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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: NOV. 12 – 16

Donbas conflict, Donbas elections, snow in Ukraine, Ukrainian political prisoners, Crimea, Hungary - the whole week on one page
22:30, 16 November 2018

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About Donbas conflict

Donbas conflict Russian mercenaries continued to fire Minsk-banned weapons Donbas. During the attacks, they destroyed two living houses in the town of Pivdenne, Donetsk region.

A Slovakian citizen was charged with the participation in the combat actions in Donbas at the side of the illegal armed formations. A Russian citizen was judged for the same reason, too; he is sentenced to ten years behind the bars.

The Ukrainian army received seventy units of armored vehicles and a number of weapons. The list includes restored tanks and armored personnel carriers, missile launchers, mortars and armored cars; some of the vehicles will go to Donbas combat area.

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About heating season in Ukraine

A state of emergency was announced in Smila, Cherkasy region on November 12. Similar issues were observed in some other cities and towns, particularly in Kherson, Kryvyi Rih, Kamyanka and Pavlohrad, in various regions of Ukraine.

On November 15, the government allocated funds to supply the gas to the heating system. Moreover, the Cabinet forbade the energy companies to plug the living houses and infrastructure objects off the system in conditions of low temperatures. On Thursday evening, it was reported that the gas supplies resumed.

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About sanctions for Donbas elections

As we reported, on November 11, the so-called “elections” were held in occupied Donbas.

Igor Prokopchuk, permanent representative of Ukraine to the international organizations in Vienna, urged to prosecute Russia for this at the special session of the OSCE Permanent Council.

On November 12, Parliament’s Vice-Speaker Iryna Gerashchenko said that it was important to prevent the 'Russian scenario' during the elections in Donbas.

Later, the Secretary of National Security and Defense Council claimed new sanctions against the individuals involved in the “elections” on the occupied territories of Donbas and the Ukrainian companies that cooperate with Russia.

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About bill on censorship in Ukraine

On November 14, the Verkhovna Rada was proposed to introduce media censorship under the disguise of fighting Russian aggression. Vasyl Smetan, the lawyer of 112 Ukraine TV channel claimed that the bill “On the defense of the information space” is another step to close the opposition TV channels. 112 Ukraine TV channel itself thinks that the Ukrainian authority is trying to create conditions for introduction of political censorship and pressure on media during the elections by this bill. National Security Secretary stated that the mass media can cover the violations of the militants, but it is a crime to informationally support the aggressor state.

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About Hungary and Ukraine

Hungary will continue to give passports to the citizens of Ukraine's Zakarpattia, but on its territory. Passports will be issued in Hungarian city Kisvárda, situated near the border. 

It was also reported that member of Hungarian party Jobbik was an observer at illegal Donbas elections.

The Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban said Hungary could not negotiate with current Ukrainian government.

At the same time, the new Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine István Íjgyártó presented the copies of the credentials to Vasyl Bondar, Deputy Head of Foreign Ministry.

After that, one of the leader of the Hungarian community in Zakarpattia, the deputy of the Regional Council, the rector of the Hungarian Institute in Berehove Ildikó Oros, was summoned to Ukraine’s Security Service over her statement about infringement of Hungarians in Ukraine by “fascist ways.”

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About Crimea

On November 13, the leader of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev turned 75. The President of Ukraine Poroshenko awarded him with the Order of Liberty for Dzhemilev’s significant role in returning of Crimea and releasing the Kremlin’s prisoners.

David Stulik, the Spokesperson of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, said that the delegation monitors the situation in annexed Crimea.

On November 15, Borys Babin, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine’s President in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, reported on a problem - hundreds of coffins with the dead are illegally transported through the border with the annexed peninsula annually.

The FSB of Russia came and searched Jehovah's Witnesses in annexed Crimea on November 16, that is why the third Committee of the UN General Assembly responsible for the social, cultural and humanitarian issues has adopted the resolution on the abuse of the human rights in Crimea occupied by Russia.

Russia threatened to “shut down” Sea of Azov for Ukrainian vessels, Ukraine, in its turn, promised to react vigorously.

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About Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia

The lawyer will visit Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov at the end of November as the Ukrainian ombudswoman reported. Besides, Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb, charged with abetting terrorism, refused to testify at the trial in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

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