Unfortunately, Russian mercenaries continue shelling Ukrainian positions in the combat zone in Donbas. On Thursday, Pro-Russian militants violated the ceasefire regime 41 times in the 24 hours while the Ukrainian militaries used the full range of the non-prohibited weapons 28 times.
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europ
After Pedro Agramunt resigned, the Cypriot Stella Kyriakides was elected a new PACE president. Kiriakides caused concern among the deputies since she never publicly expressed her attitude to Russian aggression and sanctions policy. However, following the results of the elections, Ukrainian delegation notes that although the neutral position of Kiriakides is not what Kyiv needs now, it is ready to work with it to restore trust in the PACE.
On the first day of the parliamentary assembly, President of Czech Republic Milos Zeman made a scandalous statement during his speech in Strasbourg – he said that annexation of Crimea by Russia is a solved case and offered to resolve an issue by means of benefits to Ukraine.
This trigged Ukraine’s starring in PACE’s agenda for the next two days and caused a wave of reactions by various officials – Ukraine’s FM said Ukraine should fight with people who invited Zeman to speak, not with the speaker himself. Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainain envoy in PACE, announced that Crimea is not for sale. Yevhen Perebyinis, Ukrainian ambassador in the Czech Republic, also believes the statement is cynical and absolutely unacceptable. Ukrainian Prime Minister call simply called Zeman deeply insane.
The cherry on the top was Penitence of Czechs, published by Aktualne.cz, with explanations and regret.
The next day Ukrainian President Poroshenko delivered his speech at PACE. He rejected the statement that Crimea is a solved case, reported on the progress of reforms in Ukraine. The full text and video of the speech is here.
Urgent debates and resolution
The next day, the urgent debate on Ukraine's law "On education" took place in PACE, initiated by the head of the Romanian delegation Titus Corlatean. In result, the adopted resolution condemned a separate article of the law and urged the Ukrainian government to heed the recommendations of the Venice Commission, which was exactly what Ukraine was going to do.
Relations with Hungary
On Monday, October 9, Peter Szijarto, Hungary’s foreign minister visited Ukraine with a short working visit; the Ukrainian media expected he’s going to negotiate with Hennadiy Moskal, the head of Ukraine’s westernmost region of Zakarpattya, but it never happened. Szijarto announced that the new Ukrainian law on education is “significantly violating the principles of Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. Szijarto said that during his meeting with the heads of organizations of the Zakarpattia Hungarians and the heads of the historic churches in Uzhgorod.
Later Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary informed the Ukrainian Embassy about the rally on October 13 under the slogan “Self-determination for Zakarpattia”. Ukraine sent a note of protest.
The rally by a Hungarian far-right party Jobbik is planned to be held near the Ukrainian Embassy in Budapest on the evening of October 13.
Ukrainian Minister Pavlo Klimkin did visit Bucharest and stressed once again that Kyiv is ready for dialogue. Klimkin also expressed hope that Hungary will continue to support our country in the face of the Russian aggression. The Ukrainian official and his Hungarian colleague also discussed issues of bilateral economic cooperation.
Corruption in Defence Ministry
National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) made a loud statement - Ministry of Defense used a corrupt scheme when contracting fuel and embezzled state funds for the amount of over 5,7 million USD and detained a Deputy Defence Minister and the Defence Ministry’s Head of procurement for alleged embezzlement of $5.7 million.
Later they reported of another two suspects of embezzling - Borys Malysh, the Head of the fueling department of Department of State Procurement and Supply of Material Resources of the Ministry, and Volodymyr Shemovnev, the senior inspector of the public procurement and material resources supplies audit division. It was also reported that Trade Commodity LLC also tried to win National Police $14 mln tender.
TV broadcasting in Ukraine
Law on language quotas on TV comes into force in Ukraine. Now all TV channels are required to observe a quota of 75% of Ukrainian-language broadcasts during the week between 07: 00-18: 00 and 18: 00-22: 00 on nationwide TV channels. For regional TV channels, the quota is reduced to 60%, although in the first reading this figure ever reached 50%. But this does not apply to news.
A day before, the 112 Ukraine TV Channel published their open letter expressing their deep concern about the situation around a tender by the Television and Radio Broadcasting Council. The thing was about the license for a national TV-channel in MX-5 multiplex with the informational broadcasting format is put on the tender.
Ukrainian Security Service has established the participation of Wagner's mercenaries in the conflict in Donbas since 2014. 1587 members of the Wagner group have been identified from more than 5,000 mercenaries. Training base of Wagner group is located in Krasnodar Territory of the Russian Federation. The SBU also established the identity of 40 Ukrainians who were the members of the Wagner group of mercenaries in Donbas.
Searches and arrests of Crimean Tatars
In Bakhchisarai, Crimea, the court controlled by the Kremlin defined administrative fines in the amount of 10 to 20 thousand rubles (4,5-9 thousand UAH) to nine activists, who were detained by Russian law enforcers during searches in Crimean Tatars' homes. All nine activists were charged with "a simultaneous mass stay in a public place, which resulted in violation of public order."
Another six residents of Bakhchysarai, Crimea, will stay in custody for two months after the police searched their houses and detained them earlier this week; they are charged with membership in Hizb-Ut Tahrir, the terrorist organization.
Football: Ukraine is not going for world cup
National Football team of Croatia beat Ukraine in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier on Monday night in Kyiv’s Olimpiyskiy Stadium. The tensions were high as it was either Ukraine or Croatia who follows Iceland, the Group I winners, to the group stage of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.