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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: JUNE 22 – 26

Author : 112.ua News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, Covid-19, flights and opening borders, flood in Ukraine, PS752 and MH17 cases and other hot news of the week
22:33, 26 June 2020

112 Agency

About Donbas conflict

Russian mercenaries shelled the observation post of OSCE mission in Donbas.

Ukraine’s Armed Forces received the batch of missiles for Javelin missile launchers.

Russia prepares to launch another wave of issuing passports for residents of occupied Donbas.

Since April 2014, when hostilities began in eastern Ukraine, 28 children deceased in Ukraine-controlled part of Donbas. Natalya Tymofeeva, Head of the Service for Children Care in Donetsk region, reported that as quoted by the press department of this agency.

About Covid-19

As of June 26, 41,117 people are infected with Covid-19 in Ukraine. 4,724 cases observed in Kyiv. Meanwhile, the overall mortality rate in Ukraine is 2.6%.

Prime Minister announced that Ukraine faces a serious wave of infection with coronavirus. Besides, Ukraine occupied the second place among the countries of Europe, where the greatest daily growth in the number of cases of infection with coronavirus is observed. Moreover, Ukraine is in the “red zone” in terms of coronavirus infection.

The WHO also warned that the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, and its effects will be felt for decades to come. 

About flights and opening borders

Ukrainian citizens will most likely be able to visit European countries from July 1. As of now, Ukraine is on the EU's "green" list of countries whose citizens will be able to enter the EU after the borders are opened.

Ukraine does not intend to restore transport connection with Russia in the near future. The reason is Russia’s disturbing epidemiological situation.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, following a conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, stated that some flights between the two countries would be resumed on July 1.

About disastrous flood

This week the Carpathians and part of Western Ukraine were flooded because of long heavy rains. Tough precipitations in Ivano-Frankivsk region caused floods in 165 localities.

Over 10,000 houses were inundated in Ivano-Frankivsk region and a hospital with Covid-19 patients was flooded. Ukrainian PM reported that more than hundred children would not be able to take external independent testing due to flood.

Ukraine turned to NATO, EU, asking to help with overcoming consequences of floods in western regions.

About investigations of PS752 and MH17 disasters

The defense of Russian Oleg Pulatov, the suspect in the involvement in the MH17 crash, doubted the inquiry line on downing of the passenger plane from the Buk missile system. Dutch lawyer Baudevein van Eyck announced such a position within pretrial hearings on June 22. 

President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that Ukraine will have to file lawsuits to international courts against Iran, if the government of this country does not live up to its commitments in the case of PS752, the downed civilian aircraft of Ukraine's International Airlines. In turn, Tehran agreed to pay compensations; however, the Iranian side claimed Ukraine still has not appointed the delegation for talks in this regard.

About explosion of residential building in Kyiv

On June 21, the explosion occurred in Poznyaky, Kyiv. Over 400 people and three groups of dog handlers worked at the site. Rescuers extricated the bodies of five people from the rubble of the house. On June 23, search and rescue operations at the site were finished.

Law enforcement authorities are considering two versions of the explosion in Poznyaky area.

About sports

Ukrainian basketball player Oleksiy Len has been diagnosed with the coronavirus infection. He has entered self-isolation and looks forward to being cleared and rejoining his teammates as soon as possible.

Covid-19 has caused changes to the upcoming final of the Ukrainian Football Cup: the final match between Dynamo Kyiv FC and FC Vorskla will now be hosted by Kharkiv.

Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn does not exclude the possibility of putting the unified heavyweight in the ring against WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk next year.

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