Ukraine Crisis: Militants launched 48 attacks on positions of the Anti-Terrorist Operation Forces in eastern Ukraine over the past 24 hours, 3 soldiers wounded in action
In the Donetsk sector, militants fired 120mm and 82mm mortars on Avdiyivka, Zaitseve and Troitske. The villages of Luhanske, Avdiyivka and Zaitseve were shelled with grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns and small arms, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrainska Pravda.
In the Mariupol sector, the invaders fired 122mm artillery, 120mm and 82mm mortars. They fired on Krasnohorivka, Mar’inka, Zhovte, Berezove, Vodiane and Shyrokyne.
Militants also used Grad-P missile system in Krasnohorivka. They also shelled Mar’inka, Pavlopil, Hnutove, Vodiane, Shyrokyne and Novotroitske with grenade launchers and small arms. Snipers were shooting in Novotroitske and Mar’inka. Militants also fired from armored personnel carrier in Shyrokyne.
In the Luhansk sector, militants fired 120mm and 82mm mortars on the villages of Novozvanivka and Troitske. They also fired grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms on Horihove, Zhovte and Novozvanivka.
Ukrainian-Polish relations to depend on lifting of Przemysl mayor’s entry ban
Relationship of Warsaw and Kyiv depend on lifting a ban to enter Ukraine for the mayor of the Polish city of Przemysl, Robert Choma, Deputy Head of the Polish Foreign Ministry Jan Dziedziczak has said, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.
“Without clarifying this situation, without the cancellation of this decision, it is difficult to imagine further cooperation,” the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita quoted Dziedziczak as saying on Wednesday.
According to him, the Polish Foreign Ministry was surprised by this decision of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). “This incident should not have happened at all,” the deputy minister said.
Dziedziczak also stressed that unless the entry ban for Choma is canceled, representatives of the Polish Foreign Affairs Ministry will refuse to take part in the tenth Poland-Ukraine forum, which will begin in the Polish city of Rzeszow on January 27. “It will be just the beginning of our response, which will be far-reaching, I can assure you,” the diplomat added.
The Polish news resource Zycie Podkarpackie reported that Przemysl Mayor Robert Choma was banned entry to Ukraine. According to it, the Przemysl mayor was unable to cross the Polish-Ukrainian border on January 17, when he went to Ukraine at the invitation of the Ukrainian side.
Later on January 17 the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) said it banned Choma from entering the territory of Ukraine.
According to the SBU press secretary, Olena Hitlianska, such a ban was issued in the summer of 2016 in order “to ensure the security of our state.”
According to media reports, in June 2016 there was an attack on a peaceful Ukrainian march and the celebration of the Ukrainian holiday of Ivana Kupala in Przemysl was canceled. Mayor Choma called the attack on the procession “unacceptable”, but demanded that local Ukrainians should take a clear stand “in the cases of glorification of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists – Ukrainian Insurgent Army and the events of our common history, such as the Volyn tragedy, because this is the topic, which cannot be avoided.”
Donbas Contact Group urges to solve water supply problem in attacked villages
The Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), during video conference on Thursday, discussed the situation around a Donetsk filtering station.
Ukraine insisting on security compliance being the main element of the Minsk peace process, according to Darka Olifer, spokesperson for ex-president Leonid Kuchma, who represents Ukraine in the TCG.
“A TCG video conference has just taken place. The main focus was on smooth operation of the Donetsk filtering station. Shelling could cut a number of populated localities from running water, which may lead to a humanitarian disaster,” Olifer wrote on Facebook.
Ukraine pointed out the fact that security is the main element of the Minsk process, she said.
“The Minsk Agreements must be implemented in full, including by sticking to the dividing line established by the September 19, 2014 Memorandum. Restoring this line is one of main components of regional security,” Kuchma’s spokesperson said.