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Ukraine News Today Feb. 9, 2017: Ukrainian athletes win International High Jump Tour; Poroshenko reiterates that election in occupied Donbas inadmissible; Militants launch 82 attacks in Donbas

Ukraine News Today: Iryna Herashchenko, Yuliya Levchenko won the gold and silver in International High Jump Tour in Slovakia; Poroshenko reiterates that election in occupied Donbas inadmissible; Militants launch 82 attacks in Donbas on Wednesday; The Ukraine football team takes the 30th place in the FIFA ranking
Ukraine News Today Feb. 9, 2017: Ukrainian athletes win International High Jump Tour

Sports: Ukrainian athletes win international competition in high jumping

Ukrainian athletes Iryna Herashchenko and Yuliya Levchenko took the first and second places in the International High Jump Tour in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, Joinfo.com reports citing the press service of the Ukrainian Athletic Federation.

Herashchenko became the only participant of the competition who has reached the 1,93m mark. She took it at the second attempt. This is the record of the Olympic Games finalist, the report says.

Yuliya Levchenko took the height of 1,89m from the first try, as well as the same as the Olympics champion Ruth Beitia. Unlike the Spain athlete, she did not make mistakes on preceding heights.

Earlier it was reported about biathlon competition: Ukraine’s Dzhyma won gold in women’s sprint of the European championship. The biathlete never missed a single shot in the entire event.

Ukraine football team is 30th in FIFA ranking

Ukraine National football team takes the 30th position in the ranking of the International Federation of Football Associations.

The coefficient of Ukrainian team has grown by 1 point and now totals 805 points, Joinfo.com reports citing Ukrinform.

Ukraine is one position ahead of Iran (798) but follows Egypt (881).

Argentina (1635) tops the ranking. Brazil is ranked the second (1529), and Germany goes third (1433). Top ten also includes Chile (1386), Belgium (1371), France (1313), Colombia (1304), Portugal (1240), Uruguay (1195), and Spain (1168).

Election on the occupied territory of east Ukraine is inadmissible and impossible – President Poroshenko

President Petro Poroshenko has stated that holding elections in the Ukrainian territory occupied by foreign troops is inadmissible and impossible, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.

“Holding elections in the occupied territory in the presence of foreign occupational troops is firmly and absolutely impossible,” Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said at a briefing with Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras, answering the question about the recent statement made by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Germany to Ukraine Ernst Reichel.

“One thing is when foreign troops are present with the consent of the receiving state. We can draw parallels with the Russian base in Sevastopol – we have been holding elections many times when Russian troops have been present in Sevastopol with the consent of Ukraine. And it is totally inadmissible when the occupational troops will try to promote the elections under the muzzles of machine guns,” Poroshenko emphasized.

The President has once again noted that the illegal referendum in Crimea, held in the presence of dozens of thousands of Russian troops, did not meet the legislation and was inadmissible.

“Holding elections in the presence of troops is just impossible. The security component, which is included in the roadmap on the settlement of the situation with Russian aggression, is one of the main conditions. And the withdrawal of Russian troops is a prerequisite,” the President said.

Ukraine Crisis: Militants launch 82 attacks on Ukrainian army in Donbas over the past day

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 82 times in the past 24 hours, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

In the Donetsk sector, the occupation forces used banned 152mm artillery systems to shell the village of Luhanske. Mortars, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms were used to fire on the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Nevelske, Verkhniotoretske, Kamianka, Opytne, Pisky, Troyitske, Luhanske, Myronivske, and Zaitseve. Luhanske and Avdiyivka were also attacked by tanks.

In the Luhansk sector, proscribed 152mm and 122mm artillery systems were used to shell the villages of Novotoshkivske and Krymske. The village of Malynove came under mortar fire, while grenade launchers and small arms were fired on the town of Popasna, and the villages of Katerynivka, Krymske, Novozvanivka, Zhovte, and Novo-Oleksandrivka. Additionally, Novozvanivka was attacked by enemy infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers.

In the Mariupol sector, the occupiers opened fire from 152mm and 122mm artillery systems on the town of Mar’inka, and the villages of Lebedynske and Shyrokyne. Furthermore, they used mortars to shell the villages of Shyrokyne and Hnutove. Grenade launchers and small arms were used to fire on the villages of Lebedynske, Vodiane, Pavlopil, Shyrokyne, and Hnutove.