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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: OCTOBER 5 – 9

Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, EU-Ukraine summit, coronavirus, Nord Stream 2 and other news of the week
22:32, 9 October 2020

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About Donbas conflict

Entry-exit checkpoint Stanytsia Luhanska resumed working after a long break. However, it didn’t go as smooth as many expected: just a couple of hours after it opened, a message appeared that the work could be suspended because of the fire and smoke observed in the vicinities.

Firefighting – not the shooting, but actual fire rescue activity – continued this week in Luhansk region. The most difficult situation is observed along the demarcation line in the territory of Novoaidar, Severodonetsk, and Stanytsia Luhanska areas, where 32 settlements occurred in the damaged area.

President Zelensky claimed it is impossible to end the war without the due dialogue with Russia. He also added that the local election in Donbas would only be possible after Ukraine gets back control over its entire border, specifically in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The European Commission has provided additional 10 million euros in humanitarian aid to support the most vulnerable people in eastern Ukraine on the eve of the winter season and in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

About coronavirus

As of October 9, 250,538 Covid-19 cases observed in Ukraine; 26,463 of them registered in Kyiv. Meanwhile, Health Minister stated the current epidemiological situation in Ukraine is even more complicated than it was in spring. Besides, Ukraine occupied the 7th place in Europe and 13th in the world on the number of Covid-19 cases.

Meanwhile, the health state of ex-president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko worsened and he has bilateral pneumonia. American President Donald Trump was discharged from the hospital after he was diagnosed with the coronavirus last week.

About EU-Ukraine summit

On October 6, the EU-Ukraine summit took place in Brussels, and European Council President Charles Michel asked President Volodymyr Zelensky about the current state of rule of law in Ukraine. Besides, the industrial visa-free regime was discussed during the summit. Zelensky also stated that Ukraine might join EU sanctions against Russia for Navalny’s poisoning. In its turn, the EU stated that nothing threatens the visa-free regime with Ukraine.

In addition, Volodymyr Zelensky met with biggest British investors in Ukrainian government securities during his visit to the UK. Besides, the UK is going to provide five million pounds to support communities in eastern Ukraine affected by the armed conflict and the coronavirus pandemic. In its turn, Ukraine invited the UK to participate in the Crimean summit. Moreover, UK will provide the Ukrainian Naval Forces with latest weaponry. It was also reported that British experts will arrive in Ukraine to assess the Ukrainian system of issuing biometric passports.

About Nord Stream 2

Polish Department for Protection of Competitiveness and Consumers fined Russia's Gazprom for 7.6 billion U.S. dollars. The decision has to do with the case of Nord Stream II. Tomasz Hrustny, the head of the Department said so, as quoted by TASS.

The authority demands that five European companies break partnership deals with the Russian gas monopolist. The said companies have been fined, too; the overall sum of all fines made USD 100,000,000.

About sport

Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina faced Nadia Podoroska met in the quarterfinals of the Roland Garros tournament. The Argentinian defeated the world's No.5 from in two sets (6:2, 6:4).

The national football team of Ukraine faced France in the friendly match of the UEFA League of Nations. The Yellow-Blues were not able to respond to their opponents’ actions, which resulted in a 6:1 loss.

Dynamo Kyiv FC and Zorya FC are in negotiations on the transfer of Artem Shabanov. He has not played a single match for Dynamo since Mircea Lucescu joined the team.

About cinema

The official trailer of Blindfold film directed by Taras Dron was released online. Its world premiere will take place on October 9 at the Warsaw Film Festival.

Ukrainian film The Earth Is Blue As An Orange will become the opening picture of the IX International Film Festival Korona Karpat (Crown of Carpathians). The event is supposed to take place from November 12 to November 15.

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