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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: MAY 27 – 31

Read about Donbas conflict, political prisoners, Zelensky's appointments, disappeared servers and the return of Mikheil Saakashvili
22:36, 31 May 2019

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About Donbas

A convoy of 21 trucks with chemical reagents aboard crossed the checkpoint in Novotroitske (Donetsk region), which is held by Ukrainian troops. The cargo headed for the occupied area of Donetsk region.

A Ukrainian military man sustained a combat wound in the conflict zone in Donbas. Since the early hours of Tuesday, Russian mercenaries have twice violated the ceasefire.

May 29, Ukrainians remember Major General Serhiy Kulchytsky, the top-rank military officer and the participant in Donbas conflict.

On May 29 militants violated ceasefire eight times. Illegal armed formations fired at Ukrainian positions from 122mm artillery systems, 82mm mortars, anti-tank missile systems, grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns and small arms.

On May 29, OSCE SMM and Ukrainian volunteers found the body of the Ukrainian sniper who went missing on May 27 in a battle with Russian militants.

The Russia-backed militants violated the ceasefire regime 8 times in the Donbas conflict zone. Two Ukrainian servicemen were wounded as a result of the attack. 

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About Ukrainian political prisoners and POWs

This week Russia refused to execute the decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and release Ukrainian sailors. Meanwhile, Ukraine demands from Russia to state the specified date of their release.

In Crimea, political prisoner Edem Bekirov faces deterioration of the health; he suffocates and coughs with blood.

Besides, Russian law enforcers detained Lutfie Zudieva, the Crimean Tatar human rights activist and journalist. Generally, 115 citizens of Ukraine have been suffering politically motivated persecutions in Russia and the annexed Crimea.

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About accidents

A helicopter crew of 4 people died in the crash in Rivne region on May 29. The State Investigation Bureau (SIB) in Khmelnytsky has begun the investigation due to the crash of Mi-8. Flights were suspended in Rivne region after the crash. Ground Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported the names of four servicemen, who died in a crash.

Ship at Kyiv shipbuilding yard was caught on fire. Ignition occurred on the vessel which is docked there and is out of service for repairs.

Another unfortunate accident occurred on May 29: two miners die in rock fall at Lisova coal mine in Lviv region. The miners who ended up under the debris lost their lives as the mine rock collapsed at the depth of 242 meters.

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About disappeared servers 

Servers disappeared from situation room of Ukraine's National Security Council, - as Oleksandr Danylyuk, the newly appointed Secretary of the Council reported. 'No monitors, no servers. I don't think it looks like a civilized transfer of power', Danylyuk said.

The former Secretary of the Council Oleksandr Turchynov claimed that Danylyuk's video on missing servers has nothing to do with National Security Council's situation room. The disappearance of monitors, servers from situation room of presidential administration is investigated. Investigation Bureau checks administration of president after the disappearance of monitors and servers.

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About appointments and dismissals of Zelensky

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky appointed Oleksandr Danylyuk as the National Security and Defense (NSDC) Secretary of Ukraine.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has appointed Oleg Ustenko his part-time counselor.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed Valery Geletey from the post of the Head of State Security Administration and appointed Oleksy Otserklevych instead of him.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky appointed Maksym Donets as Deputy Head of the Department – Head of State Security Service of the President of Ukraine of State Security Service Department.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed Grygory Ostafiychuk, the Head of Chief Investigation Department of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on May 31.

The draft regulation on the resignation of Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman was registered in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

The Verkhovna Rada rejects the draft regulation on the resignation of Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.

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About return of Mikheil Saakashvili

Saakashvili regained Ukrainian citizenship by Zelensky's decree. Mikheil Saakashvili cannot be on the party list of “Servant of the People” party on the snap elections primarily because he has not been to Ukraine for a long time, as Dmytro Razumkov, the leader of the party, said.

On May 29, Saakashvili returned to Ukraine.

"It was a brave step of a decent President," - Saakashvili commented on regaining citizenship. Meanwhile, Georgian Parliament offers to raise question of Saakashvili's extradition.

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About the IMF in Ukraine

President Zelensky’s Advisor Dmytro Razumkov announced that Ukraine will not stop cooperation with IMF. Later it was stated that new Ukrainian government will carry on in terms of cooperation with the IMF.

On May 30, Office of IMF in Ukraine stated that its mission will be continued after the snap parliamentary elections.   

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About sport

Chelsea FC won the UEFA Europa League, beating Arsenal in the final game (4-1). Thus, British final in this competition is history now, unlike the other anticipated final, the decisive game of UEFA Champions League. The tournament's final game is to take place in Madrid June 1, 21.00 (CET); Estadio Metropolitano in the Spanish capital will host the match.

Ukraine’s U-20 national team won the second game of the U20 World Championship group and made it to the playoffs of the tournament. The Yellow-Blues defeated Qatar (0-1).

As far as boxing is concerned, Oleksandr Usyk's fans have every chance to witness the debut of their favorite fighter in the super heavyweight category in autumn. Oleksandr was supposed to debut in heavyweight on May 25, but the fight with Carlos Takam (36-5-1, 28 КО) was delayed due to trauma. Nothing was reported about his future opponent.

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