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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: NOV. 27 - DEC. 1
23:30, 1 December 2017
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: NOV. 27 - DEC. 1

Grenade blast in Nikopol courtroom, the conflict between Ukrainian anti-corruption bodies, Remembrance Day of Holodomor Victims, etc.

23:30, 1 December 2017

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Russian mercenaries continue shelling Ukrainian strongholds in Donbas. 

One soldier of Ukraine’s armed forces sustained a combat wound while guarding an arms depot in Donetsk region on Monday, and another – in Mariinka on Tuesday.

The SMM OSCE recorded more ceasefire violations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions compared with the previous reporting period. 

In the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, Ukraine noted that militants continue disrupting the opening of Zolote checkpoint in Luhansk region.  Within that meeting, the sides of Minsk Talks confirmed readiness for prisoners’ exchange POWs on basis of approved lists before Christmas and New Year. Militants of occupied Donbas claimed they are ready to transfer 74 prisoners to Ukraine.

Besides, it was reported that the Russian side of the Joint Center of Control and Coordination (JCCC) and pro-Russian militants refused to provide the security guarantees for the works on the search and evacuation of a body of the perished citizen of Ukraine in Donetsk region. 'The militants show the direct disregard of the Genève Convention on Protection of War Victims on August 12, 1949, Additional protocols to it, Minsk Agreements, the desire to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine before the Minsk Talks, worsening of the humanitarian situation and escalation of the Donbas Conflict by the provocative statements and refusals', the Ukrainian side of the JCCC claimed. 

We’ve heard lots of diplomatic statements this week: Ukrainian Foreign Minister said Donbas should fall under international control that will provide the security and allow holding the elections. And the former head of parliament and president of Lithuania said that peace talks are necessary to make the Russian troops and militants leave the occupied Donbas and Crimea. Ukraine’s Interior Minister said that the country will never refuse from Donbas and Crimea.

Even Ukraine-NATO interparliamentary council meeting was held in Brussels

OSCE observer hugs Donbas militant

An OSCE SMM observer greeted a man working for “LPR” militants with a pat on the back and phrase “Hey, buddy!” in Russian while bodies of killed Ukrainian soldiers were being transferred to Ukraine from the unrecognized republic.

The mission released an official statement saying that the gesture was an involuntary one, typical of many people who have previously served in the armed forces; it does not in any way suggest endorsement or even sympathy for any position or viewpoint. It certainly does not detract from the important work the monitoring officer and his colleagues were engaged in at the time. 

kraine intends to discuss the incident of the OSCE SMM observer during the next Trilateral Contact Group meeting in Minsk, according to Iryna Gerashchenko, Ukraine’s representative in the TCG. https://112.international/ukraine-top-news/ukrainian-side-in-tcg-to-draw-attention-to-osce-observer-being-friendly-with-militant-23097.html

 

Another episode in the war of Ukrainian anti-corruption bodies

The story began on Wednesday night when the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained the agent of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) at the attempt to bribe Dina Pimakhova, the First Deputy Head of State Migration Service. The detained person appeared to be Yury Boyarsky, the NABU agent and the son of the former MP from ‘Party of Regions’.

Besides, SBU performed searches at the NABU central office in Kyiv on November 29. 

The very next morning Dina Pimakhova, the First Deputy Head of the State Migration Service, gave a press conference and revealed her version of the incident with the agent of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU). According to her, Serhiy Boyarsky, the NABU agent established the informal friendly relations with her and began to offer a bribe to legalize the foreigners

Later that day, Artem Sytnyk, Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, and Director of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office Nazar Holodnytsky held a joint briefing in the case of Dina Pymakhova.

And yet another briefing - Prosecutor General commented on the case of NABU agent, claiming, among the rest, that NABU officers had no right to offer the bribe the worker of the Migration Service.

On Friday, the press secretary of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine Daria Manzhura explained that their undercover operation in the State Migration Service was aimed at discovering a broad criminal group and not just Dina Pimakhova. The NABU explained that their officer was working undercover trying to expose the corruption in the State Migration Service.

The Security Service says they didn’t know about the operation, which is why they arrested the officer. Moreover, they say he shouldn’t have tried to give a bribe, as it’s illegal.

  

Nikopol explosion

Two grenades exploded in the courtroom in Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk region, on Thursday, November 30. Two persons died and ten more were wounded in the result of the incident. According to the local police, a man secretly brought the grenades to the courtroom in order to have his revenge for the murder of his son, which took place last year. The suspect was detained and brought to justice. As the court looked into the suspect’s case, the victim’s father threw one of the grenades under his feet; the second one hit the suspect. 

Seven people are currently undergoing treatment at the Nikopol hospital after the explosion. Three of them are in grave condition.

According to the National Police, the court considered the case on murder. The father of the killed brought two grenades and threw them. He died in the explosion and the accused, convoy, a worker of the court and one civilian got the shrapnel wounds.

The man fired the grenades when the court announced a break in the session until the next day because the advocate of the accused did not show up.

Holodomor anniversary

The victims of Holodomor were commemorated in Ukraine on November 25. Famine and hopelessness, millions of victims and lots of grieving families. Ukraine commemorated the victims of one of the greatest national tragedies of 20th century.

This day is commemorated on the fourth Saturday of November (this year it’s November 25). It was introduced by President Kuchma on Nov. 26, 1998, as the Day of Remembrance of Holodomor Victims. Later on, it was renamed into Day of Remembrance of Holodomor and political repression victims. On May 21, 2007, the original name was returned.

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While Holodomor (in Ukrainian it means to kill by starvation) of 1932-1933 is recognized as genocide of Ukrainians, today the country commemorates all victims of famines of the 20th century, adding the events of 1921-1923 and 1946-1947. Although not recognized genocide, the famines of 1921-1923 and 1946-1947 aren’t historically motivated, as the crops in Ukraine were good enough to feed people, if it weren’t for the Soviet policy of sending the crops to Russia in the 20s and Eastern bloc countries in the 40s. The second Holodomor lasted 17 months - from April 1932 to November 1933. Researchers have not yet decided on the number of victims: they reported the numbers from 1.8 to 10 million.

World also honored memory of Holodomor victims. The mourning ceremonies took place in Czech Republic, France, Canada and Poland.

During the weekly Sunday sermon, Pope Francis honored the memory of the Holodomor victims in Ukraine and declared that he was praying for peace in Ukraine.

"I welcome the Ukrainian society, which recalls the tragedy of the Holodomor - the hunger death caused by the Stalin regime, which took millions of lives. I pray for Ukraine for the power of faith help to heal the wounds of the past and spread the peace ways today," the pontiff said.

Deputies and the leadership of Swedish Parliament Riksdag on Wednesday, November 29, for the first time honored the memory of the Holodomor victims in Ukraine in 1932-1933. During the event, Speaker of the Swedish Parliament Ahlin, Ukrainian Ambassador to Sweden Ihor Sahach, Head of the Swedish-Ukrainian Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group Hammarberg addressed the audience. Guests of the event were shown photos from the archives of the Central State Film and Photo Archives of Ukraine, reports of eyewitnesses of tragic events, materials of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory.

The Senate of Australia also adopted a statement on the anniversary of Holodomor in Ukraine. Senator Catryna Bilyk is the author of the document.

And the summary of November is here for you:

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