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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: MAY 25 – 29

Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, coronavirus, SpaceX, Nord Stream 2, Crimea and other news of this week
22:32, 29 May 2020

112 Agency

About Donbas conflict 

Commanding officer of Ukrainian Army's 1st Tank Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Yuriy Mezhakov passed away in Donbas combat area.

The Ukrainian military shot down an enemy drone flying over positions in the Mariinka area (Donetsk region).

The agreement was reached on the discussion of the forming lists for prisoners’ exchange at the session of the Trilateral Contact Group, as Ukraine's President’s Office reported. The agreement on the discussion of the lists for the mutual release of captives was reached within the work of the humanitarian group.

The situation with human rights in Ukraine needs improvement, reads the UN report on the human rights situation in Ukraine over the period from 16 November 2019 to 15 February 2020.

Checkpoints at the contact line with occupied areas of Donbas will stay closed until June 22.

The checkpoints in the Donbas Conflict zone switched to the summer schedule of work.

About coronavirus

As of May 29, there are 22,811 Covid-19 cases in Ukraine. 2,849 of the cases are observed in Kyiv.  Besides, 4,000 medical workers in Ukraine got infected with Covid-19.

The National Academy of Sciences stated that Ukraine has already past the climax of the coronavirus pandemic; however, Ukraine should be preparing for the second wave of Covid-19, because it could walk the path of flu and flu-like diseases.

Meanwhile, Lviv clinics and hospitals started conducting high-precision ELISA tests for antibodies to Covid-19.

Ukraine’s Security Service exposed six companies, which did not supply protective means for medics after payment or purchased low-quality goods. Ukraine’s PM Denys Shmygal ordered to create a three-month supply of the medical means to fight Covid-19. Besides, the Ukrainian government extends ban for export of anti-epidemic goods until July 1.

Moreover, the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine is launching an online crisis hotline for editorial offices that have suffered in connection with the Covid-19 quarantine.

 

About SpaceX

On May 27, American company SpaceX was expected to launch a Crew Dragon ship with astronauts aboard to the International Space Station. It would be the first launch of people into orbit from the United States in nine years.

However, the launch was postponed due to the bad weather. The next attempt is scheduled for May 30.


About Trump and Twitter

U.S. President Donald Trump has declared war on social media companies. After a few of his posts were marked by Twitter as those containing misleading information, Trump accused social media platforms of censorship against the Republican Party.

The response was no long in coming – on May 28 he signed an executive order on social media companies.

Twitter's representative called this decision "reactionary and politicized".


About Crimea

Crimean Human Rights Group reports 515 Covid-19 cases in occupied Crimea. Crimeans coming from abroad obliged to pay for observation in annexed Crimea.

 

About gas

Lawmakers of the U.S. Congress are considering introducing new sanctions against the companies involved in servicing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell stated that on May 27.

Germany has been seeking an effective replacement for Russian gas supplies - and a way to get rid of dependence on the Russian fuel supplies by 2030. The German government will provide the respective program in the near future.


About NATO and Ukraine

NATO has long agreed to provide Ukraine with Membership Action Plan, technical solution is needed, - Ukraine’s MFA reported this week.

On May 27, Zelensky approved Ukraine-NATO national yearly program for 2020.

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