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Scoop of the day: OSCE PA issues resolution on Crimea, Donbas

Scoop of the day: OSCE PA issues resolution on Crimea, Donbas

USA

US charge d'affaires ad interim Kristina Kvien will leave Kyiv on 9 July. She will go on vacation and will prepare the Ukrainian president's visit to the USA. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent may step in as Kvien's successor, ZN.ua has reported, quoting sources.

Russia

The Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE has adopted an urgent resolution which condemns the lasting occupation of Crimea and certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions by Russia, as well as war crimes committed by the Russian authorities, armed forces and mercenaries in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories, the head of the Ukrainian parliamentary delegation, Mykyta Poturayev, has said. The resolution also condemns Russia's attempts to block the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov.

Belarus

The Belarusian Information Ministry has banned the broadcasting of two Ukrainian TV channels, including Ukraine's Russian-language broadcaster UATV and Kvartal TV, which used to be available from 32 local cable networks. The formal reason is unauthorised advertising. UATV denied the allegations, saying that the UA channel and the Dom channel broadcasting to temporarily occupied territories do not broadcast advertising.

From 1 August 2020 to 1 June 2021, 662 Belarusians have been granted permanent residence permits in Ukraine and 2,772 more have been issued temporary residence permits, the State Migration Service has said in response to an LB.ua inquiry.

Rally

Severan dozen people have taken part in a rally in support of Radio Liberty journalist Vladyslav Yesypenko detained in Russia-annexed Crimea, which was held in central Kyiv.

Today, a Russia-controlled court extended Yesypenko's arrest by another six months. He is suspected of collecting intelligence for Ukrainian special services and making an IED.

Crimea

Over the years of Crimea occupation, Russia has drafted around 30,000 Ukrainian nationals for military service, Ukraine's First Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova has said. She accused Russia of violating international humanitarian law.

Donbas

One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and three more wounded in Donbas amid nine ceasefire violations by Russia-backed militants on 5 July, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said.

Russia has handed out around 630,000 passports in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions, National Security and Defence Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov has told Ukrayina 24 TV.

Death

The head of the State Water Resources Agency, Valentyn Shlikhta, died on 6 July, the agency's press service has reported. He was 58.

Incident

Three Ukrainians have been hospitalized after a private helicopter they were on crashed down into Lake Talty in Poland's Masurian Lake District, the Polish radio station RMF FM has reported.

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