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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: MAY 24 – 28

Source : 112 Ukraine

Check out this week's news from Ukraine: Donbas conflict, coronavirus, Belarus, MH17 and PS752 flights music and cinema
22:29, 28 May 2021

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Donbas conflict

Ukrainian soldier lost his life in combat with Russian mercenaries in Donbas. That particular attack took place near Novotroitske, Donetsk region.

Head of Ukrainian delegation in Minsk talks Leonid Kravchuk commented on the recent outrageous actions of Belarusian government; according to Kravchuk, the Belarusian capital can no longer serve as the venue for peace negotiations.

Civilian population in the occupied Donbas may soon face consequences of water pollution, as pro-Russian occupant authorities flooded dozens of mines. In addition, methane, a dangerous gas from the mines, is pushed to the surface, which can result in earthquakes and explosions. Experts say that Donbas is on the brink of an environmental disaster.

Coronavirus

The epidemical situation stabilized in Ukraine. It is possible that quarantine restrictions can be eased in Ukraine. Moreover, the country received new batches of Pfizer and CoronaVac vaccines. The vaccination passport can be launched in Ukraine in early July.

Georgia will open ground borders on June 1. Malta announced the achievement of herd immunity against Covid-19. Japan opened mass vaccination centers two months before the Olympic Games.

Meanwhile, CureVac Company plans to register the Covid-19 vaccine in the EU in a few weeks. The FDA approved the use of Sotrovimab on the antibody basis for Covid-19 treatment. It is supposed that the COVAX will face a shortage of 190 million doses of the vaccines by the end of June.

Indian strain of the coronavirus is observed in 53 countries as of now. Besides, the transmission rate of the Indian strain of coronavirus is 80% higher than the British one.

BBC radio anchor Lisa Shaw passed away after the vaccination from coronavirus with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Belarus

On May 23, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Protasevich, was detained in Minsk. But Belarusian military plane forced the plane to land.

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry stressed that the event should be viewed from the point of security, and advised to wait for the conclusions of competent experts. And Lukashenko signed a law that would cut off communications across the country in the event of a threat to national security.

Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen threatened with sanctions the Belarusian officials responsible for the incident with the plane. And NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged the international society to investigate the incident with Ryanair flight. The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden intends to impose sanctions against Belarusian leadership. The deputies of the Verkhovna Rada also reacted to the situation

The U.S. and a number of the EU countries demand to stop the flights over Belarus, including the flights to the country itself. Ukraine also stopped the air traffic with Belarus at midnight, on May 26. In response, Belarusian airline Belavia canceled all flights to Ukraine until August 25, 2021. On May 27, EASA recommended not to use the air space of Belarus.

Later, Ukraine promised to help the Ukrainians, who receive treatment in Belarus, to return home.

The Polish Foreign Ministry summoned the Belarusian ambassador to Warsaw and the Czech Republic intends to do the same. But Ukraine will not recall its ambassador. The EU plans to adopt the fourth package of sanctions against Belarus in June.

The National Commission banned the import of Russian and Belarusian electricity to Ukraine until October 1, 2021. On May 28, Belarus introduced an individual licensing regime for a number of from Ukraine and stopped supplying A-95 gasoline to Ukraine.

On May 27, Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya, the leader of the Belarusian opposition claimed that the global rally of solidarity with Belarus will take place worldwide on May 29.

On May 28, Lawyer Inessa Alenskaya is admitted to Roman Pratasevich.

MH17 and PS752 flights

Iran's security agencies prosecuted and mistreated members of the families of victims of PS752 disaster. Human Rights Watch mentioned that in the report on May 27. The HRW contacted 31 members of families of victims, as well as other people familiar with Iran's stance towards the relatives of the victims. These people claim that Iranian agents deliberately apprehended, interrogated, tortured and otherwise mistreated members of victims' families. Iranian special services also interfered with burial ceremonies, clearly trying to mute any calls for responsibility.

On May 26, the court in the case of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crash on flight MH17 held the first hearing. It took place at the site of the reconstruction of the aircraft from the wreckage - at the base of the Netherlands Air Force Gilze-Rijen. At that, The Prosecutor’s Office of the Netherlands stated that the testimony of experts of the Russian Almaz-Antey Concern, who were admitted to check the reconstruction of the MH17 plane, was taken into account.

Ecology

Garbage that entered Hungary on the Tisza River is 80% Romanian in origin. It was reported that coal thermal power stations of Ukraine are polluting air more than all EU countries, Turkey and Western Balkans together.

Meanwhile, water in Donbas will soon become dangerous for health. Moreover, there is a risk of water contaminated with radiation entering the Sea of Azov.

Music and cinema

Ukrainian film This Rain Will Never Stop won Best Film Award at One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.

And movie Stop-Zemlia received Crystal Bear award at Berlinale-2021.

Ukraine's sport drama Pulse was adapted for visually and audially impaired viewers.

Authors of Ivan’s Land film presented official trailer. It is very beautiful so be sure to check it out.

As for the music, Ukraine's Eurovision entry is now in Top 50 of Spotify trends.

In addition, this week, Ukrainian singer Khrystyna Soloviy releases first part of album-quadrilogy Rosa Ventorum.

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