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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: OCTOBER 12 – 16

Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, Nagorno-Karabakh, coronavirus, all-Ukraine poll from Zelensky, MH17 case and other news of the week
22:31, 16 October 2020

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About Donbas conflict

Mykola Mykytenko, the Ukrainian military man who put himself on fire at Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square in Kyiv passed away from severe burns. His daughter Yulia Mykytenko confirmed that on October 14. The man committed the act of self-immolation on the night of October 10 to October 11. The man had 90 percent of his body burned. Yulia Mykytenko says her father committed this act for political reasons. 

Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint in Donbas will be closed for quarantine until October 31, as Luhansk Regional State Administration reported. This decision was made to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the territory of Luhansk region. On Thursday, the checkpoint closure caused inconveniences for people who crossed it; Ukrainian servicemen did not let a hundred people onto the occupied territory, and those in line kept waiting.

The Ukrainian side provided the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) with a list of four categories of detainees.

President Volodymyr Zelensky took a business trip to Donbas combat zone.

About MH17

Russia stated that it can no longer continue trilateral consultations with Australia and the Netherlands over the MH17 plane crash. Later, the Dutch Foreign Ministry summoned Aleksandr Shulgin, the Russian ambassador due to Moscow's decision to breach contacts with Amsterdam in consultations. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated that such a decision of Russia shows the fear of Moscow before the truth.

 

About local elections and all-Ukraine poll from Zelensky

This week President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced the all-Ukrainian poll that would take place during the upcoming local elections

On October 25, all voters will get a chance to share their opinion on five topics:

They will consider the issues of life imprisonment for corruption crimes, the creation of a free economic zone in Donbas, the reduction of the number of MPs in the parliament, the legalization of the medical cannabis, and the implementation of security guarantees set out in the Budapest Memorandum in order to restore Ukraine’s state sovereignty and territorial integrity.

About Nagorno-Karabakh

This week, Azerbaijan took control over eight villages in Nagorno-Karabakh. Later it was reported that Azerbaijan claimed release of six settlements occupied by Armenia.

Read more about Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and new warfare technologies.

About coronavirus

As of October 16, 287,231 Covid-19 cases registered in Ukraine, while 29,412 of them observed in Kyiv. Currently, Ukraine takes 7th place in Europe and 11th in the world in the number of coronavirus cases.

Besides, the government made a decision to extend the quarantine in Ukraine until December 31. It is also predicted that 20,000 people could die in Ukraine from coronavirus by the end of the year.

The recent survey showed that almost 60% of Ukrainians stand for purchase of anti-Covid-19 vaccine from Russia; however, Ukraine’s Health Ministry stated that it is not planned to buy the Russian vaccine.

Meanwhile, over 180 countries pledged to participate in the WHO COVAX program to fund Covid-19 vaccines. Later it was underlined that the medics, older people and people who are on the frontlines of the fight against coronavirus should get the vaccine first.

Besides, the WHO stated that no second wave of Covid-19 is expected. However, the first death after the re-infection with Covid-19 was observed in the Netherlands.

About cinema

Days of Accessible Cinema festival will be taking place in Ukraine for the first time ever. The online event, slated for October 26-31, will be a free one. All films shown during the festival will be available for the audience with impaired vision or hearing.

About sports

This Saturday Vasyl Lomachenko will try to make history by becoming an undisputed world lightweight champion. He is expected to face a fellow champion Teofimo Lopez Jr. Both boxers are determined to perform at their best on the fight night.

On October 13, the national football team of Ukraine faced Spain in the UEFA Nations League match. The Yellow-Blues were the ones to got the victory, scoring the only goal of the match.

 

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