Pro-Russian militants in Donbas sentenced a man to death /

Week in numbers

08:40, 15 February 2016
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One death sentence was formally pronounced by the pro-Russian militants in Donbas, 12 Crimean Tatars were detained after the Russian FSB raided their homes in the occupied Crimea; 21,000 officials are deemed potential targets of Ukraine’s brand new National Anti-Corruption Bureau.

One individual was convicted to the death penalty by the pro-Russian militants in occupied areas of Donbas, who reported of this decision as “official,” Russian media reported.

Only one decision was taken by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in favor of Ukraine in 2015 in the cases filed by the citizens of Ukraine against the state, according to the Supreme Court of Ukraine.

One person was killed in India by a fallen meteorite, foreign media reported, in a first case recorded over 200 years.

Preparations to the meeting between head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis have reportedly lasted for the past two years, according to the foreign media citing a source in the Vatican. Such a meeting on neutral territory, in Cuba, was held for the first time ever. A joint declaration was signed as an outcome of the historic meeting.

Four people were killed in the explosion of a passenger bus near a checkpoint in Maryinka district of Donetsk region, according to the regional prosecutor's office.

Six cities and regions of Russia are no longer “twins” to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, according to the Kyiv City Council. The decision to stop twinning with Moscow, Volgograd, St. Petersburg, Ulan-Ude, Republic of Komi and Makhachkala was supported by 97 deputies of the City Council.

Military officials responsible for the failure to provide normal conditions of service for the Ukrainian troops from the 53rd mechanized brigade at the Shyrokiy Lan training range in Mykolaiv region may face nine years in jail, according to the military prosecutor's office of the Southern region.

11 people were killed and another 150 were injured in a collision of two regional trains in Germany’s Bavaria, foreign media reported.

11 Ukrainian citizens are held illegally as political prisoners in the territory of Russia, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.


12 Crimean Tatars were detained in the FSB raids across the annexed Crimea, Ukrainian media reported with the reference to the human rights activists. Only two were later released. The searches in homes of the Crimean Tatars are continuing.

15 Russian TV channels were added to the list of those banned in Ukraine, according to the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting.

30 UN peacekeepers were wounded and another three killed in an attack on their base in Mali, according to foreign media referring to representatives of the UN Mission in Mali.

53 species from Aedes family of insects that can potentially carry Zika virus live in Ukraine, according to Ukrainian media quoting the Ukrainian Center for control and monitoring of diseases of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine as saying. Three facilities across Ukraine are able to diagnose the Zika virus. The World Health Organization noted that 15 pharmaceutical companies are now trying to develop a vaccine against the virus, and the first tests are set to be carried out in 1.5 years.

Ukraine’s public debt amounted to 79% of GDP at the end of 2015, as reported in the Department of Public Debt Management of the Ministry of Finance.

136 prisoners and hostages are held by pro-Russian militants in Donbas, said Iryna Gerashchenko, the president’s envoy for settlement of the Donbas conflict, a member of the Minsk Sub-Group on prisoner exchange.

144 settlements have to be renamed in the occupied territories of Donbas in the framework of the law on decommunisation, according to the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory.

273 people died in Ukraine from flu, according to the Ministry of Health. The largest number of deaths was recorded in Odesa region and Kyiv.

9,200 servicemen were awarded orders and medals from the beginning of the ATO, more than 1,700 of them – posthumously, according to the Ministry of Defense.

Hackers in Japan have stolen 20,000 files containing defense and political-related confidential data, foreign media reported. In particular, among the stolen data were confidential notes and scheduled activities of a number of political figures, as well as passwords to email accounts.

21,000 Ukrainian officials are potential targets of the country’s brand new National Anti-Corruption Bureau, with particular attention drawn to the judges, the director of the NABU Artem Sytnyk said.

The total number of militants and Russian troops in the areas of Donbas beyond government control amounts to 34,000, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

37,000 Ukrainian families with loans totaling over UAH 20 billion will be liable to debt restructuring, as calculated by the Finance Ministry. According to the authorities, the relevant bill on the restructuring of foreign currency mortgage loans of the citizens does not pose a threat to the banking system.

100,000 children in Ukraine are students of institutional care establishments (boarding schools), said the president’s representative on children’s rights Mykola Kuleba.

108,465 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were granted a status of combatants, according to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

The EU is planning to provide EUR 3.3 million to strengthen territorial cooperation of border regions of Ukraine and Belarus, according to the experts of a "Belarus-Ukraine” Program for territorial cooperation.

The volume of Ukraine’s public procurement in 2015 was recorded at UAH 112.1 billion, according to the State Statistics Service. At the same time, the total annual amount of funds scheduled by the customers for procurement operations in 2015 amounted to UAH 223.6 billion.

Margarita Andreyeva

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