Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada deputy Nadia Savchenko has published an updated list of Ukrainian citizens held in the Makiyivka penitentiary in the Donetsk region as of February 25, 2017, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.
“Here is the result of my trip to Makiyivka penitentiary No. 22. Six Ukrainian soldiers and civilians believed missing have been found,” Savchenko said on Facebook on Tuesday.
There are 34 names, including six absent from the Minsk lists on the scanned copy of the document published by the deputy.
Savchenko said that one person had refused to be exchanged.
There are 13 names on another list compiled by Savchenko. In all, she has published the names of 47 Ukrainian POWs.
According to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 84 times in the past 24 hours with one Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
“In the Mariupol sector, the invaders fired 122mm artillery systems on the village of Shyrokyne, as well as 120mm and 82mm mortars on the villages of Vodiane, Hnutove, Novotroyitske and Pavlopil. Grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms were also used to shell the villages of Talakіvka, Pavlopil, Vodiane, Novotroyitske, Shyrokyne and Hnutove. Additionally, the occupiers opened fire from infantry fighting vehicles on the villages of Shyrokyne, Vodiane and Lebedynske. A sniper was active in Talakivka. Moreover, in the Donetsk sector, an enemy tank repeatedly fired on the town of Avdiyivka,” the headquarters said.
The Russian occupation forces also fired 120mm and 82mm mortar shells on Avdiyivka and the villages of Troyitske, Novoluhanske, Luhanske, Verkhniotoretske, Opytne, Vodiane and Butivka coal mine. In addition, they fired rocket-propelled grenades and small arms on the villages of Pisky, Zaitseve, Luhanske, Kamianka and Troyitske. In the Luhansk sector, the enemy used grenade launchers and heavy machine guns firing at the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka, Stanytsia Luhanska and Valuiske. Furthermore, a sniper was working in the village of Lobacheve.
It should be recalled that on Sunday, militants launched 62 attacks on ATO positions. As a result, 2 Ukrainian soldiers were killed, 2 injured in Donbas.
Russia’s crawling advance: “Lugansk People’s Republic” to recognize ruble official currency from March 1
The self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic will adopt the Russian ruble as its official currency on March 1, according to The Moscow Times, UNIAN reports.
The so-called Luhansk government, which currently uses rubles unofficially alongside the Ukrainian hryvnia, claimed that the change would help stabilize the occupied territory’s volatile economy, MT reported. The “LPR” central bank will make daily announcements on the rate of the ruble against the U.S. dollar, euro, and hryvnia as part of the deal.
It should be recalled that on February 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the recognition by the Russian Federation of “travel documents,” “issued to Ukrainian citizens and stateless persons who reside in the territory of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, until the political settlement of the situation in these areas.”
Interinstitutional talks on the cancelation of a visa regime for Ukraine will begin in the European Union on Tuesday, February 28.
A representative of the European Council told own Ukrinform correspondent in Brussels.
“Trilateral talks between the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission on a draft legislative resolution on the inclusion of Ukraine in the list of third countries whose citizens can travel without a visa [to the Schengen area] will begin on Tuesday,” said an official of the European Council.
Earlier on Monday, February 27, the European Council ruled to abolish visa requirements for the citizens of Georgia, this decision will come into force until the end of March. The Council also adopted a new mechanism for suspending visa regimes for all third countries.