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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: SEPT. 24 – 28

Source : 112 Ukraine

Donbas conflict zone, Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, sanctions, UNGA - news for the week on one page
22:30, 28 September 2018

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About Donbas

Alexander Hug stepped down as the deputy head of OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine.

The counterintelligence of Ukraine's Security Service managed to get an ex-official who served with the government of self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic'.

A case of mass poisoning of the civilians by the drinking water took place in Makiivka, the occupied part of Donetsk region.

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About Ukraine at the UNGA

The United Nations General Assembly kicked off this week. Ukraine was honored to have a chance to address the world - President Poroshenko was expected to and he did speak about Russian aggression,  peacekeepers, UN reform.

He also met Kurt Volker and got a present from him.  He also got a meeting with Trump and Polish Duda, no presents reported this time.

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About Sea of Azov

Future Ukrainian military base in the Sea of Azov will use the infrastructure of commercial ports.

Ukraine's Armed Forces and the Border Guard detachments held a tactical exercise that included a simulated aggression from the sea. The drills involved the use of tank units and other armored vehicles.

Earlier, Ukrainian vessels “Donbas” and “Korets” entered controlled by the occupants Kerch Strait and went under the Crimean Bridge.

Reportedly, “Donbas” and “Korets” left Odesa military base and directed to Crimea. “Ametist” coast guard patrol ship of Russian FSS started accompanying them near occupied Sevastopol, later another unidentified ship joined him.

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About Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia

Speaking of Oleg Sentsov, on September 24, he became an honorary citizen of Paris. The Ukrainian movie director, illegally kept in Russia, wrote "a letter about belief and hope for the best'. He believes in the good outcome of this story, despite anything: "Nothing lasts forever, even bad things!". Certainly, Sentsov was mentioned during Poroshenko’s speech at the UN General Assembly. On September 27, Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner in Russia has been approved as the candidate for this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

On September 25, Ukrainian parliamentary ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova asked Red Cross doctors to visit and examine Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh.

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About anti-Russia sanctions

On September 25, the U.S. Federal Register is about to release the document, which introduces sanctions against twelve Russian companies, which act against the U.S. national interests.

The Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the EU confirmed a new sanction regime due to the Skripals’ case.

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About Ukraine-Hungary relations

Hungary claimed it might expel Ukrainian diplomat of the same rank as the Hungarian one due to passport scandal Zakarpattia Governor claimed that the video was published by the officer of the Border Guard Service of Ukraine, however, he does not confirm that the office did it on purpose. Also, Ukraine’s Security Service started investigating the cases of issuance of Hungarian passports to the residents of Zakarpattia region.

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About Orthodox Church in Ukraine

Patriarch Bartholomew insisted that the Ukrainian Church enjoys the right for autocephaly; later, the U.S. government supported the church leader. The Moscow Patriarchate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church asked the Patriarch to stay away from Ukraine’s affairs in this field. Vatican abstained from any comments on the matter.

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Attack on Odesa activist Oleh Mykhailyk

On September 23, Odesa activist Oleg Mykhailyk was shot in the chest. Later the police detained the suspects in the attack on the activist , one of them was earlier suspected in the murder of the Georgian criminal lord. At the same time, Mykhailyk gets better; he slowly recovers.

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