Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 60 times in the past 24 hours with three Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action and nine as wounded in action, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
The situation was most tense in the Mariupol sector where enemy infantry attacked the Ukrainian Marines’ fortified positions near the village of Vodiane on Monday morning. “Having been repelled, the enemy started to shell Ukrainian positions from Grad MLR systems, and 152mm and 122mm artillery systems,” the ATO HQ said.
The Ukrainian positions near the villages of Lebedynske and Talakivka also came under fire from heavy artillery systems. The occupiers used 120mm and 82mm mortars against the defenders of the town of Krasnohorivka, and the villages of Shyrokyne, Mykolaivka, and Novotroyitske. Additionally, small arms, heavy machine guns and grenade launchers of various systems were used to attack the defenders of the villages of Shyrokyne, Vodiane, Novotroyitske, and Hnutove. The Russian occupation forces also opened fire from infantry fighting vehicles and tanks on the Ukrainian Marines in Shyrokyne.
In the Donetsk sector, the militants fired mortars on the Ukrainian fortified positions near Butivka coal mine, and the villages of Luhanske and Kam’ianka. The enemy also used machine guns, grenade launchers, mortars and tank shells near the town of Avdiyivka.
In the Luhansk sector, the invaders opened fire from grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms on the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Troyitske, Novozvanivka and Novo-Oleksandrivka, as well as anti-tank guided missiles on the defenders of the village of Triokhizbenka.
As of March 20, 2017, the Ministry of Social Policy registered 1 million 607 thousand internally displaced persons (IDPs), Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.
This has been reported by the Governmental portal.
“As of March 20, 2017, according to the structural units of social protection at regional and city administrations, 1, 607,664 internally displaced persons were registered or 1, 293,719 families from Donbas and Crimea,” reads the report.
The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) due to the blockade of trade with the certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO) and the improvement of conjuncture in foreign markets has revised macro indicators for 2017 and 2018, in particular, worsening the forecast for the growth of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) for 2017 from 2.8% to 1.9%, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.
According to an NBU report, with reference to the decision of the extraordinary meeting of the monetary policy committee on March 20, the assessment of Ukraine’s GDP growth for 2018, on the contrary, has been improved from 3% to 3.2%.
At the same time, the National Bank confirmed the forecast for inflation for the current year at 9.1% and next year at 6%.
In connection with the blockade, the forecast for the deficit of the current account of the balance of payments for 2017 deteriorated from $3.5 billion to $4.3 billion, and for the next year from $3.4 billion to $4.3 billion.
The NBU also lowered the forecast for Ukraine’s international reserves as of the end of this year from $21.3 billion to $20.8 billion, and the next year from $27.1 billion to $25.9 billion.