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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: OCTOBER 11 – 15

Source : 112 Ukraine

Check out this week's news from Ukraine: Donbas conflict, Covid -19, Nord Stream 2, Open Skies Agreement and others
22:10, 15 October 2021

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Donbas conflict

This week, a group of militants reconnoitered Ukrainian positions in Donbas, and one of the militants was detained.

During talks in Moscow, US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland allegedly advocated a special status of Donbas to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Nuland called her meeting with the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak, who is also a participant in the Normandy format at the advisory level, "productive". It is noted that during the talks Nuland in the Kremlin also discussed the restoration of peace, stability, and Ukrainian sovereignty in Donbas.

Meanwhile, Zelensky discussed peaceful settlement in Donbas with G7 countries ambassadors.

Covid-19

13,624 new patients with coronavirus were registered in Ukraine on October 15. The largest number of confirmed cases was found in Kharkiv (1492), Dnipropetrovsk (1332), Zaporizhia (927), Zhytomyr (860) and Lviv (816) regions. As it was reported earlier, Ukraine is in TOP5 in Europe in a number of new cases of the coronavirus infection.

Open Skies Agreement

Tuesday, it was reported that Ukraine signed Open Skies Agreement with the EU. Read here what it would mean.

Nord Stream 2

On Thursday, Russia's Deputy PM announced that Nord Stream 2 would be ready for launch in coming days.

While Biden promised not to impose sanctions against Nord Stream 2.

Earlier, Zelensky commented on Nord Stream 2 saying it was important for Ukraine to get clear mechanism to guarantee security. And US State Department confirmed intention to counteract Nord Stream 2.

Sport

National football teams of Ukraine and Bosnia played the FIFA World Cup qualification game in Lviv. A 1-1 draw earned Ukraine one point on the second place in their group. The Yellow Blues can still make it to the group stage of the forthcoming competition. Bosnians come fourth, which doesn't leave them many chances to qualify to the final part of the tournament.

Brazilian midfielder Marlos could sign a new contract with Shakhtar Donetsk. The current deal between the Ukrainian team and the player expires in December 2021. The Mountaineers are ready to offer the Brazilian a new deal.  Marlos also has an option to return to motherland; Sao Paulo is ready to offer him a contract, too. However, the midfielder is already 36, which is why he now considers finishing his career and switching to business. 

AC Milan has been eyeing SL Benfica's Ukrainian forward Roman Yaremchuk. If the deal takes place, the player could move to Italy already this winter. The Italian team have been troubled with current shortage of forwards. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud are injured, so the club management looks for the options to boost their attack. Yaremchuk seems to be their priority target now. 

 

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