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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: APRIL 1 5

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About Donbas conflict
The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine hailed theextension of the mandate of the Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE in Ukraine.
Russian foreign Minister Sergei Larvov stated that Moscow is opened for dialogue with Kyiv, which is directed at the implementation ofMinsk Agreements, but the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko does not want that.
16 people died from natural causes and another 20 people died because of the combat actions during the crossing of the demarcation line in Donbas since the beginning of the winter. Chairman of Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE in Ukraine (OSCE SMM) Ertugrul Apakanstated that in his report this week.
Russia-backed sniper firedat the entry-exit checkpoint Mariinka in Donetsk region. A worker of Ukraines State Border Guard Service was wounded.

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Aboutpresidential electionsin Ukraine
On Sunday, March 31, first round of presidential elections was over. On April 1, the exit polls carried out by 112 Ukraine, 1+1 and National exit poll revealed the results, according to which Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko enter the second round of the elections.
On April 4, the Central Election Commission finished processing all the protocols, Zelensky (30,24%) and Poroshenko (15,95%) have officially entered the second leg.
The gap between the leading candidates made 2 million votes.
Voters turnout made 62,78%.
Yet, the current President of Ukraine won in the foreign electoral district.
Poroshenko summoned Zelensky to debates before the second round. Zelensky, in his turn, agreed, yet, presented his demands. In particular, to hold debates at Olimpiyskiy stadium and undergo blood tests.
National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukrainebegan negotiations on the debates of Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko, winners of the first round of Ukraine's election, but before,NSC Olimpiysky's administration needs informationoncertain essential issues, such as technical requirements, the security matters and the presence or absence of the audience on the stadium.
On Friday, April 5, candidate for the presidency in UkraineVolodymyr Zelensky came to Eurolab to get tested for drug and alcohol use. It was negative.
Poroshenkos results did not show any psychoactive substance.
Poroshenko and Zelensky underwent these procedures in different labs at Olimpiyskiy and Eurolab respectively. Therefore, the President of Ukraine, Zelensky evades independent drug and alcohol probes.
Neither did he liked Zelenskys proposition to make Tymoshenko an arbiter during the debates.
It should be noted, that on the international stage, the first leg of the presidential elections in Ukraine were recognized fair and transparent.

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About NATO anniversary
As NATO celebrated its 70th anniversary on April 4, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the program of intensification ofUkraine-NATO partnership. On April 4, the
head]. Congratulations to all allies in the NATO on the important anniversary. 70 years ago, the civilized world united to create the North Atlantic Alliance. Over the years, the Alliance proved it is about peace, stability and human dignity. Over these years, the Alliance also proved it is the most solid and effective team of like-minded people, - not a single case of a member threatening somebody else', Poroshenko wrote.
Besides, NATO warshipsfrom Canada and Spain arrived in the seaport of Odesa
, southern Ukraine.They remained in Odesa until late Wednesday. Santa MariaandTorontowere available for visits of civilians.

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About Ukrainian political prisoners
On April 2, Crimean court sentenced Ukrainian saboteurs Volodymyr Dudka and Olexiy Bessarabov to 14 years in jail. Ukraines Foreign Ministry urged the world society to enhance the pressure put on Russia due to it.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Grybhas been eating regularly; he also takes his medications and shows quite lively interest forthe political situation in Ukraine.
Besides, Ukraine demanded Russia to release 113Ukrainians, who were illegally imprisoned and those who are kept in annexed Crimea.

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About gas talks
On April 3, Naftogaz-UkraineandWikborg Rein Advokatfirma AS (Norway) have signed a new contract worth 14 million dollars. Moreover, Naftogaz involved EU energy experts to prepare the unbundling procedure in this country.

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AboutHandziuk case
This week, Kyiv Shevchenkivsky District Courtruled to partially satisfy the motion of the prosecution concerning Vladyslav Manger. In particular, Manger has to wear electronic monitoring facility.
However, main suspect in Handziuks case still does not wear the electronic monitor.
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Boxing
An unnamed American promotion company offered the Ukrainian 2 Promotions to lead WBO International championDenys Berynchykin lightweight together. Berynchyk, by the way, is soon to fight experienced Japanese boxer Nihito Arakawa. The fight will take place at Kyivs Palace of Sports on April 20.
The media also reported that Ukraine'sVasyl Lomachenko, the lightweight champion of the world (WBA, WBO) will get USD 2.2 million for the fightagainstAnthony Crolla. On April 12, the Ukrainian will be defending his belts from the British contender.
UkrainianWBC light heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdykwill have his next fight in autumn. Gvozdyks opponent will be the U.S. boxer Marcus Browne. According to RingPolska, the Ukrainian champion will be defending his title for the second time.
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