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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: JUNE 8 – 12

Author : 112.ua News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, IMF program, referendum in Ukraine, coronavirus situation and other news of this week
22:34, 12 June 2020

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About Donbas conflict

Two journalists, Denys Kazansky and Serhiy Harmash, a doctor, lawyer and head of the non-governmental organization entered the group of the displaced persons at the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on Donbas.

Dmytro Razumkov, the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament said that the issue of the special status of Donbas is unlikely to be considered at the all-Ukrainian referendum, even if the law on popular sovereignty is approved.

Representatives of occupied areas of Donbas will participate in the meetings of Minsk group on an ongoing basis. They will act as the advisors of the Ukrainian delegation in this group.

Coal miners who live and work in the occupied territory of the Luhansk region (so-called LNR, or Luhansk People's Republic) are on a hunger strike. They are dissatisfied with the fact that the local authorities did not pay their wages.

Ukraine’s border guards report that humanitarian entry-exit checkpoints in Donbas are still blocked by the occupants.

About IMF program

The Ukrainian state treasury has been replenished, thanks to the first tranche of the IMF loan. Head of the National Bank Yakiv Smoliy reported that on Twitter. Earlier, the Executory Board of the International Monetary Fund approved the 18-month-long stand-by funding program for Ukraine. It means that the Ukrainian government is supposed to get the access to 3.6 billion SDR (about five billion dollars).

Previously, the European Commission provided Ukraine with the second tranche of the fourth program of the macro-financial aid in the sum of €500 million.

About referendum and the first lady status in Ukraine

At the beginning of the week, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky presented a bill on democracy through an all-Ukrainian referendum. Here you can read the main points of the law. Besides, Zelensky plans to develop a bill that would regulate the responsibilities of the first lady.

About MH17 case

The second session of the trial on MH17 flight downing took place without suspects. Later, it was specified that convicts might be arrested in any country in the world. Besides, the prosecution presented photos of the transportation of Buk missile launcher. Its driver testified that the transport was stolen nine days before the plane was downed. It was reported that the Dutch court intends to add Igor Girkin's interview with Ukrainian reporter Dmytro Gordon to the case materials

Meanwhile, one of the prosecutors in M17 stated about Russia's involvement in the armed conflict in Donbas.

About opening borders

This week, Slovenia and Switzerland opens borders for tourists, but Ukraine is out of list.

EU intends to open borders from July 1 and EU outlined criteria for opening of border for Ukrainians.

Ukraine's Cabinet reopened checkpoints on border with Crimea, and Sevastopol.

In addition, Ukraine’s MIA denied rumors about closure of border with Poland.

About coronavirus 

According to Advisor of Kyiv City Head Volodymyr Bondarenko, Ukraine is now at the second wave of the coronavirus incidence. The third wave is expected in autumn. Such conditions the Ukrainian authorities to prolong lockdown after June 22.

On June 12, Olena Zelenska, the first lady and the wife of President of Ukraine received a positive test result for Covid-19. She is now on ambulatory medical care, isolated from other family members.

Kyiv may tighten lockdown restrictions once again if the incidence rate reaches 24 infected per 100,000 people. The restoration of the restrictions will concern first of all the crowded areas and other establishments with a high possibility of infection.

About sports

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Gvozdyk has announced his retirement at the age of 33. According to his manager, Egis Klimas, Gvozdyk is stepping away from the ring to pursue business opportunities.

Turkish Fenerbahçe S.K. is interested in acquiring Ukrainian coach of Hungarian Ferencvárosi Torna Club Serhiy Rebrov. The parties are already in talks.

Las Vegas' new Allegiant Stadium is considered as the potential venue for the unification bout between Vasyl Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez Jr. Boxing promoter Bob Arum expects to have 10,000 people in attendance.

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