Pentagon is monitoring the Russian military activity near Ukraine, as it has intensified lately. John Kirby, the CIA Press Secretary reported that at a briefing on November 1. "What I can tell you is that we're aware of public reports of unusual Russian military activity near Ukraine, and we're going to continue to consult with allies and partners on this issue. I can't speak for Russian intentions, but we are certainly monitoring the region closely, as we always do, Sylvie. And as we've said before, any escalatory or aggressive actions would be of great concern to the United States," Kirby noted.
Over the last weeked, OSCE SMM observed 1,459 breaches of ceasefire in Donbas. This is mentioned in the daily report published by the Mission. 988 cases of ceasefire violation were observed in Donetsk region; that included 138 explosions. In Luhansk region, 471 cases occurred, including 62 explosions.
The SBU, the Security Service of Ukraine busted the agent network of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation in Donetsk region. The SBU reported that on November 3.
The Ukrainian Parliament supported the draft bill No.5630 on the simplified procedure of granting the citizenship for foreigners and people without citizenship who defended Ukraine's territorial integrity. 302 MPs supported the document, with 226 necessary to pass. The draft bill amends the provisions of the law of Ukraine "On the citizenship of Ukraine". These amendments simplify and improve the rules of granting the citizenship of Ukraine for certain categories of people - specifically, those who were involved in protection of territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Ukraine talks will now include the newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories Iryna Vereshchuk. She herself confirmed this when talking to journalists.
Ukraine’s government plans to begin the process of resettlement of places of compact settlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in 2022.
On November 1, Kyiv entered the “red” zone. It was underlined that Covid incidence in Ukraine may reach 40-50,000 new cases per day. Amid the situation with coronavirus, EU decided to exclude Ukraine from the "green" traveling list.
Gas, energy, coal
Russia has put a halt on the transit of coal from Kazakhstan to Ukraine. Andriy Gerus, the chairman of Parliamentary Committee for Energy and Household Utilities and the MP from Servant of the People posted this on his Telegram channel. He also added that there will be no more electricity supplies from Russia, too. However, the Kazakh side claimed that the coal transit across Russia was not halted completely – merely limited.
The process of certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline by the German regulator might delay until May 2022. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed that Washington is going to improve Ukraine's energy security - specifically, by cutting the risks related to the Nord Stream 2.
Glasgow and EU membership
This week, the 26th conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) officially was held in Glasgow, Scotland. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky assured representatives of the world community that Ukraine will achieve climate neutrality by 2060. Besides, he stated that helping developing countries to ensure green economic modernization is "part of the global rescue technology."
During the meetings, Zelensky also offered Greece to support Ukraine's membership in the EU. Besides, Zelensky and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau discussed Ukraine's NATO membership, Nord Stream 2, visa-free travel. Slovakia signed a declaration in support of Ukraine's EU membership.
As a result of the conference, the leaders of over 100 countries pledged to end deforestation by 2030. Besides, over forty countries, including Ukraine, refused from using coal. However, China, Russia, India did not sign commitments to reduce methane emissions.
Resignations and appointments
Oleksiy Reznikov resigned from the position of Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of his own volition and took the place of Taran as a new Minister of Defense of Ukraine.
Iryna Vereshchuk, a parliamentarian from Servant of the People party, was appointed as the new Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine. Her place in the Parliament was given to Serhiy Kostriychuk.
Oleksiy Lyubchenko was dismissed from the position of First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture at his own request. Shortly after the resignation, National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) have been conducting searches in his office. The position of the Economy Minister was taken by Yulia Svyrydenko.
Vyacheslav Shtuchny became the Chief of Staff of the Verkhovna Rada.
This week, Zelensky enforced new sanctions on those involved in Russian elections in annexed Crimea. The list is here.
Earlier, Ukraine's ombudswoman reported that Russian court sentences four Crimean Tatars to 56 years behind bars in total.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian citizen involved in one of Hizb ut-Tahrir cases Khayredinov was deprived of medicine in Russian prison.
In addition, 19 Crimean Tatar men and women were detained on 1 November, including one journalist.
On November 5, Russia’s Armed Forces rehearsed the defense of Crimea.