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Ukraine News Today Jan. 29, 2017: Ukraine commemorates the 99th anniversary of the Kruty Battle; Militants launch assault on Avdiyivka, 3 Ukrainian soldiers killed

Ukraine News Today: Minute of silence was observed in tribute to Kruty Heroes; Avdiivka remained without electricity after massive shelling, 3 Ukrainian soldiers killed and 1 wounded; Remains of poet Oleksandr Oles reburied on Lukyanivske cemetery
Ukraine News Today Jan. 29, 2017: Ukraine commemorates the 99th anniversary of the Kruty Battle; Militants launch assault on Avdiyivka, 3 Ukrainian soldiers killed

Kruty Battle anniversary: Minute of silence was observed in tribute to Kruty Heroes.

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A minute of silence was observed in Kyiv in memory of the Heroes who died during the Kruty Battle in 1918, Joinfo.com reports with reference to 112 Ukraine TV channel.

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Many people came to the march dedicated to the Kruty anniversary:

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his wife Maryna, the ministers and Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko participated in laying flowers on the memorial of Kruty Heroes in Kyiv.

President Poroshenko recalled the enormous feat of the victims and called to honor their memory on the Memorial Day of Kruty Heroes.

“The Kruty Battle heroes were very young. But each of them had heart beating for protection of the motherland from the enemy. Their feat was a great lesson for contemporaries,” Poroshenko wrote.

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Remains of poet Oleksandr Oles reburied on Lukyanivske cemetery.

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Remains of the famous Ukrainian poet Oleksandr Oles were reburied on January 29 on Lukyanivske cemetery in Kyiv.

Oleksandr Oles, the famous 20th-century Ukrainian writer, died in 1944 and was buried in Prague. Ukrainian art patron Volodymyr Mykhailyshyn gave funds to take care of the grave. But recently Mykhailyshyn died and was buried in the same grave where Oles rested. Oles’ remains were exhumed, which caused the wide public reaction in Ukraine.

The Czech authorities have allowed transferring the remains of Ukrainian writer Oleksandr Oles to his motherland Ukraine for reburial.

On January 29, on the day of the Kruty Battle commemoration, the remains of Oleksandr Oles were reburied on Lukyanivske cemetery in Kyiv.

Militants launch assault on Avdiyivka industrial zone.

Russian occupation troops have launched intense fire using small arms and mortars near the industrial zone of Avdiyivka town near Donetsk in the morning on January 29, UNIAN reports.

“Through an efficient maneuver technique and counterattack the Ukrainian Armed Forces have stopped the enemy and prevented them from capturing positions of the Ukrainian forces. The Russian occupation forces suffered significant loss,” said the Anti-Terrorist Operation HQ in a statement.

Three Ukrainian soldiers have been reported killed and one wounded as a result of today’s assault launched by Russian-backed militants near Avdiyivka’s industrial zone, according to press secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine for ATO Oleksandr Motuzyanyk.

According to the report, enemy provocations aimed to accuse the Ukrainian side of violating agreements reached earlier. Currently, the situation in Avdiyivka industrial zone remains tense.

“The enemy continues its assault and there are persistent attempts to force the Ukrainian positions to retreat. Unfortunately, we have also suffered losses,” according to the press center.

“Ukrainian troops are in a state of high alert across the whole contact line,” Motuzyanyk added.

Avdiyivka town has been also cut from the electricity supply as a result of the heavy shelling.

In total, militants attacked Ukrainian positions 55 times in the ATO area over the past day.