The passing week has painfully demonstrated that there is no ceasefire. Militants continue to shoot at the Ukrainian positions, our military are dying, and the president Zelensky urges Putin “to affect the other side”. Meanwhile, the future deputies of the Servant of the People either learn or rest in Truskavets SPA, and criminal cases for the dispersal of Euromaidan started to close under the statute of limitations. Read in details about the main events in the traditional digest by Opinion.
Four fighters of AFU (Armed Forces of Ukraine) were killed in the Donbas on August 6 during the attacks of the militants. It’s been the third week of the ceasefire. The mine went straight into the trench, where members of the Armed Forces carried out engineering equipment of their positions.
“Today, as a result of attack near Pavlopol, 4 Ukrainian servicemen were killed. The soldiers of the 36th brigade of Marines were engaged in the engineering equipment of the positions of the platoon stronghold when militants treacherously fired from a handheld antitank grenade launcher,” the NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Danyiuk stated.
According to the chief of the general staff of AFU Ruslan Khomchak, the Ukrainian military decided not to break the “fruitful ceasefire” in their turn. During the shelling on 6 August, the soldiers of the AFU were ready to give an answer to the enemy, but the enemy left their positions after a fire.
The killed guys were aged between 20 and 31.
As a result of the attack, Vladyslav Rak born in 1998 was killed. He originated from a small town of Kozelets in Chernihiv oblast. He served as a grenade thrower in the marine corps.
A senior sailor Oleksandr Sharko – born in 1988. Sharko was originally from Kozelets district of Chernihiv oblast. He was an assistant grenade thrower in the brigade.
As a result of the attack, Serhii Shandra, a soldier from the village of Torchyn of the Khmilnyk district of Vinnytsia oblast, was killed. The military was born in 1995.
The fourth victim was a sailor Vasyl Kurdov born in 1999. Kurdov was from the village of Hannivka of the Bratske district of Mykolaiv oblast. He served as a gunner.
Since July 21, when the “fruitful ceasefire” was declared in Minsk, 6 servicemen were killed in the zone of the JFO, 9 more were injured.
Thus, the number of enemy attacks has much decreased in the last 2,5 weeks, and they generally bear indirect character, the AFU state. But the coffins of the soldiers keep arriving at the indeed peaceful regions.
After the attack, in the morning of August 7, Volodymyr Zelensky called the president of Russia Vladimir Putin because of the death of the Ukrainian military after the declared ceasefire regime in Donbas.
“I spoke with Putin this morning. I called him urgently and said that it does not bring us closer to peace. I told that I asked him to influence that party so that they stopped killing our people,” Zelensky told.
The second issue, according to Zelensky, is the demining of territories and “we need to reduce the time of the bridge construction in Stanytsia Luhanska.” The presidents also discussed the release of prisoners.
“We had a long conversation,” the head of state added.
Zelensky also said that due to the aggravation in Donbas, he will have a conversation with the president of France and plans to talk with the German chancellor.
“We urgently need to meet with the leaders of the Normandy Four, look each other in the eyes and stop the war,” Zelensky said.
After this call, only the lazy didn’t criticize Zelensky. The president was criticized not only because of the mere fact of the conversation but also for his request to Putin, and mainly for the fact that he called the militants “independent force” for the first time in the history of the international Ukrainian relations, and asked Putin not to stop the attacks, but to influence them.
The press service of the president Putin stated that the telephone conversation took place on the initiative of the Ukrainian side.
“We agreed to intensify work on the return of detainees,” the Kremlin statement says.
At the same time, Putin stressed that “to de-escalate the conflict, it is necessary, first of all, to exclude further attacks by the Ukrainian troops on the settlements of Donbas”. And the Kremlin also require “the provision of the special status for DNR and LNR” for a ceasefire.
The bloody ball appeared on the field of the Russians again. Zelensky has already had to respond to this attack on Ukrainian sovereignty.
“Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that he would protect the rights of all Ukrainians, regardless of where they are, and there is no need to make changes in the Constitution of Ukraine for this,” the press service of the head of state said.
Realizing the utter hopelessness of face-to-face talks with Putin, the president has already turned to international partners.
Zelensky told Emmanuel Macron about the death of four soldiers in Donbas, as well as the steps aimed at the peaceful settlement of the conflict in the East of Ukraine.
As in the conversation with the Russian president Vladimir Putin, Zelensky called for an immediate meeting of the leaders of the Normandy Four to “preserve the peace process and agreeing on the next steps aimed at a final resolution of the conflict.”
“Emmanuel Macron expressed full support for the initiatives of Ukraine and agreed with the need to hold a summit soon,” the report says.
Zelensky also offered the US to join to the dialogue, but they diplomatically refrained: “only in case of the consent of all the participants in the negotiations,” the Americans said.
After that, Volodymyr Zelensky flew to Turkey to meet with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Bartholomew. He had a big meeting and a closed conversation with the patriarch and the development of Donbas was discussed with the president of Turkey. They talked about the construction of roads, airports, seaports and the cooperation in the defence, energy and tourism sectors. Erdoğan hopes that the trade turnover between Ukraine and Turkey will reach 10 billion U.S. dollars.
And while the Turks are invited here to work, the Ukrainian people’s deputies seem to be in the mood for relaxation.
The vast majority of the people’s deputies from the Servant of the People attended all the lectures in Truskavets, but there were those who rested and went to the SPA instead of studying. This is stated in an interview with the president of the Kyiv School of Economics Tymofiy Mylovanov to “Ukrainska Pravda”.
“There were people who came on the first two days and didn’t come any more… there were people who went to the SPA and showed that they came here generally to rest. There were such people. But the vast majority was attending, about 80 per cent.”
“There were people from expert groups or those who had Western education or even worked or are now working with the government and have experience. They didn’t need certain spheres. They attended some other lectures.”
But the Servant of the People has already divided the committees and are now fighting for the prime minister post.
“We have a shortlist, it includes Andrii Koboliev (the chairman of the board of Naftogaz of Ukraine), Yurii Vitrenko (the executive director of Naftogaz), Oleksii Honcharuk (the deputy chairman of the PO on economic issues) and Vladyslav Rashkovan (the executive director of the International Monetary Fund),” the deputy-elect Davyd Arakhamiya said.
He also confirmed that the head of the SP party Dmytro Razumkov is considered a “non-alternative” candidate for the post of the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada.
As for Attorney General, Arakhamiya named a possible contender – the deputy head of the President’s Office Ruslan Riaboshapka, however, he stressed that there are alternative candidates.
But there are no alternatives when the government flirts and builds a sole dictatorship. The attempt to arrest the ex-president caused the worst crisis in a decade in the only democracy of Central Asia. While the prime ministers of the Eurasian Union countries flock to Kyrgyzstan for the summit, the streets of the capital Bishkek are getting emptier in anticipation of the confrontation between the supporters of the former and incumbent presidents, Hromadske writes.
The former president of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev was placed in the remand centre of the National Security Committee (NSC) until August 26, and the Security Forces in Bishkek dispersed the supporters of the detained ex-president of Kyrgyzstan. The number of wounded increased to hundreds.
Meanwhile, we have a case against a police colonel for the dispersal Euromaidan in Kharkiv closed under the statute of limitations. The former deputy head of the city police department of Kharkiv Oleksandr Hapura is suspected of the organization of beating of citizens for blocking a Berkut division that had to go to Kyiv to disperse the capital protest.
Let’s not be Kyrgyzstan, let’s be Ukraine.
Text by Denys Sokolov