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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: NOV. 26 – 30

Read about Donbas conflict, Azov crisis, Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Nord Stream 2, - the whole week on one page
22:30, 30 November 2018

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About Donbas conflict 

Military units of the occupied territories of Donbas are now on high alert. Vadym Skybytsky, Chairman of the Main Intelligence Department of Ukraine’s Defence Ministry said that at the briefing. He added that Russian Armed Forces are drawing up 250 T-62 tanks from the eastern Russian regions to Rostov region.

The meeting of policy directors of the Normandy Four was held on November 26 in Berlin. Russia did not hesitate to lie to the international community once again, this time stating that the Armed Forces of Ukraine were allegedly ‘preparing provocations with the use of chemical weapons in Donbas’. 

Ihor Porkopchuk, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the international organizations in Vienna, stated that the Russian delegation was in isolation at the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council.

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About Azov crisis in Ukraine

The coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy in the Sea of Azov, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port. Russia used combat helicopters to escort Ukrainian ships in Sea of Azov. In the result - 24 Ukrainian sailors detained, six of them were wounded, three Ukrainian ships detained. Those captured are now taken to Moscow’s Lefortovo. Ukraine declares a 30-day martial law in 10 out of 24 regions of the country.

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About gas pipelines: Nord Steam 2, TurkStream

On November 27, it was reported that Washington would continue supporting Ukraine and urges European states to take measures, in particular, to refuse from the construction of the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.

While on November 30, media informed that a total of 300 km of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline have already been built.

Speaking of the Turkish Stream, last week, Russian Gazprom finished construction of its sea part.

Turkey earns billions of dollars on gas transit, while Ukraine loses its chance.

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About Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The Synodus of Ecumenical Patriarchate prepared the preliminary draft project of the statute of the future Ukrainian Church. After the approval of the document, the Ukrainian clergy has to convene for the Unification Council and elect their leader.  

On November 30, Ukraine’s Security Service conducts searches at the place of residence of Pavlo, the archpriest of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. According to the SBU, searches are being conducted at the place of residence of Pavlo and in the premises of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra within the probe of stirring up religious hatred, which is a subject to Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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