Ukraine's major events of autumn 2018

The last three months - September, October, and November - have traditionally been extremely restless for Ukraine. Another ammo depot explosion, worsening of relations with the neighboring state (this time, western), and failure to start heating season in time. Moreover, in some regions of the country, martial law was imposed, and the Prosecutor General, despite his resignation zeal, did not leave his post. Let us recallthe most vivid news of the autumn.

Crimea chemical disaster in Armyansk

Ukraine's major events of autumn 2018

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The disaster at Tytan Factory, located in the north of Crimea in the city of Armyansk, has sounded due to its environmental situation. Moreover,toxic chemicals were detected in the air in the Kherson region, southern Ukraine.Although the leakage, reportedly] at the Crimean Titan Factory, occurred during the night from 23-24 August, schoolchildren were only evacuated from the area on 5 September, with parents given just an hour to pack the childrens things.

The emergency regime was introduced in Armyansk
due to the exceedance of the maximum permissible concentration of chemicals by more than five times. Residents were seeing, breathing, and feeling the consequences, which one described as true hell, and are clearly unconvinced by upbeat assurances The photos posted on social media are alarming, as are reports of problems with breathing, etc., and of damage to crops and to the flora in the area. 61 Ukrainian border guards were affected by the emission of chemicals. Five of them have been hospitalized.

Friendship with Russia is over

Ukraine has officially declared its reluctance to continue the friendship with the Russian Federation. Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation was signed on May 31, 1997, by President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma and President of Russia Boris Yeltsin. In early September 2018, theNational Security and Defense Council
(NSDC) supported Poroshenkos proposal on the non-renewal of the Treaty with the Russian Federation for the next 10 years. The decree on the enactment of the decision of the National Security Council on the termination of the treaty of friendship between Ukraine and the Russian Federation came into force on September 19. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine sent a note to Russia on the non-renewal of the Treaty on September 21.

Scandal with Hungarian passports in Zakarpattia

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Avideo where a few Ukrainians receive the Hungarian passportsand owe allegiance to Hungary in the Consulate inBerehove, Zakarpattia region, western Ukraine, appeared in the social media. The receivers owe allegiance to Hungry in the Consulate in Berehove. The Hungarian diplomat recommended not to inform the Ukrainian authorities about receiving the new documents. Pavlo Ukraine MFA head Klimkin said that if the video is authentic, the Hungarian consul might be expelled from the country.In his turn, Peter Szijjarto, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, claimed the attempts to intimidate the Transcarpathian Hungarians and threatenedto make Ukraines integration more complicated.

Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraines Prosecutor General, claimed thatSecurity Service investigates this case; however, theservice denied this. Ukraine'sForeign Ministryissued an agreement for appointing Istvan Ijgyarto a new Ambassador of Hungary in Kyiv. He is expected to come to Ukraine on November 8.

Explosions at Ichnia ammo depot

Ukraine's major events of autumn 2018

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Over the past four years, it's been the fifth accident with theammunition stocks in Ukraine exploding; the incidents took place inBalakliya(Kharkivregion),Svatove(Luhansk region), andKalynivka(Vinnytsiaregion).This time, fire took place at the armory of the Ministry of Defense in Ichniain Chernihivregion. The fire and explosions began at around 3:30 a.m. October 9, at the Defense Ministry's depot No. 6, which covers about 700 hectares. The air-space within 30 km was shut down, traffic and railway movement were stopped due to the emergency situation. No injured and dead as a result of the emergency situation reported. All 39 settlements near the depot were checked and cleared of the ammunition; pyrotechnists found 3,600 explosive devices at Ukraine's Ichnia ammo stocks. On October 11, thefire was completely eliminated.

Kerch Polytechnic College massacre

Ukraine's major events of autumn 2018

Two dozen dead and more than fifty injured. Most of them werecollege students. These are the tragic consequences of the attack at Kerch Polytechnic College of the National University of Food Technologies in occupied Crimea.According to the Emergencies Ministry, an extraordinary event in Kerch college occurred around 12:00 on October 17. Initially, it was assumed that the reason for the explosion was a gas cylinder, but everything turned out to be much worse. At about 2:00 pm, the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation stated that an unidentified explosive device filled with metal objects was detonated in the college canteen, and an hour later it became known that a shooter was also involved.
Eyewitnesses assure that the killer organized an explosion only in order to sow panic and shoot more people. Thus,21 people died(including 16 students and five teachers) as a result of an explosion and a shooting in Kerch college.

Russias Investigation Committee believes thatan 18-year-old student of the fourth year of college Vladyslav Roslyakovconducted mass murder in Kerch.The footage shows him right before the incident with a rifle in hands. The investigation reports thatRoslyakov shot people in the college and then he committed a suicide. He was found with gunshot wound in college premises. Kerch shooter was cremated and buried secretly.

Great tariff escalation

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Gas prices in Ukraineincreased by 23,5% from November 1. Now, the price is $305 for a thousand cubic meters. Ukraine and the IMF reached an agreement on a new stand-by program for $3,9 billion right after the Cabinet of Ministers decided to increase the tariffs. Another price increase by 35% is out of the question, it wont happen as it is unacceptable for the Ukrainians. And here I am with people, PM Groysman said in an interview on October 23.

Russian sanctions against Ukraine

Ukraine's major events of autumn 2018

October 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed adecree imposing sanctions against Ukraine. The government, headed by Dmitry Medvedev, worked quickly, and on November 1, a list of 322 individuals and 68 legal entities was published. These people and companies are subject to "blocking (freezing) non-cash funds, non-documentary securities, and property in Russia and a ban on the transfer of funds (withdrawal of capital) outside of Russia."
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Yuriy Lutsenkoclaimed on the intention to resignfrom the position of prosecutor general on November 6, during the report in the Parliament on the investigation ofthe murder of public activist Kateryna Handziuk. Today, I am passing the statement of resignation to the President of Ukraine, so that there is no doubt that one clings to power. And the Parliament has to consider this matter: I am asking to do so this week. I have been and will be doing my work, the Prosecutor General claimed.

According to Lutsenko, he is resigning because he cannot let be the duality of power in the country when the law enforcement system is being destroyed without evidence even for solved offenses.
Poroshenko did not accept the letter ofresignation of Prosecutor GeneralYuriy Lutsenko.

Cold radiators during heating season

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Almost a month afterthe start of the heating season (October 15), the first snow has already appeared on the streets, but the radiators in hundreds of apartments allover Ukraine were still cold.

Due to numerous problems with the gas supply, part of Kyiv, Kryvy Rih, Kherson, Smila (Cherkasy region), Pavlohrad, Shepetivka (Khmelnytsky region), and other cities remained without heating. Local residents expressed their protest in various ways: they blocked the roads, burned tires, organized protest rallies. Many town hall administrations declared a state of emergency.

Declaring martial law

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The coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressivelyagainst the ships of theUkrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's national security and defense council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option toimpose the martial law in Ukraine.
Themartial law in Ukraine, which, according to the National Defense Council, started at 14:00 on November 26, covers10 regions of the country. These areas are on the border with Russia and unrecognized Transnistria, or they have access to the seas. Russian OmbudsmanTatyana Moskalkovanamed the exact number of the detained Ukrainian servicemen 24.Kyiv demanded from Moscow to immediately provide the medical service to the wounded sailors and provide them urgent return to the Ukrainian territory. According to the Naval Forces of Ukraine,six sailorswere woundedandtwo of them were in the critical condition.

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