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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: MAY 11 – 15

Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, coronavirus, IMF, sanctions against Russian internet services, MH17 case and other news of the week here
22:37, 15 May 2020

112 Agency

About Donbas conflict

A civilian woman was injured upon stepping on a landmine in Donbas combat area, as she was trying to cross the disengagement line, bypassing the checkpoint

Ukraine has turned to the ODIHR, asking to follow the human rights protection situation in the temporarily occupied territories in Donbas and Crimea. In conditions of the raging Covid-19 pandemic, these violations are an increasingly common thing in these areas. Yevhen Tsymbaliuk, the permanent reperesentative of Ukraine in the international organizations based in Vienna made this statement during the 1267th session of OSCE Permanent Council. Thus, Ukraine urged OSCE to follow how much Russia lives up to the ODIHR's recommendations.

Andriy Suprygan, the Major of Special Forces of the Ukrainian Army deceased in the combat area in Donbas. Another two fighters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces deceased in an incident during combat exercises.

Ukraine successfully tested Vilkha M and Neptune missile systems, as well as of Typhoon-1 multiple rocket launchers.


About coronavirus 

On May 11, Ukraine mitigated lockdown. The number of services opened and the Ukrainians were allowed to visit parks and squares. Besides, Ukraine’s PM Denys Shmygal announced that the quarantine will be extended after May 22.

As of May 15, there are 17,330 Covid-19 cases in Ukraine. 2,068 of the cases are observed in Kyiv.

This week, a number of people returned to Ukraine from UAE and Armenia, Turkey and UAE, Egypt and Turkey.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization supposed that the coronavirus might never go away. Besides, the European Commission stated about the possibility of a second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.

However, recently, the EU Commission revealed a plan on opening border and tourism in the EU countries.


About IMF

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmygal expects the agreement with the IMF to be signed until the end of May. According to him, the talks are held "at the highest level".

However, the newly-appointed chairman of Ukraine’s National Reform Council Mikheil Saakashvili believes that the country has to refuse from the loans provided by the Fund. In his opinion, Ukraine is now strong enough to do so.


About sanctions

The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives prepared the draft resolution on the sanctions against the leadership of Russia for criminal persecution of the journalists, political opposition figures, civil society, and religious freedom activists.

Meanwhile, Ukraine made a decision to extend the sanctions against Russian social networks and Internet services.


About MH17 case

Leonid Kharchenko, the former serviceman of military reconnaissance of the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) is now in custody in Donetsk city. The man has been one of the suspects in the MH17 case. On March 11, the occupant government of the DNR took Kharchenko in. Two months after that, on May 11, the arrest was extended until July 2020. According to BBC, Kharchenko's comrades assume he was taken to custody to prevent capture by Ukrainian special services.


About Verkhovna Rada decisions

This week, Ukraine’s Verkhivna Rada held session, where it had supported special procedure for law banning return of nationalized banks. This law is unofficially called “Anti-Kolomoisky law.”

Verkhovna Rada failed to vote for the appeal to the parliaments of other states on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Ukraine’s parliament also plans to allow officials to hide illegitimate children.

Later, the parliament also registered draft bills on production of electric cars. According to the bills, Ukrainian citizens who will buy electric cars are provided with a temporary tax rebate on personal income tax and exemption from the fee for mandatory state pension insurance.

About sports

Andriy Shevchenko, the head coach of Ukraine’s national football team, is open to heading AC Milan. The Ukrainian football legend sees himself with Rossoneri in the near future.

It looks like a unification bout between Vasyl Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez Jr. is in jeopardy. The American fighter claims that “the Loma fight will not be happening” due to the lockdown restrictions in Ukraine.

Former WBC light heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk is eying potential rematch against the unified champion Artur Beterbiev. The Ukrainian fighter considers Beterbiev division’s best fighter.

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