The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on Wednesday decided to stop the movement of goods across the line of demarcation in the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation, considering the earlier expropriation of Ukrainian companies in the militant-controlled areas and escalation at the frontline, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov said following an NSDC’s emergency meeting, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
“Taking into account the seizure of Ukrainian enterprises and the aggravation of the security situation in the ATO zone, the National Security and Defense Council decided to suspend the movement of goods across the contact line,” said Turchinov.
“Recognizing the sharp escalation of Russian aggression against Ukraine, the forcible seizure of Ukrainian enterprises located on the territory of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, realizing the aggravation of threats to economic and energy security of Ukraine provoked by the terrorists’ deliberate actions, and considering that the Russian Federation recognized at the state level ‘[travel] documents’ of the self-proclaimed republics; with the aim of protecting the rights and freedoms of citizens of Ukraine and ensuring Ukraine’s national security, the NSDC decided: provisionally, until the implementation of paragraphs 1-2 of the Set of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements of February 12, 2015, as well as until the return of seized companies under Ukrainian jurisdiction, the movement of goods across the contact line shall be stopped,” Turchynov said following the meeting.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine was instructed to urgently develop and implement an action plan to ensure safe and reliable operations of Ukraine’s fuel and energy and steelmaking industries, analyze the negative effect on the country’s economy and budget, and take measures to minimize it.
“The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the National Police of Ukraine, the National Guard of Ukraine, with the participation of the Security Service of Ukraine, were instructed to immediately ensure the halt to the movement of goods across the contact line by rail and motorways, and create conditions for attracting public control to implement this decision,” the NSDC Secretary added.
Also, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Guard, the National Guard and the Security Service of Ukraine were instructed to take additional measures to strengthen public security and counteract diversions and terrorist acts, as well as attempts to violate public order.
Turchynov also noted that the leadership of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions should take exhaustive measures to neutralize possible armed provocations.
“In addition, the National Bank of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine are instructed to analyze the activities of banking institutions of Ukraine, whose capital includes a share of state-owned banks of the Russian Federation, and within a day to make relevant proposals, in particular regarding the imposition of sanctions against them,” the NSDC Secretary summed up.
The European largest low-cost airline company Ryanair has officially announced its entry into the Ukrainian air market, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.
Ryanair Chief Commercial Officer David O’Brien has stated this at a press conference, as reported by 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“Ryanair is pleased to announce that low fares have arrived in Ukraine, our 34th country of operation,” David O’Brien said.
According to him, last year the company carried 120 million passengers and is planning to increase passenger traffic to 200 million passengers in the near future.
Ryanair intends to operate four flights to European destinations from Kyiv and Lviv airports. Ticket prices will start from EUR 19.99.
A reminder that Ryanair was founded in 1984. Currently, the company operates 1,800 daily flights all over Europe and maintains more than 200 destinations in 33 countries. The company’s air fleet consists of 360 Boeing 737 aircrafts, and another 305 aircrafts have already been ordered. In the third quarter of the 2016/2017 financial year, Ryanair’s net profit was EUR 94.7 million.
Test supplies of Ukrainian coal from the occupied territories of Donbas to Russia by rail have already started, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday, opening a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
“The negative effect of the blockade for the whole of Ukraine is absolutely obvious, but it is not capable to radically affect the invaders. Across hundreds of kilometers of the Ukrainian-Russian border beyond Ukraine control, they can easily get everything they need – from Russia. And sell everything they need,” Poroshenko said.
“Pilot trains loaded with Ukrainian coal from the occupied territories have already gone to Russia,” the president said.
Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 106 times in the past 24 hours, with six Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
In the Mariupol sector, the Ukrainian positions in the villages of Vodiane, Pavlopil and Hnutove came under enemy mortar fire. Militants opened fire from a tank in the town of Maryinka, as well as infantry fighting vehicles — in the villages of Vodiane, Shyrokyne and Berezove. Additionally, snipers were active near the villages of Hnutove, Novomykhailivka and Shyrokyne.
In the Donetsk sector, the situation was tense near the town of Avdiyivka, where the Russian mercenaries were intensively firing machine guns, grenade launchers of various systems, mortars, and tank shells on the Ukrainian fortified positions. The occupiers also shelled grenade launchers and mortars on the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Zaitseve, Opytne, Luhanske, Troyitske, Kamianka and Butivka coal mine, as well as 122mm artillery systems near Luhanske.
In the Luhansk sector, the Russian occupation forces fired 120mm mortars, grenade launchers and machine guns on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Krymske. Moreover, enemy snipers were active near the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka, Zhovte and Novozvanivka.
It should be recalled that 1 Ukrainian soldier was killed and 4 wounded on Monday.