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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: OCTOBER 25 – 29

Source : 112 Ukraine

Check out this week's news from Ukraine: Donbas conflict, Covid -19, Nord Stream 2 and related matters, Crimea and others
22:28, 29 October 2021

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Donbas conflict

Ukrainian court sentenced a militant of the so-called DPR to ten years (in absentia). The man who joined the illegal armed formation in 2014 was charged with membership in a terrorist group.

Russian occupants shelled the living quarters in Hranitne village. No civilian casualties were reported.

The HQ of the Joint Forces Operation denied the informantion that appeared in one of the Ukrainian media on October 26. The outlet claimed that Ukrainian forces re-took the village of Staromariivka, Donetsk region. 

Master Sergeant of the Ukrainian military Heorhiy Khalikov deceased in Donbas on October 26. The man was killed during a combat mission.

Luch design bureau, a part of Ukraine’s state-run enterprise Ukroboronprom has been testing the Vilkha-M, the multiple launch missile. The tests have been taking place at a landfill in Odesa region.

Covid-19

Ukraine approved the list of contraindications for vaccination against Covid-19. Meanwhile, unvaccinated officials, teachers will be suspended from work in Ukraine from November 8

The majority of the Ukrainian regions are in the “red” zone of epidemic danger. The strict restrictions will start to act in Kyiv on November 1.

Meanwhile, Ukraine remains on the EU “green” traveling list. Besides, the US opened the borders for vaccinated foreigners.

This week, the UN stated that the pandemic damages are more serious than projected. At the same time, the WHO head named a way to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

Coal

On November 1, 2021, Russia will stop supplying thermal coal to Ukraine. Andriy Gerus, the head of the Parliamentary Committee for Energy and Housing Services and Utilities reported that on Telegram. "According to the participants of the market, the ban does not spread on the coal that is used for the needs of power sphere. Such actions of Russia resemble its actions in autumn 2014", Gerus said. However, the Ukrainian government still expects that 562 thousand tons of coal will be imported in November.

Crimea

This week. It was reported that Dutch court ruled Crimean gold treasure to return to Ukraine in the case of Scythian gold. Kremlin commenting on the words of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the return of the Russian-occupied Crimea, said that this is nothing more than a "statement of territorial claims" to the Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, Switzerland added eight more people to anti-Russian sanctions list for occupation of Crimea. And Apple Music for Artists fixed maps with Crimea, showing them as Ukrainian territory.

It was also reported that the updated resolution of UN General Assembly would contain provisions on Crimean platform.

At the same time, Ukraine's ombudswoman said Russian court sentenced four Crimean Tatars to 56 years behind bars in total.

Fake Diya app

In Ukraine, fraudsters have created a fake Diya application. With the help of the program they created forgeries of Covid-certificates and fake passports for the purchase of alcohol by minors. The app had to be installed by the link, not from Google Play.

Later Ministry of Digital Transformation stated that the fake Diya app can steal user data, including banking information.

Cyberpolice soon exposed the developer of the fake Diya application. He turned out to be a 21-year-old resident of Zaporizhia region, and recently he was offered an internship at the Ministry of Digital Transformation as a re-education.

There the hacker will develop various designs of social advertising with campaigns for vaccination and against the use of alcohol by young people - he will work on this until the court verdict.

Murder of Right Sector member

On October 27, member of the "Right Sector" Oleksandr Ivanina was killed in Sumy. The police opened a criminal investigation due to it.

Turkish Bayraktar

The Ukrainian military have deployed Bayraktar, the Turkey-made combat drone in Donbas combat area for the first time. The UAV destroyed a cannon of Russian mercenaries, which put an end to the artillery attack of Russian mercenaries. However, this fact appears to have worried the governments of Russia and Germany. Russia even threatened with an escalation in Donbas after this fact. Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, in turn, justified that move, claiming that the military had to defend itself.

Moldova

After the Gazprom Company threatened to cut off gas supplies to Moldova last week, the Moldovan state-owned company Energocom has made a list of agreements on gas supply: with Ukrainian Nafogaz, Polish PGNiG and Dutch Vitrol companies.

The EU expressed its support for Moldova in resolving the gas crisis. Later, Gazprom has offered Moldova a new contract for gas supply at a lower cost in exchange for the country adjusting its free trade deal with the EU and delaying energy market reforms agreed with Brussels.

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