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Scoop of Constitution Day: disengagement, prisoners' release

Scoop of Constitution Day: disengagement, prisoners' release

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy launched a flashmob under the hashtag which reads in Ukrainian as #myfavouritearticle on occasion of Constitution Day. He invited Ukrainians to upload videos about their favourite articles of the constitution.

"I really wish we liked the constitution not because it is another day off and we can have a barbeque out of town… Let us promise to know our constitution and, what is most important, honour and respect it," he said.

The Constitution of Ukraine was adopted in the early hours of 28 June 1996.

Ex-President Leonid Kuchma, who represents Ukraine in the trilateral contact group on a Donbas settlement, has visited Luhansk Region to observe the disengagement of forces on the line of contact near Stanytsya Luhanska.

According to Novosti Dobassa, Ukrainian troops pulled 500 m back from their positions near the bridge in Stanytsya Luhanska while separatists moved 1.5 km away from their positions. Concrete slabs which servicemen used as a cover are being disassembled.

Once the disengagement is complete, the bridge will be repaired. The International Red Cross Committee allocated 60m euros to the project. The repairs can take 1.5-3 months if a ceasefire is observed, according to Kuchma.

The self-proclaimed separatist Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics have released four captive Ukrainians, a senior figure of the pro-Russian Opposition Platform and Vladimir Putin's close friend, Viktor Medvedechuk has said. After a briefing in Minsk, which has been a platform for Donbas talks, they were flown to Kyiv. These are Yakiv Veremeychyk, Eduard Mikheyev, Maksym Horyayinov and Dmytro Velykyy.

Horyayinov went missing in May 2019 when his group of eight soldiers ended up in an occupied territory near Novotroyitske.

According to some accounts, he was driving the car carrying the soldiers.

Dmytro Velykyy allegedly deserted the Ukrainian army and went to Russia for work, but was later labelled as a saboteur by the separatists, journalist Dmytro Kazanskyy said.

The Russian occupying authorities in Crimea have seized the St Volodymyr and Olha Cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Simferopol, according to Krym.Realii.

Serhiy Zayats, who represents the Crimean eparchy in the European Court of Human Rights, says by granting a lawsuit filed by the Russian-controlled Crimean ministry of property and land rights seeking to seize the church over a symbolic outstanding rent of 1 hryvnya, the local arbitration court in fact liquidated the eparchy because it has no other property.

In early 2014, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate had 46 parishes. According to the Ukrainian Helsinki Group, 38 of them ceased to exist the same year the peninsula was occupied by Russia.

Maj-Gen Anatoliy Kalyuzhnyak has been appointed a deputy head of the main directorate for fighting corruption and organized crime of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). He held a similar post under ex-President Viktor Yanukovych in 2010-13, which means he cannot work in public service under the vetting law.

After the Revolution of Dignity, Kalyuzhnyak was an aide to MP Vladyslav Bukharyev, who was recently appointed head of the Foreign Intelligence Service.

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