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Read about Donbas conflict, the downing of MH17 flight, Handziuk case, gas supplies and U.S. Senate meeting concerning Ukraine
22:30, 21 June 2019

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About Donbas conflict

Currently, there are some 82,000 servicemen of the Russian regular army on the border with Ukraine.

Ukraine received medical supplies shipped from the U.S

Pyrotechnic experts of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine found and defused 900 explosive items in Donbas.

Representative of Ukraine in Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk Leonid Kuchma stated that Kyiv would discuss the reconsideration of the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) on trade restrictions against occupied areas of Donbas. He added that handing Russian passports over to Ukrainians in Donbas is unacceptable.  

The subgroup on security was ordered to elaborate the preparation to the “bread truce” in Donbas according to the results of the Trilateral Contact Group meeting in Minsk


About downing of MH17 flight

The Netherlands pressed charges against four individuals involved in downing of the MH17; one of them appeared to be the Ukrainian citizen, the ex-officer of the Ukrainian army who sided with the enemy. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky hailed the conclusions by the Joint Investigation Team.

After losing citizens in that tragedy and years of investigation into it, Malaysia seems to have reconsidered its stance, saying there was ‘no evidence’ Russia was involved in it. At least this is how the Premier put it. Russia – and Vladimir Putin, personally, officially denied it had anything to do with the MH17 downing.


About Handziuk case

The representatives of Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) came with raids to Deputy Head of Kherson Regional State Administration Yevgen Ryshchuk dismissed from the post earlier for alleged links to Handziuk case.

In total, 13 searches take place within the case of murder of Kherson Mayor’s advisor Kateryna Handziuk.

On June 21, the Chairman of Kherson Regional State Council Vladyslav Manger who is involved in the murder of Kateryna Handziuk, asked President Zelensky to meet with him.


About deaths of reporter Komarov and MP Tymchuk

Dmytro Tymchuk, famous Ukrainian MP, arms expert and military analyst deceased in what the police consider to be a non-intentional suicide due to mishandling of firearms. According to the Interior Ministry, Tymchuk was cleaning his gun and shot himself. In the view of many citizens who assumed he had been murdered, the Information Resistance, a military analytical center founded by Tymchuk asked the people to stop speculating on the issue. The law enforcers, however, did not rule out the opportunity that it could be the murder.

Vadym Komarov, the Ukrainian journalist and blogger died at a hospital after the attack. The unknown beat him up in the downton of Cherkasy, central Ukraine on May 4. He suffered several hits to the head and was taken to a hospital. Komarov had two surgeries, staying in a coma all this time. According to Head of the National Police Serhiy Knyazev, the case is investigated as a homicide. 46 days after the crime was committed, the investigation still has not found the assailant.


About U.S. Senate meeting on Ukraine

Ukraine is irrevocably lost to Russian dominance within a “Russkiy mir,” but peace and improved relations is still possible, according to US Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker. He said this at the meeting of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation to discuss ‘Five Years After the Revolution of Dignity: Ukraine's Progress/Russia's Malign Activities,’ held on June 18. It was also reported that Volker would come to Kyiv over next few weeks.

In addition, the U.S. House of Representatives approved allocation of $700 million to Ukraine.

At the same time, U.S. Department of the State reported that Ukraine was lagging behind in terms of standards of fighting human trafficking.


About gas supplies

On June, Russia said Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was ready for almost 60%.

The same day, Poland said it was ready to connect its gas pipeline to Ukrainian gas transporting system.

According to the representative of Germany’s Federal Government Steffen Seibert, Germany insists on continuation of gas transit through Ukraine.


About Angela Merkel and Volodymyr Zelensky

On June 18, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Ukraine’s leader expressed hope for the support of Germany in fight against the Russian aggression and restoration of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state.

In her turn, Merkel claimed that Council of Europe should not forget Russian violations, but stands for returning Russian Federation to the Parliamentary Assembly. The Chancellor added that the sanctions against Russia will not be abolished until Crimea returns to Ukraine.

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