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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 25 – 29

Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, gas transit, prisoner exchange, sports and other news of the week from Ukraine
22:30, 29 November 2019

112 Agency

About Donbas conflict

Russia has several plans or scenarios regarding Donbas; they include the referendum on the re-integration of territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as the revival of 'Novorossiya' project. Eduard Matyukha, the Ukrainian reconnaissance officer who worked undercover in the occupied Donbas for five years said so as quoted by TSN.

Entry-exit checkpoints in the Donbas combat area are about to switch to the winter schedule on December 1.

Pope Francis I has approved the way the talks between Ukraine and the Russian Federation are now going.

OSCE SMM Special Representative claimed that the exchange of prisoners would soon take place between Ukraine and the occupied Donbas.

The headquarters of Joint Forces Operation in eastern Ukraine reported that over the past week, the number of enemy casualties in Donbas made 25 people. Ten of them were killed; the rest sustained combat injuries.

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About gas transit

Naftogaz Ukraine company won the appeal against Russia’s Gazprom in the Stockholm Arbitration.

As of January 1, 2020, the supply under special obligations is not foreseen in Ukraine. At the same time, it will be possible to technically set forward prices for the heating season. It was stated by Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine Oleksiy Orzhel, while he was presenting the Ministry's draft project of its priorities

Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk said that no separate negotiations were held on direct purchases of Russian gas.

Ukraine is not going to shut down the gas flow from Russia, even if the sides fail to make a new gas transit agreement by the end of the year. Yuriy Vitrenko, the chief executive officer of Naftogaz-Ukraine company said so in the interview.

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About prisoner exchange

On November 27, citing its sources RBC reported that the negotiations between Ukraine and Russia on a large-scale "all-for-all" prisoner swap were in the final stages.

The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, Martin Sajdik, expects that the sides to the conflict will agree on an exchange of prisoners in the near future. However, later the “ombudsman of self-proclaimed “DPR” Darina Morozova refuted information that the preparation for the prisoner exchange was coming to an end.

Meanwhile, Sentsov got Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Speech. The ceremony took place in Strasbourg; his speech was welcomed with a standing applause.

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About illegal enrichment

Law on criminal liability for illegal enrichment was officially published. It will take effect on November 28.

The article on illegal enrichment was returned to the Criminal Code of Ukraine. It provides imprisonment for 5 to 10 years with deprivation of the right to engage in a determined activity up to 3 years in case of assets’ acquisition, the cost of which exceeds the legal income by more than 258,366 dollars. The statute of limitations on actions for 4 years is envisaged.

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About sports

 

Andriy Shevchenko was considered one of the best national team coaches in the world. International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) has released the relevant list and Shevchenko was placed eighth. It is worth noting that Oleksandr Petrakov, who led the U-20 national team to victory in the World Cup, was put at the 19th place.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk secures victory for “Detroit Pistons” over “Orlando Magic”. Ukrainian basketball player was able to score 12 points (4/8 three-pointers), making 2 rebounds and 1 interception during 22 minutes of game time.

FIFA updated its ranking of national teams of the world. Ukraine's national team has been dropped two positions bellow and now occupies 24th place.

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