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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: NOV. 5 – NOV. 9

Donbas conflict, Ukrainian Orthodox Church, sanctions over Crimea, Handziuk case, protests in Kyiv - the whole week on one page
22:30, 9 November 2018

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About Donbas conflict

On November 6, Ukraine claimed that Russia officially recognized the upcoming elections that are actually illegal. President Poroshenko claimed that the staged election in the occupied areas of eastern Ukraine may lead to more sanctions against Russia. Oleksandr Turchynov, the Secretary of the National Defense and Security Council added that the organizers and participants in the ‘election’ would  be found and prosecuted.

Meanwhile, in the view of the approaching ‘election’ date, Russian militants bring tanks and artillery to Donetsk.

U.S. Envoy in Ukraine Kurt Volker said that the current armed conflict in eastern Ukraine is actually the worst war in Europe since the Yugoslavian crisis in the 1990s. Besides, he announced that the U.S. Treasury of the State is to expand the list of sanctioned individuals and entities, involved in the ongoing conflict and the illegal annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea in 2014.

Dozens of European countries protest against the recent attack on the OSCE SMM drone in the militant-occupied area of Donbas. The EEAS, European External Action Service released the respective statement, which may be found on the authority's website.

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About Handziuk

On November 4, Ukrainian social activist and Advisor of Kherson Mayor Kateryna Handziuk died. She suffered an acid attack in summer this year and died from multiple organ failure and chemical burns.

Later that day, people gathered to pay tribute to the memory of Kateryna in Kyiv; she was 'a plain dealer, she always spoke very harshly and honestly about many situations'.

Similar actions were also conducted in Lviv, Kharkiv, Khmelnytsky, Odesa, and Zhytomyr.

Kateryna Handziuk was buried in Heolohiv, Kherson region on November 7.

Who ordered the murder? According to the National Police, the investigation is almost over.

President Poroshenko required the law enforcement bodies to punish her murderers, while Ukraine’s Parliament invited the leadership of the National Police, General Prosecutor’s Office and Security Service of Ukraine to hear the report on the investigation of the tragedy.

Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, who on November 6 claimed about his resignation, stated that there were three main suspects in the attack on Handziuk.

The international community reacted to the incident - European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn stated that attacks against civil society activists are unacceptable. The Council of Europe is concerned about the increase in attacks on representatives of civil society in Ukraine. The U.S. urged Ukraine to prosecute those responsible for the crime.

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About Crimea

On November 8, the U.S. Treasury of the State has expanded the list of individuals and entities, which fall under the anti-Russian sanctions for the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the continuing aggression in Donbas. Later U.S. State Department emphasized that the sanctions against Russia is the confirmation of the partnership of Washington and Ukraine.

Besides, Ukraine's representative to Minsk Talks claimed that Ukraine can solve Donbas Conflict refusing from the Crimean peninsula.

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About church in Ukraine 

Kyiv Patriarchate asked the parliament to rename Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate. According to the Kyiv Patriarch of Ukrainian Orthodox Church Filaret, Moscow Patriarchate should not hide behind the name of “Ukrainian church.”

On November 7, Ukraine’s President signed the law on transfer of St. Andrew’s Church to Ecumenical Patriarchate. The building itself will remain a state property.

About the EU financial assistance for Ukraine

The Ukrainian parliament ratified the сredit agreement between Ukraine, the National Bank and EU on the receiving of the macro-financial aid in the sum of one billion euro. Moreover, Ukraine expects the positive estimation of the European Commission on the aid.   

Besides, Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, is to visit Ukraine at the beginning of the next year.

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About European car plates and high rates for customs clearance

Ukrainian parliament adopted two laws – one of them introduces new rates for the excise tax form imported vehicles, another one raises the penalty for cars without customs clearance. Protests continue.

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About Sports 

Oleksandr Usyk and Tony Bellew are going for something big and spectacular this Saturday – at least, their supporters have every reason to expect that. The Ukrainian undisputed heavyweight champion of the world arrived in Manchester. Both fighters went for an intense staredown and, clearly, gave each other a credit; so it is up to them now to sort things out.

Football fans had their share of joy and sorrow, too. In this week’s fixtures of the group stage of UEFA Europa League, Dynamo beat Stade de Rennais in the home game played at NSC Olimpiysky (3-1); meanwhile, Poltava-based Vorskla FC lost to Qarabag from Azerbaijan (0-1).

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