All the most important news of Ukrainian and world politics, society, sports and culture last week in review

Along the borders

The question the speaker of Gospogransluzhby Oleg Slobodyan reported that the passport of the citizen of Ukraine, which entered in the register as invalid, on the border should be withdrawn, and its owner refused the admission through frontier. However, to remove the passport from the ex-Governor of the Odessa region Mikhail Saakashvili while the opportunity never came up. First, the media reported about his stay in Poland. 8 Aug Polish reporters learned that Saakashvili left for Poland – and on the same day, ex-Governor shared in his Facebook news that has already arrived in Lithuania.


“It’s always nice to be in fraternal Lithuania, especially among friends-the founders of independence of Lithuania: Vytautas Landsbergis, Ministers, government members and presidential candidates. I thanked the Lithuanians for their support of Ukraine and Georgia, and am very grateful for the position regarding my citizenship,” wrote Saakashvili.

What country he will go next – while affair. But Council member party the Movement of new forces David Sakvarelidze has said that party members are planning to meet deprived of Ukrainian citizenship Saakashvili on the border and provide him entry to Ukraine.

“The wall”

On 8 August, the Detectives NAB and SAP prosecutors detained six people in the investigation of the fact of embezzlement of budget funds allocated for the project Wall – technical arrangement of the border with Russia and areas adjacent to the ATO area and temporarily occupied the Crimea. Head of SAP Nazar Golodnitsky reported that the amount of damages is 16 million 688 thousand UAH.

Arrested was Alexander Cimanuk – head of construction management Department of resource provision of the administration of the state border service; Telco Vladimir – former head the first separate Department of capital construction of state frontier service; the Board Vyacheslav officer production and technical Department; Director of Butantr knight; Alexander Kashuba – Director of the Agency of protection of information; Sergey Znachko – former Deputy head of GP Chernihiv Oblavtodor; one of the intermediaries who acted as a coordinator between business entities.

The next day, all seven reported about suspicion.

On 10 and 11 August, the court arrested all the suspects. The total amount of collateral amounted to 25.5 million UAH.

The Dismissal Of Balcona

9 August the head of the Ukrzaliznytsia Wojciech Balczun filed a letter of resignation.

“The reason for filing this statement – the personal circumstances of Mr. Balczun,” commented Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman.

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the statement, the now ex-head of the Ukrzaliznytsia.

Later in the same day, the General Prosecutor’s office hastened to announce that Balcon in 2016 absent in the workplace 87 of 145 days, and in 2017 – 45 of 103 working days.

“The investigation established that from fulfilling its direct duties V. Balchan actually withdrew, effective management did not commit, which had a negative impact on the activities of the company and the state of the law on railway transport in General”, – wrote in his Facebook press Secretary of the Prosecutor General Larisa Sargan.

Balcon has been the head of the Ukrainian enterprise little more than a year – it was awarded on 20 April 2016.

But the dismissal of the head of Ukrzaliznytsya history, according to the statement of the Minister of infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan, will not end: the company is coming to replace the entire leadership.

See also: Omeljan told about the planned layoffs at Ukrzaliznytsia

The judgment seat occupants

August 10, puppets of the Kremlin in the Railway district “court” of Simferopol in the temporarily occupied Crimea was sentenced to 1 year and 8 months in prison Crimean Tatar Redwan Suleymanova, one of the accused in the case of “Crimean saboteurs.”

During one of the “courtroom” of the occupiers in the Crimea on trumped-up case against Akhmet Chiygoza near the building of the picket was arrested for 10 days the 76-year-old Crimean Tatar Server Karamatov. Local law enforcers have charged him with “violation of order of carrying out of pickets” and “resisting police officers”.

11 Aug Severo-the Caucasian district military court sentenced to eight years in a General regime colony of the citizen of Ukraine Arthur Panov, accused the Russian authorities of planning a terrorist attack in Rostov-on-don.

On August 12, the lawyer of one of Ukrainian political prisoner Vladimir Baloga reported that the head of the detention center force was used against his client.

The threat of the DPRK

Nuclear program of North Korea has caused not only the angry rhetoric of the President of the United States Donald trump and troubles of its neighbors North Korea: now the confrontation came and Europe. But the views of the US and the EU differ – trump to moderate their threats against Pyongyang while obviously not intended, but European leaders are calling for the search for diplomatic solutions.

Last week the whole world watched as the North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN and trump has thrown threats at each other, trying to say in response, something more eerie and frightening.

See also: On a collision course: a cartoon about angry words, Kim Jong-UN and trump

North Korea has made a specific threat to the U.S. military base on the island of GUAM in the Pacific ocean, which further escalate the situation. Probably, the choice of this location by the authorities of the DPRK was not accidental: in the event of an attack on the American island of GUAM, NATO will be obliged to support the US. On GUAM not covered by the North Atlantic Treaty.

Pentagon chief James Mattis, like his boss did not believe in persuasion, and expressly stated that North Korea must stop its nuclear testing: the strategists in the Pentagon have a plan a military solution, but the Agency “did not open fire”, yet leaving room for the actions of diplomats of the USA and allies.

See also: Stephen king: trump and Kim Jong UN are fighting for the title of most insane

Threatened Pyongyang and members of the United Nations for the sanctions imposed, and the proposal of South Korea to improve relations, the DPRK authorities refused, calling the intentions of their neighbor “insincere”. Meanwhile, Japan is already preparing to repel the North Korean missiles. But China is still sluggish, trying to reason with your neighbor.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized the “escalation of rhetoric” trump, believing that a military solution of the situation around North Korea is not. To prevent the aggravation also called on the President of France Emmanuel macron and Minister of Britain, Boris Johnson.

At the same time, us Senator John McCain is right to criticize trump did not, but advised him “be careful what you threaten”.


Last week brought two pieces of good news from trade. In the first half of 2017 the export of dairy products from Ukraine increased by 93.9% compared to the same period last year. But Ukrainian sugar producers have already supplied to foreign markets 751 thousand tons of its product, which is almost six times more than for all of last marketing year (132.2 thousand t).

“To us the auditor” goes

On 7 August, Deputy Prime Minister Gennady Zubko said that the fall in Ukraine will start working the representative of the German government for decentralization, whose competence will be the deepening of partnership between Ukrainian and German regions, as well as the implementation of infrastructure projects using the experience of Germany.

Egg scandal

Scandal eggs from the Netherlands erupted on the last day of July, but after two weeks of toxic eggs can be found in different EU countries.

See also: Toxic eggs. How can Ukraine use the egg scandal in the EU

Eggs contaminated with the insecticide by fipronil, which affects the kidneys, liver and thyroid gland in humans, was discovered in Switzerland, China and at least 15 EU countries.

Biometric hype

Two months after the introduction of a visa-free regime with the European Union and the miles of queues in passport offices, in Kiev, in the shopping center “Ukraine” in Victory square was opened center for biometric passports. Its opening took place on 12 August. Center “Passport service” transferred to the shopping center “Ukraine” from the building on Shevchenko Boulevard 27.

The simplification of the visa regime with Qatar

Ukrainians did not have time to fully experience the benefits of a visa-free regime with the EU, visa facilitation was offered and Qatar. Now the citizens of Ukraine do not need to pre-process documents to obtain your visa – they will be able to get a visa on arrival in the country for a period of 30 days with the same duration of stay in Qatar.

“Cautious return”

August 12, the newspaper The Hill reported that this fall the former President Barack Obama will return to the national stage. One of the advisors said that there would be a “delicate dance” that is supposed to back Obama into politics, but the former President is not going to become the face of the Democrats.


Barack Obama (photo – EPA)

Close Obama advisers say that his goal is to restore the role of the Democratic party, after the electoral defeat, but most of his activities will be in the shade. In the coming weeks, advisers will speak with Obama about what his schedule will be this fall.

The war in the Donbass

Last week in the Donbass killed seven soldiers of the APU, another 31 Ukrainian soldier was wounded or injured.

See also: Muzhenko: Russian Exercises Zapad-2017 are offensive in nature

Dismissed Balcon and Saakashvili on the border: news of the week 14.08.2017

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