Grads, tanks and mortars: Donbas militants attack Ukraine 63 times
The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 63 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.
The illegal armed groups 61 times attacked Ukrainian army on Thursday.
In the Mariupol sector, the occupiers fired grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms on the villages of Hnutove, Pavlopil, Shyrokyne and Vodiane, the headquarters said.
“The Russian occupation forces used Grad MLR systems, tanks and mortars of various calibers to attack our positions near the town of Krasnohorivka,” the report says.
These photographs of the damaged houses in Krasnohorivka were published by Oleg Livanchuk, the head of military and civil administration, on Facebook, as 112 Ukraine TV Channel reported.
In the Donetsk sector, the militants opened fire from 120mm mortars on the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Nevelske and Opytne, as well as rocket-propelled grenades and small arms on the villages of Novhorodske, Nevelske, Luhanske and Zaitseve.
Additionally, enemy snipers were active near Avdiyivka, and the villages of Luhanske and Verkhniotoretske.
In the Luhansk sector, the village of Krymske came under mortar fire, while rocket-propelled grenades and small arms were used to fire on the village of Novozvanivka.
There were no casualties among Ukrainian troops, the ATO HQ said.
Red Cross brings over 130 tons of humanitarian aid to occupied Donbas
The mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has delivered more than 130 tons of humanitarian aid to residents of the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk region.
MFA establishes Ukrainian institute to improve country’s image abroad
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has announced that the Ukrainian institute which will help to increase trust to Ukraine in international intellectual and cultural society will be created in coming months.
“We have analyzed experience of European countries. This experience is different. How the country can present itself abroad? In the past three years we carried out ambitious work… There are many separate projects. We believe that it is time to create the Ukrainian institute. After analyzing the experience and holding talks with civil society and many experts we believe that the most optimal form for us is a state-run institution which would not be part of the Foreign Ministry, but it will be affiliated with it,” the minister said at a press conference in Kyiv on Thursday.
Klimkin said that the institute will be financed partially from the national budget and partially from grants, donations and cooperation with charitable foundations.
“We will give concrete sums in several months. We have foreseen the funds in our budget [the budget of the Foreign Ministry],” he said.
He said that it will stake from two to four months to create the institute.
The minister said that it is planned to open representative offices of the institute in a European country, North America, and Asia.