Conflict in Eastern Ukraine
The overall combat situation in Donbas has not changed over the week; on Wednesday, four Ukrainian servicemen were killed in the conflict zone. Apart from small arms, heavy machine guns and RPGs, Russia-backed militants used 82 mm mortars to shell Ukrainian positions in both Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
On Friday, OSCE reported that the 70th humanitarian convoy reached Donbas.
Describing the security situation in the region, the UN expressed grave concern about the fact that it becomes one of the most heavily mined areas on the planet.
On Thursday, OSCE observers spotted the Cargo 200 truck coming from Donbas to Russia.
Release of Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov
With the assistance of the President of Turkey, Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov were extradited to Turkey on October 25.
They returned to Kyiv on Friday, October 27.
Deputy leaders of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov were sentenced to eight and two years of prison respectively by the so-called court of the Russian occupational authority in Crimea.
Akhtem Chiygoz had been held in the pre-trial detention facility for over 18 months, as he was charged with ‘organization of and participation in the mass disturbances near the Crimean Parliament’ on February 26, 2014. The "court" convicted him for 8 years of imprisonment on September 11.
Ilmi Umerov was arrested by Russian authorities on May 12, 2014 after protesting against the illegal Russian occupation of the Crimean Peninsula and the repressive actions against native Crimean Tatars. For publicly speaking out against Russia’s illegal occupation, Russian authorities have charged Mr. Umerov with “public calls to action aimed at violating Russia’s territorial integrity,” which implies up to five years of imprisonment. More alarmingly, in August 2016, Russian authorities took Mr. Umerov to Psychiatric Hospital No. 1 in Simferopol, where he was held against his will. Then he was sentenced to two years.
Many countries and international organizations condemned the groundless accusations and sentences, including the Amnesty International, the PACE, the European Parliament.
Leader of the Mejilis of Crimean Tatars, MP Refat Chubarov called on all Ukrainian political prisoners, who are groundlessly detained in Russia, not to give in to the coaxing and blackmail of the Russian authorities. He said this in a briefing held after Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov’s arrival in Kyiv.
Meanwhile, Russian police conduct more searches in occupied Crimea.
Attempt on the life of MP Ihor Mosiychuk
On Wednesday, a bike explosion occurred in Kyiv, claiming lives of two people. Another three, including MP Ihor Mosiychuk from Radical Party, were injured and underwent surgeries.
Mosiychuk was leaving the building of a TV channel when the explosive device inside the bike went off. The MP suffered multiple injuries but survived, unlike his bodyguard and a policeman, who were killed by the explosion.
The police qualified the incident as a terrorist attack; the law enforcers are searching for Russian or Chechen trial in the case. Mosiychuk himself assumed the contractor of the attempt on his life is based in Moscow; however, the perpetrators could be recruited among Ukrainian.
Sports: Ukrainian football midfielders triumphed in Europe, and Svitolina wind, but still leaves WTA tournament
Oleksandr Zinchenko and Andriy Yarmolenko enjoyed the victories of their teams in the English FA Premier League and German Bundesliga. Both players successfully performed in the last weekend’s official games. Zinchenko actually debuted with Man City in the League Cup game. As the Citizens and the Wolves played a draw in the full time, the Ukrainian appeared to be one of those of the initial line-up who continued into the extra time In the penalty shootout, Man City beat Wolverhampton 4-1.
Ukraine’s playmaker Andriy Yarmolenko appeared in Borussia’s starting eleven against Magdeburg. The German cup fixture ended up in an impressive 5-0 win for his team. At first, Yarmolenko assisted his teammates in scoring two of the five goals; then, he himself scored one after the spot kick.
Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina had her third match in the Red Group of the WTA, which takes place in Singapore.
With the Round of the Last 16 in the Cup of Ukraine being underway, vice-champions of Ukraine visited Oleksandriya. The match ended with the 2-3 score, thus bringing victory to Dynamo.
Shakhtar Donetsk stood up against Zorya Luhansk the Cup of Ukraine the same evening. Shakhtar Donetsk won with the final score of 4-3.
Protests near Verkhovna Rada and Saakashvili
After the weekend skirmishes near Verkhovna Rada, when a policeman was injured, Mikheil Saakashvili settled in the tent among the protesters near the building of the Verkhovna Rada. Saakashvili meanwhile received the documents on revoking his Ukrainian citizenship.
About 60 people keep protesting near the parliamentary building as at October 25.