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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: OCTOBER 19 – 23

Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, coronavirus vaccine, Trump-Biden debate, Ukraine's local election 2020 and other news of the week
22:42, 23 October 2020

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About Donbas conflict

Russian military escalation against Ukraine is quite possible in the next few months. Oleksiy Danilov, the Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine reported that as quoted by UNN news agency.

The free economic zone in Donbas will be introduced only in the territory controlled by Ukraine as President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated. The introduction of the free economic zone will facilitate the attraction of investments in the region and the end of the war.

On October 20, OSCE observed 19 violations of ceasefire in Donbas. All of them took place in Donetsk region.

The number of coronavirus cases in some areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions can reach 14,000. The Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova spoke about this in an exclusive interview with Dom TV channel.

Vice Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov revealed a part of Minsk Agreements that cannot be changed. “We should not touch three-quarters of Minsk because they include basic conditions, first of all, concerning the security – the withdrawal of the foreign troops, disarmament, demobilization – all of this enshrined and it is enough to be fulfilled; it would be easier further,” Reznikov noted.

About coronavirus

As of October 23, over 330,000 Covid-19 cases observed in Ukraine; while 33,135 of them registered in Kyiv.

This week, Ukraine’s parliament created the National Headquarters for Combating Biological Threats, including coronavirus headed by President Volodymyr Zelensky.

It was announced that the non-clinical phase of trials of the Ukrainian candidate for the vaccine against Covid-19 is finished; it has good prospects. Besides, Zelensky stated he is ready to test Ukrainian vaccine from coronavirus, if it passes the stage of clinical tests. It was specified that Ukrainian vaccine might be produced not earlier than in a year.

Meanwhile, the WHO stated that the vaccination against Covid-19 will start in the mid of the next year.

The EU leaders were gathered for the emergency summit due to the spread of Covid-19.

 

About Ukraine's local election 2020

With this year’s local elections slowly approaching, more and more criminal proceedings are being initiated. The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine stated that 475 criminal proceedings had been initiated for violating election law.

Interior Ministry, in turn, promises to provide enough support for the peace and order of the voters. Almost 140,000 of its employees will be involved in ensuring public order during the local elections.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Human Rights Commissioner reported the absence of protective measures at polling stations.

About Trump-Biden final debate

The final debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump took place October 22 in Nashville, Tennessee at 9 p.m. ET (October 23, 4 a.m. Kyiv time).

The candidates participated in dueling town halls instead of debating on Thursday. Mr. Trump was pressed on his handling of the pandemic amid rising coronavirus cases during a contentious town hall in Miami, while Mr. Biden, in Philadelphia, was asked what he would do differently.

The microphones of U.S. President Donald Trump and his rival Joe Biden were muted during the final presidential debates on October 22, as The New York Times reported.

Such a decision was made to avoid the unruly spectacle of the partakers of the debates observed during the first round of dispute. However, all other rules of the debates remained the same.

The nonpartisan debate commission was be responsible for turning the microphones of the rivals on and off; however, the interruption could be still heard when the voice of the rival picked up by another candidate’s microphone.

About Crimea

On October 20, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that persons, who surrendered Crimea without a fight, should be responsible for it. Besides, he announced the beginning of the construction of bases in the Black Sea.

Meanwhile, occupation authorities of Crimea deliver all water to their own military bases, refusing the population in proper access to the resource. It was also underlined that Russia continues the targeted policy on change of the population structure of the peninsula.

 

About sports

Shakhtar Donetsk FC managed to outplay Real Madrid C.F. in its backyard. The teams showcased an incredible match with five goals scored in total.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky once again claimed the country's willingness to host the Olympic Games. According to him, the hosting of the tournament be of symbolic meaning and will attract foreign tourists to Ukraine.

Lomachenko's promoter, Egis Klimas, informed the media about Vasiliy's recent shoulder surgery. It is reported that the surgery was caused by both a preexisting ailment and an injury that the Ukrainian boxer suffered during the second round of his last bout.

 

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