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Scoop of the weekend: Zelenskyy goes to Germany

Scoop of the weekend: Zelenskyy goes to Germany

Germany

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has gone on a two-day working visit to Germany. He is planned to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and Christian Democratic Union candidate for chancellor Armin Laschet. Zelenskyy is expected to raise the issues of bilateral relations, the Donbas conflict and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

Donbas

The Ukrainian delegation at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of Ceasefire has said militants threatened an OSCE monitoring patrol near Vilkhivka during a planned launch of their UAV. They demanded that the patrol ground the drone and erase any footage, otherwise they will destroy it. The patrol had to oblige and leave the area.

Five ceasefire violations were registered from midnight to early evening on 11 July, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said.

Separatists fired with grenade launchers of various systems near Pisky and 82-mm mortars near Novoselivka. Two separatist drones were spotted crossing the line of contact.

On 10 July, separatists breached the truce 11 times, pounding Myronivske with 122-mm artillery, Vodyane near Donetsk with 120-mm mortars, Vodyane near Mariupol with 122-mm artillery and grenade launchers, Shyrokyne with 82-mm mortars, the area of Svitlodarsk with 120-mm and 82-mm mortars and various grenade launchers, Pisky with 82-mm mortars, Zolote with an anti-tank missile system.

No combat losses were reported during the weekend.

However, one Ukrainian serviceman was killed and three wounded in Donbas on 9 July.

Russia

Russia is using "socio-cultural foundations and centres" to influence the population in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate has said. One of such centres is the Russian World (Russkiy Mir) Foundation headed by the deputy head of the Russian presidential administration, Dmitry Kozak.

Belarus

The leader of the Belarusian opposition, Svyatlana Tsikhanowskaya, has told Segodnya that she had an informal meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Vilnius. She said that Belarus "feels Ukraine's support", including when it accepts and employs Belarusians.

Military

The international military exercise Sea Breeze has finished, the Ukrainian Navy has said. According to Ukrainian Navy Commander, Rear Adm Oleksiy Neyizhpapa, all the tasks were implemented in full. The ships which took part in the exercise will now be heading for Bulgaria.

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