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Ukraine News Today Feb. 8, 2017: Separatist leader aka Givi killed in Donetsk; Militants launch 89 attacks, 3 soldiers wounded in Donbas; A Ukrainian citizen captured by pirates off coast Nigeria

Ukraine News Today: Separatist leader aka Givi killed in Donetsk; Militants launch 89 attacks, 3 soldiers wounded in Donbas; A Ukrainian citizen – “BBC-Caribbean” crew member captured by pirates off coast Nigeria
Ukraine News Today Feb. 8, 2017: Separatist leader aka Givi killed in Donetsk; Militants launch 89 attacks, 3 soldiers wounded in Donbas; A Ukrainian citizen captured by pirates off coast Nigeria

Separatist leader aka Givi killed in Donetsk

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The so-called commander of the “Somali” battalion of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) Mikhail Tolstykh, nom-de-guerre Givi, is reported to have been killed in the occupied city of Donetsk, according to militant resources, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

They cite the “operational command” of the “DPR,” which reported that it had happened “as a result of a terrorist attack.”

“At 06:12 on Wednesday, as a result of a terrorist act, the commander of the ‘Somali’ battalion, Colonel Mikhail Tolstykh, aka Givi, was killed,” the report said.

Currently, an “investigation team” is working on the scene.

Former “Defense Minister” of the “DPR” Igor Girkin, nom de guerre Strelkov, claims Givi’s office in Donetsk was blown up.

“Supposedly, Givi’s office was blown up together with the owner. Presumably, it was hit by a shell of the RPO-A Shmel [man-portable rocket launcher],” Strelkov wrote on his page on the Russian social media website, VKontakte.

Militants launch 89 attacks on Ukrainian army, three soldiers wounded in action in eastern Ukraine

The Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters reported of 89 attacks in Donbas. Three Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action on Tuesday, Joinfo.com reports citing UNIAN.

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“In the Donetsk sector, the Russian occupation forces used 152mm and 122mm artillery systems to shell the village of Luhanske. Mortars of various calibers, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms were used to fire on the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Opytne, Troyitske, Kamianka, Pisky, Pivdenne, Luhanske, Nevelske, Zaitseve, Verkhniotoretske, and Novhorodske. Our positions near Avdiyivka were also attacked by a tank. Further, Luhanske and Verkhniotoretske were attacked by infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs),” the report says.

Enemy troops in the Mariupol sector used artillery systems and mortars to shell the town of Mar’inka, and the villages of Talakivka, Chermalyk, and Hnutove. They also fired mortars on the village of Novotroyitske, as well as rocket-propelled grenades and small arms on the villages of Vodiane, Pavlopil, Lebedynske, Shyrokyne, and Berezove. Enemy IFVs attacked Pavlopil. Maryinka was under sniper fire.

In the Luhansk sector, the occupiers opened fire on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Krymske, using banned 122mm artillery systems. They also used mortars to shell the town of Popasna, and the villages of Troyitske, Krymske and Novozvanivka. Rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small arms were used to fire on the villages of Novozvanivka and Novo-Oleksandrivka. The village of Novotoshkivske was attacked by IFVs.

Ukrainian citizen captured by pirates off coast Nigeria

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has confirmed the fact that a Ukrainian citizen was kidnapped from the board of BBC Caribbean vessel by pirates in the territorial waters of Nigeria, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.

This has been stated by the Department of Consular Service of the Foreign Ministry on Twitter.

“Consuls in Hamburg and Nigeria are taking measures for the release of the captured citizen of Ukraine, the BBC Caribbean crew member,” reads a statement.

Earlier, the Russian Embassy in Nigeria reported that “the BBC Caribbean ship came under a pirate attack in the territorial waters of Nigeria. Seven Russian citizens and one Ukrainian citizen were kidnapped from the ship”.

New Chief of Ukraine National Police appointed

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has appointed Serhiy Kniazev as the chief of the National Police of Ukraine.

The candidacy of Serhiy Kniazev for the chief of the National Police of Ukraine was proposed by Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

Earlier, police general Serhiy Kniazev headed the Department of Criminal Investigation of the National Police of Ukraine.