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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 4 – 7

Donbas conflict, sanctions against Russia, embezzlement in Ukroboronprom, etc. Read our highlights!
21:42, 7 March 2019

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Donbas

As military actions on eastern Ukraine continue, both sides naturally take casualties; earlier this week, 19-year-old Ukrainian soldier Bohdan Gavrylov deceased in combat.   

The enemy obviously continues to disrespect the international humanitarian norms. The representatives of the illegal armed formations did not let three trucks carrying humanitarian aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross occupied Donbas, as the press office of Ukraine’s Border Guard Service reported. “Four trucks from the International Committee of the Red Cross moved through Novotroitske checkpoint entering temporary occupied territories of Ukraine. At the same time, the fighters of Russia’s armed formations did not let three trucks to enter the territory. They did not explain why. The trucks returned to Ukraine-controlled territory,” the message says.

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Azov Crisis 

‘Special cellmates’, very likely the mercenaries, are being settled next to the Ukrainian POWs, captured by Russian special service fighters in Kerch Strait, to put psychological pressure on them. Lawyer Nikolai Polozov reported this on Facebook. “From the very first day, the POWs were subject to severe psychological pressure. Each of them was involved in a “conversation” to get a guilty plea or testimony about them or their comrades. “Special” cell mates were settled next to some of them,” the lawyer wrote.

Military boats BK-16 of the Russian National Guard begun patrolling the Black Sea coast near Kerch Bridge as the press service of the department reported.

“The boats have successfully passed the navigation tests in Sevastopol and begun to watch the Black Sea coast. The sailors of the Russian National Guard at BK-16 boats will continue the fulfillment of the work tasks on the guard of the waters,” the message said.

Envoys for human rights Lyudmyla Denisova (Ukraine) and Tatyana Moskalkova (Russia) negotiated over the most burning issues of political prisoners in these respective countries. That, in particular, included the Ukrainian sailors arrested after the attack on Ukrainian Navy vessels in the Kerch Strait.   

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Anti-Russian sanctions

The U.S. President Donald Trump ordered to prolong anti-Russian sanctions for aggression in Ukraine for another year, as the press office of the White House reported. “The actions and policies of the Government of the Russian Federation with respect to Ukraine undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets,” the message reads.

 The EU Ambassadors agreed on the sanctions against eight Russian citizens responsible for detention of 24 Ukrainian sailors as a result of a conflict in Azov Sea, as Radio Liberty correspondent Rikard Jozwiak reported on Twitter.

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Embezzlement in Ukroboronprom

On March 4, Ukroboronprom directors were detained. Nashi Hroshi program alleged that Igor Gladkovsky, the son of close Poroshenko ally Oleh Gladkovsky, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, organized a corruption scheme to smuggle spare military-equipment parts from Russia in 2015.

Ukroboronprom called the investigation of the journalists of “Nashi Groshi” (Our Money) show on the embezzlements by concern’s officials “manipulations”.

Bail for each detained official of Ukroboronprom surpasses million dollars.

Anti-Corruption Bureau searches officials involved in embezzlement of army. Anti-Corruption Bureau Headsaid the loss from embezzlement in army makes $37,9 million. Eight people prosecuted for embezzlement in Wall project implementation.

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Handziuk case

On March 4, court overruled the prosecutors’ application to extend a preventive measure for the Chairman of Kherson Region Council Vladyslav Manger who is suspected of organizing the murder of Kherson Mayor’s Advisor Kateryna Handziuk.

Besides, Kyiv Shevchenkivsky District Court received an application for removal of the Head of Kherson Region Council Vladyslav Manger.

On March 6, Vladyslav Manger has been suspended from duty for a month.

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Ukrainian presidential elections

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev complained that they still do not know who to talk with in Ukraine.

The Chief of General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Muzhenko warned that Russian special services might use election to destabilize the situation in Ukraine. Central Election Commission of Ukraine said that some observers from social organizations of the elections can cooperate with fighters in Donbas.

On March 6 it was reported that one of the presidential candidates of Ukraine Yuriy Tymoshenko was proposed almost $200,000 for his withdrawal from the elections.

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Deputy State Secretary of the U.S. David Hale visits Ukraine

American Embassy to Ukraine announced the visit of U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale to Ukraine. He discussed the release of the Ukrainian sailors, who are being kept in Russia with President Petro Poroshenko.

Moreover, he noted the significance of energy issue in Ukraine and stated that this question was discussed at every meeting held during his visit.

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