Ukraine Crisis: Repair work on power lines in Avdiyivka halted due to shelling
Repair brigades have so far not been able to enter the area of the damaged electric power lines in Avdiyivka due to attacks, Pavlo Zhebrivsky, head of the Donetsk regional military-civil administration of Ukraine, said, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.
“A repair crew has not been able to enter the area of the damaged power lines yet due to attacks,” he said on Facebook around noon on Thursday.
According to Zhebrivsky, servicemen from Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) units and housing and utility services continue working on houses in the private sector.
He also said a centralized humanitarian assistance point has been organized, where the town residents can get everything they need.
According to earlier reports, overhead power lines were damaged as a result of attacks near Avdiyivka in the late hours of January 30. As a result, the town was left without heat and water supply and the Avdiyivka coking plant and the Donetsk filtration station were disconnected from heat and water supply.
Ukrainian Army orders Dozor-B armored vehicles from Ukroboronporm
Ukraine’s state-owned defense giant Ukroboronprom within the framework of the state defense order has received funding for the delivery of several dozen Dozor-B armored personnel carriers to the Ukrainian army, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
According to the press service of the concern, the order will be performed by Lviv armored plant.
“The production capacity and technological process completed in 2016 allow producing Dozor-B in series,” the concern reported, adding that the plant’s capacity received 100% of the workload and secured jobs for 2017.
According to Ukroboronprom, the decision to order Ukraine-made APCs was made at a meeting of the National Security and Defence Council on January 27.
The European Parliament calls for additional sanctions against Russia over Avdiyivka escalation
The European Parliament has stressed the need to prepare new sanctions against Russia because of aggravation of the situation in Donbas and failure of the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group in the European Parliament, has stated this on Thursday, an Ukrinform correspondent reported from Brussels.
“The EU should maintain the existing sanctions and prepare new ones if Russia continues to ignore the international law,” the leader said due to the escalation of the situation in Donbas.
He called on the EU leaders to take concrete steps in order to return “Minsk” to the process of political settlement.
Verhofstadt noted that “new military aggression that was launched by the so-called separatists, who are supported by Russia” must be stopped by the Russian side.