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Check out this week's news from Ukraine: Donbas conflict, Covid -19, gas, and others
22:30, 1 October 2021

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Donbas conflict

Ukrainian military serviceman Oleksiy Stryzhak deceased in Donbas combat area on September 30. The soldier will be buried in his hometown on Saturday, October 2.

On October 1, the so-called governments of "Donetsk People's Republic" and "Luhansk People's Republic" will get back to the curfew mode that was suspended in summer

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission is recording the largest number of shelling in Donbas over the past 14 months.

On September 28, a militant from the so-called "Luhansk People’s Republic" voluntarily surrendered at the position of a mechanized brigades of the Ukrainian military.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees sent 11 trucks with humanitarian aid to occupied Luhansk to cover the needs of local residents.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) refused to hold any debates on Crimea and Donbas during the current session.

To date, Ukraine has re-deployed all of its counter-sniper groups in Donbas. Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny reported that on September 27.


The Health Ministry of Ukraine will initiate the suspension of the heads of the health facilities, where the certificates on vaccination are being falsified. Besides, the employees of the public sector, education will be suspended in case of refusal from vaccination. The Health Ministry also stated that teenagers and children will be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Meanwhile, North Macedonia has recognized the Ukrainian Covid certificates. Besides, new drugs against Covid-19 will be delivered in Ukraine's regions by the end of the week.

Hungary and Ukraine

On September 27, Hungary and Russia signed the gas transit agreement bypassing the Ukrainian territory. It was noted that this gas deal could lead to the halt of the transit across Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Ukraine prepares the response to such actions. The Hungarian Ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine.

The European Commission promised to study the consequences of the gas contract between Hungary and Russia.

After the reaction of Ukraine, Hungary stated it will continue to block Ukraine's NATO integration. Ukraine promised to strike back.

On October 1, the Russian Gazprom has stopped the gas transit to Hungary across Ukraine.

Visa free

This week, it was reported that the EU countries might limit visa-free travel for Ukraine.

Ukrainian govt representative said that this information indicates that some "internal forces" are trying to undermine the situation on the eve of the Ukraine-EU summit. She also noted that the EU's annual report, which was published more than a month ago, stated that the number of migrants from Ukraine tend to decrease. However, according to the official, the country meets all visa-free criteria.

Ukraine’s MFA also stated that EU had no grounds to cancel visa-free regime.


On September 27, Cabinet of Ministers has fired all three members of Naftogaz supervisory board, after which it appointed four new members.

Hungary has signed a new long-term contract with the Russian concern Gazprom for the supply of gas bypassing Ukraine. Kuleba has called the contract to be a hit at the Ukrainian-Hungarian relations.

Both Hungary and Ukraine summoned ambassadors over the conflict, which arose after the Budapest-Moscow gas contract. On September 28, the European Commission has announced an examination of the consequences of the new gas contract between Hungary and Russia. On October 1, Russia's gas monopolist Gazprom has ceased the gas transit across Ukraine to Hungary.

On October 1, the gas price in Europe reached 100 euros per megawatt/h, or 1,197 U.S. dollars per 1,000 cubic meters.

Chernyshov stated that despite the situation, gas prices in Ukraine will not be going up this heating season.

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