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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER 21 – 25

Source : 112 Ukraine

Read about Donbas conflict, Covid-19, the situation in Belarus, sanctions, Nord Stream 2 and other news of the week
22:32, 25 September 2020

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About Donbas conflict

Kostyantyn Overko, the serviceman of Ukraine's Armed Forces passed away after multiple surgeries. He was heavily wounded by a sniper in Donbas combat area on June 20.

Ukraine will be insisting that inspections of the Ukrainian military positions were conducted simultaneously with the checks of those held by Russian mercenaries. Leonid Kravchuk, the first president of Ukraine and the head of the Ukrainian delegation in the Minsk talks group said so in an interview.

The opening of the new Shchastya checkpoint in Donbas is planned for November 10, 2020.

Deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) for Donbas Vitold Fokin proposes to create an interim government on this territory for holding local elections in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

French President Emmanuel Macron stated that the Normandy format of peace talks (Ukraine-Germany-France-Russia) allowed Paris and Berlin to reach progress in solving the conflict in Donbas.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky believes that Russia should make key steps for the realization of peace in the east of Ukraine.

About Covid-19

As of September 25, 191,671 Covid-19 cases registered in Ukraine. Besides, the new epidemical zoning will take effect on September 28.

It was specified that a national lockdown could be introduced before and after October 25.

Meanwhile, the world's first drug from coronavirus infection was presented in Lublin, Poland.

 

About situation in Belarus

On September 21, Foreign ministers of the EU countries failed to agree on a list of personal sanctions against Belarus. However, they recognized the presidential elections in Belarus falsified.

On September 23, Alexander Lukashenko held a secret inauguration at the Palace of Independence in Minsk. Authorities of Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Estonia did not recognize this inauguration. In its turn, Ukraine stated that the secret inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko does not make him the legitimate president of Belarus. EU stated that this inauguration is devoid of any democratic legitimacy.

Meanwhile, the protests in Belarus continue; 364 people were detained, according to the recent data. Besides, the law enforcers dispersed the protesters with water cannons.

About sanctions

Foreign ministers of the EU countries did not manage to agree on a list of personal sanctions against Belarus. According to different media resources, the decision is still being blocked by Cyprus.

Meanwhile, the European Union is going to approve the imposing of the sanctions against people involved in the construction of the Kerch Bridge.

Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia have made a decision to extend the sanctions against the Belarusian officials. 103 representatives of law enforcement bodies, OMON, Supreme and Constitutional court, employees of the presidential administration are included in the blacklist.

About Nord Stream 2

Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of the State said Washington is seeking to create a coalition of countries that will hinder Russia's Nord Stream-2 gas project.

"From the U.S. point of view, Nord Stream 2 threatens Europe because it makes it dependent on Russian gas and endangers Ukraine, which, in my opinion, worries many Germans. We hope that Nord Stream 2 will not be completed, and we are working to create a coalition to prevent this from happening," Pompeo said.

About sports

Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Jermall Charlo will square off inside the ring this weekend. The Ukrainian fighter is looking forward to becoming a new WBC middleweight champion.

Dynamo Kyiv FC defeated KAA Gent in its first Champions League play-off. The Kyivites managed to pull off a 2:1 victory in an intense match.

A long-awaited heavyweight duel between Oleksandr Usyk and Dereck Chisora has been officially confirmed. The boxers will face each other on October 31.

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