12 June 2019, 11:00

Top news stories of the morning: ECHR called on Russia to place Bekirov in hospital, Lithuania gave Ukraine a million munitions, and France urged not to turn a blind eye to annexation of Crimea


The European Court of Human Rights obliged the Russian Federation to urgently place the Crimean Tatar activist Edem Bekirov in the hospital. According to Rule 39 of the ECHR Regulations, which was applied to Bekirov, the Russian authorities are obliged to immediately place him in a non-prison type hospital.

Patriarch Emeritus of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Filaret, declared that on June 20, he would convene a council of the liquidated Kyiv Patriarchate, where he would officially not recognize the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches. Filaret also stated that the Metropolitan of Epiphanius is a servant of the Ecumenical Patriarch.

Lithuania transferred to Ukraine almost 1 million unused munitions for Soviet small arms. The value of the transferred assets is 255.5 thousand euros. Vilnius noted that the transfer of assets is part of supporting Ukraine and strengthening its defense capability.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that a “strategic discussion” should continue between European countries and Russia. At the same time, he stressed that Europe should not turn a blind eye to the annexation of the Crimea, since it was a “military gesture” on the part of the Russian Federation.