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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: SEPT. 3 – 7

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: SEPT. 3 – 7

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About Donbas:
The amassment of armored vehicles and heavy weaponry in Donbas conducted by pro-Kremlin militants was perhaps the most disturbing news over the past week. At the same time, Russia’s FSB agents came to Donetsk to investigate the murder of Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the ‘leader’ of the self-styled Donetsk People’s Republic. Denis Pushilin to be his successor until the election of the new full-fledged leader takes place. Kremlin does not provide any information about these investigations – neither to Ukraine nor the OSCE.

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About Oleg Senstov:
Ukrainian film maker and political prisoner, continues his courageous struggle from behind the bars in the Russian penal colony. His friend, Ukrainian civil activist Oleksiy Hrytsenko quoted a letter from Sentsov, in which he said he would not surrender and asked fellow Ukrainians to act the same.
Russia has once again refused to pardon Sentsov.
Meanwhile, the petition in support for Sentsov gains 100,000 signatures, while two MPs of the Ukrainian Parliament nominated Sentsov for Nobel Peace Prize.
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About Armyansk ecologic disaster:
Titanium plant in annexed Crimea stops work due to acidic emissions on August 23. It took Russia 2 weeks to evacuate children. Air contamination reaches mainland of Ukraine as well. 37 Ukrainian border guards poisoned. All facts – here.

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About Red Terror:
On September 5, the Ukrainian Parliament and some common citizens paid tribute to the victims of the Red Terror of 1917-1922. The moment of silence was held for those repressed and murdered by the Bolshevik secret police.
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About Ukraine’s funds:
The mission of International Monetary Fund (IMF) headed by Ron van Rooden has begun its work in Kyiv. Earlier, Ukraine returned $160,3 million of debt to IMF.
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About Ukraine and the United States:
Ukraine’s friend, late Sen. John McCain will be replaced in the U.S. Senate by his friend Jon Kyl.

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About Skripals:
the suspects in poisoning of Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia were named by the U.K. Crown Prosecution Service. Theresa May said they were two GRU officers.
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About “summer” time:
On August 31, it was reported that the EU intended to cancel transition to “summer” and “winter” time. More than 80% of the respondents supported the cancellation. Later, the Ministry of Economic Development informed that it would ask the Cabinet of Ministers to introduce changes to the process of computation of time due to EU’s decision.
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