Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has confirmed the death of an officer of the Ukrainian airmobile forces who was seriously wounded in the village of Opytne in Donetsk region two days ago, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
“An officer of the Ukrainian airmobile forces, who was seriously wounded in Opytne two days ago, died in a hospital in the city of Dnipro yesterday,” Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman for Anti-Terrorist Operation issues Andriy Lysenko said at a briefing in Kyiv on Friday, February 24.
He also recalled that one Ukrainian soldier was killed and two others were wounded in fighting in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, February 23. “One was killed in action and another two were wounded in action,” he said.
Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 83 times in the past 24 hours.
Member of the Ukrainian Parliament Nadia Savchenko and Head of Ukrainian center for hostage release “Officer Corps” Volodymyr Ruban have reportedly come to the “DPR”-controlled territory “to visit Ukrainian hostages,” one of the pro-militant websites reported Friday, citing the breakaway area’s security forces, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
“Ruban and Savchenko came to visit the Ukrainian prisoners of war,” the statement reads.
As reported earlier, People’s Deputy Tetiana Rychkova (BPP) stated that Nadia Savchenko had incited Ukrainian troops to leave their positions in the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone and head toward the capital city of Kyiv “to overthrow a criminal government.”
First Deputy Chairman of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug has stated that the SMM observers recorded shelling from the center of Donetsk city, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.
“Last week, on Friday night, our observers in the center of Donetsk heard more than 90 shots of undetermined origin, and 127 shots from the same position the next night. On Wednesday night, our colleagues in occupied Debaltseve heard only for two hours 298 undetermined origin explosions and fire from heavy machine guns,” he said at the press conference.
He said that the attacks by Ukrainian soldiers had been also recorded in the Svitlodarsk arc area in Donbas.
However, Hug said that over the past week a decrease in the number of ceasefire violations in Donbas by 20% was observed compared to the previous week.
A Vienna court has released Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash on EUR 125 million bail, according to the Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda, citing its own source close to the businessman’s defense.
Firtash was detained on February 23 at the request of the U.S. authorities that demand his extradition, Ukrayinska Pravda wrote, according to UNIAN.
Both the United States, where Firtash is accused of bribery, and Spain, where he is charged with money laundering, are seeking his extradition. Firtash has been indicted by U.S. prosecutors for allegedly offering a US$18.5 million bribe to Indian officials to secure a titanium deal.
On February 21, the higher regional court in Vienna authorized Firtash’s extradition to the U.S. A final decision on the extradition is to be taken by the Federal Minister of Justice. Firtash’s defense announced it would appeal against the court’s ruling and forecast that he would unlikely be extradited from Austria in coming months.