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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER 20 – 24

Source : 112 Ukraine

Check out this week's news from Ukraine: Donbas conflict, Covid -19, Nord Stream 2, and others
22:37, 24 September 2021

112 Agency

Donbas conflict

More than 150,000 residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions took part in the elections to the State Duma of Russia.

Donbas has received 2,300 tons of humanitarian aid from Switzerland on September 1-16. It includes the chemicals for water clearing, equipment and repair parts for it used by the Water of Donbas; the most demanded medical equipment; 1.5 million express tests for Covid-19; 30 lung ventilators.

Temporary investigation committee of the Ukrainian Parliament who looks into the Wagner case in Ukraine has partially interviewed Vasyl Burba, the former Chief of Main Department for Intelligence of Ukraine's Defense Ministry.

Zelensky discussed peace efforts to be taken in Donbas with Guterres and Ukrainians illegally detained in Donbas, Russia with Stoltenberg

Ukraine's Security Service found three caches with explosives and ammunition in Donbas.

The Ukrainian side handed over to temporarily occupied Donetsk territories the remains of a militant who went missing in Donbas in 2014.

Number of victims among Donbas civilians increased by 50% in six months, according to UN.

Covid-19

The situation with coronavirus infection continues to deteriorate in Ukraine. Kyiv has entered the “yellow” quarantine zone, while Ukrainian four regions may enter "red" quarantine zone in coming weeks.

In general, the adaptive quarantine was extended until December 31, 2021.

The Health Ministry made a decision that the Covid-19 vaccination will become mandatory for officials, employees of educational institutions. Meanwhile, a 19-year-old student died after the vaccination.

Nord Stream 2

This week, it was reported that Nord Stream 2 construction was completed, but gas flows are unlikely in 2021.

Meanwhile, US House of Representatives approved sanctions against Nord Stream 2.

It also became known that Polish oil and gas PGNiG Company would participate in the certification of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

NATO and Ukraine

303 NATO regulations have already been introduced in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. A significant part of the work is the implementation of the practices, principles and standards of the Alliance.

On September 22, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The issue of Ukraine's membership in NATO was raised during the meeting.

"For countries aspiring to join the Alliance, there must be a clear time perspective. The Euro-Atlantic course of our state is unchanged," Zelensky wrote.

It was also reported that as part of the Rapid Trident-2021 military exercises, Ukrainian units will pass tests for compliance with NATO standards.

Afghanistan

ISIS militants have claimed responsibility for a series of bombings in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. The militant group said more than 35 Taliban members had been killed or wounded in a series of bombings on August 19.

On Thursday, September 23, an evacuation plane with about 100 citizens on board took off from Kabul airport. The plane with citizens who were evacuated from Afghanistan landed at Kyiv Boryspil airport. There were 96 people on board, including foreigners.

As of today, there are still about a 100 Ukrainians, who want to leave Afghanistan.

De-oligarchization law

This week, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted in the second reading and in general the bill #5599 on de-oligarchization. It aims to overcome the conflict of interest caused by the merger of politicians, media, and big business, ensuring Ukraine's national security in economic, political, and information spheres, protecting democracy, ensuring state sovereignty, and avoiding manipulation of citizens with intentionally distorted information in order to gain access to resources owned by the Ukrainian people

However, it was adopted without the decision of the Venice Commission, which should be delivered after December 15. Thus, the law on oligarchs will be revoted to eliminate the legal collision.

Besides, the Ukrainian oligarchs will get a grace period, six months, to become businessmen.

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