Kremlin: No conflict between Russia and Ukraine
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov says the Kremlin disagrees with the definition by the White House about the “long-running conflict” between Russia and Ukraine, as referred in the readout of the U.S. White House after a telephone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
“With regard to the wording as for the conflict, there is no conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Donbas is exclusively an internal Ukrainian conflict,” he said, answering a question on how the Kremlin views such terms by the White House.
It should be recalled that Peskov said on February 1 that the escalation of the conflict in Donbas was another reason for the “restoration of dialogue and cooperation” between Russia and the United States, including in order to “untie the Ukrainian knot.”
The readout of Trump’s call with Poroshenko said that the two presidents “had a very good call” to “address a variety of topics, including Ukraine’s long-running conflict with Russia.”
Ukraine Crisis: Militants launch 94 attacks, 3 soldiers wounded in east Ukraine over the past 24 hours
Positions of Ukrainian troops were shelled 94 times leaving six servicemen injured in the Donbas conflict area in the past 24 hours, the press service of the Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) headquarters said, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.
“Five of our soldiers were injured and one traumatized,” the ATO HQ said.
In the Donetsk sector, militants fired from tanks, 120mm and 82mm mortars, grenade launchers, and small arms, which were used against Ukrainian positions near Pisky, Avdiyivka, Kam’anka, Zaitseve, Opytne, Novhorodske, Zalizne and Luhanske. A sniper fired on Nevelske, and an infantry fighting vehicle on Luhanske.
In the Mariupol sector, 152mm and 122mm artillery systems shelled Berdianske, Lebedynske, and Talakivka. Troyitske, Krasnohorivka, Pavlopil, Mar’inka, Vodiane, Shyrokyne and Hnutove were shelled by mortars. Krasnohorivka, Mar’inka, Lebedynske, and Novotroyitske came under fire from grenade launchers and small arms. Snipers fired on Hnutove and Pavlopil. An infantry fighting vehicle and a tank opened fire on Shyrokyne and Krasnohorivka, the report said.
In the Luhansk sector, invaders used mortars to shell Katerynivka, Popasna, and Novozvanivka. Militants fired grenade launchers and small arms against Ukrainian positions in Krymske, Novooleksandrivka, and Troyitske. Snipers opened fire on Krymske and Zhovte.
Six servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were injured in Donbas over the past 24 hours, no one was killed, according to HQ.
It should be recalled that repair crews resumed electricity, heating and water supply in the shelled Avdiyivka, Donetsk region on Sunday.
Ukraine introduces electronic payment system on public transport
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law allowing local authorities to introduce automated fare collection systems, including an electronic ticket, in urban and suburban passenger transport, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
The electronic fare payment system is expected to improve the profitability of public transport and lead to a reduction in budget funding for the public transport. Moreover, the introduction of e-tickets will boost the transparency of accounting of transport services provided to passengers entitled to benefits and other categories of passengers. The new law is also designed to prevent the use of false travel documents, as well as reduce the operating costs of carriers on the organization and control of revenue collection.
On November 17, 2016, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) signed an agreement with Lviv authorities on a 10 million euros loan for the implementation of an automated fare collection system, providing for the purchase, installation, and operation of necessary hardware and software, as well as e-cards. Lviv’s municipality pointed out that the introduction of electronic tickets would increase the transport companies’ profit by 30-40%.
Lviv’s municipality pointed out that the introduction of electronic tickets would increase the transport companies’ profit by 30-40%.