May holidays are lasting – at least in the informational field of Ukraine. Society is gradually getting used to Zelensky’s presidency, he disappeared from the headlines, the leading position was taken by Putin: first with his passports on occupied Donbas, then with another attempt to awake nostalgia for Soviet times on May 9. Meanwhile, the week didn’t take a week-long vacation and moved on. Will Ukraine be able to lose weight and knuckle down to work? Read in the Digest from Opinion.
The text will be guided by the best photos of the week by CNN version.
The USA again survived school shooting, Megan Markle gave birth to a child and Palestina launched rocket attacks on Izrael. This week the world couldn’t take rest so maybe Ukrainians also have to turn off holiday mode?
President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky wrote a letter to the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Andriy Parubiy, in which he insists on holding inauguration on May 19.
“I think inauguration must take place on May 19. I insisted on this very day on today’s meeting with the heads of parliamentary factions. I wrote about this very date to the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Andriy Parubiy. Certainty is highly important for people of Ukraine, for foreign guests and for me personally,” President-elect wrote on Facebook.
However, the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Andriy Parubiy, favours May 27 as the day of holding the inauguration of the President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky.
This was said by the vice-chairman of “People’s Front” party Andriy Teteruk.
“I guarantee that on May 19 he won’t take responsibilities. There are no votes for in the parliament,” the deputy said. According to him, the draft resolutions that were submitted for consideration regarding Zelensky’s inauguration may be rejected not gaining 226 votes.
Teteruk stressed that if the parliament didn’t decide, then according to the current legislation, the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada would decide alone. “And Andriy Parubiy is a supporter of the inauguration on May 27,” the deputy said.
So Zelensky will probably appear in the position of the “lame duck” already in two weeks. He will receive the mace but won’t be able to wave it. Will he manage to preserve 73% of followers this way – probably not. Ukrainians usually face reality very quickly.
A strange thing: Ukraine has two presidents but the two fainted on the face of the future. If Zelensky hid in the social networks, Poroshenko confidently follows his steps.
The incumbent head of the state didn’t come to the court where he should have been questioned as a witness on the Maidan case. According to the head of the Special Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office, Serhiy Horbatiuk, the president was summoned for questioning two weeks ago. He had to be brought for questioning, in particular, regarding the events of February 18, 2014.
“The witness didn’t come to the questioning. The investigator wasn’t informed. The reason wasn’t explained. He was summoned to be asked additional questions about the events of February 18-19, and December 1, and also about that fact that, since the first interrogation that took place in November 2016, Petro Poroshenko gave some comments on events that contained data which he didn’t provide during the first interrogation. Also, unfortunately, during the 2,5 years, he didn’t sign the protocol of the first questioning which took place under surveillance. The president was busy at that time and asked to sign it another time. And on another day, despite a dozen of our notifications and the help of Prosecutor General, there was no reaction. He didn’t appear, we will continue to summon him,” Horbatiuk stated.
He explained that the interrogation that took place 2.5 years ago has not yet received procedural status since Mr Poroshenko didn’t sign the protocol.
It may be necessary for the investigator to wait for Poroshenko to be released from office – then Mr Poroshenko will have plenty of time to go for interrogation. But with such an attitude to the memory of those who perished on the Instytutska, let he not be surprised that he lost in the election with such a blow and lost 54% of the rating.
The meeting of judges of the High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine elected Olena Tanasevych, the judge of original jurisdiction, as a chairman of the newly-minted court. She was elected by secret voting on Tuesday and she got 23 of judges’ votes.
During the competition to the Anti-Corruption Court, she showed the best score among all the applicants.
Ms Tanasevych was born in 1882, graduated from Kharkiv Pedagogical University, then from Kharkiv Juridical Academy. Since 2002 she has been working as a lawyer, then as a side judge. Before being elected at the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court, Ms Tanasevych worked at the Pechenizky Kharkiv Regional Court. In 2018 she got PhD in juridical sciences. Olena Tanasevych is fluent in English. Her husband has a business in Kharkiv, the family has a flat there and six land plots.
And here the most interesting part begins.
In the declaration for 2018 additional land plots appeared. Also, her husband declared the ownership of Seraphim Solar Ukraine Ltd. (100% of shares) and Euro Energy LLC (50% of shares), which are engaged in the production of electricity. Tellingly that the part of land plots are rented in the Soniachne (Sunny – Ed.) village in Zaporizhia outskirts.
We hope and pray that with the beginning of the Anti-Corruption Court not only the number of land plots will be increasing but also the number of sentences to the corruptionists and thieves.
Corruption and negligence clearly demonstrated in Moscow what the result of humiliating attitude towards a human and their values could be. The plane crash of Sukhoi Superjet 100 was a result of non-carried out maintenance check before the take-off from Saratov to Moscow. On May 5, the plane had to perform an emergency landing at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. The liner crashed against the runway and caught fire.
According to the official data of the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation, 41 people of 78 died. Among the victims, there was one citizen of Ukraine. She is at the hospital, badly injured.
Before that, the UN released a terrible data. Now the population of the Earth poses more problems to nature than ever before in the history of mankind.
The UN warns that now more than one in eight million species of animals and plants may disappear in the next decade.
The organization came to this conclusion, analyzing the changes in nature over the past 15 years. Serious problems relate both to species that live on land and species living in the oceans, seas and rivers.
“More than half a million species on land have no place to live, necessary for their survival over a long period of time,” the researchers warned.
Scientists warn that a reduction in the number of species can occur in the next 10 years if their habitat is not restored.
“Humanity involuntarily tries to stifle a living planet and its own future,” said the biologist at George Mason University, Thomas Lovejoy, who is called “the godfather of biodiversity” for his study.
Don’t panic or lose heart, but on the contrary – take your reusable bags, use less plastic and stop littering. Ukraine needs such consciousness!