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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: SEPT. 17 – 21

Donbas conflict zone, Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, Tumgoev, corruption, MH17, sanctions - news for the week on one page
22:33, 21 September 2018

112 Agency

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About Donbas

The first working meeting of Serhiy Nayev, Joint Forces Commander, and OSCE SMM headed by Aleksander Hug was held.

Mariinka checkpoint has been modernized and furbished, and now it continues working.

Fighters of Ukraine's Armed Forces are checking the roadway from Avdiivka to Opytne for explosives.

U.K. Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson visited the zone of the holding of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO).

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About extradition of Timur Tumgoev 

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General's Office on September 13 extradited Ingush Timur Tumgoev to Russia on the request of the Russian FSB. All because Russia considered him a terrorist. Despite Tumgoev’s statement that he had been subjected to persecution in Russia because he was a Salafi Muslim and asked for asylum in Ukraine twice.

On september 17, the activists of Ukraine's far-right political forces tried to attack the building of Prosecutor General's Office in Kyiv in protest of extradition. Around 400 protesters from National Corps and National Forces organization gathered. Seven police officers were injured in the clashes.

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About changes in Ukraine’s Constitution

Another parliamentary week brought one step towards changing Ukraine’s Constitution, its preamble, actually, to anchor country’s intention to enter NATO and EU. Before the vote, President addressed the MPs, spoke of fails, Crimea, Russia, Tomos, peace doves and many other things.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appointed new members of the Central Election Commission, including 13 people with the expired term of office as 112 Ukraine reported. Read how the CEC is working in Ukraine here

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About corruption. NABU VS SAPO

Another conflict between the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) started on September 19, when SAP Head Kholodnytsky claimed another wire, set by NABU officers. The wire cable was set from the Okhmadet building to SAP. 

On the same day, NABU Head Artem Sytnyk stated that the bureau did not wiretap SAP Head Nazar Kholodnytsky. He also is not aware of the reasons for the blockage of NABU car by SAP officers. He said NABU was conducting “legal procedural activities” on the territory of “Okhmadet”.

On September 20, Shevchenkivske Police Department of Kyiv registered a criminal proceeding on a stretch of authority due to this incident.

In addition, it is not the first time two of the agencies have conflict.

 

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About anti-Russia sanctions

On September 21, the U.S. government has introduced personal sanctions against 33 individuals and entities from Russia, which have ties to this country's defense industry and military intelligence.

Moreover, Ukraine’s President at his annual speech in the Parliament stated that anti-Russian sanctions might ease off.

Ukraine’s Government intends to address the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine with a request to introduce sanctions against Russian publishing offices, which disseminate anti-Ukrainian propaganda, as it was reported on September 21.

 

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About Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia

Russian authorities ruled Roman Sushchenko, a Ukrainian journalist, convicted in Russia, is allowed to make six phone calls and meet with his relatives.  Earlier, the Russian Supreme Court dismissed the complaint against Sushchenko's sentence, which is 12 years behind bars.

Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova turned to Russia's Ombudswoman Tatiana Moskalkova with a demand to allow her to visit Volodymyr Balukh in the remand center.

The Ukrainian Parlaiment adopted the draft resolution appealing to the Norwegian Nobel Committee to nominate Oleg Sentsov for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Kolchenko, who is kept in Chelyabinsk prison, spent three days in a punishment cell for “non-observance of the dress code”.

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About crash of MH17 Boeing flight

Russia made an outrageous statement, according to which, it was a Ukrainian missile that downed the civilian aircraft over the occupied part of Donetsk region in 2014.

Ukraine denied the statement immediately. The Foreign Ministry stated that the court would soon officially indict those behind the tragedy. The Joint Investigation Team said it would look into Russia’s statement.

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About Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister Omelyan

Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure is under investigation on suspicion of illegal enrichment.

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About Ukraine-Hungary relations

A video where a number of Ukrainian citizens receive Hungarian passports and take an oath of allegiance to Hungary in Zakarpattia was published. Ukraine announced about the possible decision to expel Hungarian Consul due to this.

In its turn, Hungary threatens to delay the integration of Ukraine to the European Union.

The spokesperson of the Zakarpattia Regional State Administration reported that the Hungarian consulates in Berehove and Uzhhorod of Zakarpattia region, have been granting Hungarian citizenship to local Ukrainian citizens of for seven years.

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About Sea of Azov

Ukraine intends to create a naval base in the Sea of Azov by the end of this year.

On September 17, Ukrainian Foreign Minister said that the agreement between Ukraine and Russia on the joint usage of the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait, concluded in 2003 would be terminated.

Since April, Russia detained 120 EU vessels in Sea of Azov. Current situation in the Sea of Azov will be one of the key issues, which Ukraine is to promote at the session of UN General Assembly.

The crisis in Azov Sea is the subject of particular attention of the EU, according to Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister Darius Skusevičius.

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