About Donbas conflict
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has awarded Colonel Serhiy Hubanov the title of Hero of Ukraine (posthumously). This is mentioned on the website of the President's Office. Hubanov was the veteran of Donbas conflict; when the hostilities began in spring 2014, he served with the Ukrainian police in Luhansk region.
The militants demand that the citizens of Ukraine who live in occupied Donbas and who got the passports after April 2014 “get legalized”. This is stated in the decree by Denis Pushilin, the ‘head’ of the self-styled “Donetsk People’s Republic”.
An attack occurred in Donbas combat area, with Russian mercenaries having attacked a cargo vehicle of the Ukrainian military. The tragedy occurred on May 21.
A 21-year-old man, the participant in Donbas conflict, has been kidnapped in front of his family. After putting him to tortures, the culprits brought the man exactly where they took him. At that, they took all of his money and the jewelry.According to the police in Donetsk region, the incident occurred in the town of Pokrovsk on May 15.
Ukraine’s government extended the lockdown until June 22; however, some mitigations are suggested. Particularly, the Ukrainians will be able to visit swimming pools from June 1 and restaurants on the premises from June 10. Besides, Ukraine is opening all international checkpoints, except ones with the Russian Federation and Belarus.
As of now, only 13 regions of Ukraine are ready to mitigate the quarantine measures.
Meanwhile, EU urges to prepare for the second wave of the coronavirus. Besides, EU representative in Ukraine Matti Maasikas and ambassadors of five EU member countries sent a batch of protective medical equipment to Ukraine. The USAID also decided to allocate extra $1 million to Ukraine for expenses tied with Covid-19 pandemic.
About Poroshenko-Biden recordings
On May 19, the records of phone calls of 5th President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Former Secretary of State John Kerry and Joe Biden with conversations regarding Prosecutor General Shokin’s dismissal were leaked. Poroshenko also bragged before Biden about increasing tariffs for Ukrainians higher than IMF asked.
The representative of the Biden campaign headquarters, Andrew Bates said the recordings of phone calls "were heavily edited, and it’s still a nothingburger that landed with a thud."
Later, current Ukrainian President Zelensky commented on the situation, saying that the verdict for Poroshenko is ahead.
On May 21, the team of the IMF workers reached the preliminary decision with Ukraine's government on the new 18-months-long stand-by funding programme.
Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine expects to receive the first tranche from the IMF in the amount of 1.9 billion dollars by the end of May. MP Oleksiy Honcharenko posted this on Telegram.
About Vyshyvanka Day
On May 21, Ukraine celebrated Vyshyvanka Day. It was created not so long ago in order to preserve and popularize folk traditions of creating and wearing embroidered Ukrainian clothes.
Google even presented its new Doodle in the honor of this holiday: the picture showed a girl in an embroidered shirt.
Meanwhile, the Office of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky sent symbolical presents to ‘the presidents of the United States of America, Germany, France, Canada, Poland, Turkey, the Baltic states and other countries’.
About Zelensky press conference
On May 20, President Zelensky gave a press conference on yearly results of his presidency. You can read the key points of his speech here.
About Crimea and Crimean Tatars
On May 18, the Commemoration Day of victims of Crimean Tatar people genocide took place. besides, Kyiv honored the memory of the victims of this tragedy. This day, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky met with representatives of Crimean Tatars and he also stated that Crimea will return to Ukraine one day.
Meanwhile, Russia continues taking reprisals against the Crimean people. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry also underlined that the human rights violation rate grows in annexed Crimea.