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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: JULY 2 6

Donbas conflict in Ukraine
Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia
Criminalcase against Ukrainian Vitaly Markiv in Italy
New poisoning by Novichok
Gas, Gazprom and Naftogaz, Nord Stream 2
Ukrainian movies in the world
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: JULY 2  6

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Armed Forces of Ukraine reclaimed control over Zolote village in Luhansk region. Volunteer Roman Donykwrote on Facebookthat it happened on October 30, three weeks after the active phase of the operation. Earlier, Zolote was situated in the grey zone, as well as Katerynivka village.
Ukrainian army also took control of the road near the liberated Zolote-4 village, where previously the sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the enemy and smugglers could get about. As of now, such actions are impossible, according to the message by Joint Forcesoperation HQ.
In addition, the Ukrainian court announced the verdict in the case of Yuriy Marchukov, the Russian citizen who served with the illegal armed units of the self-proclaimed 'Luhansk people's republic', the LNR.
However, there is also bad news. Oleksandr Skus, the Ukrainian Army serviceman died in combat in Donbas on July 4. It appears that Skus served with the military unit A0693, stationed in Bakhmut, Donetsk region. The deceased fighter left his son and daughter behind.
On July 6, it was reported that one Ukrainian soldier was injured in the enemy attack.
speach of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about Oleg Sentsov. The filmmaker is one who must be urgently released, the President said at the opening ceremony of the Ravenna-Kyiv friendship initiative.
On July 2, Iryna Herashchenko, the First Vice-Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliamentnamed 23 who are ready to be conveyed to Moscow inexchange for Ukrainian political prisoners.Later in the week,she voiced additional namesof 13 Russians who are ready to beexchanged.
The same day, Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraines Commissioner for Human Rights,called the European Union ambassadors for supporting Ukraine in the intentions torelease the Ukrainian political prisonerskept in Russia.
On July 3,the Russian court decided to extend the detention forPavlo Gryb, the political prisoner from Ukraine charged with the alleged preparing of a terrorist act in Russia.
In Kyiv, a large-scalerally was held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy stadium to support a Ukrainian filmmakerOleg Sentsovin his unequal fight against the Kremlin judicatory.
On July 4,The Ukrainian court announced the verdict in the case ofYuriy Marchukov. The jury found that the prosecution failed to prove that he willingly and deliberately served with LNR, aiming to destroy the constitutional order in Ukraine. The court also took into account his honest confession, his poor health conditions, andthe positive qualities.
On July 5, Volodymyr Balukh, the Ukrainian political prisonerwas sentenced in Crimea to five years ofa colony on the second case.
The next day, Klyment, the Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimeaaddressed the Russian president Vladimir Putin with a request to pardonOleg Sentsov, Volodymyr Balukh and other political prisonersfrom Ukraine who currently serve time in Russia.
Vitaly Markiv was detained on Friday, June 30, in the city of Bologna. Suspicion to him was put forward by the PaviaProsecutor's Office. Currently, the fighter is in prison. Deputy platoon commander Markiv, who served in the operational battalion of Kulchytsky, is suspected of involvement in the deaths of photo reporter Andrea Rocchelli and Russian journalist Andrey Mironov, who were killed in May 2014 near Sloviansk (Donetsk region). French reporter William Roguelon was also wounded that day. In the area of the village Andriivka group of foreign journalists fell under mortar fire.
On July 3, it was reported that a lawyer of Ukrainian Vitaly Markiv intends to invite witnesses from Ukraine to the hearing in Italy.
A hearing in case ofUkraines National Guard soldier Vitaly Markivwill take place Friday, June 6 in Pavia.
The criminal case against Ukrainian Markiv in Italy
A man and a woman were found unconscious near Salisbury. They were poisonedby a nerve agent after touching a contaminated item.
An urgent investigation is being conducted to discover how a British couple have been left critically ill by the nerve agent Novichok, the same military-grade poison that nearly killed a former Russian spy and his daughter four months ago.
Britains top counter-terrorism officer, Neil Basu, announced that expert scientists in chemical warfare at the world famous Porton Down laboratory had established that Novichokhad caused the collapse in Wiltshire of British nationals Dawn Sturgess, 44, from Salisbury, and Charlie Rowley, 45, of Amesbury.
Ukraine's oil and gas producers have been especially active lately in terms of getting permissions for gas extraction. The companies expand their old licenses and get the new ones in order to develophydrocarbon deposits.
Deputy European Commissioner for the Energy Union Maros Sefcovic said that Ukraine, Russia, and the EU will gather for the meeting on gas relations on July 17. According to him, trilateral negotiations are the most effective process to seek the solution of the problems regarding the gas transit across Ukraine after 2019.
Another good news this week is that Swiss high court of Zug canton has reinstated the seizure of assets of the Nord Stream AG and Nord Stream 2 AG, belonging to Russian Gazprom.
In addition, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in his speech at the European Parliament once again stressed that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was a political project and would increase the EU's dependence on Russia.
was presented on a big screen in Karlovy Vary at the 53rd International Film Festival. This movie was the first feature-length movie of the Ukrainian film director.
The film tells a story about OSCE translator Lucas
On July 4, the most popular music event started in Kyiv Atlas Weekend. The first-day headliner was Oleh Vynnyk. The fans will have an opportunity to admire the performances of great foreign musicians. In particular, The Chemical Brothers, Placebo, and LP.
Taras Shevchenko is immortal his spirit lives in his books, which attract and fascinate modern artists and writers. Shevchenkos famous Kateryna will soon be published in English. Mykola Tolmachov, an artist, made the Illustrations to this book. He noted he tried to find really charismatic, interesting and close characters in this poem.
The book will appear on the shelves next month.
On the same day, we reported that the project of Ukrainian documentary film Panorama won the "Docs in Progress" contest in the frameworks of the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The hero of the picture is a cinema mechanic Valentyn, who has been working in one of the oldest cinemas in Kyiv Kinopanorama for 44 years.
And finally, the shooting period of the Ukrainian movie 'Only A Miracle' is over.
The State Cinema Agency of Ukraine specified that the episodefeatures adventure scenes, where the main character, the young man named Severyn, and his dog Snizhok end up in an icy cave. Severyn needs a rare medicine to save his father, which is why he goes for a long winter ride. Theadventures make the two even bigger friends than they were.

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