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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: JUNE 28– JULY 2

Source : 112 Ukraine

Check out this week's news from Ukraine: Donbas conflict, coronavirus, Zelensky and Putin, land market and de-oligarchization in Ukraine, Sea Breeze drills
22:38, 2 July 2021

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Donbas conflict

An environmental catastrophe could take place in Donbas within several months. Oleksiy Reznikov, Ukraine's Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories said so in his recent commentary.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a telephone conversation with Pope Francis. The officials discussed ways to bring peace to Donbas.

The Ukrainian Parliament passed the decree No. 5081, which renames Novhorodske settlement to New York. Novhorodske is located in Bakhmut district of Donetsk region; local residents turned to the Parliament, asking to rename their settlement.

The Ukrainian Parliament passed the law about canceling fines for leaving the occupied territories of Donbas via the Russian territory. The bill foresees that Ukrainian citizens who live in the temporarily occupied territories of this country will not be facing any penalties for administrative violations if these concern the entry or exit from the occupied territory of Ukraine - "as long as such law infringements occurred due to the reasons of humanitarian nature".

Coronavirus

The WHO stated that the Delta strain causing a "new deadly wave" in the world. Besides, almost half of the infected in Germany are with Delta coronavirus strain. Moreover, almost all Covid-19 patients in Russia with artificial lung ventilation have Delta strain. Meanwhile, the quarantine for counteraction the Delta strain starts to act in Ukraine.

Besides, the WHO noted that Euro 2020 and crowds of fans on stadiums add to the increasing rate of Covid morbidity.

The recent researched showed that the combination of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines gives a high immune response.

Land market & de-oligarchization in Ukraine

On July 1, the market of the agricultural land was launched in Ukraine; the moratorium on sale was canceled. Besides, the land purchase tax is 6.5% in Ukraine since July 1. It was noted that the agricultural land cost will increase annually by 7-10%.

Moreover, on July 1, the Ukrainian Parliament supported the draft law on de-oligarchization in this country.

 

Zelensky and Putin

This week, during the Direct Line, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Ukrainians and Russians were "one people."

Later, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that Ukrainians and Russians were two different peoples who "could live in the spirit of good neighborliness."

Zelensky commented on this for Putin: If Russians and Ukrainians were one people, hryvnia would circulate in Moscow.

Zelensky also compared Russia's attitude to NATO to a child's fear. Earlier, the President of the Russian Federation expressed concern over the "military development of Ukrainian territory" by foreigners.

When asked why the topic of NATO constantly provokes a sharp reaction from the Russian authorities, Zelensky answered:

"In my opinion, it is like constantly talking about the old childhood fear that someone terrible will come out of the closet at night and scare you. But there is no one in the closet. It's just a closet."

Ukrainian President also sharply responded to Putin’s word about foreign governance of Ukraine. Zelensky noted that the points of Vladimir Putin about foreign administration of Ukraine are “just propaganda mantra for the inner consumer in Russia”.


Sea Breeze drills

Sea Breeze 2021 multinational military exercises have started in the Black Sea region. The drill is taking place from June 28 to July 10 in the Black Sea region and will focus on multiple warfare areas including amphibious warfare, land maneuver warfare, diving operations, maritime interdiction operations, air defense, special operations integration, anti-submarine warfare, and search and rescue operations.

Ukrainian Marines shared their combat experience on battle-field medicine with their colleagues who arrived in this country for Sea Breeze drills. “The exercises and training of the multinational forces of the coastal components of the international Sea Breeze 2021 drills continue at the firing range of the naval infantry. Thus, at one of the training places, the instructors on battle-field medicine of the Ukrainian Naval Infantry held exercises with the armed forces of Georgia, Moldova, and the United States Marines,” Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said.


Sports

It's time for Euro 2020 quarterfinals. On July 2, the Swiss are supposed to face the Spaniards, and Italy will cross swords with Belgium. Ukrainian fans are full of hopes for their national team, which is to stand against England on July 3. And then, there is a fixture between Czechia and Denmark, to be played on July 3 as well.

Ukrainians fought their way to the next round of the playoffs, beating Sweden 2-1. Ukraine's Oleksandr Zinchenko opened the score in the first half. Emil Forsberg equalized the score shortly before the halftime. And then, the fans saw a long, nervous and tough second half, which resembled a true war on the pitch. The struggle got even more tense when the teams played the extra time. Players fouled, inflicted injuries on their opponents, and eventually the referee sent Marcus Danielsson off; the Swedish midfielder tackled Artem Besedin so hard the Ukrainian had to ask for a substitution - soon after appearing on the pitch. It appeared that the injury was tough, and the footballer now needs at least six months to be able to play again.


Cinema and music

It became known that European Cinema Support Fund would allocate €140,000 for Ukrainian-German film 'The Editorial Office'.

Ukrainian film ‘This Rain Will Never Stop’ won the Grand Prix at Iceland Festival.

The animated film Deep Water shot by Anna Dudko has received the grand prix at Kinosaray - Positive Film Festival.

Ukrainian hip-hop project BRAT shot video in Black Island as part of ‘Culture on/off.bridges’

Ukrainians singer and composer Vlad Darwin presents a touching video for single ‘Unconditionally’ dedicated to his son.

Filming of the Ukrainian-German documentary series Chornobyl has started.

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