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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: JUNE 3 – 7

Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, Verkhovna Rada decisions, Handzuik case, murder of 5-year-old boy
22:30, 7 June 2019

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About Donbas conflict

The escalation of conflict in Donbas this week is surely the hot topic for many Ukrainians. On June 6 and 7 alone, four Ukrainian soldiers deceased in action, and more sustained combat wounds. In one occasion, Russian invaders used 120 mm mortars and heavy artillery, banned by Minsk agreements; that resulted in casualties among Ukrainian troops.

Two soldiers from the 17th Detached Tank Brigade died when the missile hit the van they were driving. The tragedy occurred on June 4.

Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office got the additional evidence of Russia's military activity in Donbas. The Office's press service reported that on Tuesday, June 4.

'As the workers of the department, along with the agents of military counterintelligence of the SBU performed investigation actions in the Joint Forces Operation area, they found the shell from Tavolga self-propelled grenade, which is supplied under the order from the Russian Armed Forces', reads the message. The shell was found on the abandoned positions of Russian militants near Vodyane, Donetsk region.

Minsk talks group convened in Belarus on June 5, first time after the presidential election in Ukraine. The country’s delegation got a new line-up; most notably, second president of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma returned as the head of the Ukrainian delegation in Minsk. The sides discussed release of prisoners and ceasefire implementation. Some new ideas were announced for consideration at that session; the delegates from Russian militants offered to lift the current economic blockade from the occupied Donbas. Russia supported that. Besides, Leonid Kuchma offered to amend Minsk agreements, adding the provision, under which there will be no return fire in case of the attack. The offer caused an outrage of many civilians in Ukraine, not to mention the troops on the frontline.

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About the murder of 5-year-old boy 

On June 2, it was reported that allegedly drunk police officers were shooting on the street and injured a 5-year-old boy Kyrylo Tlyayev. Later, the boy was taken from Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky, where the incident happened, to Kyiv. The child died from the head trauma.

Following the tragedy, the leadership of Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky police department of Kyiv region was suspended from duties, and former Head of Kyiv region police department Tsenov resigned and was transferred to JFO zone.

Speaking of the investigation, two suspects were arrested, yet the rifle was not found. Police officers face 10-15 years behind bars or life imprisonment

It should be noted, that there is a petition for resign of Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Avakov, it has already reached 25,000 votes.

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About Handzuik case

On June 3, the trial over five accused in Handziuk case started in Dnipro region. All the accused in case of Handziuk murder pleaded guilty. They all got from three to six and a half years behind bars.

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About Zelensky's visit to Brussels

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Brussels on June 4-5 and held first foreign meetings. Particularly, he met EU Representative Frederica Mogherini, Vice President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and others.

Zelensky stated that strategic direction of Ukraine on the membership to NATO remains unchanged. Moreover, he is ready for talks with Russia. Later Zelensky emphasized that Ukraine would join NATO but only after a referendum.

Besides, Zelensky stated that not only Ukraine needs EU, as a guarantor of its success as an independent and prosperous state, but also the EU needs Ukraine - the democratic, friendly, stable and strong one.

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About the decisions of Verkhovna Rada

On June 6. Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada refused to dismiss Foreign Minister Klimkin, Defence Minister Poltorak and the Head of Security Service (SBU) Hrytsak. Earlier, on May 30, Ukraine’s Parliament registered three presidential draft judgments on dismissal of Defence Minister, head of Security Service, and Foreign Minister.

The Ukrainian Parliament adoped law on Ukrainian citizenship for foreign volunteers and set criminal responsibility for desecration of graves of defenders of Ukraine.

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