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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 25 – MARCH 1

1. Donbas Conflict
2. 5th anniversary of annexation of Crimea
3. Scandal in Ukraine’s Defense complex
4. Eurovision 2019 without Ukraine
5. Deadly car accident in Kharkiv: verdict delivered
6. Illicit enrichment
7. Political prisoners
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Ukrainian soldier died in Donbas conflict zone - Ihor Dzhyhrynyuk from 95th Detached Air Assault Brigade, a paratrooper passed away in Zhytomyr Military Hospital.
On February 26, Ukrainian servicemen eliminated enemy’s snipers in Donbas conflict zone. The Ukrainian guardsmen were rewarded for their professionalism.
Russian occupation troops continue violating ceasefire having performed ten attacks on February 28.
On March 1, National Guard officers have downed Russian drone in Joint Forces Operation zone.
President Poroshenko claimed the realness of full-scale aggression by the Russian Federation and named the preparation stages.
It was reported that all checkpoints at the boundary line in Donbas have switched to spring work schedule.
Serhiy Nayev, Joint Forces Commander, gave an interview this week and assured that Ukrainian soldiers will have an opportunity to make their choice during the presidential elections in Ukraine in compliance with the electoral right.

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Russia began the armed aggression against Ukraine in Crimea. Over 100 militants in military unmarked uniform seized the building of parliament and the government of the autonomous republic of Crimea, they blocked the exits and raised the Russian flags.

It was also reported that children in Russia and occupied Crimea are being taught how to hunt ‘enemy’ and disperse protests.
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embezzlement in Ukraine's army. Oleg Gladkovsky together with his son Ihor Gladkovsky organized corrupt practices to receive kickbacks from purchases of the spares to the military equipment through straw companies for the country’s defence enterprises at an over-inflated price back in 2015.
Ukrainian presidential candidate Tymoshenko has initiated impeachment proceedings against Poroshenko, as his own company was involved in these corruption schemes as a straw company.

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Maruv won the Ukrainian national selection for Eurovision and was supposed to perform with her Siren Song in Israel. However, the organizer, the National Television Company of Ukraine, ruled out to forbid Maruv her tours in the Russian Federation. Thus Maruv refused to sign a contract and represent Ukraine. Then winner #2 refused, and winner #3 refused, and winners #4 also refused even before they got this proposition.
Maruv’s comments here, the he National TV Company’s comments are here, the comments by Ruslana’s director are here.
Thus, no one is representing Ukraine and Ukrainians won’t be able to vote at Eurovision 2019.

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sentenced to 10 years in prison for the deadly car accident in Kharkiv, which resulted in the death of six people back in 2017.

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article on illicit enrichment unconstitutional. Ukraine’s President signed the bill and the parliament registered the bill already. The National Anti-Corruption Bureau believes that the decision of the Constitutional Court, which ruled unconstitutional the article of the Criminal Code on illicit enrichment, gives the officials an opportunity to abuse.

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violent treatment in occupied Donbas and Crimea.
One of them, Volodymyr Balukh, arrested on December 8, 2016, was sent to a colony in Tver region, Russia where prisoners undertake violent treatment.
“The reason for the transfer remains unknown, we will get information when Balukh arrives. Or, this information might be based on assumptions: Kerch colony wanted to get rid of “uncomfortable” prisoner and transferred him to another colony,” Denisova explained.
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