its activity in Ukraine.
President of PACE Liliane Maury Pasquier expressed the regret due to the abolition of the invitation for PACE delegation to the snap elections. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine states the Verkhovna Rada is not obliged to invite the delegation from PACE to observe the elections in Ukraine.
Minsk session of the Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement of Donbas conflict took place on July 2.
As a result of the meeting, Darka Olifer, the Press Secretary of Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine's representative in the group, reported that the group could not reach consensus about the 'harvest ceasefire' and the release of captives in Donbas.
As she put it, this is because of the position of Russian representatives in the group.
The next meeting of the group is planned for July 17.
About Azov crisis
Russia's Black Sea Fleet held its own military drills amidst Ukraine-U.S. exercises Sea Breeze 2019.
The EU leaders will present a package of extra measures of support for Azov, which is part of Ukraine's Donetsk region. A high-rank European diplomat reported that July 5.
About gas supply
Yuriy Vitrenko, Naftogaz Executive Director said Ukraine should get ready to complete termination of Russian gas transit since 2020. Yet, this process is under threat now due to the low level of domestic gas production.