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Ukraine News Today Jan. 24, 2017: 2 soldiers wounded as militants intensify shelling in Donbas, Ex-president Yanukovych will not come to Kyiv for questioning

Ukraine News Today: Militants launch 51 attacks, 2 soldiers wounded in Donbas; Ex-president Yanukovych will not come to Kyiv for questioning; President Poroshenko refuses to talk to Russian journalists during visit to Finland
Ukraine News Today Jan. 24, 2017: 2 soldiers wounded as militants intensify shelling in Donbas, Ex-president Yanukovych will not come to Kyiv for questioning

Ukraine News Today: Militants launch 51 attacks, 2 Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donbas over the past 24 hours

Militants shelled 51 times on positions of the Anti-Terrorist Operation Forces in eastern Ukraine over the past 24 hours, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrainska Pravda.

Two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action, ATO HQ said.

In the Donetsk sector, militants used 120mm mortars for shelling on Luhanske village. They also fired grenade launchers and small arms on Avdiyivka, Zaitseve and Opytne. A sniper also was shooting in Pisky. The enemy fired from armored personnel carrier in Luhanske.

In the Mariupol sector, Russian occupation forces shelled on Krasnohorivka, Mar’inka, Shyrokyne from 82mm and 120mm mortars. They also fired grenade launchers and small arms on Pavlopil, Talakivka, Hnutove, Novotroitske, Shyrokyne, Vodiane, Lebedynske from. Snipers were shooting in Shyrokyne and Novotroitske.

In the Luhansk sector, militants fired 82mm, 120mm mortars and 122mm artillery on Troitske. They also fired mortars of various calibers on Novozvanivka and Popasna. They also fired grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms on Krymske, Troitske, Novozvanivka, Novooleksandrivka. It should be noted that the shelled Stanytsia Luhanska is supposed to be a disengagement area.

Treason Case: Runaway president Yanukovych not to come to Kyiv for questioning – lawyer

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s lawyer Vitaliy Serdiuk says his client will not come to Kyiv for questioning at PGO on charges of high treason, which is scheduled for January 27, UNIAN reports.

Serdiuk said that the lawyers would arrive in Ukraine instead of Yanukovych.

“The defense team will arrive in response to this summons, abiding by the procedures, and will report on the current valid reasons preventing Yanukovych from coming in person,” Serdiuk said.

At the same time, he stressed that “Article 138 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine provides for the possibility not to appear when summoned by an investigator if there are such reasons as a long stay abroad and a threat to life, which has not ceased to exist, but on the contrary, has increased due these political processes.”

In addition, the lawyer said that the defense would re-submit to the PGO a statement proving Yanukovych’s life is under threat. “Both by issuing this summons for questioning and committing a number of other procedural violations, the Prosecutor General’s Office ‘helps’ the defense do their job,” Serdiuk said.

Ukrainian President refuses to talk to Russian journalists during visit to Finland

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has refused to give an interview to Russian journalists in Helsinki, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

During a visit to the Finnish parliament, Poroshenko was approached by journalists of a Russian TV channel, who asked him to answer their questions.

In response, the Ukrainian president said: “Stop killing Ukrainians and leave our territory!”

Poroshenko said that in January alone seven Ukrainians were killed in Donbas.

In response to another journalist’s attempt to ask a question, the president said he will not give any interviews to the Russian media until Russia stops invading Ukrainian territory.