The Revolution on granite started 25 years ago /

Week in numbers

23:30, 05 October 2015
3 min. 176

25 years ago, started a revolution on granite, one of the drivers for Ukraine gaining independence in 1991; the withdrawal of light artillery in Donbas is expected to last for 41 days; 11,006 Ukrainian men may be drafted during another round of mobilization this fall.

One Su-25 fighter jet of the Russian Air Force was reportedly shot down in Syria, according to some foreign media. This happened after the Russian aircraft bombed several towns in the provinces of Homs, Hama and Latakia in Syria, killing between 30 and 60 civilians, including 12 childern, according to various estimates. It was the Federation Council that approved the use of Russia’s Air Force in Syria.

Ukrainian border guards detained seven illegal migrants - six immigrants from Iraq and one from Syria in western Ukrainian Lviv region, according to the State Border Service of Ukraine.

Ukraine is now the eighth in the UEFA club ranking following the last Champions Laegue and League Europa round, according to the official website of the organization.

15 blasts hit China’s southern province of Liuzhou, killing seven and injuring another 50, foreign media reported. Explosive devices were sent in express delivery packages.

18 Ukrainian dairy companies have gained access to the Chinese market, according to the Ukrainian government. The Cabinet of Ministers pointed out that access to the Chinese market is another step towards diversification of Ukrainian agricultural products after Russia closed its market to Ukrainian dairy products.

21 buildings were damaged in a terrorist attack outside the building of Odesa regional division of Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU), according to local authorities. The blast that targeted the office of security officials caused damage worth over UAH 250,000.

A campaign of non-violent acts of civil disobedience started across Ukraine 25 years ago. Titled as “Revolution on Grainte,” it was organized by young Ukrainian citizens, mainly students. The protests culminated in the signing of the resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic that guaranteed compliance with the protesters’ demands. The revolution on granite was one of drivers that led to Ukraine gaining independence in 1991.

Donbas militants are ready to release 30 captive Ukrainian troops, according to Volodymyr Ruban, head of the Center for Prisoner Exchange. Ruban claims, the number of unmet requests for the release of captives amounts to 350.

The withdrawal of light artillery from the contact line in Donbas is to last for 41 days, as agreed by the Normandy Four leaders, according to President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.


147 countries, which account for 85% of all greenhouse gas emissions, presented their action plans to reduce volumes of such emissions, according to the Office of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

738 tonnes of embargoed food products weredestroyed by the Russian authorities since early August, according to Russia’s Rosselkhoznadzor. 676 tonnes of plant food  has been completely destroyed, while only 62 tonnes out of 318 tonnes of seized products of animal origin has been incinerated.

3,000 law enforcers will be on a daily duty across Donetsk region starting October 14 to ensure law and order during the election campaign, according to Donetsk regional police office. All law enforcement agencies involved in ensuring the legality of the election, will be equipped distinctively and will bear service weapons.

The Ukrainian government plans to draft 11,006 Ukrainian men in an October-November mobilization campaign, according to the Cabinet resolution. 400 men will be conscripted in Kyiv alone.

In October-November, 400 Ukrainian men will be drafted in Kyiv to serve in the military / Photo from UNIAN

61,000 employees working without labor contracts with their employers were identified by the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine in January-August 2015, according to its report. The Service recorded violations of tax legislation on the payment of wages by 57% of audited employers since the beginning of the year.

82,547 troops and employees of the Armed Forces of Ukraine received the status of combatants since the beginning of the Anti-Terrorist Operation, according to the General Staff. 76,598 documents confirming such status have been issued.

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine allocated UAH 487,200 in one-time cash assistance for persons who suffered serious injuries during the Revolution of dignity, according to the government’s resolution. The Ministry of Finance is due to cover these expenditures using the reserve fund of the State Budget.

514,000 migrants arrived in Europe in the current year, foreign media reported with reference to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR. This number is twice that for the entire 2014.


The Ukrainian citizens paid UAH 5.6 billion in taxes to the State Budget since early 2015, according to the State Fiscal Service. In August, the volume of paid taxes amounted to UAH 743.6 million, which is 15.8% higher than the planned target.

Margarita Andreyeva

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