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Ukraine News Today Jan.18, 2017: MP Nadiya Savchenko denounced for POWs lists leaks; Militants increase shelling in Donbas

Ukraine News Today: MP Nadiya Savchenko denounced for publication of the lists of POWs and hostages; Militants increase shelling in Donbas, launch 61 attacks in the past 24 hours
Ukraine News Today Jan.18, 2017: MP Nadiya Savchenko denounced for POWs lists leaks; Militants increase shelling in Donbas

Savchenko Lists: National Security Parliamentary Committee backs exclusion of Savchenko

National Security Committee of Ukraine’s Parliament supported the exclusion ofMP Nadiya Savchenko, Joinfo.com report with reference to Ukrainska Pravda

The Committee to expel Nadiya Savchenko “in order to prevent the disclosure of information relating to state secrets”. The Committee will also submit a request to the Prosecutor General’s Office on a charge of state treason against Savchenko.

It should be recalled that former military pilot and now MP Nadiya Savchenko has published lists of prisoners of war and missing persons on her Facebook page.

She expressed an opinion that the captives exchange process should be as public and transparent as the Minsk talks on the settlement of the situation in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine.

Ukraine News Today: Security Service says Savchenko’s publication of POWs’ names violates terrorism law

Security Service (SBU) has itemized legal violations committed by Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine deputy Nadia Savchenko for leaking lists of hostages in eastern Ukraine. They are violations of Ukraine’s law “On battling terrorism” and other normative acts, according to the SBU, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax.

Chief of Staff of the SBU’s Anti-terrorism Operation (ATO) Hennadiy Kuznetsov during a meeting of the parliament’s national security and defense committee said the law on battling terrorism defines entities which are charged with battling against terrorism. MPs are not listed, he said.

Kuznetsov said that Article 16 of the law outlines conditions for conducting negotiations with combined Russian-separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. Moreover, he said the law specifies those authorized to conduct the talks.

“Nadia Viktorivna Savchenko is not on the list of authorized negotiators,” he said.

Kuznetsov said Savchenko was not even authorized to be briefed on the talks to release hostages, as per Article 17 of the terrorism law.

Ukraine Crisis: Militants launch 61 attacks amid escalation

Militants attacked Ukrainian troops 61 times in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) area in Donbas in the past 24 hours, UNIAN reports.

In the Donetsk sector, Russia’s hybrid military forces opened fire from grenade launchers of various systems and small arms on the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Opytne and Pisky.

In the Mariupol sector, the enemy fired 82mm mortars on the villages of Chermalyk, Vodiane and Shyrokyne, as well as rocket-propelled grenades and small arms on the town of Krasnohorivka, and the villages of Lebedynske, Talakivka, Vodiane, Shyrokyne and Hnutove. They also used infantry fighting vehicles in the village of Berezove. Additionally, a sniper was active in Shyrokyne.

In the Luhansk sector, the occupiers shelled 120mm and 82mm mortars on the villages of Troitske and Novooleksandrivka. The militants also fired rocket-propelled grenades and small arms on the town of Popasna, and the villages of Valuiske and Stanytsia Luhanska. Furthermore, a sniper was shooting in Valuiske.