Another round of Minsk talks started on March 15. The Russian side called Ukraine’s decision to halt the cargo shipments from Ukraine to Donbas – a violation of Minsk agreements. Ukraine demanded that Russian Federation reverses the decision to recognize "DPR/LPR" passports, and that militants stop "seizure" of Ukrainian enterprises and revoke "border" decree. l According to Yuriy Tandit, the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine, the Trilateral Contact Group discussed the issue of verification of hostages from the list in Minsk, Ukraine is ready for compromise The most recent session of Minsk trilateral contact group included, in particular, the issue of release of Ukrainian citizen from captivity in the occupied areas of Donbas. According to Iryna Gherashchenko, this question ‘has always been on the group’s agenda’.
After militants gave their written guarantees of ceasefire in Avdiivka for repair works of electric power lines, the maintenance brigades started restoring Avdiivka electricity supply from the side of Yasynuvata area. The power supply was restored. There was enough water in the reservoirs as for Thursday.
Ukrainian Parliament and blockade
Ukrainian Parliament closes its session because of militarymen inside on Wednesday morning.
Vice-Speaker of Ukraine’s Parliament Oksana Syroyid explained her decision to close the Verkhovna Rada session after the initiative to give word to policemen of Donetsk region was announced: “Only MPs can be present in the session hall or other individuals in special places. Other individuals can hold a speech in the session hall if 150 people’s deputies vote for this according to the procedure. Also, one of the crucial demands of the democracy is that law enforcement officers cannot be present at place where parliamentary debates take place.”
The militarymen wanted to tell the MPs about the conflict, which occurred between the law enforcers involving Ukrainian MP Volodymyr Parasyuk and the trade blockade activists in Slovyansk, Eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday evening.
Besides, on March 13, Ukrainian law enforcers dispersed the activists near the redoubt in Kryvy Torets, Donetsk region. Over 40 people were detained; later, all of them were released.
More protests against the detention of blockade participants took place in Kyiv, Lviv, Rivne, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi and Vinnitsa. People burned tires and demanded to settle the situation.
These events led to the ban to transport goods across the delimitation line in Donbas at the extraordinary session of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, just the day after a new order of movement of goods across the delimitation line in ATO zone in Donbas was introduced.
On Monday the Kyiv Court of Appeal upheld the decision of Solomianka district court to arrest Roman Nasirov, a suspended Head of State Fiscal Service, for two months with the alternative to post $3.7 million bail, which was paid by his wife on Thursday. Now Roman Nasirov, suspected of abuse of authority and embezzlement of public funds totaling some $74 million, is released on bail. National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) requested the State Financial Monitoring Service of Ukraine to check the legal origin of funds posted as bail for him.
The biggest low-cost airline of Europe Ryanair has officially announced about start of work in Ukraine. The company will conduct flights starting from October 29, 2017. The tickets will cost from 20 euros. The sale of tickets on Ryanair site has already started.