Top stories of the morning: Street shooting in USA - six people killed, large-scale protest rally for resignation of prime minister held in Prague, former political prisoners went for rehabilitation in Latvia
One policeman and five civilians died in a shootout in Jersey City, New Jersey. City officials do not consider the incident a terrorist attack, CNN reported. The city police chief informed that among the dead there are two suspects and three more dead were discovered in the building. The shooting lasted about an hour.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the topic of Ukraine became the leading one during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on December 10 in Washington, European Truth reports. He stressed that “he repeated to Lavrov that Crimea belongs to Ukraine and that the solution to the conflict in the east begins with compliance with the commitments made under the Minsk agreements.”
Yesterday, December 10, people’s deputies from the Servant of the People faction registered in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine a draft extending the law on the special status of Donbass for one year. The initiators are the leader of the Servant of the People David Arakhamia and the head of the party, Oleksaner Kornienko.
В центре Праги тысячи людей вышли на демонстрацию с требованием отставки премьер-министра Андрея Бабиша, сообщает iDNES. Демонстрация началась в 18:00 с минуты молчания в память о жертвах стрельбы в больнице Остравы. После этого протестующие начали марш через центр к Вацлавской площади, требуя отставки Бабиша: “То, что произошло и что происходит, включая реакцию Андрея Бабиша, который берет в заложники чешских граждан, настолько серьезно, что мы здесь до января. С нас хватит! Мы хотим премьер-министра, а не лжеца”, — сказал один из организаторов акции.
Бабиш заявил, что не собирается подавать в отставку, так как по его мнению “оппозиция регулярно ходит на демонстрации, потому что «антибабиш» — их единственная программа, они больше ничего не могут сделать”.
In the center of Prague, thousands of people took part in a demonstration demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis, iDNES reports. The demonstration began at 18:00 with a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the shooting in the Ostrava hospital. After that, the protesters began a march through the center to Wenceslas Square, demanding the resignation of Babis: “What happened and what happens, including the reaction of Andrej Babis, who takes Czech citizens hostage, is so serious that we are staying here until January. We’ve had enough! We want a prime minister, not a liar,” said one of the organizers of the action.
Babis said that he was not going to resign, since in his opinion “the opposition regularly goes to demonstrations, because “anti Babis” is their only program, they can do nothing more.”
Eleven freed Ukrainian political prisoners, including Edem Bekirov, Pavllo Hrib, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh, went to Latvia for rehabilitation and rest, the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine reported. Before the trip, a group of former prisoners, including those released on September 7 this year, met with the Latvian Ambassador to Ukraine Juris Poikans and the Minister for Veterans of the Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Oksana Kolyada at the Latvian Embassy. A group of former Kremlin prisoners will spend 12 days in Latvia.
“Then the final formula will be modelled [for exchange of prisoners – Ed.]. However, as long as the verification of the majority of the exchange participants has not been carried out, it can be assumed that will be possible to exchange a little more than 200 people in total,” the message says.