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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: NOV. 19 – 23

Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity, the situation in Crimea and Sea of Azov, Russia- the whole week on one page
22:00, 23 November 2018

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About Donbas

Mayor Vitaliy Kuznetsov, Ukrainian military intelligence officer deceased in combat near Krymske, Luhansk region.

Volodymyr Bydevka, the former MP of the Communist Party of Ukraine (currently banned, - 112 International) headed the so-called ’parliament’ of the self-styled ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’.

Ukraine's SBU, the state security service revealed the personal data of three militants from Wagner private military company; they sided with Russian mercenaries who fight in Syria. All three were killed in action. It appeared to be the reply to the Russian Foreign Ministry's flashmob called #TheyAreNotThere (IkhTamNet).

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appointed Yevheniy Marchuk as the full-fledged representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk. Ukraine insisted on dissolution of the self-styled 'authorities' and 'institutions' in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas.

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About anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity

On November 21, Ukrainians marked the anniversary of the Euromaidan revolution. It’s been five years since the powerful movement emerged;  at first, it was the rally in support of Ukraine’s path to the EU, and then it grew and turned into the unbelievable turmoil that toppled the regime of pro-Kremlin leader Viktor Yanukovych. Common citizens and statesmen paid tribute to over a hundred of people who lost their lives in the fierce street fights in January and February 2014. Meanwhile, as the law enforcers look into the crimes committed during the Revolution of Dignity, it appears that some suspects still serve in the law enforcement agencies, suffering no punishment at all.

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About Holodomor

On November 24, Ukraine will honor the memory of Holodomor victims. It will be the 85th anniversary of the tragedy. So, our diplomats are making great efforts to make the world community recognize Holodomor in Ukraine as a genocide of the Ukrainian people. The Senate of Poland recognized Holodomor of 1932-1933 as a genocide against the Ukrainian people by the communist regime. 

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About Budget 2019 and amendments to Constitution on EU, NATO

On November 19 it was reported that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine would consider the draft amendment to the Constitution on country's entering into the EU and NATO on November 22, if the decisions of the Constitutional Court and profile committee are made. Later, on November 22, the Constitutional Court did provide a conclusion to the document – the vast majority supported the decision to recognize the presidential bill on amendments.

Right after that, President Poroshenko appealed to the Parliament urging to immediately consider this bill, and it did support the draft amendments – it was reported, that this bill would be adopted at the next session, in February.

Verkhovna Rada committee on the legal policy and justice recommends to the parliament to adopt the draft law on the enshrining of the state’s course on the full membership in the EU and NATO in the Constitution as the basis.

On November 22, the Ukrainian Parliament upheld the draft law about the changes to the Budget Code of Ukraine (bill #9084). Besides, some changes were added directly during the debates about the legal initiative. 

On the next day, Verkhovna Rada passed the law about the state budget for the next year (bill No.9000). 239 MPs voted 'yes' in the second reading, 240 upheld it on the whole.

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About Sea of Azov

On November 17 Ukraine’s Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak stated that Ukraine was ready to react at threats in Azov Sea. In addition, the U.S. and NATO condemn Russia's aggressive actions in the water area. In its turn, the EU intends to take concrete actions on a tense situation in the Sea of Azov.

On November 21, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that a new Sea Guard Department of the State Border Guard Service would heavily guard the whole maritime border from Izmail to Mariupol until the end of 2018. Besides, Foreign Ministry of Ukraine claimed that the agreement between Ukraine and Russia of 2003, which addresses the cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, does not give Russia the right to carry out discriminatory inspections of vessels traveling to Ukrainian ports.

Russia, on the other side, accuses Ukraine of militarizing Azov Sea and refuses similar charges against it.

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About Crimea

It was reported that the bridge over Kerch Strait, which links Russia and the occupied Crimea, is apparently sinking. Moreover, a Russian cargo ship with 3,300 tons of grain has sunk at Kerch-Yenikale canal, near annexed Crimea.

On November 23, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited annexed Crimea. In particular, the Russian President visited Yalta, where he conducted “An expended meeting of the presidium of the State Council”.

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About election of Interpol head

As it is known the re-election of Interpol head took place on November 21. Major General of the Russian police Oleksandr Prokopchuk was a favorite on the elections of Interpol’s head. 

Ukraine claimed it will consider the termination of membership in Interpol if Russian Aleksandr Prokopchuk will become the president of the organization. Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars people urged to prevent the representative of Russian Federation from becoming Interpol chief.

Later it was reported that Kim Jong-yang, a high-rank police officer of Korean origin has been elected as the new chief of Interpol

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About sports in Ukraine

National football teams of Ukraine and Turkey played a friendly game at Antalya Arena; Ukraine closed books on this part of the football season with a 0-0 draw.

Oleksandr Usyk, the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world is now ranked fourth in the list of top five boxers on the planet, regardless the weight category. The Ukrainian went up in the list of the best after the impressive fight with Tony Bellew in Manchester. Another Ukrainian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko retained his place right on the top.

Meanwhile, Lomachenko gave BoxNation an interview, in which he said he wished to imprint his name in the history of boxing. The Hi-Tech will soon stand against Puerto Rico’s Jose Pedrasa; the fight is slated for December 8, with Madison Square Garden hosting the bout.

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